Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell *Review*

A huge thank you to Atria Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  I couldn’t tell you how excited I was to get my hands on this book and it didn’t disappoint.  Four stars from me!

Goodreads Synopsis

THEN
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.

NOW
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?

My Experience

This was my first time reading Jewell and really enjoyed her writing style.  She tells a story and lets it unfold in natural way.  I find sometimes authors really rush certain parts and it makes the story feel unbelievable or far fetched, but I never felt that way during this. I was interested the whole way through and my attention never wandered, I wanted to know how everything would play out and nothing ever seemed like it didn’t make sense.

I will say I didn’t find this to be as much of a “thriller” as I thought it would be.  There weren’t any parts that felt suspenseful or as though a big twist had just occurred.  It just felt like the natural order of events as a mystery unfolded and questions were answered. I both liked this and disliked this.  I would have liked a few more moments of me guessing what was really going on and something to shock me, but at the same time it held my interest all the same as I got more involved in the characters and what was inevitably coming.

The emotions that Laurel felt were palpable.  Lisa wrote her in a way that made me able to connect with her and I was both heartbroken and joyous through out the story right along with Laurel.  I also thought the way Lisa wrote in different perspectives added a nice layer to the story and it gave it a different feeling from chapter to chapter.

I highly recommend this read, while it wasn’t as much of a thriller as I expected I enjoyed the mystery and watching the story play out.  Ill be excited to see what Lisa put out next!

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