Then She Was Gone Book Review
A Fifteen Year Old Girl Vanishes Into Thin Air
This book, Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell is one of those books that will keep you up all night. The characters are brilliant; all secrets and shadows, and hopes, and fears, and illusions colliding violently with reality. Such a page-turner. This story is one my the best mysteries I have found in a long time. I am highly recommending this one, guys!
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What Is Then She Was Gone About?
This book is about the aftermath of the loss of a bright fifteen-year-old girl, Ellie Mack, who is deeply loved. It is about the mystery of her disappearance itself, apparently into thin air. No leads. No hope. For so long, nothing but questions and loss.
But it is mostly about the family and the mystery she leaves behind. It is about her mother, Laurel who ends up lost herself in too many ways. Her sister Hanna, who never could replace Ellie. Her brother, Jake and her father, Paul. Each one, damaged in their own way but the sudden disappearance of their golden girl.
And it is also about evil. About a very dark mental illness. About greed and lust and horror.
Meet The Characters of Then She Was Gone
- Ellie Mack, highly intelligent, recently in love for the first time, star student, favorite child, beloved teenager, who vanishes without a trace.
- Laurel, the mother of Ellie Mack who can not ease her grief, or understand how anyone else can move on with their life without answers, who is lonely and has lost everything that once mattered to her. Now, about to become a victim herself, of the same mystery that has stolen her precious daughter.
- Floyd, a man protecting some very dark secrets, who has fallen in love with Laurel, for better or for worse.
What I Liked About Then She Was Gone
I loved this book. I loved the characters, the flow, the suspense of it. The characters are just so realistically human. All unpredictable and relatable. The story has so much of that desperate aching we all wish we didn’t know of. Aching from loss, aching from hope and desire, aching to make something right when we know it means we will lose everything – aching.
From the Book Jacket of Then She Was Gone
A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist—Top 5 Best Mystery & Thriller * A Suspense Magazine “Best of 2018” Thriller/Suspense Pick
“An acutely observed family drama with bone-chilling suspense.” —People
“Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most astute thriller reader won’t see where everything is going until the final threads are unknotted.” —Booklist starred review
“Sharply written with twists and turns, Jewell’s latest will please fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, or Luckiest Girl Alive.” —Library Journal
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?
About The Author of Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. In total, her novels have sold more than two million copies across the English-speaking world and her work has also been translated into sixteen languages so far. Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Connect with her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK and on Facebook @LisaJewellOfficial.
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