Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell / Dec 11, 2019

Then She Was Gone A Choice Award Finalist Top Best Mystery Thriller A Suspense Magazine Best of Thriller Suspense Pick An acutely observed family drama with bone chilling suspense People Jewel

  • Title: Then She Was Gone
  • Author: Lisa Jewell
  • ISBN: Then She Was Gone
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  • Page: 403
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  • A 2018 Choice Award Finalist Top 5 Best Mystery Thriller A Suspense Magazine Best of 2018 Thriller Suspense Pick An acutely observed family drama with bone chilling suspense People Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most a A 2018 Choice Award Finalist Top 5 Best Mystery Thriller A Suspense Magazine Best of 2018 Thriller Suspense Pick An acutely observed family drama with bone chilling suspense People Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most astute thriller reader won t see where everything is going until the final threads are unknotted Booklist, starred review Sharply written with twists and turns, Jewell s latest will please fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, or Luckiest Girl Alive Library JournalEllie 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 caf , no one is 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 sinister reason for her disappearance Who is Floyd, really And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 384 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Atria Books first published April 17th 2018 More Details Original Title Then She Was Gone ISBN 1501154656 ISBN13 9781501154652 Edition Language English Characters Laurel Mack, Ellie Mack, Paul Mack, Hanna Mack, Floyd Dunn, Poppy Dunn, Sara Jade Virtue, Noelle Donnellyless Literary Awards Choice Award Nominee for Mystery Thriller 2018 Other Editions 33 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Featured Notes Highlights Lisa author, thrillers 11 notes 11 highlights Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Then She Was Gone, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler SPOILER ALERT AHEADI LOVED this book but my one issue has to do with the missing person searchwouldnt the police have asked for all Ellie s known contacts Noelle lived right near the last know location of Elliehow could they have missed this I found this to be a tad unbelievable Thoughts Am I being too picky hide spoiler 19 likeslike 10 months ago See all 15 answers Brittney Irion This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I completely agree Also, wouldn t her sister have brought up the fact that Ellie found her tutor creepy And surely she would have told her boyfriend I completely agree Also, wouldn t her sister have brought up the fact that Ellie found her tutor creepy And surely she would have told her boyfriend and he would have mentioned it Also, the fact that the police were convinced she ran away bothered me too There s no way she would have done so without telling her boyfriend But I agree, I also loved this book despite these plot holes less hide spoiler flag Do not see an Ask the Author Loved the book, but curious what radical suggestion her editors made to the book that Lisa Jewell mentions in her acknowledgements 14 likeslike 9 months ago See all 5 answers Dalene Mactier She planned a different ending for the bookhttps blog.whsmith rjsp18 lis flag See all 23 questions about Then She Was Gone Lists with This Book Top Books of 2019 Read Thus Far 28 books 11 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter May 01, 2018 Emily May rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller, botm, 2018 This was a fairly average experience for me It s a very quick read I read it in a single day and it goes down smoothly and easily, but it is so easy to predict everything that will happen I was always several chapters ahead of the characters and it sapped a lot of tension out of the story.I can see why, with a better plot, Jewell is a great writer The relationships and characters were fleshed out and interesting Laurel s pain over her missing daughter is palpable and realistic The loss This was a fairly average experience for me It s a very quick read I read it in a single day and it goes down smoothly and easily, but it is so easy to predict everything that will happen I was always several chapters ahead of the characters and it sapped a lot of tension out of the story.I can see why, with a better plot, Jewell is a great writer The relationships and characters were fleshed out and interesting Laurel s pain over her missing daughter is palpable and realistic The loss of Ellie felt like a real thing, not something that exists only inside a book It s a shame, though, that we know a major aspect of Ellie s fate almost immediately, seeing as this is probably what I would have cared about most.In the wake of Ellie s disappearance ten years ago, her mother and father have split and the family has been torn apart by losing its golden child Laurel, Ellie s mother, is struggling to get her life back on track and save her relationships with her two remaining children A new romance with a guy called Floyd makes her think that she may finally be moving on, until she meets his youngest daughter, Poppy, who looks shockingly like Ellie.It sort of feels like I ve read a hundred different variations of the missing daughter grieving mother plot, and Then She Was Gone doesn t really do anything new with it The writing is strong, but it s disappointing when you figure out all the major reveals in the first few chapters and even get the reasons behind them As soon as certain characters are introduced, I was thinking ah, got it and, unfortunately, I was right I kept hoping something exciting would happen to prove me wrong, but it really is as obvious as it seems.I m also not totally convinced about the biological possibility of one plot point.Then She Was Gone was fine as an undemanding beach thriller, but I wouldn t recommend it for readers looking for something new and innovative.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 507 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Apr 30, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommended to Chelsea by Simon Schuster Shelves from publisher Apologies for republishing this, but apparently some haters thought it would be funny to report my review and get it taken down because they have nothing better to do 4.5 STARS If she could unwind 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 But back then, when she knew nothing about anything, she had not seen it coming She had walked straight into it with her ey Apologies for republishing this, but apparently some haters thought it would be funny to report my review and get it taken down because they have nothing better to do 4.5 STARS If she could unwind 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 But back then, when she knew nothing about anything, she had not seen it coming She had walked straight into it with her eyes open Lisa Jewell has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and for good reason Her writing is addictive and appeals to a wide variety of readers not too light, not too dark, but just right Her characters are full bodied and bloom like a spring flower by the end of her stories Also, who doesn t like to read books by genuinely nice people If you ve been active in the book community at all this month then you re sure to have noticed that Then She Was Gone is an April Pick by Book Of The Month, so naturally this is one that s being hyped for a reason it s just that good If you haven t managed to get your hands on a copy yet, then you ll want to make it a priority and here s whyLisa Jewell knows how to take a classic storyline and make it her own Most of her plots are traditional tales that have been told before in some form, but the difference is that she knows how to take something that could be predictable and put her own spin on it The atmosphere, characterization, and raw emotion that is infused into each of her novels elevates their status to something that few suspense novelists have attained The blending of multiple genres in each of her books really creates a unique reading experience readers of every gender and walk of life have been able to connect with her writing and I feel that s a sure sign of the highest quality of writing.I m positive you ve noticed that I haven t mentioned the plot yet, and that s for good reason You really truly want to go as blind into this one as you can I m going to avoid any details here, as I want you to have the most fabulous reading experience with this one possible, so I ll stick to describing it with some buzz words Breathtaking Compulsive Suspenseful Poetic But Chelsea, how can you describe something thrilling as poetic Trust me, once you experience Jewell s writing, you ll understand.Gang, this one is than just a a beautiful shell of a cover But that cover IS stunning, amiright You definitely want to add this to your reading schedule ASAP, especially if you re looking for a read that is so gripping you ll fly right through it To say I m waiting with bated breath for Lisa s next novel would be an understatement, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did 3 Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy flag 409 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Mar 29, 2018 Holly B rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves couldn t put down, had to finish, net galley, read in 2018, twists 4.5Edgy, Dark and AddictiveThis turned out to be quite a stunner I ve read lots of psychological thrillers and this one caught me off guard Much than your typical missing daughter plot Scattered with hints of some shocking revelations to come.This is my fourth Lisa Jewell novel and I m a huge fan I love her writing style and how she keeps me totally absorbed in the story line The I read, the invested I became and started to care about some of the key characters Told in multi 4.5Edgy, Dark and AddictiveThis turned out to be quite a stunner I ve read lots of psychological thrillers and this one caught me off guard Much than your typical missing daughter plot Scattered with hints of some shocking revelations to come.This is my fourth Lisa Jewell novel and I m a huge fan I love her writing style and how she keeps me totally absorbed in the story line The I read, the invested I became and started to care about some of the key characters Told in multiple POVs we get to learn about their motivations as secrets come out Somewhere around seventy percent, it became unputdownable as so many shockers were thrown at me I m pretty sure I was talking to myself about what was happening Laurel s teenage daughter, Ellie goes missing, she is a smart and clever girl In time, Laurel meets a charming man who she is very attracted to When she meets his teenage daughter, she can t shake the feeling of how much she reminds her of her beloved Ellie Well, what the heck is going on here You ll have to read it to find out There is an emotional punch as the tension builds towards the dramatic end Thanks to Atria for my ARC.Review will also post on my blog flag 267 likesLike see review View all 91 comments Jun 28, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, e book, overdrive, scribd, british mystery Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a 2018 Atria Books publication Well, this was certainly different Missing persons tropes are common in mysteries and thrillers, and the theme has been written and explored in many predictable ways, but also in many clever, even shocking ways But, no matter how it is presented, it is a scenario that never fails to draw me in But, I must say, this novel puts an entirely new and fresh spin on the missing persons mystery The story begins like so many others El Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a 2018 Atria Books publication Well, this was certainly different Missing persons tropes are common in mysteries and thrillers, and the theme has been written and explored in many predictable ways, but also in many clever, even shocking ways But, no matter how it is presented, it is a scenario that never fails to draw me in But, I must say, this novel puts an entirely new and fresh spin on the missing persons mystery The story begins like so many others Ellie, a conscientious teenager, and the apple of her mother s eye, left to visit the library and was never seen or heard from again Laurel, Ellie s mother, couldn t understand how her other children and her husband were able to move on with their lives without knowing what happened to Ellie Laurel s life stalled, her marriage fell apart and the relationship with her two remaining children is strained But, finally, after years of just going through the motions of life, Laurel meets Floyd, a single dad with a young daughter named Poppy The connection between Laurel and Floyd is immediate and heady But, when Laurel finally gets to meet Poppy, she is unnerved by the uncanny resemblance to her daughter, Ellie She even smells like Ellie, which kicks Laurel s natural maternal instincts into high gear This and another small coincidence, puts new thoughts into Laurel s head, prompting her to do a little amateur sleuthing She never in a million years could have predicted the shocking revelations her inquiries would uncover or the personal epiphanies that would change Laurel s life forever Is it possible that Laurel could, at long last, find all the answers about her daughter s disappearance This story was very dark, gloomy, and creepy, but also quite emotional and poignant Laurel s voice is so realististic, raw, and sympathetic, she nearly had me believing she was a real person and that this was a true story Her emergence from a tortuous state of limbo and her fierce determination to get to the truth, and begin truly living life again was an amazing transformation I think Lisa Jewell has written a chilling novel of suspense, but it is also a book about the power of maternal love, forgiveness and healing and never giving up This could be Jewel s first tentatives steps towards advancing up to the literary thriller category I was impressed with this novel as it held my rapt attention from start to finish It gave me goosebumps in ways than one.4.5 stars flag 192 likesLike see review View all 57 comments Mar 08, 2018 James rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 1 fiction, 7 netgalley, 9 read 2018 04 april I read a Lisa Jewell novel last year and connected immediately with her writing style, tone, and voice When Then She Was Gone showed up on NetGalley last month, I immediately requested it and added it to my reading queue for April I really find myself enad with Jewell s characters, plots, and settings, so much that I ve added ten of her other books to my TBR and hope to read a few later this year.Domestic drama is the best sub genre to describe this book A 15 year old girl goes missi I read a Lisa Jewell novel last year and connected immediately with her writing style, tone, and voice When Then She Was Gone showed up on NetGalley last month, I immediately requested it and added it to my reading queue for April I really find myself enad with Jewell s characters, plots, and settings, so much that I ve added ten of her other books to my TBR and hope to read a few later this year.Domestic drama is the best sub genre to describe this book A 15 year old girl goes missing, resulting in her family falling apart Ten years later, her mother finds new love divorced her ex husband though they still remain friends and slowly learns of connections to her missing child who was feared dead The description in the or summary says it all, so I don t need to add to it here The book alternates between Then and Now to tell the story of what happened to Ellie, who kidnapped and hurt her, what the new love interest for Ellie s mother, Laurel, has to say transpired over all the years, and where things really fell apart This book read itself I intended to spend 90 minutes reading on a weekend afternoon to have a relaxing break from some outside chores Three 3 hours later, I d finished it The book was so good that I lost track of time and read so quickly, everything just disappeared, but I was absolutely connected and attached to every part of the story and characters Jewell clearly knows how to lead readers on a path where investment is deep and shock is wide I m sure a few readers will sideways glance at a couple of plot twists, and I can understand it You have to suspend a tiny bit of your disbelief or questions as to how the kidnapping was truly pulled off But it s fiction and it s part of a story and that s why it worked the writing supports it and carries you off into a world you cannot leave.I normally figure out what s really going on But Jewell uses some clever disguises regarding timing that make it complicated, and when you do figure it out about 2 3 of the way thru, you have to stop for a few minutes and think about all the repercussions, Then, it all adds up How did I miss it But for me, that s what makes an incredibly gifted writer One who transports you into the story that you forget to try to solve it because you re just so stunned by its beauty I can t wait to pick up another Jewell book this summer So many to choose from But this one gets at least 4.5 stars flag 184 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Dec 26, 2017 Debra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley 4.5 starsEllie Mack was 15 years old when she went missing She was the youngest of three children who left the house one day to go to the library and never returned Her Mother, Laurel Mack, fell apart after her daughter s disappearance, as most parents would Her daughter s disappearance forever altered her life Her marriage fell apart, her other daughter, Hanna became distant and withdrawn from her Mother,her son moved away Throughout it all she never gave up hope on finding her daughter W 4.5 starsEllie Mack was 15 years old when she went missing She was the youngest of three children who left the house one day to go to the library and never returned Her Mother, Laurel Mack, fell apart after her daughter s disappearance, as most parents would Her daughter s disappearance forever altered her life Her marriage fell apart, her other daughter, Hanna became distant and withdrawn from her Mother,her son moved away Throughout it all she never gave up hope on finding her daughter Was Ellie a runaway as the police suggested Was she kidnapped Was there an accident So many questions without answers can wear a person down, can leave a hole, and can prevent a person from fully moving on with one s life.Then ten years after her daughter s disappearance, she goes into a bakery after getting her hair cut, and meets a man named Floyd He compliments her hair and offers her a bite of his carrot cake Laurel usually doesn t take chances, but after the last clue in Ellie s case was discovered, Laurel is ready to put her life back on track Soon Laurel and Floyd are a couple and she has met his two daughters She is shocked to see that his youngest daughter, Poppy has a strong resemblance to her daughter, Ellie As Laurel gets to know the entire family, she begins to learn about coincidences, there is a certain individual who ties both of their lives together I read this book in one day I literally could not put this book down Lisa Jewell has written a very good psychological thriller mystery I enjoyed all the characters even the bad ones The bad ones were good characters in so much that they were creepy and sinister while at the same time being damaged This book was a very well thought out and developed plot The story moves at a very good pace There were no dull moments There were moments when I wanted to yell at Laurel Ask questions and come on, put it together Is the book a little predictable Yes, yes, it is a little predictable I figured the mystery out but that did not spoil the book for me, as I kept turning the pages to see who else was going to figure the book out The suspense builds as some questions get answered Do you need to suspend some disbelief Sure, a littlebut that didn t affect my enjoyment of this book at all Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See of my reviews at openbookpost flag 174 likesLike see review View all 32 comments May 04, 2018 Meredith rated it really liked it review of another edition Gripping psychological thriller about the disappearance of 15 year old Ellie Mack Then She was Gone is not about what happened to Ellie, it s about the how and the why she disappeared, as well as the after effects of her disappearance on her family One morning, Ellie Mack heads to the library At 10 43 am, she was never to be seen again The police s investigation never turned up any clues to what happened to her, but believe she ran away Her mother, Laurel, believes otherwise After 1 Gripping psychological thriller about the disappearance of 15 year old Ellie Mack Then She was Gone is not about what happened to Ellie, it s about the how and the why she disappeared, as well as the after effects of her disappearance on her family One morning, Ellie Mack heads to the library At 10 43 am, she was never to be seen again The police s investigation never turned up any clues to what happened to her, but believe she ran away Her mother, Laurel, believes otherwise After 10 years have passed, the family finally gets some answers what they don t realize is how close they were to knowing the truth all along.As Laurel slowly finds closure, she begins to rebuild her life She starts dating and it seems as if she has found love again with a single father named Floyd But something isn t quite right about Floyd, especially his relationship with his nine year old daughter, Polly The and Laurel spends time with Floyd and Polly, she comes to realize that what happened to Ellie was not at all what it seemed The reasons behind Ellie s disappearance come to light through Ellie s POV Her mother, Laurel, also has a main voice in the story.There are several things I loved about this book While it s obvious what happened to Ellie, what is not are the reasons why Jewell has a way of writing that is just completely enthralling I always get sucked into her books, and one of the reasons why is her strong characterization By the end of this, I really felt like I knew Laurel Mack Although parts of the story are a little bizarre Jewell says this herself in the Acknowledgements , she makes it work This is a fast paced, dark read with some interesting twists and some well written psychopaths I highly recommend flag 171 likesLike see review View all 67 comments May 02, 2018 Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing review of another edition Totally enjoyableAs a couple of friends said Diane Esil they were pretty sure what happened to Ellie who had gone missing early in their reading me too but I didn t know why All I knew was that Ellie was a bright girl an excellent student and that her mother Laurel had a special love for her in ways she definitely didn t her other two children Much about this story felt real While on the way to the library a child is never to be seen again It gives me c Totally enjoyableAs a couple of friends said Diane Esil they were pretty sure what happened to Ellie who had gone missing early in their reading me too but I didn t know why All I knew was that Ellie was a bright girl an excellent student and that her mother Laurel had a special love for her in ways she definitely didn t her other two children Much about this story felt real While on the way to the library a child is never to be seen again It gives me chills thinking of the missing children I still remember from years ago Right here in the Bay Area.Besides the suspense the characters hearts are tender I felt what they did none were offensive The I read the I wanted to keep reading Lisa Jewel wrote a jewel of a great suspenseful book with terrific fantastic characters The epilogue I ll just say WOW An ending and book I m likely NOT to forget flag 162 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Apr 16, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 read Ellie was fifteen eager to take her exams Now that she had been tutored in math she was sure she would do well On her way to the library one evening, she disappears Her disappearance takes a huge toll on the family, a family that breaks apart as many families in this type of situations often do Now ten years later, Laurel is willing to take a shot at having a life and love again a series of events will send her reeling Would she finally find out what happened to her daughter A very suspense Ellie was fifteen eager to take her exams Now that she had been tutored in math she was sure she would do well On her way to the library one evening, she disappears Her disappearance takes a huge toll on the family, a family that breaks apart as many families in this type of situations often do Now ten years later, Laurel is willing to take a shot at having a life and love again a series of events will send her reeling Would she finally find out what happened to her daughter A very suspenseful story, with an underlying sense of creepiness, and a novel way of telling a story As a reader I pretty guessed what had happened to Ellie, in fact the sisters I was reading this with also had the same thoughts This happened in the first third of the book butthere was still much to discover The author kept my interest by some very good storytelling, and by the way it was structured Changing tenses and changing narators the fast pace continued, new discoveries, and the insidious darkness beneath, kept me turning pages.I have now read the last few books by this author and look forward to reading many To prove a point of mine, it is possible to write a good and suspenseful story without blood, excess gore and constant action This is the kind of psychological thriller I actually enjoyC from Edelweiss flag 156 likesLike see review View all 39 comments Apr 15, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, traveling sister read 4.25 Stars rounded down Spellbinding and Completely Irresistible Ellie Mack went missing 10 years ago Her mother, Laurel has never given up hope of finding her Ellie was fifteen years old, full of life The world was, in fact, her oyster No one knew what happened to Ellie The police have never found a trace of her My interest was piqued from the very beginning My breath caught in my throat nerves jangled Now, Laurel Mack s life is very different her marriage fell apart years ago and 4.25 Stars rounded down Spellbinding and Completely Irresistible Ellie Mack went missing 10 years ago Her mother, Laurel has never given up hope of finding her Ellie was fifteen years old, full of life The world was, in fact, her oyster No one knew what happened to Ellie The police have never found a trace of her My interest was piqued from the very beginning My breath caught in my throat nerves jangled Now, Laurel Mack s life is very different her marriage fell apart years ago and her relationship with her remaining children is tenuous Somehow, she meets Floyd a devastatingly handsome man and she is immediately swept off her feet Then Laurel is introduced to his little girl Poppy, and she is dumbfounded to discover that Poppy bears a striking resemblance to Ellie, her Ellie Of course, this isn t possible it s a coincidence, right And if it s not, what ever does it mean Laurel begins questioning everything and those questions take her on a dangerous path, one she never envisioned Can you feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up Mine did What unfolds thereafter is brilliant, stunning and packs one heck of an emotional punch Lisa Jewell s Then She Was Gone is a phenomenal psychological thriller that kept me enthralled throughout Though I knew where it was going early on, I still truly enjoyed it and simply could not put it down The character development was stellar and the writing was spot on This is the second Lisa Jewell novel I ve read I Found You, being the first and I can t wait to read of Ms Jewell s novels This was a Traveling Sister Read, which we all really liked For full Traveling Sister Group reviews, please see Brenda and Norma s blog you to NetGalley, Ariele Friedman, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley, and Twitter on 4.15.18 Will be published on on 4.17.18 flag 148 likesLike see review View all 63 comments Jun 30, 2018 Matthew rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, book a book club, mystery, library, audio, gr_awards_2019 Missing with a twist this is quite a popular book genre right now I feel like saying it has a twist is no longer a spoiler It reminds me of when M Night Shamalan first made movies and everyone was surprised by the shocking twist Now, when you see one, you are sitting there not wondering if there will be a twist, but when So, yes, Gone Girl ers, this is another book for you Now, this doesn t tend to be a favorite genre of mine Because of this, it has to be creative and well written to k Missing with a twist this is quite a popular book genre right now I feel like saying it has a twist is no longer a spoiler It reminds me of when M Night Shamalan first made movies and everyone was surprised by the shocking twist Now, when you see one, you are sitting there not wondering if there will be a twist, but when So, yes, Gone Girl ers, this is another book for you Now, this doesn t tend to be a favorite genre of mine Because of this, it has to be creative and well written to keep me interested If the author leans on hateable characters like The Girl on the Train or other thriller tropes alcoholism, mental illness, etc I tend to find my focus drifting If the author can find just the right combination of these things, then I will be right there ready to throw stars their way.Happily I can report that Then She Was Gone is a successful member of this genre I have seen some mentions that the outcome was predictable, but I found it to be unique, suspenseful, and surprising in the end My wife read this about a month before I did and I looked forward to our nightly rehash sessions of the section I read that day Even now, after finishing, there are still some questions I have floating around in my head about the events of the novel and the outcome Because of all this, I am thinking this would be a great book to read with a group of friends or a book club and, it does just so happens to be one of my book club picks this month Much like the other book I just read from this genre What Happened to Michael , I can safely recommend this to missing person with a twist thriller fans Wait Two from this genre in a row that I am giving high marks Maybe I am turning over a new leaf flag 147 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Apr 18, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, traveling group read 4.5 Brilliant I completely lost myself in this book from beginning to end Laurel is doing her best to move on with her life Her teenage daughter went missing years ago, triggering an avalanche of misfortune The family splintered Laurel and Paul divorcing And now, their two remaining children are leaving home at the first chance they get anxious to live their own lives, away from the oppressive tension within their home When laurel meets Floyd she s quickly swept off her feet She s fina 4.5 Brilliant I completely lost myself in this book from beginning to end Laurel is doing her best to move on with her life Her teenage daughter went missing years ago, triggering an avalanche of misfortune The family splintered Laurel and Paul divorcing And now, their two remaining children are leaving home at the first chance they get anxious to live their own lives, away from the oppressive tension within their home When laurel meets Floyd she s quickly swept off her feet She s finally ready to live and love again But too many things just aren t adding up What do they say about coincidences Could Floyd be too good to be true Why do the doors to the past keep opening What a breath of fresh air this book was for me I ve had trouble loosing myself in a good book lately And isn t that what we all hope for Well, this was the refreshing change I d been looking for Though some give away clues are revealed early on, you re still taken on a journey that will most definitely pull your heart in many directions.A wonderful Traveling Sister read Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma s fabulous blog flag 163 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Oct 16, 2018 Bern Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult reads, 2018 Then She Was Gone was dark, gripping and absolutely addictive Ellie Mack was vibrant, happy, smart, in love and only fifteen when she disappeared without a trace Authorities ruled her a runaway but her mother, Laurel Mack, could never fully accept that There were too many unanswered questions and she just knew that Ellie wouldn t simply walk away from the life she loved Laurel s life is put on hold with the disappearance of her daughter She is simply stuck, unable to move on with life wi Then She Was Gone was dark, gripping and absolutely addictive Ellie Mack was vibrant, happy, smart, in love and only fifteen when she disappeared without a trace Authorities ruled her a runaway but her mother, Laurel Mack, could never fully accept that There were too many unanswered questions and she just knew that Ellie wouldn t simply walk away from the life she loved Laurel s life is put on hold with the disappearance of her daughter She is simply stuck, unable to move on with life without knowing what happened to her daughter As the years pass her family crumbles around her and she finds herself alone Laurel s grief has left her devoid of any real connection with her remaining children Happiness is not something Laurel expects for herself Until the day she meets Floyd and everything changes Lisa Jewell deftly crafted this story, slowly doling out tantalizing bits of the story It was never boring and I found myself unable to break away from it for long I was fully invested in this story and was heartbroken for Ellie s family This was an emotional thriller that was as addictive as it was creepy flag 143 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Mar 07, 2018 Tucker rated it really liked it review of another edition Another winner from Lisa Jewell Laurel Mack s smart and beautiful teenage daughter Ellie disappeared 10 years ago Now divorced and distant from her other two children, Laurel is attempting to move on and begins dating a handsome and kind man Then unusual coincidences related to Laurel s new boyfriend and also to Ellie begin occurring and things start to get unsettling for Laurel I don t want to say because part of the excitement of the book is discovering how the various plot lines inter Another winner from Lisa Jewell Laurel Mack s smart and beautiful teenage daughter Ellie disappeared 10 years ago Now divorced and distant from her other two children, Laurel is attempting to move on and begins dating a handsome and kind man Then unusual coincidences related to Laurel s new boyfriend and also to Ellie begin occurring and things start to get unsettling for Laurel I don t want to say because part of the excitement of the book is discovering how the various plot lines intertwine and how the mysteries are resolved Lisa Jewell is a brilliant storyteller and I will be recommending this book for an emotional, suspenseful, and captivating read flag 127 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Apr 03, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller, netgalley feedback This is the third Lisa Jewell thriller that I have read and she has penned another winner After finishing this book I really had to wait a few days to sort of SETTLE ME DOWN as this mystery touched some very delicate feelings in me, so than her first two books Call me a snob but in my experience with thrillers, it has been hard to find many with the combination of great writing, past and present POV s that flow seamlessly together, and create emotions that well up inside of you and real This is the third Lisa Jewell thriller that I have read and she has penned another winner After finishing this book I really had to wait a few days to sort of SETTLE ME DOWN as this mystery touched some very delicate feelings in me, so than her first two books Call me a snob but in my experience with thrillers, it has been hard to find many with the combination of great writing, past and present POV s that flow seamlessly together, and create emotions that well up inside of you and really stay with you The main character in this novel is Laurel who has three children, two of whom are daughters whom she adores and they have great family dynamics On a seemingly normal day, her youngest daughter Ellie leaves for the library and never returns There are no clues or hints to explain her disappearance and the police keep coming up empty handed Laurel however still feels that her daughter is alive even though many years go by It is hard to read the despair and feelings of inadequacies that the family members encounter and at one point it was a little hard for me to continue Not because the plot was stagnant but quite the opposite, it was speeding along so fast and with an outcome that seemed too terrible that I just had to stop, just until the next day when I furiously turned the pages to find out the mystery.I won t go over the plot, I rarely do that, you all read the blurbs on the books I know you do This is a true thriller to me as it contains an extremely deviant sociopath who is so mentally ill that it s painful to read her thoughts You know where it s going but you just can t stop it.I love strongly character driven novels, including thrillers and that is what Ms Jewell does so so well I became invested in the feelings of Eliie s mother, and as a mother of four daughters, I wanted so badly for things to somehow turn out that this poor woman didn t have to continue without knowing what happened to her missing beautiful, intelligent, golden girl If you loved Girls in the Garden and I Found You you will definitely love this book For me this one was a little difficult to read because the behavior of this probable psychopath was just so twisted and ugly After starting this novel I couldn t quit, her writing is just so compelling, those of the words I would use to describe it I received a ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss, thank you, will post to public media upon publication flag 126 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Apr 15, 2018 Norma Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads THEN SHE WAS GONE by LISA JEWELL is a breathtaking, thrilling, unputdownable, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that had me totally engrossed and interested right from the very first page I was so intrigued in finding out what happened to Ellie Mack that I was racing through those pages as fast as I could LISA JEWELL delivers a well written story here with flawed, believable, and compelling characters that was told in alternating points of view and short chapters to make this a quic THEN SHE WAS GONE by LISA JEWELL is a breathtaking, thrilling, unputdownable, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that had me totally engrossed and interested right from the very first page I was so intrigued in finding out what happened to Ellie Mack that I was racing through those pages as fast as I could LISA JEWELL delivers a well written story here with flawed, believable, and compelling characters that was told in alternating points of view and short chapters to make this a quick and easy read Upon finishing one chapter it was easy to read the next and then just one chapter and before I knew it I was finished I absolutely love LISA JEWELL S writing style as she writes with passion and feeling and I couldn t help but feel for so many of these characters Also, I really enjoyed how she leaves us with little snippets of clues along the way for us readers to pick up on right away and start questioning and guessing how they fit into the story I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the ending was very touching and satisfying for me Would recommend Publishing Date April 17, 2018Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books, and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readinghttps twosisterslostinacoulee flag 128 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Nov 03, 2018 Larry H rated it liked it review of another edition I m about 3.5 stars here When her children were small they d sometimes say, What would you do if I died And she would reply, I would die too, because I could not live without you And then her child had died and she had found out that somehow, incredibly, she could live without her, that she had woken every morning for a hundred days, a thousand days, three thousand days and she had lived without her Ellie Mack was a golden child beautiful, smart, popular At 15, she was the apple of her I m about 3.5 stars here When her children were small they d sometimes say, What would you do if I died And she would reply, I would die too, because I could not live without you And then her child had died and she had found out that somehow, incredibly, she could live without her, that she had woken every morning for a hundred days, a thousand days, three thousand days and she had lived without her Ellie Mack was a golden child beautiful, smart, popular At 15, she was the apple of her family s eye, well liked by all, with a handsome boyfriend and a life full of possibility waiting for her Then one day, Ellie was supposed to go to the library and be home by lunchtime, but she never made it there, and she never returned.For 10 years, Ellie s mother Laurel has held out a small sliver of hope that Ellie might have simply run away for some reason and she might come back, even though in her heart she knows her daughter is probably dead This combination of despair and irrational hope has left Laurel s life a shambles, leading to the end of her marriage and straining her relationship with her two older children But when a discovery helps provide some answers, Laurel decides it is time to get her life back She meets a handsome man, Floyd Dunn, in a neighborhood cafe, and for the first time in 10 years, she realizes she can live for herself She is surprised at how quickly she and Floyd fall for each other, and how quickly their connection deepens into a real relationship, and before she knows it, she is even meeting his daughters and spending weekends at his home.Laurel is immediately taken with Floyd s youngest daughter, Poppy, who is beautiful and wise beyond her years, truly an old soul But Laurel cannot shake just how similar Poppy looks to Ellie, and how at times, when Poppy speaks, it is like she s in the same room with her daughter As questions start to form in her mind about Floyd and what secrets he might be hiding, and her questions about Ellie s disappearance begin surfacing again Did Ellie run away, or did she run into danger somehow And why do Poppy and Ellie seem so similar I ll admit, I figured out the plot of Then She Was Gone fairly soon into the book While it did detract a bit from my enjoyment of the book as the story continued to unfold, I was still captivated by the way Lisa Jewell teased out the suspense, making you wonder what surprises might pop up Having never read any of Jewell s books before, I worried she might throw in some outrageous or melodramatic plot elements, and I was pleased that she didn t do that.Jewell is a terrific storyteller, and I raced through this entire book on a flight While I certainly would have loved a little surprise, I still thought this was a captivating and compelling read, and if you like thrillers, you may very well enjoy this one See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at flag 109 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Dec 16, 2018 Christina Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves dpl 3, I ve binge read too many of these types of novels at this moment in time but I still really enjoyed this stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe a Read So I want to start this off by saying that my feelings about this novel are in large part due to the sheer number of missing children books I ve read over the past year I ve talked to some of my fellow Traveling Sisters about how it seems when one type of trope becomes popular you re bound to see and read six million of the 3, I ve binge read too many of these types of novels at this moment in time but I still really enjoyed this stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe a Read So I want to start this off by saying that my feelings about this novel are in large part due to the sheer number of missing children books I ve read over the past year I ve talked to some of my fellow Traveling Sisters about how it seems when one type of trope becomes popular you re bound to see and read six million of the same I ve read numerous thriller mystery books this year about missing persons, but especially about missing children.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.Ellie Mack was a bright, beautiful, 15 year old girl She was her mothers golden girl and on an innocuous walk to the library, she vanished without a trace There were little to no leads, no clues, and no indication of where she went or why While the police believed she may have run away her mother, Laurel knew in her heart that her golden girl didn t leave of her own volition Ellie was the youngest of 3 children, she lived in a happy and healthy home with a mother who cooked every night and a doting father After her disappearance, her family fractured and fell apart.The blame game could make you lose your mind all the infinitesimal outcomes, each path breaking up into a million other paths every time you heedlessly chose one, taking you on a journey that you d never find your way back from.Laurel s life feels empty and directionless, she moves through the motions but isn t living any This is when she meets Floyd Floyd is a very regular, run of the mill nice man but he ignites in Laurel a new passion and zest for life As things progress quickly Laurel meets his young daughter Poppy As Laurel gets to know Poppy she finds the similarities between her and her lost daughter Ellie uncanny She can t help but feel a connection to Poppy but this connection opens old wounds and needs within Laurel to understand what happened to Ellie.This is told in multiple POVs of which I won t fully explain as that might give away some of the twists We are, however, predominately given Laurels POV and experiences throughout this read This is told in a typical thriller flashback format between now 10 years after Ellie s disappearance and then the days before Ellie disappeared Personally this year, I had a new found love for this format When done correctly, as it was done here, it adds a layer of suspense that propels me to continue reading because I want to know what happens in both timelines.People try and make out there s a greater purpose, a secret meaning, that it all means something And it doesn t.Jewell does a truly exceptional job of teasing out suspense with a solid and compelling pace I really enjoyed her writing style and I ll be looking forward to picking up works by her in the future However, for me Then She Was Gone was a fairly predictable read for me Most mysteries aren t going to completely throw you for a loop and you ll be able to guess tidbits here and there However, I didn t find nearly any aspect of the twists of this one to be surprising I d guessed the ending to this one fairly early on and when the conclusion rolled around I wasn t surprised by the way it tied up.As I mentioned when I started this review this could absolutely be me and not the book because I know many people really loved this one While this was a fairly quick read I found myself wanting things to move along a bit It s a fairly minor issue but so much of the dialogue was one character repeating the exact phrase of the previous character For example, Laurel would ask her daughter Hanna, are you ok and Hanna would respond Am I ok Yes, I am ok This played out in nearly every conversation in the book and it made it a bit stagnant and redundant All in all, I really enjoy Jewell s style but this one wasn t it for me personally However, I do think if it s on your TBR it s well worth picking up flag 108 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jun 16, 2018 Sandy The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, audio, 5 star, contemporary fiction, family drama, mystery, netgalley arc EXCERPT She had no one to call, no one to ask Have you seen Hanna Do you know where she is Her life simply didn t work like that There were no connections anywhere Just little islands of life dotted here and there It was possible, she thought, that Hanna had met a man, but unlikely Hannah hadn t had a boyfriend, not one, ever Someone once mooted the theory that Hanna felt too guilty to have a boyfriend because her little sister would never have one The same theory could also be applie EXCERPT She had no one to call, no one to ask Have you seen Hanna Do you know where she is Her life simply didn t work like that There were no connections anywhere Just little islands of life dotted here and there It was possible, she thought, that Hanna had met a man, but unlikely Hannah hadn t had a boyfriend, not one, ever Someone once mooted the theory that Hanna felt too guilty to have a boyfriend because her little sister would never have one The same theory could also be applied to her miserable flat and her nonexistent social life Laurel knew simultaneously that she was overreacting and also that she was not overreacting When you are the parent of a child who walked out of the house one morning with a rucksack full of books to study at a library a fifteen minute walk away and then never came home again, then there is no such thing as overreacting The fact that she was standing in her adult daughter s kitchen picturing her dead in a ditch because she hadn t left a cereal bowl in the sink was perfectly sane and reasonable in the context of her own experience ABOUT THIS BOOK THENShe 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 caf 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 THOUGHTS I loved this book I love Lisa Jewell s writing I love her characters I wanted, so badly, to know what happened, but I wanted the book never to end I think I am addicted I have started another of this author s books straight away And I seldom, if ever, do that The characters are very ordinary people They are not rich, nor particularly successful They don t marry millionaires and live happily ever after They are ordinary people with ordinary worries who have ordinary awful things happen, and who react like I imagine that I, or any of my friends, would react should a child of mine go missing And in this very ordinaryness Jewell creates compelling characters that we come to love and empathise with, and addictive reads A jewel A treasure And even though I had an inkling about where this was going, it didn t diminish my pleasure in this read at all.Thank you to Random House UK, Cornerstone Arrow for providing a digital ARC of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress flag 108 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Apr 07, 2018 Theresa Alan rated it liked it review of another edition This novel is creepy in a good way Fifteen year old Ellie disappears on her way to the library one day Ultimately, since police can t find anything, they suspect she s a runaway despite the fact she had a boyfriend she loved and was looking forward to taking the exams she d been studying hard for.When we meet up with her mother Laurel ten years later, Laurel s relationships with her other daughter, her son, and her now ex husband have all suffered greatly because they d never found a body or a This novel is creepy in a good way Fifteen year old Ellie disappears on her way to the library one day Ultimately, since police can t find anything, they suspect she s a runaway despite the fact she had a boyfriend she loved and was looking forward to taking the exams she d been studying hard for.When we meet up with her mother Laurel ten years later, Laurel s relationships with her other daughter, her son, and her now ex husband have all suffered greatly because they d never found a body or any evidence of where Ellie may have gone The not knowing if Ellie is alive or dead has made it impossible for Laurel to move on.New evidence comes to light at the same time Laurel falls for Floyd, her first relationship with a man since she and her husband separated seven years earlier At first, the romance is dizzyingly exciting Then, certain things that Lloyd does start to niggle at Laurel Something doesn t seem quite right.This was not my favorite suspense novel that I ve read recently, so if you re strapped for time, I might go with another book It s good, but not great, in part because you can guess at a huge part of the mystery and be right well before everything is revealed Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this mystery, which will be published in the States on April 17, 2018 For reviews, please visit flag 101 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Apr 15, 2018 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, traveling sister read 4 stars This was a spine tingling and addictive story This novel follows Laurel whose teenage daughter, Ellie, went missing ten years ago Laurel has been battling her grief since the day Ellie disappeared with the hope that she may one day come home After Ellie s disappearance, being swallowed up in her sadness and grief, Laurel s marriage falls apart and she loses her connection with her two other children.The story is narrated by various characters in Laurel s life through a Now and Then pe 4 stars This was a spine tingling and addictive story This novel follows Laurel whose teenage daughter, Ellie, went missing ten years ago Laurel has been battling her grief since the day Ellie disappeared with the hope that she may one day come home After Ellie s disappearance, being swallowed up in her sadness and grief, Laurel s marriage falls apart and she loses her connection with her two other children.The story is narrated by various characters in Laurel s life through a Now and Then perspective, each character adding a new layer of suspense and appeal as the novel brilliantly unfolds.The author, Lisa Jewell, has a fantastic ability to pull you in right from the start Her writing is strong, compelling and addictive I look forward to reading from her This was a Traveling Sister read that we all enjoyed To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister reviews, please visit Brenda and Norma s fabulous blog at big thank you to NetGalley, Simon Schuster Canada and Lisa Jewell for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 102 likesLike see review View all 37 comments May 07, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thrillers, psychological thriller People try and make out there s a greater purpose, a secret meaning, that it all means something And it doesn t Loss is like that There s no justifying it There are no words of wisdom that can ever buffer the pain It becomes a life sentence worn like the weight of a sack cloth far into eternity and beyond.Laurel Mack is a grieving mother Period Her beautiful daughter, Ellie, disappeared one day on her way to her weekly lesson with her math tutor There is no evidence, no clues, no remnan People try and make out there s a greater purpose, a secret meaning, that it all means something And it doesn t Loss is like that There s no justifying it There are no words of wisdom that can ever buffer the pain It becomes a life sentence worn like the weight of a sack cloth far into eternity and beyond.Laurel Mack is a grieving mother Period Her beautiful daughter, Ellie, disappeared one day on her way to her weekly lesson with her math tutor There is no evidence, no clues, no remnants of a missing Ellie even after ten years The police have leaned toward labeling this case as a teenage runaway Nothing could be farther than the truth in Laurel s eyes.As time passes, the deep love imprint of the missing Ellie has left its mark on the Mack family Laurel and her husband, Paul, have divorced Grief sometimes forces a wedge between individuals who are saturated in its unspeakable sorrow Their now adult children, Jake and Hanna, have carved out separate lives that interact briefly with their parents now and then Different directions with different intentions.But Laurel has met an attractive man in a coffee shop that she frequents She and Floyd seem to hit it off well with unexpected humor as the draw Floyd has two daughters the serious Sarah Jade and the vivacious young Poppy But it is Poppy with her rich brown hair and strategic dimple that makes Laurel do a double take She envisions her lost Ellie in the persona of Poppy Coincidence or merely a longing of the soul Lisa Jewell presents a storyline that begins with the tragedy of a missing daughter and a family s downward spiral in its aftermath But she doesn t allow you to sit with this reality too long in your lap The chapters will occasionally revert from the present to Then as the rough edges of Ellie s story come to light There will also be moments of celebration as Laurel slowly removes layer upon layer of her self imposed isolation and begins a life with Floyd.As readers, we will note that Lisa Jewell tends to stretch the borders of reality in some scenes But the main thread is captivating and it tugs at us to delve deeper into this story As in a fine tuned musical piece, there will be quite the crescendo at the end even though you may have a sense of where all this is leading High interest, unusual characters, breadcrumbs into the fire will all make this a must read when you long for something to take you out of the doldrums Looking forward to from this author flag 85 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Apr 30, 2018 Luffy rated it really liked it review of another edition Then She Was Gone is a very mild title compared to the volcanic torment and angst behind the cover Teenage daughter Ellie goes missing and blah blah blahexcept that it s not so clear cut or cliched.The action takes place in multiple points of view, and it s a treat to be fed factoid after factoid to try and make sense It s deliciously excruciating how the info builds up to shape up the final solution.Lisa Jewell is part of the latest generation of writers The latter have bypassed Chaucer, Then She Was Gone is a very mild title compared to the volcanic torment and angst behind the cover Teenage daughter Ellie goes missing and blah blah blahexcept that it s not so clear cut or cliched.The action takes place in multiple points of view, and it s a treat to be fed factoid after factoid to try and make sense It s deliciously excruciating how the info builds up to shape up the final solution.Lisa Jewell is part of the latest generation of writers The latter have bypassed Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare to shape up to be gifted writers Lisa Jewell is part of this disconnected generation This was a wonderful book flag 80 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 24, 2018 Dem rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves psychological thrillers, recommended Oh I did love this clever and compelling, taut psychological thriller which kept me up until the wee hours the morning My fist Lisa Jewell novel and lucky me as she appears to have a list of thrillers which I cant wait to try.I listened to this one on audible and it was just so well narrated, the voice of Noelle Donnelly was just so perfect and she sent shivers down my spine Well paced and not too dramatic this just works beautifully on audible.Jewell writes wonderfully engaging characters, f Oh I did love this clever and compelling, taut psychological thriller which kept me up until the wee hours the morning My fist Lisa Jewell novel and lucky me as she appears to have a list of thrillers which I cant wait to try.I listened to this one on audible and it was just so well narrated, the voice of Noelle Donnelly was just so perfect and she sent shivers down my spine Well paced and not too dramatic this just works beautifully on audible.Jewell writes wonderfully engaging characters, fresh and vivid, but quite believable I actually had images of the characters in my head from the first few chapters and I think this is one of those rare psychological thrillers when asked in a years time for the synopsis I will be able to remember it clearly from all the other thrillers I have read and for me this is the rare and a real winner.The plot is suspenseful, fast paced and lots of twists and turns to keep the reader turning those pages I had guessed mid way through where this was going but it didn t take away from the unravelling of the story in any way and there was a little suspending of disbelief along the way but hey its a novel and its supposed to take us out of the real world for a little while.Chilling, Disturbing and gripping are three words to describe this one and I hope my friend s will recommend by this author for me to devour flag 79 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Nov 30, 2018 Brandice rated it really liked it review of another edition Then She Was Gone was my first Lisa Jewell read and it won t be my last I was intrigued right from the start 15 year old Ellie Mack leaves home to study one day and never returns Understandably, her disappearance alters the life of her mother, Laurel She has changed with the loss of her daughter Distance builds between her and her other two children, Hannah and Jake Her marriage to Paul also falls apart Years later, Laurel meets an attractive man, Floyd, and begins a relationship with him Then She Was Gone was my first Lisa Jewell read and it won t be my last I was intrigued right from the start 15 year old Ellie Mack leaves home to study one day and never returns Understandably, her disappearance alters the life of her mother, Laurel She has changed with the loss of her daughter Distance builds between her and her other two children, Hannah and Jake Her marriage to Paul also falls apart Years later, Laurel meets an attractive man, Floyd, and begins a relationship with him He has a 9 year old daughter, Poppy, who bears a striking resemblance to Ellie What is going on here I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Helen Duff I enjoyed it a lot and she was a great narrator, reading with enthusiasm as well as distinction between voices of the different characters, as the story is told through multiple POVs Then She Was Gone is a suspenseful read that both mystery novices and pros will likely enjoy It s a dark story, and even when the big picture of what was going on became clear, I was still interested and had to know the why and the how flag 79 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Jan 17, 2019 Lisa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves thrillers Ellie Mack went missing when she was 15 years of age the youngest of three children she left her house to go to the library was never seen again, Ten years later her mother Laurel is finding it hard to adjust after Ellies disappearance, she feels hopeless her world just stopped.Its not until she meets Floyd Dunn she has finally found happiness or has she Paul her husband has moved on so does Laurel Floyd introduces his daughter Poppy S J to her , Laurel is very close to Poppy Ellie Mack went missing when she was 15 years of age the youngest of three children she left her house to go to the library was never seen again, Ten years later her mother Laurel is finding it hard to adjust after Ellies disappearance, she feels hopeless her world just stopped.Its not until she meets Floyd Dunn she has finally found happiness or has she Paul her husband has moved on so does Laurel Floyd introduces his daughter Poppy S J to her , Laurel is very close to Poppy she looks like her daughter Ellie Poppy is very smart Laurel becomes very close to her.Its not until the relationship between Floyd Laurel escalate that secrets Lies are revealed the prose goes from then to now their is a diary of the truths to be told.Will Laurel find her Ellie or is Floyd the man he says he is MY THOUGHTSI loved every minute of this dark disturbing thriller, once again miss Jewell has written another gem that tantalises the readers appetite this is gritty twisty delicious to read I want flag 74 likesLike see review View all 24 comments May 02, 2018 Michelle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley arcs This book is fantastic Seriously I m kicking myself for not reading any Lisa Jewell before this book even though I do have The House We Grew Up In sitting on my bookshelf unread Shame on me Back to this book Laurel Mack had a wonderful life and family until the dreadful day when her teenage daughter Ellie goes missing Her obsession with finding her and the broken pieces of her heart from losing her tear her family apart Her husband leaves and eventually remarries, her son moves in with hi This book is fantastic Seriously I m kicking myself for not reading any Lisa Jewell before this book even though I do have The House We Grew Up In sitting on my bookshelf unread Shame on me Back to this book Laurel Mack had a wonderful life and family until the dreadful day when her teenage daughter Ellie goes missing Her obsession with finding her and the broken pieces of her heart from losing her tear her family apart Her husband leaves and eventually remarries, her son moves in with his girlfriend, and her relationship with her other daughter turns cold and distant One day while Laurel is minding her own business at a local coffee shop enjoying her tea when in walks Floyd He s a handsome well dressed man and it appears he has his eye on her He invites her to join him for a slice of cake and from here their relationship develops Eventually he invites her to meet his daughter, Poppy Laurel is so taken aback upon sight of Poppy.e is the spitting image of Ellie How could this be Lisa Jewell wrote a tale about a wicked villain and I loved the chapters when I was in that persons head this is purposely vague because, ya know, spoilers As I frantically flipped the pages I was able to deduce what was happening making the ending a slight bit predictable but I had a hell of time getting there so it in no way took away from my enjoyment of this book I found the ending satisfying and I turned the last page with a smile 4.5 stars Thank you to Ariele Fredman Atria for sending me a NetGalley widget in exchange for my honest review flag 78 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Jun 24, 2018 Jen rated it really liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This story got me out of my rut knock on wood.A daughter, Ellie Mack, has been missing only to be found 10 years later.Her mother, Laurel, whom now has closure, is trying to move on with her life fix the relationships that have suffered during her grieving.She meets a man, with a child, who very much reminds her of her once precious one As the story unfolds, the perspective is told by Ellie and the mystery of her disappearance.Jewell delivers another fast paced whodunnit with some interesti This story got me out of my rut knock on wood.A daughter, Ellie Mack, has been missing only to be found 10 years later.Her mother, Laurel, whom now has closure, is trying to move on with her life fix the relationships that have suffered during her grieving.She meets a man, with a child, who very much reminds her of her once precious one As the story unfolds, the perspective is told by Ellie and the mystery of her disappearance.Jewell delivers another fast paced whodunnit with some interesting well braided twists.Reminded me a little of Her Lovely Bones.Only complaint the British term jumper came up several times referring to apparel This threw me off Every pun intended I think it must be a sweater but reminded me of something with suspenders and possibly shorts Off to google I go.4 go to Jewell for another successful and well done mystery flag 73 likesLike see review View all 49 comments Dec 30, 2018 Carol Bookaria rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, fiction, favorites, mistery thriller, top 2018 THEN SHE WAS GONE is the second book I ve read and enjoyed from this author It revolves about the disappearance of Ellie Mack, a fifteen year old girl and it is a suspenseful, great psychological thriller.The book follows Laurel Mack Ellie s mother It has been 10 years since her daughter went missing and there are still many unanswered questions, which will be explored as the plot unravels.The author s style is very distinctive, she takes her time developing the characters and the story, the THEN SHE WAS GONE is the second book I ve read and enjoyed from this author It revolves about the disappearance of Ellie Mack, a fifteen year old girl and it is a suspenseful, great psychological thriller.The book follows Laurel Mack Ellie s mother It has been 10 years since her daughter went missing and there are still many unanswered questions, which will be explored as the plot unravels.The author s style is very distinctive, she takes her time developing the characters and the story, the result is an enriching read that will stay with you long after you finish the book.I highly enjoyed the book and recommend it to those who enjoy thrillers, mysteries and contemporary fiction flag 70 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Carol Bookaria Jaline wrote Great review, Carol I really enjoy this author s writing, too Thank you, Jaline Jan 01, 2019 07 21PM Rachel Murphy I m almost finished with it and have loved it so far What other book have you read by jewel Jan 29, 2019 01 47PM Apr 18, 2018 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing review of another edition Norma and I were lost in the dark and light earthy lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading Then She Was Gone We all really enjoyed it and it lead to a great discussion amongst us We all were immediately drawn into this intriguing story right from start to the rewarding and very satisfying ending that we all loved We all agreed Lisa Jewell brilliantly creates a well written and perfectly paced story to create a good, intriguing suspenseful story Just at the right time, she reve Norma and I were lost in the dark and light earthy lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading Then She Was Gone We all really enjoyed it and it lead to a great discussion amongst us We all were immediately drawn into this intriguing story right from start to the rewarding and very satisfying ending that we all loved We all agreed Lisa Jewell brilliantly creates a well written and perfectly paced story to create a good, intriguing suspenseful story Just at the right time, she reveals enough of the story to create suspense and then gives us understanding and insight into her characters rather than creating a shocky twisty story She balances the darkest well by adding just the right amount of disturbing and creepy along with the insight into the well developed characters emotions, creating emotional layers to the characters along with layers to the plot.Some of us have read a few of Lisa Jewell s books and loved them all and the rest of us will be looking into reading of her books For me I have read a few and have a couple to review We all highly recommend Then She Was Gone.Publishing Date April 17, 2018Thank you, NetGalley, Atria Books, and Lisa Jewell for a copy to read and review Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readingtps twosisterslostinacouleeCoulee a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley flag 74 likesLike see review View all 24 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity YA Buddy Readers Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Starting January 27th 2019 19 14 Jan 31, 2019 07 29AM Crime, Mysteries Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell spoilers permitted January 2019 11 55 Jan 30, 2019 10 30AM Crime, Mysteries Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell no 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    Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell THEN SHE WAS GONE is the second book I ve read and enjoyed from this author It revolves about the disappearance of Ellie Mack, a fifteen year old girl and it is a suspenseful , great psychological thriller. Then she made The Necklace in the top left corner is probably the least expensive and simplest to make Here are some visuals on how to make the heart It s just a heart shaped out of clay and then Then She Was Gone A Novel Kindle edition by Lisa Jewell Then She Was Gone A Novel Kindle edition by Lisa Jewell Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Then She Was Gone A Novel. Then She Was Gone Book by Lisa Jewell Official 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 Then She Was Gone A Novel Lisa Jewell Praise for Then She Was Gone Then She Was Gone is a riveting thriller PopSugar Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. Then She Was Gone A Novel by Lisa Jewell, Paperback Then She Was Gone is a riveting thriller PopSugar Jewell gets riveting and twisty with every book she writes Completely absorbing, fast paced, well written and with a shocking ending that will keep readers guessing, Then She Was Gone is a nearly pitch perfect thriller. Then She Was Gone CrimeReads Then She Was Gone Lisa Jewell April , The following is an exclusive excerpt from And Then She Was Gone, a harrowing tale of a missing child from renowned mystery writer Lisa Jewell In the following passage, a grieving mother gets some news at last about her missing child. THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell Kirkus Reviews After Ellie s funeral, Laurel begins a relationship with Floyd, a man she meets in a cafe She s disarmed by Floyd s charm, but when she meets his young daughter, Poppy, Laurel is Summary and reviews of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell THEN SHE WAS GONE kept my interest, but I can t say it was a thriller until the past was coming into the picture and the book went back in time to tell us the story of how Ellie went missing It was of a study of personalities and families as well as lies. Talking Heads And She Was YouTube May , Owned by Sony Music Entertainment Lyrics And she was lying in the grass And she could hear the highway breathing And she could see a nearby factory She s making sure she is not dreaming See the

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        Lisa was born in London in 1968 Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters She was educated at a Catholic girls Grammar school in Finchley After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art amp Lisa was born in London in 1968 Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters She was educated at a Catholic girls Grammar school in Finchley After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA She started her first novel, Ralph s Party, for a bet in 1996 She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998 It went on to become the best selling debut novel of that year.She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.Lisa s Facebook page


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    1. This was a fairly average experience for me It s a very quick read I read it in a single day and it goes down smoothly and easily, but it is so easy to predict everything that will happen I was always several chapters ahead of the characters and it sapped a lot of tension out of the story.I can see why, with a better plot, Jewell is a great writer The relationships and characters were fleshed out and interesting Laurel s pain over her missing daughter is palpable and realistic The loss This was [...]


    2. Apologies for republishing this, but apparently some haters thought it would be funny to report my review and get it taken down because they have nothing better to do 4.5 STARS If she could unwind 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 But back then, when she knew nothing about anything, she had not seen it coming She had walked straight into it with [...]


    3. 4.5Edgy, Dark and AddictiveThis turned out to be quite a stunner I ve read lots of psychological thrillers and this one caught me off guard Much than your typical missing daughter plot Scattered with hints of some shocking revelations to come.This is my fourth Lisa Jewell novel and I m a huge fan I love her writing style and how she keeps me totally absorbed in the story line The I read, the invested I became and started to care about some of the key characters Told in multi 4.5Edgy, Dark and [...]


    4. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a 2018 Atria Books publication Well, this was certainly different Missing persons tropes are common in mysteries and thrillers, and the theme has been written and explored in many predictable ways, but also in many clever, even shocking ways But, no matter how it is presented, it is a scenario that never fails to draw me in But, I must say, this novel puts an entirely new and fresh spin on the missing persons mystery The story begins like so many others El The [...]


    5. I read a Lisa Jewell novel last year and connected immediately with her writing style, tone, and voice When Then She Was Gone showed up on NetGalley last month, I immediately requested it and added it to my reading queue for April I really find myself enad with Jewell s characters, plots, and settings, so much that I ve added ten of her other books to my TBR and hope to read a few later this year.Domestic drama is the best sub genre to describe this book A 15 year old girl goes missi I read a L [...]


    6. 4.5 starsEllie Mack was 15 years old when she went missing She was the youngest of three children who left the house one day to go to the library and never returned Her Mother, Laurel Mack, fell apart after her daughter s disappearance, as most parents would Her daughter s disappearance forever altered her life Her marriage fell apart, her other daughter, Hanna became distant and withdrawn from her Mother,her son moved away Throughout it all she never gave up hope on finding her daughter W 4.5 s [...]


    7. Gripping psychological thriller about the disappearance of 15 year old Ellie Mack Then She was Gone is not about what happened to Ellie, it s about the how and the why she disappeared, as well as the after effects of her disappearance on her family One morning, Ellie Mack heads to the library At 10 43 am, she was never to be seen again The police s investigation never turned up any clues to what happened to her, but believe she ran away Her mother, Laurel, believes otherwise After 1 [...]


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