Karen / Psychological / Suspense/Thriller

Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Yes, Then She was Gone is another Paula Hawkins, A. J. Finn, Liane Moriarty, and Gillian Flynn novel with the clueless wife/mother/girlfriend. But at least this one is trying. Her persistence is commendable but also a bit annoying. You want to scream “Just ask!!!” But, of course, that would make for a much shorter book.

Basic story line – Mother Laurel Mack is devastated when her 15-year-old daughter, Ellie, goes missing. The entire family is fractured and unlikely to mend, partially due to the fact that Laurel will not and cannot move on. What mother could? Now, jump ahead 10 years. Laurel spends her days alone just trying to get through each one. But then she meets Floyd, a single father himself.  And quite unexpectedly and very, very quickly, a relationship begins. Floyd cannot wait for Laurel to meet his family and in particular, his daughter Poppy. Laurel is completely thrown when she sees Poppy because…(wait for it) Poppy is a mirror image of her missing daughter Ellie.

How is this possible? What connection does this young girl have to her daughter?

Now it gets interesting. And has a great ending.



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