April 11, 2018

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
I never turn down adult thrillers, so I jumped at this book as soon as I saw it. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is an adult psychological thriller that follows a mom after her daughter disappears, as she tries to simultaneously move on and figure out the events of that fateful day.

Ellie Mack disappears at age fifteen without a trace, and shortly afterwards, her family falls apart and her parents divorce. Now ten years later, her mother Laurel is still trying to come to terms with what happened but maintain a life of her own. One day while out in town, Laurel meets Floyd, a gentleman about her age. The two of them hit it off, eventually becoming a couple. When Laurel meets Poppy, Floyd's young daughter, the similarities she sees between Poppy and her missing daughter Ellie are uncanny. But the coincidences and connections don't stop there. Do Poppy and Floyd have something to do with Ellie's disappearance?

Even for a thriller, I read this extraordinarily fast. The plot pacing is perfect and you continue to get just enough key information to keep you trekking through without losing steam. The story is told in multiple points of view so you get a lot of insight into each character's thought process, and I thought the characters were well developed for the most part. Without spoiling anything, I will say that some things that happen in this book are pretty disturbing, but I think that is true for most thrillers. 

It was predictable and easy to figure out, but I think it was supposed to be, since it was more of a gradual release of fairly obvious information versus a big surprise reveal of whodunit. That being said, it was still very enjoyable, and there was a small surprise at the end even still. I've never read any other books by Lisa Jewell, so I don't know if all her thrillers are written like this or not. I do have to note that as someone who is typically let down by the ending of books, I was surprisingly happy with the ending to this! I loved the story itself a lot, and really enjoyed that the way you learn a ton of information explicitly through the story is different from your average thriller. 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

A big thanks to Atria Books for an ARC of this great thriller. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell releases on April 17th, so be sure to pick up a copy!

13 comments:

Bookworms Corner said...

This sounds like a gripping psychological thriller. Great review.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

This one sounds good! I love the cover too.

I still need to read Broken Girls, hoping to get to it in early May when my April commitments wind down. :)

Whispering Stories said...

I really like the sound of this one. Not heard of it before. Great review

Kiss Like a Girl said...

The cover is beautiful. It sounds like a book that would keep me up all night.

Bewitched Reader Book Blog said...

This one is already on my list and now I want it even more!

Amy Massey said...

Sounds interesting, might check this one out in the future!

DJ Sakata said...

YAY! I'm glad you liked it as I have it coming up on my calendar

Heidi said...

I'm not too much into psychological thrillers. But this one sounds interesting!

Allie Bock said...

This book sounds interesting. I enjoyed your review. I too like to have a surprising ending when I read Thrillers.

Terri said...

Great review. I need to read more thrillers but sometimes I think they are too much work.

Lady Bluebottle said...

I'm not a huge fan of psychological thrillers so I kind of like that there isn't a huge surprise!

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I absolutely love adult thrillers as well and this one looks and sounds totally fantastic and right up my alley. Plus this is the first time I heard about this book too, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

Megan said...

So glad to hear you enjoyed this book so much! It is another one I haven’t heard of yet. As always, I enjoyed your review :)