Janes Away by Clare Hawken

Roger Kurmudge is rather smug about his affluent life and happy marriage. It’s just as well his wife, Jane, is totally in the dark about what he got up to in the past. But on his retirement day, Jane disappears. Roger’s about to panic. Will he have to sell some shares or – heaven forbid! – the house in Bordeaux to pay a ransom demand? Worse – has Jane discovered his guilty secret? Then Jane’s emails start arriving. Take the dog to the vet. Look after grandson Alfie for the day. Do the washing, shopping and cooking. Host Christmas for the family. Roger doesn’t know why Jane’s gone but he’s sure he can manage her ‘women’s work’ without any trouble. Although it’s harder than it looks.

As the weeks go by and Jane stays away, Roger is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his life and himself. But even if Roger can change for the better, will Jane ever come back? Or has she, too, been keeping secrets of her own?

My Thoughts


When Roger’s retirement day arrives he thinks he has his life sorted out, however those thoughts are quickly brushed away when his wife Jane disappears on the same day.

Roger is a man who harbours many secrets, and as his wife seems to vanish without warning he is left questioning whether or not she has been taken by one of the people he has upset throughout the years. But then, the morning after Jane disappearing he starts receiving emails off her telling him all the things he will be required to do whilst she is away.

It becomes clear that Jane has left of her own accord, causing him to re-evaluate his life and the many choices he has made over the years. But the question we are left asking is whether or not it is too late for him to change his ways and whether or not Jane will ever come back.

This is a story unlike any other I have read before. The storyline is perfectly structured and has an engaging plot that keeps you engrossed to the very end. Each of the characters we encounter throughout the story have their own fleshed out personalities that all add to the depth of the story. Following Roger’s journey throughout this book certainly took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, it is certainly a story I won’t forget.

You can purchase a copy of this book by following the link below

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09DYYBW9M

US –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DYYBW9M

About the Author

Jane’s Away is my debut novel, although I have a couple of other manuscripts in a drawer. I live in Wiltshire with my family, three guinea pigs and a very stubborn springer spaniel, and when I’m not writing, I’m avoiding housework by hiding in a room, reading one of the many books on my TBR pile.


*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Clare Hawken for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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