Then She Was Gone 🍃
Trope: Missing Child
Pub Date: 4.17.2018
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
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.
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter. And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet. Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.
Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?”
“If she could rewind the timeline, untwist it and roll it back the other way like a ball of wool, she’d see the knots in the yarn, the warning signs. Looking at it backward, it was obvious all along.”
Then She Was Gone was raw, emotional, and unsettling storytelling at its finest, and I believe this may be my favorite from Lisa Jewell. It’s been a few weeks since I finished reading this one, and I still think about the story; it has stuck with me more than I anticipated.
When I finished the last page, I had to sit there for a moment and think about what I’d read and how utterly heartbreaking it all was. I felt like I had the whole story figured out and knew the direction LJ was leading me, but I was so very wrong.
It’s hard for me to describe my feelings without giving everything away, but I’ll leave you with this — one character in this book deserved so much more from their precious life.
😔 A story that will stick with you long after you’re finished
😰 Raw and unsettling
👥 Multiple perspectives
😬 Edge of your seat reading
✨ New favorite from Lisa Jewell
❌- there is some reasonably disturbing content in this book.
Format: 359 pages, paperback
Published: April 2018
ISBN 1501154648 (ISBN13: 9781501154645)