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The Year We Disappeared by Cylin Busby & John Busby

My name is Jenna. I go to a high school where I’m part of the marching band and the cheerleading squad. I’m pretty busy, but I always find time to read. I’m also very creative and I like doing little crafts out of random things I find.


The Year We Disappeared: a father-daughter memoir by Cylin Busby & John Busby

John Busby, a Falmouth, Massachusetts cop, was shot in the face in 1979. It was an attempted murder, but he miracously survived. Cylin Busby, his daughter, and John himself wrote ‘The Year We Disappeared’ to tell their complicated and fascinating story.

Imagine your own father being shot…but surviving. You are so happy he is alive, but now you know someone wants to kill him. Now he can’t even talk and doesn’t even look like himself with half of his face gone. This is what Cylin and her two older brothers had to go through when their dad was shot.

As a reader, you are invited into the lives of both Cylin and John in alternating perspectives of that eventful year. You’ll see the pain of Cylin, who had to go to school with policemen guarding her wherever she went, her whole life changing overnight. She once had tons of friends, was able to go outside and play, and live a carefree life. After the shooting, she is isolated at school, she rarely leaves the house, and sleeps with a knife under her mattress. The reader will see the anger of John, who desperately wants to kill James Meyer, who he believes shot him. The reader sees just how bad John’s injuries are, and how he has intense anger that his family has to live like they are.

John also reveals the inside workings of the Falmouth Police Department, and how some policemen are not doing their job. The reader is able to understand that no one helped John Busby and to have justice served for his attempted murder. You will see the complete unfairness of the situation, and feel pain yourself.

This book definitely helped me feel like a part of the Busby family, and I was taken inside to see the pain, anger, and secrecy of this case. This book is great for people to see the importance of family, love, and the ability to remain strong after a hardship.

2 Responses

  1. it’s raymond meyer who jhon thinks shot him, not james meyer

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