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Lisa Jewell

Author of Then She Was Gone

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About the Author

Lisa Jewell lives in London with her husband and their cat. Lisa Jewell (born July 19, 1968) is a popular British author of women's fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, After The Party, a sequel to Ralph's Party, and most recently The House We Grew Up In. Jewell is one of the show more most popular authors writing in the UK today. In 2008, she was awarded the Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance for her novel 31 Dream Street. Her titles often reach the bestseller list like, I Found You, in 2017 and Then She Was Gone, in 2018. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone (2018) 4,069 copies
The Family Upstairs (2019) 2,993 copies
Watching You (2018) 1,476 copies
The Night She Disappeared (2022) 1,329 copies
I Found You (2016) 1,272 copies
Invisible Girl (2020) 1,223 copies
None of This is True (2023) — Narrator, some editions — 1,183 copies
The Girls (2015) 1,182 copies
The House We Grew Up In (2014) 982 copies
The Family Remains (2022) 789 copies
Ralph's Party (1999) 725 copies
Thirtynothing (2000) 582 copies
The Third Wife (2014) 516 copies
One-Hit Wonder (2001) 478 copies

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An unusual contemporary mystery with friendship drama.

All the families live close to each other in a community that surrounds a huge park with hidden gardens and paths. The children run free in the green space and in and out of each others' homes with ease. It happens on a warm summer night during the annual Virginia Park Tombola. One of the children, 13-year-old Grace, is found by the rose garden gate in a coma with her clothes in disarray.

This was a slow burner that built up in perfectly paced storytelling that creates tension and suspense as everyone tries to figure out what happened to Grace and who was responsible. The novel is told in alternating points of view between the various characters -- women and children -- who live in apartments and homes around the park. Hints, secrets, lies, lots of domestic situations and concerns kept me guessing. I was hoping to believe the best of all of the friends - both the adults and the teenagers -- and many red herrings dangled to keep me on edge. The characters were multi-faceted and intriguing. I found the climax and conclusion quite satisfying and a bit surprising.

I listened to the audiobook while following along in the e-book ARC provided by the publisher. I really liked the narrator - she did an excellent job voicing all the characters and her tone and dramatic flair enhanced the experience. I'd recommend this one.
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CelticLibrarian | 53 other reviews | May 21, 2024 |
THE THIRD WIFE is the best kind of mystery; it involves three mysteries: who is writing horrible letters to Maya, did Maya kill herself or was her death an accident, and who is the woman who seems to be stalking Adrian?

Maya is Adrian's third wife. The book begins with her death when she is hit by a bus (which would be an odd choice for suicide, in my opinion).

Before Maya, though, Adrian had two children with his first wife and three more with his second. They have all been getting along and getting together for holidays and vacations. They still do after Maya becomes the third wife. They all appear to love her. Then Maya begins receiving horrible letters with details that only someone from the family could know. Did this lead to her death?

Then a woman pretends to want Maya's cat after she has died. For a while she keeps reappearing and seems to be a stalker. But she suddenly stops. Adrian searches for her, hoping to get answers.

Lisa Jewell wrote THE THIRD WIFE a decade ago. I was lucky to have found it. You'll enjoy this one as much as you do her later books.
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techeditor | 35 other reviews | May 21, 2024 |
This books was such a fun and unique read, i really liked the different formats within the book! it kept my interest and i read it in 2 days!
only complaint is the twist that she tried to pull off at the end fell flat for me. she worked really hard throughout the whole book to create an unreliable narrator, so i was not able to get on board with the ending.
haleychannell | 35 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Wow.. just wow! I've been hearing talk about this book on Facebook and around the blogosphere, but honestly, as a mother of 2 teen girls, I was wary of picking it up. I am always hesitant to read any psychological thrillers, normally I end up not liking them, or figuring out the "culprit" early on and then it's all meh to me. But this book caught me off guard, I had an inkling of an idea of what happened.
There were so many twists for me in this book. I stayed interested and couldn't put it down until I knew exactly what happened.

The story and writing kept me needing to know what was in the next chapter and what exactly had happened to poor Ellie.
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chaoticmel | 167 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |



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