I can't believe how long I waited for this book and then--YUCK. We have all read books that bounce around, introduce new people and we adjust, figure it out and go on. The plot or description on the jacket is great. The actual book is looney tunes; I'm sure her lead character changes names or switches places with someone else and it's as tossed about as a salad. The author herself felt she had written a bizarre story and that a couple of editors rescued it. Had I bought it I would have tossed it in the garbage before finishing it; as it is, finishing it can not redeem the amount of junk I did read.
This book was great, gripping, fast moving and interesting. Highly recommended!
When I picked up this book (expecting a Halloween chilly mystery, for some fear), I was not expecting it to be as horrid as I found it. The plot was so intriguingly written but it made me question how the author could have came up with something so... sinister. I felt genuinely taken aback, despite all the positive things this book had to offer. I recommend reading this if one has a high tolerance for emotional "wrongness," as it is quite questionable if the characters' acts can be forgiven.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
While I enjoyed the character development part of this book, I found the ending to be very predictable. I wanted to quit reading less than halfway through but finished it just to make sure I was correct.
A pleasing take on the child has gone missing trope - I truly enjoyed the narrator and her point of view, as well as the other character developments. A reflection on life's choices, or rather the choices in responding to life events, it was engaging and a solid read. Although there were some moments of strained credulity, the ending was quite enjoyable in its own way. I definitely recommend!
Absolutely chilling. I read page 267 and had to put my tablet down and walk away for a while. It sent chills down my spine.
This was my first novel I've read by Lisa Jewell, but will now read all the others. If you like thrillers that stay with you long after you've finished the book, then read this one - I thought it was awesome.
My first Lisa Jewel book... will look for more. I figured out the main plot early on...so sad. But was suspenseful and kept me reading.
The author keeps you guessing throughout the novel, although I was pretty darn close to figuring out the ending half way through, but there are still a few surprises at the end.
A teen disappearance, murder, lies, it keeps you guessing.
I have read two of Lisa Jewell’s books, and I think I’m done now.
This book was improbable and bizarre (as Lisa herself suggested in the acknowledgments).
You have this psychotic woman who is able to make happen in one evening what specialists take several attempts to do. Then everyone in the book is intertwined, coincidentally, even though they live in a large city.
I like the way Lisa writes, but her storyline is shy of reality.
I could not put this book down! It is really good and it was suspenseful from the first page.
I'm going to read other books by Jewell.
This was my first novel from Lisa and she is most definitely a good author! The story was a tiny bit predictable. BUT for sure a lot of twist. I could not wait to keep reading!
I am going through her list now and adding some more of hers :)
I record and rate all the books I read on a scale of 1to 10. Ten being the best rating you can get. I gave this book a six. I had a hard time finishing it. I’ve read 67 books so far this year and this was the lowest rated book I read.
Oh my gosh, this book is amazing!! I love this author, and she has moved to my favorites list. As a side note, I really like it when authors thank their readers in the acknowledgments as she did at the end of this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller and could not put it down once I started reading. The characters and plot are interesting, and the story kept me in suspense until the very satisfying ending!
I loved the first half of this book. I found it so well written. But then I found the second half unbearable. I almost stopped reading because it was so gruesome and disturbing. I read to be entertained, not to have my emotions all tangled in a knot. Do we really need the step-by-step description of the abuse? Certainly I don't. This was my first book by Lisa Jewell and I'm afraid to try another one. I wonder, are they all this dark?
I have become a big Lisa Jewell fan. This latest book was excellent. It was hard to put down and I read it in one afternoon. This is a fast, dramatic read. Perfect for summer reading.
Wow what an interesting and kind of creepy story dealing with the disappearance of Ellie 10 years ago. There were parts of the story that I figured out but I certainly did not get some of it which kept you reading until the very end. Good story with out of the ordinary twists to keep you interested until that last page.
Another thrilling ride from start to finish! Lisa Jewell continues to spellbound with her suspenseful storytelling and thrilling plot twists. Another book that is impossible to put down until that last satisfying page.
I recently discovered Lisa Jewell and she has become a new favourite of mine. This the third book that I have read by her. I like an easy read with a story line that sucks you in right from the start. I also enjoy stories full of suspense that focus on relationships rather than a hard boiled detective story. Lisa's books tick all the boxes for me. I would highly recommend this or any of her other books as your next beach read.
When you meet someone who's a dead ringer the child you lost a decade ago.....things may not be what they seem!
Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell, is a psychological thriller similar to several other novels that have been popular recently. The main character, Laurel Mack, is a grieving mother whose third child, Ellie, disappeared 10 years ago. Ellie had been the golden child, 15 years old and in love with life. Her unexplained disappearance had ripped apart her family leading to her parent's divorce and Laurel's disconnect with her other two children.
This is the first book that I have read written by Jewell and I enjoyed her straight forward writing style. Even when her chapters flip back and forward in time the story flows together nicely. Her character development is robust – always my favourite part of any story! The plot line, however, is rather thin and once you are familiar with the various players in this thriller you will soon figure out what happened to poor Ellie. Although Then She Was Gone is a dark read it's central theme proves to be the importance of family and forgiveness.
I recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Time well spent reading this masterfully written psychological drama. Told at a steady pace with surprises that feel like forgone conclusions.
Laurel & Paul Mack and their three children, Jake, Hanna & Ellie glide through their normal middle'class lives until an unhinged tutor's stalking causes 15 year old Ellie to disappear.
Ten years later the shattered family begins to change when Laurel meets Floyd Dunn and his 9 yr old daughter Poppy. There is something familiar calling to Laurel's heart.
Chapters alternate between then and now; Ellie, and her family's struggle to cope and survive.
A big thank you to Atria Books and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this new thriller.
I loved this book! It was an addicting read as we watch the situation unfold, past and present, from the POV of key characters. Jewell skillfully inserts each new perspective at the perfect time in the narrative. This is one of my favorite books so far this year and would make a delightful book group pick. So much to discuss: the generation gap, the loss of a child, the aftermath of marital breakups, mental illness and more. Be sure to have your tissues handy as the ending is perfect and poignant.