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Then She Was Gone: A Novel (original 2018; edition 2018)
by Lisa Jewell (Author)
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (2018)
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I really liked this one and would be given it 5 stars if it tried to be a little more surprising in the plot. As it was, it’s pretty easy to see where it’s all going and none of the reveals shocked me to any degree. But given the way it’s written, maybe it’s not supposed to be a shocking thriller. Maybe it’s just supposed to be a sad story with some hope sprinkled in?
It wasn't that the writing was bad, just the plot.
The plot is relatively predictable and obvious, but I like the writer's writing style. Sometimes it's not just about the story, it's about the people involved. The author has a way of touching you deeply and making you feel for the characters. I was surprised by Floyd since he is flawed yet not entirely an evil person. I also really love Laurel and the whole Mack family. They just seem so real and you cannot help but feel for them and wish them well in the end. The only character I dislike and even hate in this whole book is Noelle.
"Ten years after her teenage daughter disappears, a woman crosses paths with a charming single father whose young child feels eerily familiar, in this evocative, suspenseful drama from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell--perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Liane Moriarty. 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 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 cafe, no one is more 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 more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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I became absorbed in this story early on. It’s written in first person from the perspective of several of the characters so that I understood their thinking in various situations. I found it mostly believable. I didn’t like what happened to Ellie and thought it was disturbing and sad. The ending was unlikely but overall thought this was a good psychological suspense story. ( )