Book Review: Then She Was Gone

As two of my new years thoughts were to read more and blog more, I have written up a book review for the first book I picked up this year… I decided to read “Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell, but how I came across this book is actually quite comical…

I quite literally like to judge a book by its cover; which is what we are always (metaphorically) told we aren’t meant to do. I was browsing for a new book on Amazon and this book caught my eye. Simply the title and the image on the front cover sold it to me.

The enigma behind the title, along with the suggestive image in the background was enough to make me want to find out who “she” was, where “she” had “gone” and why “she” left in the first place!

As I said, I didn’t even read the blurb for this book and when it arrived I was spooked out that the main characters name was Laurel; as that is my sister’s name! Call it a silly coincidence but I thought it was rather amusing, and reaffirmed in my head that I had definitely chosen a good book. If you’re looking for your next book, I would highly recommend this one!

The Plot

The plot for this book is that a young girl, Ellie, has gone missing and no one really knows what happened to her. But years later Laurel, Ellie’s Mother, meets a stranger in a cafe who she becomes besotted with, who happens to have a daughter who looks exactly like Ellie. As time goes on throughout this book a strange turn of events uncovers what really happened to Ellie.

The book is split into 5 “Parts” where each part is written from the perspective of the different main characters. If you’re like me then you’ll enjoy books that focus on more than one person’s perspective, and jump between time frames – and this book isn’t short of that.

The book starts out in the present day, referring to things that happened leading up to Ellie’s disappearance. The story follows the journey of Laurel Mack, as she is living her life after Ellie’s disappearance. As you move on through the book into the future, you uncover more and more things about the past which keeps you guessing, and formulating your own version of what happened to Ellie in your head. Towards the latter end of the book you go back in time and re-live what happened to young Ellie, answering all the questions to how and why she went missing.

The Author

I had never come across Lisa Jewell before but I love her style of writing and the way she has set this book out. Online it says she’s officially a “popular fiction” writer, but the story behind this book is sinister and felt almost like a psychological thriller which is my favourite genre.

Since reading this book and talking to other people about how good it is, I’ve had other people echo my thoughts and tell me just how much they enjoyed it too. In my eyes this book could have been a TV series, the suspense and cliff hanging end of chapters making you want to carry on reading and reading, similar to a Netflix series when you press “continue watching” at the end of an episode.

After finishing this book I was delighted to find out that Lisa Jewell has a collection of fifteen bestselling novels, which means when I am next looking for something similar, I know where to go. I’ve even got ahead of the game and downloaded “Watching You” by Lisa Jewell onto my iPad for my next holiday in March!

If you’re interested in reading Then She Was Gone or Watching You, you can find Lisa’s books on Penguin here.

Already read these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments!

 

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