Book Review – Then She Was Gone By Lisa Jewell

THEN
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.

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 café 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?

I have never been so enthralled in a book before; I wouldn’t even allow myself to sleep until I knew every single details from start to finish! No book has ever made me feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest and stomped on a million times, but for a thriller, I knew it was never going to have a happy ending and it definitely gave me the complete opposite with a broken heart.

10 years ago, Laurel’s daughter Ellie went to the library to study and never came home. The family had moved on and was ready to repair their shattered hearts, however, Laurel’s life spun out of control consistently; her marriage fell through and her two children became shadows of their perfect sister. Laurel is not even close to being ready to give up finding out what happened to her daughter. Her maternal instincts tell her there’s more to Ellie’s disappearance and she won’t stop until she knows the truth. Laurel meets a handsome man called Floyd, who brings a breath of fresh air and life to her empty, broken world. Is Floyd as perfect as he seems to be though? What secrets does he have hidden? After a few dates, Laurel is introduced to his nine-year-old daughter, Poppy. Sounds pretty casual, right? Wrong. Poppy is the absolute spitting image of Laurel’s daughter, Ellie. All the unanswered questions that Laurel had given up on began flooding back in an instant.

‘Then She Was Gone’ is split in to 5 parts, with POV’s from four different characters, interspersed with the past and present. It’s a rather quick read, answering every possibly answer you’d have been asking yourself whilst reading. I desperately needed to know what on earth had happened to Ellie and even I knew there was just something not adding up with the story police had given; nevertheless, I was not for one second expecting the truth to be as sick and twisted as it was! I could hear myself gasping non-stop and I had so many light bulb moments where the story just completely clicked and I knew what was going on before the book had told me. I don’t guess a lot when it comes to book, mainly because I just can never make up big enough theories, but with this book my mind was in complete overdrive and I was making up every theory possible until I got the right one.

The plot is complete genius; I literally don’t know how somebody can create such a disturbing story and be sure to keep readers hooked at all times, but Lisa did it! Whilst the majority of characters are unlikable, they are linked in a way you just would not believe – it’s hard to feel sympathy for many, yet you can almost understand their motives, even the most distorted ones.

‘Then She Was Gone’ will grip you to the point of complete obsession. I finished this book within just one day and I truly believe that everybody should read this book; you’re going to be affected in so many ways – but it’s all worth it. I have been so affected by this book so deeply that I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for days after. I don’t think there will or has been a novel that is going to move me and unleash feelings I rarely ever feel like this one has. I can not recommend this book more if I tried, just pretty pretty please read this masterpiece by Lisa Jewel and let your world be completely shook to the core.

Purchase the book here.

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