Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | Book Review

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | Book Review

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She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.

And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.

Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.

Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?

Who still has secrets to hide?


I’m honestly the worst when it comes to predicting anything that happens in books. It can be the same plot over and over again, just different ways of writing it and i’ll always wondering if something different will happen. Sadly, that was not the case for this book.I predicted what happened pretty early on but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it!

The relationship between the characters and the characters themselves were interesting and well flushed out. You see how Laurel self destructs and ruins her relationship with her family, causing a divorce and lack of love from her children. Despite how terrible she acted with her family, you can almost feel her pain through the pages and sympathize with her. Poppy had to be my favorite, mainly because she was an interesting nine year old who acted a lot older than she was and wise beyond her years.

For the most part, it was written in third person p.o.v from Laurel’s perspective but we often got to see Ellie’s perspective as well. We also got to see Noelle (her tutor) and Floyd’s perspective, written in first person – it seemed more like they were writing letters to each other even though that wasn’t the case.

Overall, the book was great but I never found myself gripping the book, and on the edge of my seat, which is disappointing. The wrap up/explanation at the end felt rushed and maybe a little lazy. There was a few loose strings, like the introducing one of Floyd’s other daughter, Sara-Jade, who we hear her life story and crisis about but never end up finding out what happens with the issue she was dealing with at the time.

Would I recommend it?

Personally, I wasn’t a fan but hey, that’s just my opinion. It’s a Best Selling Psychological Suspense and got nominated for Goodread’s Choice Award for Best Thriller and Mystery!


Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Domestic Fiction