Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: Then She Was Gone

Author: Lisa Jewell

Publisher: Atria Books

Publish Date: April 24, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewell


Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie 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


Ellie Mack disappeared when she was a teenager. Ten years later, Ellie’s mother, Laurel, is on her way to healing after this great loss. Laurel has always thought there were unanswered questions about her daughter’s disappearance, but she is ready to move on a grieve her loss. Then Laurel meets a man who has a 9-year-old daughter that bears a striking resemblance to her missing daughter, and those unanswered questions arise again.

Told from multiple points of view and different timelines. The main point of view is from Laurel, but we also hear from a few other characters. The timeline is “then” and “now.” The “then” parts were from when Ellie went missing, and the “now” parts were ten years after her disappearance.

Well developed characters and plot. I enjoyed the story, but never really connected to any of the characters.

Then She Was Gone was an intriguing psychological thriller that was creepy and heartbreaking.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Lisa Jewell:
  1. The Third Wife
  2. The Girls in the Garden
  3. I Found You
  4. Then She Was Gone
  5. Watching You
  6. Invisible Girl
  7. The Night She Disappeared
  8. None of This Is True

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