Then She Was Gone (Lisa Jewell)


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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?
Who still has secrets to hide?

The twist and turns had me baited with Then She Was Gone but the writing and the story line had me hooked. Line and sinker. 


The story line and plot within this story was a huge breath of fresh air for me. It wasn’t like any other story line I had read before and for that I’m thankful. It was original and neat. It wasn’t dramatic just to be dramatic and it wasn’t thrown together in a messy way. It was nice to sit down and read a book that played out the entire story line neatly. That’s how you get lost in a book. 

Strong character driven novels are so enjoyable to me and I feel like this is one of those books that fits into that category. When an author can make you so invested in all of the characters, mentally and emotionally, it’s a win for me. Ellie, Laurel, and Poppy and Floyd. Check check check check. 


There are quite a few clues thrown in within the book and although some are predictable- you still enjoy the story you are reading. And right when you get towards the end and think it’s all safe and sound, there’s an emotional punch that was strategically placed within the story and I loved it. I was hoping for it. 

Then She Was Gone was an addictive and mesmerizing read. I couldn’t put it down and I ended up reading it all today. In one day! I got so lost in the story line that I lost track of time. That’s always a great success to me. 


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