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?
What does TWG think?
As a huge fan of Lisa Jewell’s previous novels, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest book, Then She Was Gone! I was eager to find out whether the authors new book ended up being as fantastic as her previous work. Only time would tell!
Ellie disappeared. Vanished into thin air. Where did she go? Nobody knows. Her mother, Laurel, forever in a state of devastation. Can Laurel’s marriage survive such heartache?
Ten years after Ellie’s disappearance, Laurel is still none the wiser as to where her daughter disappeared to. No longer married to Ellie’s dad, Laurel finds herself trying to repair the relationships with her two remaining children; whilst also having the past come back to haunt her thanks to a random man entering her life.
I’ve been mulling over this book for a long time now, trying to make sense of what I read and how I absorbed it. At first, my gut instinct of ‘Then She Was Gone’ was ‘what the hell?’. I struggled with it. However, after putting the book down for several hours, I picked it back up again with more of an open mind. I guess part of me was expecting Lisa Jewell’s novel to follow in the same vein as her previous work, so when this book ended up taking a different route, it came out of nowhere and took me aback.
Having a several hour break from the novel was the best move I made because I became more focused on the actual storyline, instead of everything else. Don’t get me wrong, I still found parts of the storyline a bit confusing and not as straightforward as I would have hoped but, regardless of that, I still found myself oddly addicted to the book, refusing to put it down to do adult things. I was engrossed in Laurel’s situation, as well as the ulterior motive of the man who suddenly came into her life ticking all the ‘right’ boxes. Throughout the storyline I knew I was missing a vital piece of information, I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was, which began to bug me haha. I kept shouting at the book ‘WHAT DOES FLOYD KNOW?’ ‘WHY IS HE THERE?’ ‘WHY NOW?!’. I just had to know!
Personally, I didn’t think that ‘Then She Was Gone’ was one of Lisa Jewell’s better novels, however, I love how the author is trying her hand at more of a darker type storyline. I was addicted to the storyline for sure. I was addicted to reading about the characters. I was addicted to finding that missing jigsaw piece to make the storyline complete. There was just something about Lisa Jewell’s novel that grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. Granted I didn’t manage to follow the entire storyline due to a lot of confusion, but that didn’t seem to stop my mind from wanting to complete the novel. I have to say, I found the tying of loose ends to be exactly that; loose, and I finished the novel with a lot of questions.
Overall, I was genuinely hooked on this book with its dark and deceitful tendencies, as well as its rather questionable characters and twisted components. Lisa Jewell is an excellent author who certainly knows her craft, and she definitely manages to showcase her talent in ‘Then She Was Gone’.
Roll on the next book!!