Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free e-copy of Then She Was Gone in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
One day, ten years ago, Laurel Mack’s daughter Ellie never makes it home. For ten years she is distraught, without having any closure, Laurel ceases to be the wife and mother she has always been. She gets divorced and her two remaining children grow up, move out, and pursue lives of their own that don’t include her very much. After Ellie’s remains are finally discovered, Laurel starts to move on, slowly but surely. She meets a new man, but there is definitely something off about him. Laurel gradually pieces together connections between her new boyfriend and the missing Ellie. Laurel thought she had closure, but now that she seems so close to some answers about what happened to her daughter all those years ago she is desperate to find out more.
This was my second Lisa Jewell novel and I think I am quickly becoming a big fan! For a psychological thriller, Then She Was Gone had a lot of emotion in it, and a lot of realness. It examines what can happen to a family after tragedy hits. But it also has enough mystery and suspense to drive a very steadily paced plot. I enjoyed the alternating POV’s of the characters and Jewell’s writing is so natural and easy to read, I read this one in just a day and a half, I couldn’t put it down. Then She Was Gone might be the perfect thriller for those who don’t always reach for the genre. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more from her. I give this one five stars!