The Night Things Disappeared
A story about the kind of happiness that strikes like a lightning bolt and burns everything.
Architect Thomas and his wife Christina, a fashion designer, are young and carefree. They have successful careers, and there’s absolutely nothing they need worry about. Thomas’ world starts to crumble when his best friend Jo dies from a snake bite on a trip to Asia. Only a few short months later he falls in love completely out of the blue – with his friend Michael’s wife Helen. It is an unfeasible passion that tears his life apart like a stroke of lightning.
Nothing is the way it was. Everything he has built up is in danger of collapsing around his ears. In a frantic attempt to suppress his wayward emotions he embarks on an affair with a colleague, desperately hoping to forget Helen and salvage his marriage. But it’s all to no avail; instead he becomes increasingly drawn into the vortex of this insane love – without even knowing whether it is reciprocated. He tries to talk to Helen, but the conversation
leaves him none the wiser … When he can no longer contain his feelings, his hitherto well-ordered life collapses like a house of cards. Christina files for divorce, Michael ends the friendship and Helen continues to keep her own counsel.
Avoiding the pitfalls of sentimentality – and thereby increasing the book’s haunting intensity – J.F. Dam’s characters’ lives are shaken to the core in an instant.