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The Night She Disappeared

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I am a big fan of Lisa Jewell, right back to Ralph's party and I am liking the change in writing she is now doing.  The story takes a lot of twists and turns and I enjoyed the way that it was told with going back in the past and then to the present day.  Throughout the book I changed my thinking of what was going to happen and it did keep me guessing till the end.

The only criticism that I would have is that it's not very believable that the police just gave up the search and it wasn't until a crime writer started doing questioning things that the mystery was eventually solved.
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I think this is the first book I have read by Lisa Jewell, and at this point, all I can say is that I regret not having read any sooner!

This tense psychological thriller was gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat.

The story is told in two different time periods - 2017 when we follow Tallulah in her intense journey as a young mother trying to go back to college after having her baby, and 2019 when we follow Sophie, a mystery novel writer as she tries to uncover the truth about what really happened to Tallulah.

As someone who reads a lot of psychological thriller novels (and watches psychological thriller films and TV series), I tend to be harsh when reviewing them. But this book was brilliant. I devoured it in less than a day because I just could not seem to put it down once I picked it up. The story was fast-paced and twisty, so I did not predict the ending. It might just be me, but I'm always disappointed when I can predict the ending of a mystery. I love a good twist.

If you enjoy this genre, I definitely recommend this novel! I can't wait to read more by Lisa Jewell.
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Nice to get completely engrossed in a proper page-turner. Enough twists and turns to keep you hooked throughout, and just as you think you've figured it out, there's another.

This was somehow my first Lisa Jewell book, but I'll definitely know to turn to her work when I'm fancying a good thriller!
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⭐️ 4 ⭐️

Many thanks to the publisher for the eARC, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Lisa Jewell is one of my favourite auto-buy authors — I’ve read many of her other books and enjoyed them all, The Night She Disappeared was no exception.

This character-driven thriller is deftly plotted and nicely paced with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The short, snappy chapters helped to heighten the feeling of suspense and kept me eagerly turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I was drawn into the story from the beginning and immersed until the very end.

An excellent, twisty read.
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Lisa Jewell is a hit or miss for me and when I started reading it I thought about this to be another child goes missing- mother desperately tries to find her-story. But this turned out different since  Tallulah, who goes missing, is a mother herself. And Kim, her mother, does not want to believe, that her daughter just had too much and went away.  

This story is about two very strong women, and the dual timeline was, like always, a pleasure for me to read. 

Thanks #NetGalley #Random House UK, Cornerstone, Century for this ARC
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Fantastic thriller, I flew through this as it went back and forth between the 2 timelines weaving the story together.
We start with Kim who is babysitting her teenage daughters child as her and her boyfriend have a date night but the next morning they still haven't returned which is very out of character. The case eventually goes cold with no evidence but it opens back up when a mystery writer moves to the area and she starts investigating.
There are so many twists in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I will read any Lisa Jewell thriller now.
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When Talullah and her boyfriend disappear following a night at the local pub, theories are explored. Did they elope? Did they meet foul play? 

This book was next level brilliant! Told from multiple POV's, it did start off as a slow burn - but then I was hooked and could not put it down.

Lisa Jewell is the master of twists and turns - story lines that will keep you up all night thinking long after you've put the book down.

I went into this book blind - without reading the blurb or any spoiler reviews - I highly recommend you do the same.

5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Special thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Hands down the BEST of Lisa Jewell's books, and she was pretty epic  anyway - this was such a fantastic read, gripping, tense, everything about it just spot on.
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The Night She Disappeared is a phenomenal thriller from start to finish. The characters are incredibly well-written. The plot is fast-paced and captivating. If you're looking for your next favorite thriller, this is the one for you. Be sure to check out The Night She Disappeared today. Highly recommended!
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I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings.

Overall rating : 5*
Writing skill : 5*
Plot: 4*
Pace: 5*
Characters: 5*
Setting: 4*

I think this is quite possibly the most perfect, mysterious, thriller!! I felt every emotion, I was kept guessing as to who was, and wasn't involved. And that epilogue. I thought this was going to be a long review but I don't have much more to say other than read this, its PERFECT!
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This was a masterpiece. I absolutely loved it. It had everything I love: great characters, intriguing setting, hints of history, multiple timelines, secret passageways... omg! Now I'm off to read everything by Lisa Jewell that I can get my hands on. What a writer!
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Having had a baby as a teenager and returned to school, Tallulah has had to grow up quickly and mature much faster than other girls her age. With that in mind, her mother, Kim, has no hesitation in babysitting for her one evening while she and her boyfriend go out with some friends. When they do not return, Kim raises the alarm.
A year later, a new Head Teacher starts at the school and clues start to mysteriously appear. Was everything as it seemed?
This is a fantastic thriller which will keep you guessing.
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Dark thriller that had you hooked from the off. The book was very well written. Great plot. Very exciting. Fast paced to get your heart racing. Loved this book
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Lisa Jewell is a writing legend in my mind. Spanning 2 clearly defined timelines, we see the aftermath of Tallulah going missing and her story and run up to that fateful night. It builds a great story looking at her relationships and builds such intensity.

Where do I start? This is an amazing thriller quite simply. The plot twists and turns like an angry snake and I had no idea what was going to happen pretty much up to the end.

I loved how all the characters came together, how you read about the events of “that night”. And how the present day works things out.

If you like a book that keeps you gripped to the end, that you can’t put down, and of course a mystery then I highly recommend this.
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Loved this book with a passion!! It had ne on tenderhooks from start to finish. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen and who was responsible. I was nearly right with my guess which made it even more interesting!

Loved the way the story flicked between past and present to give the reader an inside into what happened and how things stand now.

Will always be a big fan of Lisa Jewell and can't wait for the next big read!!
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Another gem from Jewell! Reading a Lisa Jewell novel is such a treat I make sure I am on holiday so I can really enjoy it. Readers will not be disappointed!
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I have read and enjoyed other books by this author, and was drawn to the bright blue and yellow cover of this one. I started the book without reading the blurb so didn’t have  much of an idea of what the story was about. 

Tallulah is a nineteen year old mum who goes missing with her boyfriend, Zach, after a party. Tallulah’s mum, Kim, is understandably concerned when she can’t contact them and no one knows where they are. They are devoted parents and wouldn’t leave their son. 
Over a year later, Kim still has no idea where her daughter is. She has been bringing up her grandson and clinging to the hope that her daughter is still alive. 
Sophie has moved to the area with her boyfriend, who is the new headteacher at a prestigious school. Her interest is piqued by a sign saying “dig here” and what she uncovers leads to the investigation being reopened. 

The characters in this book are very well done. I really liked Kim and didn’t like Zach and how manipulative and controlling he was.

The pace of the book is quite slow but I think it worked well. The story alternates between the time leading up to the disappearance, and the present day. You begin to see that what seems like an ideal relationship is far from it, and Tallulah feels trapped. 

Some parts were predictable and I had guessed what was going to happen. Some other parts didn’t feel quite thought through and were a bit far fetched. Despite this, the plot was still good and held my interest. 

Perhaps I missed something, but I didn’t understand why Tallulah’s arachnophobia was mentioned, it seemed irrelevant to the story. I also queried why Sophie didn’t realise straight away the idea behind the sign was taken from one of her own books. 

I enjoyed this book and read it quite quickly. I would recommend it and it’s worth a read. 

Thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley for a copy to review. 

3.5 stars rounded to 3.
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This was so so so good! I love this author but have had a few near misses with her, but she is definitely on top form with this one! It was completely gripping, so many twists and turns and a (semi) happy ending. Definitely one I would recommend.
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I'm a sucker for stories about abandoned houses and dark family secrets threatening to resurface so this was a perfect read. Intriguing and atmospheric, with fabulous, believable characters, especially the charismatic and complicated Scarlett. I was gripped throughout!
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First class mystery. Didn't guess the twist which is always a plus

Great characters as always.

I am often easily confused when books are written at different timelines but this was great as they were explored by different characters
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