BOOK REVIEW – Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

Published April 24, 2018 by Atria Books

 A terrific read from Lisa Jewell!

I have read and listened to a few of Lisa Jewell’s books and I have enjoyed them all. This one kept me gripped and I finished it in just a couple of sittings.

Ellie Mack was fifteen when she went missing over ten years ago.  Ellie was a very smart, lovely girl whose disappearance left a hole in the lives of those who loved her. Ellie’s mother, Laurel Mack has never given up hope of finding her daughter.

The book opens from Ellie’s point of view ten years earlier.  Life is going great for Ellie. She’s doing well in school and the boy she’s had her eye on seems to like her too. Her future is bright.

Then she leaves home one morning to go to the library and doesn’t return.

The police thought Ellie might have run away. But Laurel knew that wasn’t possible. The years went by and although Laurel kept pushing the police to do more…there was only so much they could or would do.

Ten years later, Laurel is still struggling. She doesn’t socialize. She just works and visits her mother once a week. Though it seems everyone else has moved on, Laurel feels stuck in place. But then, she meets someone new. Suddenly, all of those thoughts and questions come rushing back with a vengeance.

What happened to Ellie Mack?  Will her mother ever learn the whole truth?

Once again, I am impressed with Lisa Jewell’s storytelling. I thought this was a terrific story. Told from multiple points of view, alternating between ‘then’ and ‘now’, I was enthralled as everything was revealed.

Populated with fantastic characters, this was a fascinating and moving story about obsession, loss, and family. Some suspension of disbelief may be necessary, but it didn’t really bother me, I just enjoyed what I found to be a unique and absorbing story.

Gripping and heartbreaking, I shed more than a few tears as the book came to an end with a gut-wrenching epilogue.

As you can tell I, loved this novel. I can’t wait to read more of Lisa Jewell’s previous novels and of course, I’m looking forward to reading what she writes next.

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