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?
Title:Then She Was Gone: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:April 17, 2018Publisher:Atria / 37 InkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501192833

ISBN - 13:9781501192838

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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