Book Review: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell



Ellie was the perfect daughter. She was beautiful, smart, sweet, and the baby of three children……….then she was gone.

Ellie’s mother, Laurel, just can’t put the pieces of her life back together again. Her marriage has fallen apart. It has been ten tragic years without Ellie. Until one day, Laurel meets a charming, sharp dressed man named Floyd.

Once Laurel gets to know Floyd, she meets his nine year old daughter, Poppy. Poppy takes Laurel’s breath away with how much she looks like Ellie. The uneasiness returns to Laurel’s heart. Where did Ellie go? Why does Poppy remind her so much of Ellie?

My thoughts:

Lisa Jewell is an expert writer. She has a beautiful stye of writing and has perfected the language of description combined with suspense.

The story is organized into five parts that are so well crafted; the story could not have been portrayed the same way in another structure.

I finished this in less than two days. It is a quick and suspenseful read that has disturbing parts and completely ripped out my heart.

It isn’t a light read though. There are serious topics that are deeply disturbing. Although I am sure if anyone reads the summary, they would expect it to be an intricate and solemn topic with disturbing parts.  It does cause for a distressed feeling throughout it and up until the very end.

I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads, but please use caution if the subject matter of child loss, etc. is a sensitive topic for you.

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