One of my April Book of the Month picks was Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. You might remember that my other pick wasn’t that great, but luckily this one was really good! I haven’t read anything by Lisa Jewell before, but I did notice she had several books listed at the front, so I may be reading more by her. I categorized this as a thriller, but I think it could also go into the mystery category.
Ellie Mack was just 15 when she disappeared without a trace while on her way to the library to study for her exams. The police always treated the case as a runaway, but her mother Laurel knows better. Ellie was the youngest of three children, an excellent student, had a loving boyfriend. She had absolutely no reason to run away.
After 10 years, clues are finally discovered in the cold case that allow Laurel to have a little closure. After chasing the ghost of Ellie, Laurel tries to start putting her life back together. In those 10 years, her marriage has ended and her relationships with her other two children have become very strained. It seems everyone has been able to move on from Ellie’s disappearance except for Laurel.
And then Laurel meets a strange man named Floyd in a cafe. They strike up a conversation, he asked her on a date, and relationship moves really quickly. And then Laurel meets Floyd’s daughter Poppy, who looks remarkably similar to her daughter Ellie. They even have the same mannerisms. Being around Poppy transports Laurel back in time and makes her question what really happened to Ellie and begins to investigate on her own.
I really loved this book. If you ever read the book The Lovely Bones, it reminded me of that some (and that was an excellent book, if you have never read it).
The point of view shifts from a couple of different views, which I thought was interesting, considering some of the points of view that you get. And I kept thinking it was going to go one of two ways, and I just couldn’t decide which way it was going to be. I thought it was really well written definitely had a nice twist at the end.
If you like thrillers, this is definitely one to check out! I highly recommend it.
So have you read Then She Was Gone? Or anything else by Lisa Jewell? If so, what did you think?