OMFG! This book gave me ALL the emotions; I was furious, terrified, heartbroken, and beyond scared at points. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is bloody brilliant! A complete SLEEP STEALER and you need to read it NOW! In fact, don’t bother reading my review, just scroll to the buying links at the bottom, I’ll forgive you this once!
Here’s the blurb …
Cornerstone Digital; 01 edition (27 July 2017)
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.
Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.
But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.
Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.
Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?
My thoughts …
I must admit I have avoided reading any of Jewell’s thrillers. I’m of an age where her romantic comedies were favourites of my teens and I couldn’t face the thought that she had a dark side.
Well what an idiot I am.
What an absolute idiot!
Then She Was Gone is frigging amazing! One of the BEST psychological thrillers I’ve EVER read!
When Ellie went missing almost ten years ago, Laurel’s life fell apart. Now she’s moving on, finally. She meets a wonderful man in a café one day and he sweeps her off her feet.
He is everything a woman could possibly want in a man but when Laurel meets his daughter, rather than seal the deal of the new relationship, new questions are raised around the disappearance of Ellie.
What on earth could the connection be? Laurel is convinced something dodgy is going on, but what?
That’s all I’m saying about the plot.
Brilliantly told from the points of view of several characters, we seamlessly jump from past to present as the mystery surrounding Ellie’s disappearance unfurls and my god, you will blown away as the details start to become clear.
I lost count of the number of times I gasped, or shouted at the book, or shouted WTF at what was going on – in a good way, obviously! There was a moment where my stomach lurched and I felt sick. Physically sick as the realisation of what was happening hit me, WOWSERS!
I fell in love with Laurel, what a wonderful character she is. She has been through so much and is on the verge of finding happiness again. She is so well written you will struggle not to love her too. She is the kind of person you want to know and who you’d love to have a coffee and slice of cake with. My heart broke for her all the way through the book and at points, I was sobbing into my knitting while listening to her story.
The villain, my god, what a villain. Terrifying. Utterly terrifying. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw them on a villain of the year award at some point.
There’s a team of supporting characters who all have a place in the book. There’s no one who doesn’t belong here, just a perfectly balanced cast who all play a vital role in creating the thrilling ride that Then She Was Gone is.
I was completely gripped to this one, it is beyond brilliant. It is everything you want and need in a thriller and I wish I’d read it sooner, a lot sooner!
My only saving grace for waiting so long is that I now have all her thrillers to look forward to!!!
I listened to Then She Was Gone on Audible UK and the narrator, Gabrielle Glaister, was bloody scary! There’s a switch up in the narrative later on in the book and the character she takes on is terrifying. I mean, seriously! I actually had a nightmare that her voice kidnapped my kids! WOWSERS! She made this book so much more for me, what a brilliant actress!
I would highly recommend this one to any crime thriller fan, it is frigging awesome! Don’t make any plans before you open the book or press play on Audible, you will not be in a position to do anything other than read until it’s finished.
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About the author …
Thank you for visiting my Amazon author page! I’ve been here in one form or another for A Very Long Time Indeed. My first book, Ralph’s Party, came out in 1998, when I was still a young person and when some of you may not yet have been born. Since then I have written and published another fourteen books, from the ‘curry and flatmates’ novels of the nineties and noughties like Thirtynothing, One Hit Wonder, A Friend of the Family and Vince & Joy, to more serious ‘themed’ novels like After The Party (marriage), The Making of Us (sperm donation) and The House We Grew Up In (hoarding) to my more recent domestic thrillers, like The Third Wife, The Girls, I Found You and Then She Was Gone.
I live in London with my husband, two daughters, two hairy cats, two nervous guinea pigs and a very lovely auburn dog. I write every day, a minimum of one thousand words, in a café, with no access to the internet, in two to three hour sessions. It’s a very good life.