The Blonde Bookworm: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell -- Review

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell -- Review

Monday, April 30, 2018

Title: The She Was Gone 
Author: Lisa Jewell 
Pages: 368
Publishing: Atria Books (April 17, 2018)
ISBN: 1501154648


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 cafĂ©, 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?


Lisa Jewell is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me. I absolutely loved I Found You, so when I was given the opportunity to read Then She Was Gone, I was absolutely thrilled. Jewell did not disappoint with this novel either! There were so many things I loved about the novel, but I think I loved the slow burn thrills the best. I felt like I was constantly craving more, which is to be expected from a suspense novel, but this was more of a dark and emotional thrill instead of the thrill from a surprise twist. 

I've read a few reviews where the readers thought the novel was a bit predictable. There were definitely times where I figured out what was coming next, but I don't feel like it ruined the novel for me. I liked being able to guess some of the plot, but there was still so much that was a total shock to me! Jewell's writing is fantastic and I truly loved this story from start to finish. 

All in all, Then She Was Gone was an edgy and twisted story that left me wanting more. The suspense gradually grew until the end of the novel and I thought the pacing was fantastic. I would highly recommend this to readers who enjoyed other Lisa Jewell novels or if you enjoyed Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser. 

Rating 4.5/5

*Thank you Atria Books for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

1 comment:

  1. I definitely want to read this book now. Thanks for such a great review. I am always drawn to stories which involve/revolve around someone going missing. It shall be on my TBR soon so thank you!


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