Suspicious disappearance

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After a little over eight months of separation, Simon Griffin is still having a hard time moving on; he is living only for his children and his work. His life love, Jane Lamer, however, seems to be on a different path. As Simon tries to fight through his emotions, he discovers new dephts to his feelings for Jane. One morning he wakes up with a feeling he just can’t shake off. He can’t understand it, but something makes him believe that Jane is in danger.
Lost in the whirlpool of his emotions, Simon doesn’t know if he should trust his instinct or not, until he gets a call from Inspector Gauthier. Jane is missing. Nearly a week passes and there in no news, no demand for ransom.
Both strange and unexpected, Jane’s disappearance doesn’t follow the usual rules. As the mystery unravels, a dubious friend appears to be the prime suspect, but what about Simon? Dictated by the pain he carries with him like a talisman, could he be behind the kidnapping? Was she really kidnapped? Why?
And so begins Suspicious Disappearance, a novel in which intrigue, suspense, and romance are cunningly interwoven.

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Date de parution 07 mai 2012
Nombre de visites sur la page 5
EAN13 9782923447902
Langue English

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Acknowledgements
To my children, who have so encouraged me. Y o u r ent husiasm from the beginning to the end of the writing of this book wa s my greatest source of inspiration. I am so proud of you.
To God, who, in a very difficult time of my life, g uided me toward the good in myself: an answer, an outlet, a saving source of in spiration: this book.
To all the readers, I salute you and hope to meet y ou one day. I sincerely wish that you get as much out of reading this book as I did writing it.
Sylvain Goulet
Praise for Suspicious Disappearance
An author is born!
A novel where suspense reigns from beginning to end .
An unlikely story where solving the mystery is plea santly surprising.
An interesting and fun tale that leaves the mark of a life lesson learnt.
First Reader, Louise C.
All characters in this publication are fictitious a nd any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or to events is entirely c oincidental.
Preface
It had been more than eight months since that fatef ul day: the day of their separation. T h i s commitment, their union, had been the answer to years of expectations. Simon and Jane had promised themselve s to each other. But after two years, everything had collapsed. Since then, th e nights had become endless and the days had become far too long. The tiredness was so intense sometimes that everything tightened inside his head like a vi ce exerting constant pressure.
He tried doing much more exercise, drinking less co ffee, sticking to tisanes after lunch, and reading for hours, but nothing wor ked. It just made him fall asleep at nine o'clock only to wake up a few hours later with a spasmodic sigh as though from a child who has cried too much after watching a castle built in the sky come crashing down.
For Simon, this waking up in the middle of the nigh t was always a cruel reality. He wanted to turn and take her into his ar ms, but she was no longer there. Alone, he would turn on the light on the nig ht table rubbing his eyes, and look, once again, at all the pictures lined up on t he small dresser near his bed. H e looked at the picture of Jane smiling happily, w here she had once written, "Thinking of you my love…I love you, forever!" Next to it were pictures of his children and of her children.
Once awake, he knew then that the next couple of ho urs would be difficult for him. He stretched out his arm to grab yet anoth er book he had left on the floor. It would be added to the pile of books he ha d read in the last months. He tried to concentrate, knowing, from experience, tha t this was all he could do, other than write, to control the anger and the inde scribable pain that would invade his senses. I t was so intense sometimes that he would have to fight to get the air out of his lungs.
Reading would help calm him, most of the time, and he would be able to fall back asleep praying. He thanked God for having give n him his children and the chance to have known Jane. He prayed that everythin g would work out for the best for her, for him, and for their children, but for Simon, the best meant being a family again.
Then, before he knew it, the alarm clock would go o ff at 6 o'clock with the sound of people talking or singing. As always, he f elt as if he had just fallen asleep and … when he would reach out for her, would find once more that she was still not there.
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"Simon, why don't you come with us to see this play? A little laughter would do you a world of good, and I also spoke to a friend about you. She'd really like to meet you. She's nice, and she's tall and pretty, too. It doesn't commit you to anything, and it's less stressful to meet someone this way."
"No," answered Simon. "It's nice of you to have thought of me Martha, but my head just isn't in it. Besides, I have my kids that weekend. It may do me some good to get out a bit, but what I really need to do is talk, to get it all off my chest."
"You know you're always welcome, Simon," said Martha not knowing what she could say to cheer Simon up. "If you find yourself feeling lonely and wanting to talk, Richard and I will always be there for you. The kids get along well; they can watch a movie in the living room while we talk."
Simon thought about it. He really did appreciate her offer. It would be a good idea to see Martha and Richard, and have supper together with the kids, but not to talk about Jane and him. He just couldn't. He was reserved when it came to his personal problems, and besides, he thought he had already taken up enough of their time with what he had told them. He had decided to consult a psychologist instead, thinking it would be easier. He'd had three sessions with one so far, but hadn't gotten a good feeling about it yet. He planned to see her one or two more times before deciding what to do and explained the situation to Martha.
"What's wrong, is it that you feel it's not helping you, or that you're not comfortable with her in particular?" she asked concerned.
"I think it's a little of both," Simon answered thoughtfully. "It's just that I feel like I'm going around in circles. Yesterday, I left my appointment a little angry and extremely disappointed. I told her, but it didn't make me feel any better. I understand that it mustn't always be easy being a shrink, but it's not easy being a patient either. Talking about personal, often intimate things, to a complete stranger; talking about Jane and me…it's forcing me to relive all my emotions." Simon knew that he was ready to accept someone else's point of view, which was why he was seeing a psychologist in the first place and trying to stay objective, but he was so tired that it wasn't always easy for him. The problem was that he loved Jane as much now as he did that first day. Her behavior since their separation only fueled his anger and disappointment. But he owed it to himself, Jane, and the children to try to be fair and honest.
"I think it's a very wise thing you're doing," Martha said after listening to Simon's explanation. "I also think that your kids have a wonderful father who loves them very much. I support you one hundred percent and know to what extent you love Jane and how hard it must be for you to see her act this way. You're a good person Simon; Richard and I both think so. I know this isn't the time to tell you this, but don't forget, even with all you're suffering, there will be better days. Things will get better, they always do."