Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

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Book - 2018
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"Ten years after her teenage daughter disappears, a woman crosses paths with a charming single father whose young child feels eerily familiar, in this evocative, suspenseful drama from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell--perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Liane Moriarty. 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 cafe, 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?"--
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781501154645
9781501192838
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,24 cm.

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wmtlady
Nov 02, 2018

I can't believe how long I waited for this book and then--YUCK. We have all read books that bounce around, introduce new people and we adjust, figure it out and go on. The plot or description on the jacket is great. The actual book is looney tunes; I'm sure her lead character changes names or switches places with someone else and it's as tossed about as a salad. The author herself felt she had written a bizarre story and that a couple of editors rescued it. Had I bought it I would have tossed it in the garbage before finishing it; as it is, finishing it can not redeem the amount of junk I did read.

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LibraryLES
Oct 23, 2018

This book was great, gripping, fast moving and interesting. Highly recommended!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 20, 2018

When I picked up this book (expecting a Halloween chilly mystery, for some fear), I was not expecting it to be as horrid as I found it. The plot was so intriguingly written but it made me question how the author could have came up with something so... sinister. I felt genuinely taken aback, despite all the positive things this book had to offer. I recommend reading this if one has a high tolerance for emotional "wrongness," as it is quite questionable if the characters' acts can be forgiven.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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swalsh886
Oct 11, 2018

While I enjoyed the character development part of this book, I found the ending to be very predictable. I wanted to quit reading less than halfway through but finished it just to make sure I was correct.

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lesliegay
Oct 09, 2018

A pleasing take on the child has gone missing trope - I truly enjoyed the narrator and her point of view, as well as the other character developments. A reflection on life's choices, or rather the choices in responding to life events, it was engaging and a solid read. Although there were some moments of strained credulity, the ending was quite enjoyable in its own way. I definitely recommend!

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Domino2000
Sep 27, 2018

Absolutely chilling. I read page 267 and had to put my tablet down and walk away for a while. It sent chills down my spine.

This was my first novel I've read by Lisa Jewell, but will now read all the others. If you like thrillers that stay with you long after you've finished the book, then read this one - I thought it was awesome.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Sep 20, 2018

My first Lisa Jewel book... will look for more. I figured out the main plot early on...so sad. But was suspenseful and kept me reading.

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Mya614
Sep 14, 2018

The author keeps you guessing throughout the novel, although I was pretty darn close to figuring out the ending half way through, but there are still a few surprises at the end.

A teen disappearance, murder, lies, it keeps you guessing.

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 13, 2018

I have read two of Lisa Jewell’s books, and I think I’m done now.

This book was improbable and bizarre (as Lisa herself suggested in the acknowledgments).

You have this psychotic woman who is able to make happen in one evening what specialists take several attempts to do. Then everyone in the book is intertwined, coincidentally, even though they live in a large city.

I like the way Lisa writes, but her storyline is shy of reality.

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njhorner
Sep 11, 2018

I could not put this book down! It is really good and it was suspenseful from the first page.
I'm going to read other books by Jewell.

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