Books, reviews

Then She Was Gone review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oops. Well it has definitely been more than a week since my last post. You’d think I’d be writing more now we’re in lockdown not less. But I have been doing a lot more reading, playing Northgard on the Switch and getting better at knitting!

Let me start by saying that I don’t normally read thrillers so I don’t really have anything to compare this to. This is also the first Lisa Jewell book I’ve read and will look out for more of hers now.

I got this book from a teacher at work. Luckily for me, he was having a big sort out of his house. Who am I to say no to free books. And figured this would be a good way to read genres I don’t normally read.

Then She Was Gone is about a woman, Laurel, whose fifteen year old daughter, Ellie, disappeared ten years ago. Laurel meets a man, whose own daughter strangely resembles Ellie. Laurel investigates unanswered questions that may help her discover what actually happened to her daughter. It’s set mainly in London, although I’m not sure which part. My London knowledge is not great!

I feel I may have to read more thrillers as this had me hooked. It may have helped that it was sunny so I was in the garden and when I’m in the garden I read most of the time. Anyway, this only took me two days to read.

There were quite a few twists and turns in this book, although, it was quite easy to figure out part of what had happened. Spoiler alert…

If a child looks the same as someone else, it’s very likely that they’re related, so that plot reveal wasn’t very surprising. Knowing that though, it still didn’t put me off and I still wanted to keep reading. It was disturbing reading some bits so maybe should come with a bit of a trigger warning of abuse?

I really liked how it was narrated by different characters and is split into Then and now with Ellie narrating the then part so we find out what happened to her through her own eyes. The parts narrated by Noelle definitely gave you an insight into just how mentally ill she was.

It would have been good to have had Paul’s insight, being the father, as we don’t really hear much about him and how he has coped with the situation other than through Laurel’s eyes.

The pacing of the book was fast which is why I probably read it so quickly. I felt like everything that happened added to the story and there was no random plot lines taking away from the story.

Overall I really enjoyed this. It was a quick, easy (although not in topic) read that kept me hooked the whole time. I don’t know if I’d go out of my way to buy another book by Lisa Jewell but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more books by her in the library!

Have you got any other thrillers you’d recommend?

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