Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Book - 2018
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Struggling to put her life back together a decade after her beloved teen daughter's disappearance, a divorced woman bonds with a charming single father whose young child eerily resembles the woman's own lost daughter.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018.
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501154645
1501154648
Branch Call Number: F JEWELL
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 24 cm

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pattern24
May 03, 2018

This had me hooked from the start. Moving from the time of her daughter's disappearance to 10 years later, We follow a woman through getting on with her life, while getting a feeling of dread that the people around her aren't who they seem. This had me guessing what could have happened to her daughter and who was to blame. A twist ending was satisfying.

debwalker Apr 29, 2018

When you meet someone who's a dead ringer the child you lost a decade ago.....things may not be what they seem!

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McAnnieG
Apr 24, 2018

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.

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alecocq
Apr 17, 2018

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Publish Date: April 17, 2018

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Simon & Schuster Canada for the ebook ARC of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.

Ellie was her mother’s golden child. She had her whole life ahead of her. She went missing at the age of 15.
It has now been ten years since Ellie has disappeared but, Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter. One day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a cafe and sweeps Laurel off her feet.
Laurel and Floyd hit it off right away and before too long she is staying over at his house and meeting his nine year old daughter.
Poppy is intelligent and pretty - and meeting her takes Laurel’s breath away. Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all of these unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? Who still has secrets to hide?

I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend it. Right from the beginning it had me hooked. I couldn’t put it down and when I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The book had me guessing for the most part of it. It had quite a few twists. This is the first Lisa Jewell novel that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last!

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darladoodles
Apr 10, 2018

A big thank you to Atria Books and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this new thriller.

I loved this book! It was an addicting read as we watch the situation unfold, past and present, from the POV of key characters. Jewell skillfully inserts each new perspective at the perfect time in the narrative. This is one of my favorite books so far this year and would make a delightful book group pick. So much to discuss: the generation gap, the loss of a child, the aftermath of marital breakups, mental illness and more. Be sure to have your tissues handy as the ending is perfect and poignant.

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aliciamarie
Apr 04, 2018

It's no secret that Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors. She has a way of writing that draws me in, keeps me hooked, and leaves me breathless at the end. I was almost in tears when I was approved to read the egalley of her latest novel, Then She Was Gone.

This book was cleverly plotted. When we first meet each character I wondered how exactly they would fit into this story. By the book's end, they had blended seamlessly. Each character was unique in their own way. Some started off lovable and by the end I hated them. Others visa versa. Each was relatable in their own little way.

This story was a non-stop page turner. I can't remember the last time I wanted to finish a book so fast, yet didn't want it to end. I knew, somewhat, where the story was going but couldn't figure out how it all played out. The ending was a surprise and absolutely satisfying.

I don't think it's a shock that I give this book a 5 star rating. I look forward to the next book by Lisa Jewell, as she always finds a way to keep readers on their toes. She is on my short list of authors I adore.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for allowing me the egalley to read and give my honest review.

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