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Then She Was Gone: A Novel Paperback – November 6, 2018


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body { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em; } .aplus { min-width: inherit; } A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist—Top 5 Best Mystery & Thriller * A Suspense Magazine “Best of 2018” Thriller/Suspense Pick“An acutely observed family drama with bone-chilling suspense.” —People“Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most astute thriller reader won’t see where everything is going until the final threads are unknotted.” —Booklist, starred review“Sharply written with twists and turns, Jewell’s latest will please fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, or Luckiest Girl Alive." —Library JournalEllie 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 café, 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? Read more Read less options.iframeId = iframeId; options.iframeWrapperId = "bookDesc_iframe_wrapper"; options.overriddenCSSId = "bookDesc_override_CSS"; options.encodedIframeContent = bookDescEncodedData; options.initialResizeCallback = resizeCallback; BookDescriptionIframe = new DynamicIframe(options); P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.createIframe(); }) (); if ((typeof BookDescriptionIframe != 'undefined') && (BookDescriptionIframe instanceof DynamicIframe)) { P.when('jQuery').execute(function($) { $(window).resize(function() { P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.resizeIframe(resizeCallback); }) (); }); $(window).bind('imageResize', function() { P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.resizeIframe(resizeCallback); }) (); }); }); } });


Customers Reviews

Caveat emptor

5.0 out of 5.0 by chartreusekitty on August 31, 2018
Let me say first off, that the book is well written, well crafted, and just plain good. I bumped up against the ads for it on The New Yorker website, then on Amazon, and as always, am looking for a good, well written suspense/thriller/mystery type read. ( I don't think there are enough of them being spun out!) The hook had me, What The **** Happened to Ellie? The writing lures you in.......the whole family saga thing, dysfunction, loss, grief, etc. What I really want to say is, like my headline, caution. This is a very, very disturbing book. The central characters emerge slowly and if you are like me, I'm reading along wanting to find out wtf happened to Ellie? And unlike many readers, I don't try to figger out what happened, who dunnit...... what you find out about Ellie and the other characters in the book is scary stuff. So, what I'm saying is, if you are a sensitive soul who is is averse to childhood abuse/torture and highly damaged manipulative people, I'd suggest not reading this.I gave it 5 stars for the craft of writing, it is well written, and the writing supports the the plot and story, in spite of what i've said re: caveat emptor.
My favorite psychological thrillers are ones that leave me on the ...

5.0 out of 5.0 by Megan Terjesen on April 27, 2018
My favorite psychological thrillers are ones that leave me on the edge of my seat, but also have a "somewhat" happy ending (one that I'm satisfied with, anyway.) This book did not disappoint. I read it in 2 days and only because I forced myself to give my family some attention. So well written and will keep you hooked. I liked that there were no hidden characters, as there so often are in thrillers, and you can somewhat figure out the mystery on your own, but then are still duped in the end. Brilliant.
A page turner that may be too disturbing for some.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Teddie S on November 18, 2018
"Then She Was Gone" is a novel about a fifteen year old girl named Ellie Mack who disappears in 2005.Much of the book takes place in 2015, and is told from the point of view of Laurel Mack, the missing girl's mother. Ellie was Laurel's youngest daughter. Ellie's remains have finally been found, so maybe the family can now have some closure. Not that the family unit is still intact. Laurel was so filled with grief over the last ten years that she had nothing left of herself for her husband or her other children. Now Laurel is divorced, and is estranged from her older daughter and son.The book alternates between 2015, back to 2005, when the story is told from Ellie's point of view. The reader learns what happened to this fifteen year girl. And, eventually, Laurel learns the truth also.This is the third book I've read by Lisa Jewell, and I'm giving it five stars like I did the other two. But, unlike the other two, I'm not recommending it for everybody. Something awful happens in this book. Those who don't like reading disturbing things should move on to something else. Not that it's all that graphic. It's just so heartbreaking and hard to get out of your head.Why do I like this author so much? Because, once I start one of her books, it's hard to put down. Sometimes books, even good books, feel a bit like "homework" to me. But not Lisa Jewell's books. She makes me want to know more about the characters and about what I will discover next. There's a lot of nuance in her characters. Also, I think the fact that Lisa Jewell is British is part of the charm. I love the settings, the strange brand names, the unfamiliar expressions, and words not commonly used in the U.S. I love the amount of detail, not too much and not too little. Lisa Jewell's writing style reminds me a little of Liane Moriorty, although this particular book has some of the darkness of Gillian Flynn and is as disturbing as a Karin Slaughter book.
Read if you dare

3.0 out of 5.0 by Barbara Black on August 20, 2018
This book was incredibly suspenseful and well written. In that respect I would have rated it higher. The subject matter, though, was so distressing to me personally that I cannot recommend reading it. The concluding chapters and ending were both not believable and unacceptable. In sum, while this book possessed the ingredients for greatness, the storyline unfolded in such a horrific manner that it washed away the good.
Truly fascinating

5.0 out of 5.0 by Amy in TX on May 5, 2018
My first Lisa Jewell novel. I read reviews about everybody "figuring it out", but the pieces are given to the reader intentionally, doling out bits to keep the story flowing... and the questions rolling. Great plot flow btw. I enjoyed the entire thing. You have villains, victims, heroes, and sometimes a bizarre mix of all 3 in the same characters. Truly fascinating.
Good read

5.0 out of 5.0 by eagerreader on July 5, 2018
It's hard to say what had me flipping the pages. The book certainly isn't a thriller, as some reviews say, but it was suspenseful, in a 'have to figure out what happened' sort of way. The most compelling part for me was the way the story was told. The structure definitely added to the suspense. I'd certainly read another book by this author.
Well written - the epilogue made the book for me

4.0 out of 5.0 by Anna S. on April 29, 2018
I liked this book. I didn’t love it and I figured out where the story was heading halfway through. I don’t think this book is advertised as having a big twist, so it didn’t bother me too much that I knew where the story was headed. I probably would have given three stars if it weren’t for the epilogue. Those last few pages really tied the story together and tugged at my heart.I was surprised I felt sympathy for the main antagonists, one definitely more than the other. The author really showed the human side of her villains and while I did not agree with their actions, I could see the method behind their madness.I would recommend this book to readers looking for a solid story with no major plot twists but well thought out, human characters.
interspersed with some wonderfully lyrical prose

5.0 out of 5.0 by JCB on May 14, 2018
I just couldn't put this novel down and finished it in less than 24 hours. To any of the commenters who describe it as predictable, I would counter that nothing seemed intentionally hidden here... I think the author meant for the reader to begin to put the pieces together at various stages. I found it to be a simply fascinating fast-moving story told via multiple view points, which unfold the story in excruciating character honesty, interspersed with some wonderfully lyrical prose. Loved it!