Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
Pub Date 17 Apr 2018
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Ten years after her teenage daughter goes missing, a woman connects with a charming single father, but she is still haunted by her child’s disappearance in this “deeply emotional and incredibly clever” (Mail Online) thriller from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of I Found You.
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.
And then she was gone.
Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.
Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?
A Note From the Publisher
“Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving
readers on the edge of their seats. There will surely be comparisons to novels
such as Emma Donoghue’s Room (2010) as well as all of the “Girl” thrillers, but
Jewell’s latest really isn’t at all derivative. Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most
astute thriller reader won’t see where everything is going until the final
threads are unknotted. Those few who do guess early won’t mind, as the pace
and prose will keep them hooked.”
“If you were the first of your friends to read Girl On The Train, and have read Gone Girl more times than you can remember, then here is your summer read. A thriller about a 15-year-old girl who has vanished and a mother who won’t give up hope. A perfect Pimm’s companion.”
“More than a whiff of The Lovely Bones wafts through this haunting domestic noir…Jewell’s gripping novel is an emotionally resonant story of loss, grief, and renewal.”
“Jewell has departed from chick lit and gone full tilt into a psycho thriller, but she’s lost none of her brilliance…Deeply emotional and incredibly clever. Bravo.”