The Disappearance of Isobel Craig A novel in four parts. Book One; The Farmer’s Boy
When Isobel Craig goes missing it’s her nephew, Innes McCullough, who gets the call. Reluctantly, arguing it’s hardly the first time Isobel has disappeared, Innes agrees to begin the search. This means he must return to the Craig family’s ancestral home, Auchtintilloch Castle, in the Highlands of Scotland.
At least this latest wild-goose chase will give him the chance to escape his busy life in London and the meaningless mechanical encounters with other men that have become part of that life since he split with his long-term boyfriend. Perhaps the main obstacle Innes is going to encounter in his search for Isobel is his own appreciation of the male form and the surprising amounts of it that seem, suddenly, to be so readily available. It’s almost as if the whole male population of Glen Auchtintilloch is trying to distract his attention.
In ‘The Farmer’s Boy’ local farmer Duff McDaid manages to achieve just that, before the search has really begun. Innes, however, can’t complain. Getting away from it all can certainly take your mind off things – his disastrous love life and complex relationship with his cousin Sayeed for starters. As the book unfolds, Innes own story, as well as that of the eccentric and unconventional Craig clan, are woven into the narrative. But with Duff distracting more than Innes’ investigation, will he manage to start the search before the trail has gone cold?
This is the first of a four parts story. It centers in the disappearance of Isobel Craig. The story is told from Innes’s point of view, Isobel’s nephew, who begins the search for her.
It was a nice book, but I wasn’t very happy that is told in four parts. At some moments I felt a little confused because it alternates from present to past, but after a while I was used to it and it was nice to see how the moments in the past help the reader to know the rest of the family, who might be important in the next books, although I didn’t see any important interventions of any of them in the current situation, but I’m hopeful it’ll change.
The story had some big parts where is told only as memories and thoughts from Innes’s point of view, making a lot of narrative moments and few interaction between characters, which is one of my favorite parts from books. That was a little bothersome, but I still enjoyed some parts.
I wasn’t too convinced by Inness and Duff’s relationship, but I guess I could be because is only the first of four books and things might get better among them.
I also was expecting a little more mystery, but apparently is a common thing that Isobel disappears and is seen so lightly by everyone in the family, that I was thinking why it would be a problem now. But I guess there’s still so much to know in the future books.
Overall it was a nice book, I’m not completely involved in the story yet, but I can see it has some potential, so I’ll be looking for the next parts of the story.
*I received copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.