Book Title: Then She Was Gone
Author: Lisa Jewell
Genres: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction
Pub Date: 4/24/18
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?
If she could unwind the timeline, untwist it and roll it back the other way like a ball of wool, she’d see the knots in the yarn, the warning signs. Looking at it backward it was obvious all along. But back then, when she knew nothing about anything, she had not seen it coming. She had walked straight into it with her eyes open.
Lisa Jewell has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and for good reason. Her writing is addictive and appeals to a wide variety of readers; not too light, not too dark, but just right. Her characters are full bodied and bloom like a spring flower by the end of her stories. Also, who doesn’t like to read books by genuinely nice people? If you’ve been active in the book community at all this month then you’re sure to have noticed that Then She Was Gone is an April Pick by Book Of The Month, so naturally this is one that’s being hyped for a reason-it’s just that good! If you haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy yet, then you’ll want to make it a priority and here’s why…
Lisa Jewell knows how to take a classic storyline and make it her own. Most of her plots are traditional tales that have been told before in some form, but the difference is that she knows how to take something that could be predictable and put her own spin on it. The atmosphere, characterization, and raw emotion that is infused into each of her novels elevates their status to something that few suspense novelists have attained. The blending of multiple genres in each of her books really creates a unique reading experience; readers of every gender and walk of life have been able to connect with her writing and I feel that’s a sure sign of the highest quality of writing.
I’m positive you’ve noticed that I haven’t mentioned the plot yet, and that’s for good reason. You really truly want to go as blind into this one as you can. I’m going to avoid any details here, as I want you to have the most fabulous reading experience with this one possible, so I’ll stick to describing it with some buzz words. Breathtaking. Compulsive. Suspenseful. Poetic. <— But Chelsea, how can you describe something thrilling as poetic? Trust me, once you experience Jewell’s writing, you’ll understand.
Gang, this one is more than just a a beautiful shell of a cover. But that cover IS stunning, amiright? You definitely want to add this to your reading schedule ASAP, especially if you’re looking for a read that is so gripping you’ll fly right through it. To say I’m waiting with bated breath for Lisa’s next novel would be an understatement, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. ❤
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.