Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa JewellThen She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone: A Novel

byLisa Jewell

Paperback | April 17, 2018

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“More than a whiff of The Lovely Bones wafts through this haunting domestic noir from bestseller Jewell…Skillfully told by several narrators (some of them ghostly), Jewell’s gripping novel is an emotionally resonant story of loss, grief, and renewal.” —Publishers Weekly

Ten years after her teenage daughter goes missing, a woman connects with a charming single father, but she is still haunted by her child’s disappearance in this “deeply emotional and incredibly clever” (Mail Online) thriller from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of I Found You.

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?
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 fifteen novels, including Then She Was Gone, I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. To find out more, visit Facebook.co...
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Title:Then She Was Gone: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:April 17, 2018Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed I found the first 3/4 of this book to be boring. The 4th part became a bit of a page turner; but, overall, it just does not measure up to the promotional hype given.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible! Every page was a new adventure for me! Always kept me on the edge of my seat! Loved, loved, loved this book!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read I read this in less than a week. It is very easy to read. Interesting and shocking story but can also be sad at times.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read As far as thrillers go, you won't be disappointed. It was very dark, but how could it not be dark when the topic is about a teen gone missing. This was my first Lisa Jewell book, and I will definitely be reading more.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing and heartbreaking I absolutely loved this book! there were parts that terrified me and parts that truly broke my heart. An amazing read for sure!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this book From the moment I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. When I was done I started to miss the characters and wanted to more about them. A definite must read
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling and page-turning I got this as a graduation gift, and Jewell crafts her mysteries perfectly, so that it keeps you hooked, but it also pointedly leaks a few clues so when you have your "AHA" moment you feel good about yourself!!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from super fast read, great book, a little twisted I felt like every time I picked this book up I read so much and was done it in no time! It was a great, easy read that really grasped your attention. It was definitely a little dark and twisted, so if you aren't into crazy thrilling plots, this book probably isn't for you. But for me it was a page turner and I'd recommend it for sure!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Page turner, felt like i was watching an episode of dateline or something!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from page turner for sure! The book had me hooked from the moment i started it. It was dark and twisty. I had the Ah-ha moment but my theory was only half right. Great read! I will definitely be looking into more Lisa Jewell novels as i really did enjoy her writing styles
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! From the second I started to read this book until I read the last page I was hooked on Lisa Jewell's writing. This is the first of many of her books to come.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting, but very well-written As someone who loves suspenseful thrillers, I have to say that this one creeped me out! Not your average Gone Girl- type of thriller, but I found the plot to be insanely dark and very weird, and at times unbelievable. It was well-written, like all Lisa Jewell books.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Story This was a very weird story line but I still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fast read This author knows how to tell a story and while the story is infused with sadness, there's hope.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Page Turning and Interesting This book was an easy read. . . finished it in one day. Not hard to figure out where the story was heading but none the less I would read it again and recommend it.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page-turner!! This is a quick read because you will not want to put it down. So much suspense and keeps you constantly making predictions. Some pretty twisted characters.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read This book was very entertaining however i did see a lot coming so I wasn't suprised at the end but well written and interesting.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book is so good. I finished it in a day! I could not put it down. A must read.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read First time reading a book by Lisa Jewell and it will not be my last. This book kept me hooked from start to finish.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A page-turner, for sure But some parts were just too far-fetched. It was a fun read, but not the best story. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Have not read material by this author, glad I chose to do so. Great easy read. Will be looking for more by this author.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, quick suspense read! Read this book in a few days! Couldn't put it down. A little predictable but in a good way...wanted to see if I was right! And there were still a few twists! Already recommended it to friends and family!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast decent read This was my 1st book by this author. I found the story dark, however it was still a decent read. It makes a great weekend or vacation book. Even though it is easy to predict most of what happens, it's still a page turner. Overall I recommend to for the avid reader looking for a fast, easy suspense.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I really liked this book. Page turner and quick read
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense Read Such an intense read. I couldn't put this book down. I finished it in a day!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner I finished this book in two days. I couldn't put it down and was so sad when it ended. You NEED to read this.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I bought this book only a few days ago and WOW! It is a book you do not want to put down, I finished it in 5 days, it is so suspenseful and exciting. Great summer read!
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow.... #plumreview This one I couldn't stop reading. It is a creepy story that's easy to read and leaves you feeling unsettled.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick read... but alright I read this in a day at the lake It was an easy read, creepy story, but I found i didn't love it.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I finished this book in under a week, it's a great read. A little predictable but there were times when I was shocked at what happened.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So SAD Made me cry my lil heart out, I'm still heartbroken just thinkin about this lil ol thang. idk if y'all can handle such a heart wrenching book.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Impressed with this author's writing style. Highly recommend this book
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I love Lisa Jewell's books. It's hard to put this book down
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS BOOK! Lisa Jewell is a great author. She develops characters so well and it is difficult to put this book down. Such great plots and surprises and twists. You will love this book so much and you will want to read every book by this author!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down~ I finished this book in two days. There are many twists and turns, but the pace of the book allows you to make guesses as to what happens next.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I haven't read a book like this in awhile where I just could not put it down. It is filled with a lot of twists! I would highly recommend if you like this genre!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Did this book live up to the hype for me!? The answer is YES! This book was a real page turner, I stayed up way past my bedtime cause I needed to know what happened to Ellie Mack. If you’re looking for a thriller with a big twist at the end then this isn’t the book for you, instead this one built up slowly so you can piece together the story while you read. I even teared up at the end which I was not expecting.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Lisa Jewell Book This is my first Lisa Jewell book. She is a good writer and keeps you (as the reader) engaged. I read the book in one go. Even though I had guessed what happened, I really still wanted the story to unfold. I especially liked the perspectives from all the various characters. More multi-dimensional and interesting to the reader.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book Really enjoyed this book I thought I knew what was going to happen and then it totally surprised and pulled me in I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down! Would highly recommend
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just wow Finished this book in under 24hrs, you can not, will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gripping and twsited definitely a worth while read. twists kept coming.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read!!!! I sat down on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea and this book and ended up reading it from start to finish. I literally could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldnt put it down Great grab! The story was possible and suspense was so good!
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved this book, from the beginning to the end. I couldn´t put it down, and finished the book within a day. I would highly recommend to buy this book.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! MUST READ! This novel was captivating from start to finish. I could not put this book down because I simply wanted to know what happened to Ellie. As the other reviews have mentioned, the family dynamics and plot lines keep you glued to the book. Brilliant storytelling by the author! I will definitely be checking out her other books!
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down! I was hooked right from the beginning. Ellie’s disappearance was so mysterious. Even though we get a hint of who was involved in her disappearance early on in the book, the details of what happened are saved until the end. I didn’t want to stop reading because I really wanted to find out what happened to her! I found Floyd so creepy right from the moment he was introduced. He was a little too good to be true. He seemed like the perfect guy for Laurel, which was too convenient. His daughter was a little odd too. Poppy is very mature for her age and she looks just like Laurel’s daughter. Their appearance in Laurel’s life was suspicious. Though the novel was very suspenseful, the ending was so emotional that it made me cry. If you’re looking for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, go read this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow in the beginning, but still an amazing thriller This may contradict what I said in my title, but I have to take into consideration that I have not read thrillers like this in a while and that the pacing in the beginning covers more of background knowledge I should be aware of. All I thought of in my head was "What happened to Ellie? What happened to Ellie? What happened to Ellie?" and that was prob the reason why I skimmed through a few pages (my fault lol) Overall, a wonderful read and well written! This book hand me on my toes, nevertheless (i'll get used to stories like these eventually)
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Thriller Book This was my first thriller book and it was a page turner! I wanted to know what was going to happen next. It executes different perspectives very well, it made sense. I had my assumption of what the plot couldve been but it was a bit of a twist! I enjoyed how fleshed out the characters were. They had their flaws, they were very human.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book...omg. had me right until the bitter end. Loved it
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I have a hard time finding books that I can really get into, however, I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down, it kept me in suspense, just when I thought I had it figured out there was a twist. Great book! I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Book I will cut right to the chase: this book was simply AMAZING, do yourself and your bookshelf a favour and go buy yourself a copy ASAP! This is the second book I have read by Lisa Jewell (the first was The Girls in the Garden - which I also loved) and I must say that she has become one of my favorite authors. This book was a compelling mystery that was perfectly paced and so addictive - I devoured this book. The pace of the story as a whole added to the suspense for me, it was a quick read but also a slow burn, which avoided giving away too much too soon and instead allowed a strong build up to what turns out to be a great story. The book alternates between Then and Now and tells the story of a missing girl, Ellie, before, during and after her disappearance. Her mother, Laurel, the main character is the lead storyteller. You can't help but have your heart go out to Laurel and all that she's been through: losing a child, husband and the better version of what she used to be. She's forced to regain her life back, albeit hesitantly. The layers of mystery surrounding Ellie's disappearance slowly unfold through the varying perspectives of each character. Laurel finally gets some closure on Ellie's disappearance and starts to pick herself back up, slowly. Her rise to life again is briefly interrupted with an astonishing revelation. This book hits on many emotions and real life experiences within a family dynamic following the loss of a child, which I thought really allowed me to become attached to the characters. I didn't quite see some of the twists and turns coming, but wasn't too shocked at certain parts either. Overall, I thought the level of suspense was perfectly timed and unleashed. I highly recommend this book be added to suspense/thriller fiction fans reading list this summer as I am confident it won't disappoint.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This book was very well written. I liked that it wasn't scary and easy to follow. Couldn't drop the book once I got half way through, lots of twists that keeps you wanting to know what's next. I highly recommend for people that like mystery but don't want horror.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it in one day This book was a definite page turner and I finished it within the day. Well written and very descriptive as a reader you are left wanting more.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I couldn't put this book down! Good twists (some that I saw coming, but some that I didn't at all.) A real page turner!
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book is full of mystery, emotion, and character development. It was a huge page turner-- highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting book.... This is an interesting read. Kept me on my toes. Excited for the next novel!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Predictable Lisa Jewell has the original ending of this novel somewhere on her website if you wanted to know what could have happened! I predicted almost everything about the novel. However, it was a great read because even if you guess the main plot points, you still have to read further to understand the motivation behind the characters. There was something at the end that I did not guess. Great read and psychotic characters!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this, can't wait for her next novel! Then she was Gone by Lisa Jewell is an absolutely fantastic wonder of a novel that I couldn't get enough of. I loved it from beginning to end. I was sure I knew what was going to happen, then something would change, and I would think, OK, now I know whats going to happen, and then it would change again, each time throwing me for a loop. One of the best stories I have read in years. I couldn't put it down. It is written in the first person from varying points of view and you can relate to so many of them. I could relate to the main character, Laurel, because she is a mom and I have two daughters. I have "golden" children that I don't know what I would do if either of them vanished. It spooked me and I had to stop and go give them both a hug while I was reading this. I kept wondering if the same thing ever happened to one of my children if I would push my other children and husband away. Every new turn I would ask myself, is this what I would do? It is a well written and engaging story that resonates long after you have put it down. Half way through you start to read in someone else's point of view, and I loved it. It changed up the novel without losing the feel of the story. "May was like the Friday night of summer: all the good times lying ahead of you, bright and shiny and waiting to be lived" Loved this, it is so true. Maybe a sign of what is to come? The ending was not what I was expecting at all with a hugely suspenseful buildup, and it wasn't until very close to the end that everything became clear and I can not give more detail than that because I would be giving too much of the story away. It is a real emotional story that I felt deep with in my soul. Can't wait to read more by Lisa Jewell.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable but worth the read This book is a page turner, but it is very predictable at the same time.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I couldn't put this book down! This is my first by Lisa and I am definitely going to read her other novels. She created unforgettable characters. The story is the definition of suspense.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Then She Was Gone This is the first book I've read by this author and, I must say, I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of Suspense Full of suspense. I couldn't put it down. I good read for anyone looking for a good suspense novel.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very invigorating This is a really great book that you will not want to put down. Very compelling story line. Overall a must read in my opinion.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Real Page Turner This book made you want to keep reading. Sometimes it felt a little predictable, but it didn't make you want to stop reading it. The author is good at building up suspense.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS This was the first Lisa Jewell book I have read, and boy did she not disappoint. I happened to pick it up off the shelf, knowing nothing about her or the book. This was suspensful and a true page turner. I finished it on the train to and from work, and late night in bed, in 3 days. I thought about it when I wasn't reading, and could not put it down when I was. The best book I have read in many, many years. I am currently on my third book of hers, and the others, too, do not disappoint. However, Then She Was Gone is amazing beyond belief, and no book compares.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One among many A very easy and warm read. Although the book was mostly predictably, You would want to read to the end (well if you are like me). The characters were interesting and fun.The descriptions allowed my imaginations to blossom. The story embodies family, tragedy, love, lost and what comes after. Filled with cliches and a beautiful ending, I will still recommend this book for a warm, lazy beach day. I wanted more out of the story as I read it, something exciting. I wanted suspense, thrilling finds and more drama but I think I will settle for the heart warming, eye-tearing letter from Ellie at the end. Good job LJ.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Newfound love for this author Lisa Jewell knows how to keep her readers guessing!
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh While it was an interesting story, I found it was pretty easy to figure out what had happened to the daughter well before the story got into the details of what happened to her. I guess I was expecting more twists and turns, something that would shock me.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read So many twists and turns just couldnt put it down.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was interesting.. It started off as a page turner, you are trying to figure out what happened and how everyone is connected, but then it got really creepy and then sad and heartbreaking especially the epilogue. It's well written (although parts of it of questionable) and a quick read. The only reason I won't recommend it is that it's not for everyone.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED!!!! One of Lisa Jewell's BEST!! She writes beautifully ...a MUST READ!!!!
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put the book down had to read it all in one sitting....amazing story
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This was an excellent book! I'm ordering more from this author, amazing writing style.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Enough Read Well l didn't find to much of this book surprising,i still enjoyed it. I don't think it's a "thriller" more a murder mystery. I had a hard time with Laurel making it clear that Ellie was her "favorite" child all through the book. And she was pretty judgemental of Floyd and Poppy's father/daughter relationship. Heck she seemed judgemental of everyone. Then she wonders why her relationship with Hattie was so bad? The lasagna incident was pretty telling. But for me the epilogue was heartbreaking. This book wasn't bad but l don't know it could have been better
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. Quick read. I loved this book, finished it in 2 days, I couldn't put it down. The story is great and even though by half of the book you kind of already know what happened, you just have to keep reading. The ending was not much of my liking because the story was detailed and extended and by the end it was like a paragraph for each issue, you know what I mean? very quick just like: "check, check, check and all is well". But still it was a great read.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Predictable but gripping This was a quick read, 2 days later, because I could not put it down. I knew what was coming but kept going because I was entranced,
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it all in 4 days Such a good novel. This was the first novel I have read by this author, and I immediately went out to buy more from her! The book had a steady pace which had me up past my usual bedtime pushing me to finish it. Characters were great and realistic. I felt like the ending could have been much better however.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from psychological drama 5 star! Time well spent reading this masterfully written psychological drama. Told at a steady pace with surprises that feel like forgone conclusions. Laurel & Paul Mack and their three children, Jake, Hanna & Ellie glide through their normal middle'class lives until an unhinged tutor's stalking causes 15 year old Ellie to disappear. Ten years later the shattered family begins to change when Laurel meets Floyd Dunn and his 9 yr old daughter Poppy. There is something familiar calling to Laurel's heart. Chapters alternate between then and now; Ellie, and her family's struggle to cope and survive.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO FREAKING GOOD! What an amazing book! I was immediately sucked into this story right from the beginning! There's something about the way Lisa Jewell writes a novel that I really appreciate. From the books I've read so far, I've noticed Jewell knows how to craft a slow-burning, mystery and suspense novel with loads of details, which leaves me gripped to her books enjoying the character's developments, plot and ultimate sense of mystery and suspense...
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Well that was one humdinger of a story! I read this in just over a day, once hitting the half way mark I knew someone else had to cook supper last night. I was draw right in here, it's every parents worst nightmare - that of losing a child. When there is no closure just existing as time speeds by wondering, hoping for a miracle. With this story alternating in points of view gave me different perspectives, getting to know the characters better. The characters are flawed and believable, the story was engrossing and kept me flipping the screen. The chapters weren't overly long, hence just one more chapter and before I knew I was too absorbed to slow down. Then She Was Gone is more than a story of Ellie's disappearance, it's about mental health, insecurity and forgiveness. Written with feeling I couldn't help but feel Laurel's pain and heartache. The author's writing style is one I enjoyed, as the plot flowed and the voices changed it was done smoothly not disrupting the energy of the story. Lisa Jewell is not a new author to me, I enjoyed I Found You and look forward to searching out more of her books.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy, entertaining read 3.5 hen She Was Gone is Lisa Jewell's newest novel. Laurel's fifteen year old Ellie Mack disappeared without a trace ten years ago. The loss of a daughter and sister has affected all members of the Mack family. When Laurel meets a man named Floyd and decides it's time to date again, she is stunned when she meets his young daughter. Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie. All kinds of roads that this story could go down, isn't there? Astute readers will suss out the most obvious one as the story plays out. There are multiple points of view in Then She Was Gone. Laurel and Ellie, but also Floyd and another protagonist. The timeline goes from a past to present narrative as well. All of the characters are strongly depicted and the reader will have no problem making up their minds about them. I did find Laurel's decision making to be a bit iffy. But, without those bad choices, there wouldn't be a story! The plotting of Then She Was Gone was a bit predictable. But, I was surprised by the way Jewell chose to end the book. I wasn't sure about it, but it's fitting. Then She Was Gone is an entertaining, easy read, perfect for the beach bag this summer.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible and well-rounded thriller This was bananas! I thought I had it figured out early but I was VERY wrong. So twisted and deliberately misleading, I read the second half in one sitting. Bravo for the final twist. BRAVO.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!!! One of the best psychological thrillers I have read. It is impossible to put down once you start with unexpected twists. Brilliant MUST READ!!
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I just saw a review that was as long as the novel this right here is a review: its a greatbook buy it and love it ! there done in 30 seconds calm down steohan king
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Little Predictable, But A Great Mystery I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've been on a kick for thrillers lately, and so when this popped up in my inbox as a potential review read from NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to give it a go. I'd heard good things about Lisa Jewell in the past from other reviewers, and her books had always been on my radar, so this seemed like the perfect chance to give her stuff a go. And I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It wasn't the most original mystery in the world, and it wasn't too hard to figure out where it was all going in the end, but the writing was great, I liked the characters, and it was such an easy, intriguing read that it was rather hard to set it down.  Of all the mysteries I read, this was the one that felt most like a classic, along the lines of Agatha Christie. It's almost like the author keeps you at arms length (which I found Christie did) so that the focus is really on the mystery and you're not getting overly involved with the characters. Which may be a thing that doesn't work for everyone, but I rather liked it. The Good Points of Then She Was Gone: The pacing in this book was insanely fast, but you never feel like you miss anything. Even though it was flying by, I never had to go back and reread any part. Which also meant that I got though this book in record time. The mystery was well set up. It's not the greatest mystery, and you kind of know where it's going, but it's one of those where you know where it's going to go and you're just not sure how you're going to end up there. It made for a fun read, and I was pleased that I was pretty close in the end. All the characters in this book were strange, which was both a nice change of pace from the stereotypical characters that often end up in mysteries and enjoyable to read about. They're not super well developed, but they were unique enough to make up for that fact. The Downsides of Then She Was Gone: This book alternates between two first person perspectives and two third person perspectives, which was a little confusing. The third person ones at least indicated when it was Ellie's story over Laurel's, but the first person ones were not labeled and while they were not hard to figure out, it would have been nice to have some indication from the start. As already mentioned, it was predictable, and while it had some fun twists, it didn't really bring much new to the table.  This may be me nitpicking, but the ending bugged me, because I do not believe for a moment it would be as simple as that. There would be so much legal paperwork and police stuff and what have you to make something like that work in real life. And I know it's a book, and I know it's possible that part was just left out, but it was all I could think as I read the ending. All in all, I enjoyed Then She Was Gone. It was a fun thriller, had some interesting characters, and was so fast paced that it was hard to put down. However, it was a bit predictable, the ending bugged me, and I perpetually want something new to add to the thriller genre than the same old stuff. If you enjoy British mysteries, family (especially of the dysfunctional variety) drama, and great writing, you should definitely check out Then She Was Gone.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very engaging I had trouble putting this one down. Even once I had figured out the mystery (fairly early on), the process of watching the characters uncovering the truth was captivating.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another amazing mystery from Lisa Jewell! This is yet another, absolutely awesome book by Lisa Jewell. Lisa continues to be one of my favorite authors, who is somehow able to weave complex character drama with compelling mystery into a perfectly paced, and delicious read. Then She Was Gone follows Laurel Mack, whose teenage daughter Ellie, went missing 10 years before. There are not many clues, and the police eventually mark it down as a runaway teen, although the family never quite reconcile that with the golden girl they loved. Laurel's life unraveled as the years passed, costing her her marriage and her relationships with her other two children. As Laurel works to piece her life back together, she meets a seemingly wonderful man in a cafe, who gives her a sense of possibility of moving on with her life, and starting anew. Soon she is meeting his daughter, Poppy, a dead lookalike for her long missing daughter, and all of the unanswered questions from her past are stirred back up again. What actually happened to Ellie ten years ago? I love that the story is told in from varying characters perspectives throughout - every new perspective lending a little more to unfolding the mystery piece by piece. I honestly thought I had a handle on what twists might be coming, but I truly never did figure it all out, right to the very end. The complexity of the characters and their intertwining dynamics were terrifically balanced, and it was so refreshing to read a story of a divorced couple who were not bitterly angry with one another. Overall this was a fantastic mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat right through the final pages. This book is a perfect fit for book clubs everywhere!
Date published: 2018-01-30

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PROLOGUE  Those months, the months before she disappeared, were the best months. Really. Just the best. Every moment presented itself to her like a gift and said, Here I am, another perfect moment, just look at me, can you believe how lovely I am? Every morning was a flurry of mascara and butterflies, quickening pulse as she neared the school gates, blooming joy as her eyes found him. School was no longer a cage; it was the bustling, spotlit film set for her love story. Ellie Mack could not believe that Theo Goodman had wanted to go out with her. Theo Goodman was the best-looking boy in year eleven, bar none. He’d also been the best-looking boy in year ten, year nine, and year eight. Not year seven though. None of the boys in year seven were good-looking. They were all tiny, bug-eyed babies in huge shoes and oversized blazers. Theo Goodman had never had a girlfriend and everyone thought maybe he was gay. He was kind of pretty, for a boy, and very thin. And just, basically, really, really nice. Ellie had dreamed about being with him for years, whether he was gay or not. She would have been happy just to have been his friend. His young, pretty mum walked to school with him every day. She wore gym gear and had her hair in a ponytail and usually had a small white dog with her that Theo would pick up and kiss on the cheek before placing it gently back down on the pavement; then he would kiss his mum and saunter through the gates. He didn’t care who saw. He wasn’t embarrassed by the powder-puff dog or his mum. He was self-assured.  Then one day last year, just after the summer holiday, he had struck up a conversation with her. Just like that. During lunch, something to do with some homework assignment or other, and Ellie, who really knew nothing much about anything, knew immediately that he wasn’t gay and that he was talking to her because he liked her. It was totally obvious. And then, just like that, they were boyfriend and girlfriend. She’d thought it would be more complicated.  But one wrong move, one tiny kink in the time line, it was all over. Not just their love story, but all of it. Youth. Life. Ellie Mack. All gone. All gone forever. If she could rewind 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. 1   Laurel let herself into her daughter’s flat. It was, even on this relatively bright day, dark and gloomy. The window at the front was overwhelmed by a terrible tangle of wisteria while the other side of the flat was completely overshadowed by the small woodland it backed onto. An impulse buy, that’s what it had been. Hanna had just got her first bonus and wanted to throw it at something solid before it evaporated. The people she’d bought the flat from had filled it with beautiful things but Hanna never had the time to shop for furnishings and the flat now looked like a sad post divorce downsizer. The fact that she didn’t mind her mum coming in when she was out and cleaning it was proof that the flat was no more than a glorified hotel room to her. Laurel swept, by force of habit, down Hanna’s dingy hallway and straight to the kitchen, where she took the cleaning kit from under the sink. It looked as though Hanna hadn’t been home the night before. There was no cereal bowl in the sink, no milk splashes on the work surface, no tube of mascara left half-open by the magnifying makeup mirror on the windowsill. A plume of ice went down Laurel’s spine. Hanna always came home. Hanna had nowhere else to go. She went to her handbag and pulled out her phone, dialed Hanna’s number with shaking fingers, and fumbled when the call went through to voicemail as it always did when Hanna was at work. The phone fell from her hands and toward the floor where it caught the side of her shoe and didn’t break. “Shit,” she hissed to herself, picking up the phone and staring at it blindly. “Shit.” She had no one to call, no one to ask: Have you seen Hanna? Do you know where she is? Her life simply didn’t work like that. There were no connections anywhere. Just little islands of life dotted here and there. It was possible, she thought, that Hanna had met a man, but unlikely. Hanna hadn’t had a boyfriend, not one, ever. Someone had once mooted the theory that Hanna felt too guilty to have a boyfriend because her little sister would never have one. The same theory could also be applied to her miserable flat and nonexistent social life. Laurel knew simultaneously that she was overreacting and also that she was not overreacting. When you are the parent of a child who walked out of the house one morning with a rucksack full of books to study at a library a fifteen-minute walk away and then never came home again, then there is no such thing as overreacting. The fact that she was standing in her adult daughter’s kitchen picturing her dead in a ditch because she hadn’t left a cereal bowl in the sink was perfectly sane and reasonable in the context of her own experience. She typed the name of Hanna’s company into a search engine and pressed the link to the phone number. The switchboard put her through to Hanna’s extension and Laurel held her breath. “Hanna Mack speaking.” There it was, her daughter’s voice, brusque and characterless. Laurel didn’t say anything, just touched the off button on her screen and put her phone back into her bag. She opened Hanna’s dishwasher and began unstacking it.

Editorial Reviews

“Then She Was Gone is a riveting thriller.” —PopSugar “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. There will surely be comparisons to novels such as Emma Donoghue’s Room (2010) as well as all of the “Girl” thrillers, but Jewell’s latest really isn’t at all derivative. 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. Those few who do guess early won’t mind, as the pace and prose will keep them hooked.” —Booklist, starred review "Harrowing." —US Weekly “Jewell gets more riveting and twisty with every book she writes. Completely absorbing, fast-paced, well-written and with a shocking ending that will keep readers guessing, Then She Was Gone is a nearly pitch-perfect thriller. Fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware are sure to adore this haunting novel.” —Shelf Awareness “More than a whiff of The Lovely Bones wafts through this haunting domestic noir from bestseller Jewell. . . Skillfully told by several narrators, Jewell’s gripping novel is an emotionally resonant story of loss, grief, and renewal.”  —Publishers Weekly "For thriller readers, Jewell's latest will not disappoint. Sharply written with twists and turns, it will please fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, or Luckiest Girl Alive." —Library Journal “In addition to being a complex and genuinely suspenseful narrative, Then She Was Gone is a rich study of the ways in which people respond to grief and how past trauma can continue to shape their decision-making and relationships years or decades later. Readers will be truly affected by Ellie’s real story once it’s revealed—and they’ll be satisfied by the hopeful yet bittersweet ending. Jewell demonstrates once again that she has what it takes to genuinely shock, surprise and move her readers.” —Book Reporter "What begins as a story about the mother of a missing girl starting a new relationship as she comes terms with her grief morphs into a gripping, disturbing and utterly fascinating tale about what really happened to young Ellie Mack. I've been a Lisa Jewell fan for a long time and in this book, as in all her others, she deftly weaves a compelling plot with an emotional depth that leaves you gasping. In Then She Was Gone she has created a book that is dark and claustrophobic but also heartfelt and moving. Then She Was Gone packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded. I loved it." —C.L. Taylor, bestselling author "If you were the first of your friends to read Girl On The Train, and have read Gone Girl more times than you can remember, then here is your summer read. A thriller about a 15-year-old girl who has vanished and a mother who won’t give up hope. A perfect Pimm’s companion." —The Sun (UK)