Then She Was Gone: A Novel


Author: Lisa Jewell

Type: Phycological Suspense

ARC graciously provided by the publisher and NetGalley for an honest and voluntary review.

Release Date: April 17, 2018

Available at Amazon

Reviewed by 2shay

Rating: 2 Stars

Book Blurb……….

Ten years after her teenage daughter disappears, a woman crosses paths with a charming single father whose young child feels eerily familiar, in this evocative, suspenseful drama from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell—perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Liane Moriarty.

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?


Dark, depressing and disturbing. And this is not a new release, contrary to what NetGalley led me to believe. This book was released on paper back in October. The only thing new is the ebook. I thought I should make that clear in case someone wants it now…it’s available in both hardback and paperback.

This is my first…and last…book by this author. Not because it isn’t very well written, because it is. I just feel sorry for an author who has this dark material running around in their heads wanting to get out, and I don’t like being pulled into their dark places. There is a smidgen of a tenuous happy ending, but too many bad things happen to make it a comfortable read.

I can’t, in good conscience, recommend this book. It’s too dark. I like a dark read now and then, but I expect to be entertained at some point, not wanting to jump off a cliff. Sheesh. Instead of this one, go find a good horror story, you’ll feel better at the end.


ARC graciously provided by the publisher and NetGalley for an honest and voluntary review.


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