Review of ‘The disappeared’ by Nicole Pyland.

Ada Cramer’s brother went missing when she was fourteen. On the tenth year anniversary of the disappearance a TV series features the cold case and Ada is reunited with the officer assigned to the case, Dylan Easton. Ada holds a grudge against the officer because when her brother disappeared Dylan had promised she’d find him. But after all those years, what Ada and Dylan didn’t expect is an attraction between them. As Dylan investigates a new lead on the case, they have to deal with new and unexpected feelings for each other.

This is an ok romance with a small amount of mystery on the side. For me, one of the issues of this book is the balance between mystery and romance. The title, cover and the blurb suggest that the mystery is going to take most of the plot or at least as much as the romance. Instead, the mains’ relationship takes the majority of the book, while the mystery is handled mostly in a rush and as an afterthought. It’s a pity because the mystery has good potential and the twist near the end is surprising and original.

The imbalance between romance and mystery also affects the tone of the novel. I was expecting a more somber and sad tone but, instead, the focus of the plot is on the almost constant bickering and banter between the mains. Additionally, the content and the amount of sex scenes in the book are bordering with erotica and don’t seem to help setting the tone of the story of a boy’s disappearance. Both characters are well-rounded but they are both hard to like, specially Ada. The secondary characters seem a bit stereotyped and the relationship between Ada and her parents feels a bit simplified.

Overall, an ok romance with a bit of mystery on the side and a surprising twist. 3.5 stars.

ARC provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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