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Then She Was Gone

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I wasn’t satisfied with the ending as there were still storylines that weren’t completely tied up and explained. I knew Lisa Jewell will never disappoint me and I’m happy to finally read this moving, exciting, riveting page turner.

After finishing this book I really had to wait a few days to sort of “SETTLE ME DOWN” as this mystery touched some very delicate feelings in me, more so than her first two books.As you read, did you find yourself blaming characters for the unforeseen consequences of the choices they made? Besides the suspense — the characters hearts are tender - I felt what they did — none were offensive.

In fact, I almost want to go back and read the book again knowing the conclusion and be more aware of the plot points I missed the first time around. I read a Lisa Jewell novel last year and connected immediately with her writing style, tone, and voice. I intended to spend 90 minutes reading on a weekend afternoon to have a relaxing break from some outside chores.While it was at times intriguing and I needed to know how things were gonna end, by the end of the book I just found myself annoyed, even now as I'm writing this review I am annoyed lol. The bad ones were good characters in so much that they were creepy and sinister while at the same time being damaged. I think Lisa Jewell has written a chilling novel of suspense, but it is also a book about the power of maternal love, forgiveness and healing and never giving up.

Every morning was a flurry of mascara and butterflies, quickening pulse as she neared the school gates, blooming joy as her eyes found him. I caught myself several times on the verge of getting emotional when reading the story of Laurel, whose daughter, Ellie, was kidnapped at age 15 and later found dead.also, i was super into the version of the story i had imagined before reading this and what actually happened feels… disappointing? This was a quick read but unlikable and ridiculous, hard to believe characters made it difficult for me to believe a word.

Much like the other book I just read from this genre ( What Happened to Michael), I can safely recommend this to "missing person with a twist" thriller fans. Told from multiple points of view, alternating between ‘then’ and ‘now’, I was enthralled as everything was revealed.As Laurel unravels the horrors of Poppy's origins and Floyd's true intentions, she comes to terms with the loss of her daughter and reconciling with the children she still has. I received a ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss, thank you, will post to public media upon publication.

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