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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Book Review

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Book Review Really Into This Goodreads

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Book Review

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Publication Date April 17th, 2018 by Atria Books

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. 

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?

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Book Review

Something about Then She Was Gone hooked me immediately.  I burned through it in one day & I couldn’t put it down.

You know when you’re doing housework (yuck) & you sit to fold laundry. Then, a Lifetime Movie comes on & you get distracted & BAM! you’re sitting there holding the same towel you started folding 2 hours ago. You’re captivated by what you’re seeing & you’re not moving until you finish the story. Then She Was Gone is like that.  As soon as you meet Laurel & you know Ellie disappeared, you cannot close this book.

Lisa Jewell Knows How to Write Female Characters

Last year, I read & loved I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Lisa has a way, similar to my favorite Liane Moriarty, where she writes these female characters in a way that I know them. Like, I seriously feel that I know Laurel & her kids. Is that weird? I don’t so. I think it’s a mark of a fantastic writer.

As readers, we expect to learn a lot about our main characters, right? What I love about Lisa’s writing is that she shows us more about the characters through his or her actions. Like learning that Laurel cleaned her daughter Hanna’s house for money & rifled through her paperwork to see what’s she up to tells me SO much about their mother-daughter relationship. They’re close, but not that close. Laurel & Hanna share a precarious & precious bond & I felt Lisa Jewell handled it in a believable manner.


I am Really Into This book. I know it’s a little early for pool & beach reads, (at least in Oregon) but this is a perfect quick, thrilling & memorable story. Get ready though, you’ll be hooked.

If you love well-crafted thrillers, check out Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan or Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia.

Special thanks to Lisa Jewell Atria Books & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Book Review Really Into This Author Bio Goodreads
Lisa Jewell | Goodreads

Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels, including The Girls in the GardenThe House We Grew Up In, and The Third Wife. To find out more, visit, or follow her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK.

Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.

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