Title: Then She Was Gone
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Page Count: 368
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.
And then she was gone.
Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.
Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a psychological thriller that weaves a deliciously tangled web from the opening pages until the very end. The story is told in parts and changes the point of view between various characters along the way going between the past and the present day.
Laurel Mack had the perfect family with her husband and three beautiful children until one day when her youngest daughter Ellie didn’t come home. An overachiever Ellie was not the type of daughter to run away but that is exactly what the police concluded after months of searching for the teen.
Ten years later Laurel’s marriage had fallen apart as she took Ellie’s disappearance pretty hard and pushed the rest of her family away. When meeting a new man Ellie still isn’t sure about getting back out there but with the two both sharing a loss in their lives Laurel decides to take a chance.
For me there is nothing more compelling than the story of a missing child and Lisa Jewell has taken that and turned it into so much more. For me this was almost a perfect read with the exception of part two which seemed to drag a bit but even then I still wanted to know how it would all turn out. Never would I have imagined where this one would go as the twists and turns were found all throughout the book. When finished I’d definitely recommend this one to all the thriller fans out there.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels, including The Girls in the Garden, The House We Grew Up In, and The Third Wife. To find out more, visit Facebook.com/LisaJewellOfficial, or follow her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK.