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Title: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Arrow Books
Date Published: 14th December 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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?
Fifteen year old Ellie is about to take her GCSE’s, she’s bright but a little spoilt, everybody thinks she’d heading for greatness, that’s until she disappears. Her mum Laurel has never given up hope of finding her.
Laurel has spent the last ten years in limbo, her marriage broke down, her two other children barely talk to her. Then she meets Floyd, a smart, handsome and charismatic man who injects some much needed company in her life. Then she meets his daughter Poppy. She’s the spitting image of Ellie.
She brushes this off as a coincidence but then she finds out Poppy’s mother used to be Ellie’s maths tutor and the feeling of unease grows. Can she find out what happened to her daughter?
I discovered Lisa Jewell last year and her book I Found You was one of my top reads of 2017 (you can read my review here), so when I saw Then She Was Gone I thought I really want to read that!
Now initially I felt very sorry for Laurel. She’d lost her daughter, but not just that her favourite daughter, her ‘golden girl’ but the way she treated the rest of her family especially her other daughter Hanna really made me dislike her which I feel may have effected how I see this book. She does see the error of her ways but it takes a long, long time.
The story started off really strong, we have a mix of narratives from Laurel and Ellie from back in 2005 from before she goes missing, drew me in. Then Laurel meets the too good to be true Floyd and his slightly strange daughter Poppy who acts far too old for her nine years and his other daughter Sara-Jade who is a bit creepy but then I felt the story fell flat. I just felt like it lacked tension and what happened to Ellie was frankly a bit unbelievable.
Will this put me off reading any more of Lisa Jewell’s books? No but I just won’t be as anxious to get my hands on her next book.
About The Author:
Lisa Jewell was born in 1968 in Middlesex Hospital in London’s West End and was brought up in North London. At primary school in Oakleigh Park, she was found to be gifted only in creative writing and was once accused of cheating by a teacher who didn’t believe that a poem she’d read in class could possibly have been written by her.
Despite such early indicators, she decided to eschew writing and instead study art and design at Barnet College. After a brief and largely unsuccessful stint in fashion, she at last found her calling after enrolling in a creative writing course at her local Adult Education College. She has since written thirteen bestselling novels.
Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.