Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

I read a couple of Lisa Jewell books back in the day when she was a chick-lit writer and I was a chick-lit reader. But people change – authors and readers – and now she’s turned her hand to my favourite genre, thrillers. When I read the blurb to Then She Was Gone, I knew it was a book I had to read.

Ellie was 15 and Laurel’s youngest child, intelligent and happy, with her whole life ahead of her. But, just before her GCSEs, Ellie disappeared without trace and was never seen again. The police thought she was a runaway, buckling under the pressure of her exams, but Laurel knew that Ellie would never run away.

Without Ellie, Laurel’s life falls apart. Ten years on, she is still far from healed. And then she meets a new man who sweeps her off her feet. But it is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter she is shock. Because Poppy is the image of Ellie.

Could there be a connection? What really happened to Ellie?

Told mainly from the point of view of Laurel, but with a couple of other voices fundamental to the plot and even a few short chapters from Ellie herself, Then She Was Gone pieces together the full story of Ellie’s disappearance and the aftermath.

I guessed quite a lot of what had happened, but that didn’t take away the enjoyment for me. This is a real page turner which I read very quickly, because it was easy to read (although fairly disturbing in places) and I was just as desperate as Laurel to find out the truth about Ellie.

If you like a thriller that isn’t too complicated or gory, or perhaps you’ve never tried reading a thriller before and are unsure whether to take the plunge, I would definitely recommend Then She Was Gone. It is a story that will stay with me for a long time.

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  1. This looks right up my street. At the moment it takes me about a month to read a book with a newborn by my side but I’ll this to the list.

    Katie xx

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    • It’s funny you should say that because when my eldest was newborn I read more than I’ve ever read in my life! I was getting through about three books a week with all the breastfeeding. It was harder when the others were babies though, as I also had a toddler to look after, so I did less reading then.

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  2. Totally agree with you on this book – I guessed a lot of the outcome but surprisingly that didn’t really spoil it for me. Another good back read too quickly!

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    • There was something very enjoyable about it, I think it was the characters, which meant that it didn’t seem to matter that I guessed some of it. I read it too quickly too. I always do that with books I enjoy – then I regret finishing them!

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  3. I can’t wait to read this book as I have just finished the book she wrote before this one. I am trying to move away from chick lit books, and this sounds right up my street x

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    • This would be perfect for you. It’s way better than chick lit, but the character are likeable and it’s nice and easy to read. I need to read the one you’ve read!

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