Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

then she was gone

Review

As a reluctant reader, I picked up this book expecting to lose interest a few chapters in but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Having thought of Lisa Jewell as a chick lit writer, I didn’t hold much hope for her first thriller. This book was a real page-turner for me, it’s a great story and is more than just a little bit disturbing. I’ll definitely be reading another of her books soon.

From the beginning I was hooked, all the characters are relatable, some are likeable and some aren’t. Poppy in particular really gave me the creeps! It got a little bit predictable in the second part of the story when we learn what happened to Ellie, but then went on to give us some more good twists and turns. The ending came as a bit of a shock to me and, as someone who usually spots a plot twist a mile away, that was a really nice treat!

Blurb

THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s
golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

NOW
It’s been ten years since Ellie
disappeared, but Laurel has never given up
hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.
Before too long s THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s
golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

NOW
It’s been ten years since Ellie
disappeared, but Laurel has never given up
hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.
Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?
Who still has secrets to hide?

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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