Monday, April 16, 2018

(29)Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell


It has been ten years since Laurel Mack's fifteen-year-old daughter, Ellie, went missing.  It has been seven years since she and her husband divorced.  The years since have been empty, lonely, and uneventful for Laurel. With no leads on where her daughter might be.   Her job is uneventful and she cleans her other daughter's apartment, not just for the extra money, but for a way to stay connected.  One day meets a guy in a cafe.  He is smart and funny and interesting.  And much to her surprise, he is interested in Laurel.  His attention gives Laurel a new lease on life and his nine-year-old daughter, Poppy,  gives her a renewed sense of purpose.  The fact that Poppy is the spitting image of her missing daughter at that age is a fact that Laurel tries to forget.  But Poppy has the same intelligence that Ellie displayed almost since birth. That can't just be a coincidence, right?  A mother will never forget her child and the closer she gets to Floyd and Poppy the more she recognizes Ellie in the little girl.  Did Ellie really run away from home?  Why does this little girl look just like her missing daughter?

Then She Was Gone was such a creepy book! There was just something about Floyd that gave me the creeps from the very first time that Laurel met him.  I just couldn't figure out how it all fell together. Until Laurel met Floyd she just seemed so lost - so lonely. She had been grieving Ellie all these years and it was like the rest of the world stopped for her grief. Meeting Floyd and Poppy bright light to her dark world.   Poppy's mother seemed like a complete nutter according to Floyd and when Laurel realized that she knew Poppy's mother I was just waiting for the lightbulb to come on.   I admit that I was shocked by the brutality of the way things ended.  For everybody, but it wrapped things up rather nicely.  -- CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS

Bottom Line - Then She Was Gone was such an intense read!   From the very first page, I was hooked and did not want to stop reading.  I was so invested in Laurel's story and what was going to happen to her and her family.  I promise that you will be just as invested as I was in this book!

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