Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

Ten years after her teenage daughter disappears, a woman crosses paths with a charming single father whose young child feels eerily familiar, in this evocative, suspenseful drama from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell—perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Liane Moriarty.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 teen...

Details Then She Was Gone

TitleThen She Was Gone
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Then She Was Gone

  • Holly B
    Edgy, Dark and AddictiveThis turned out to be quite a stunner. I’ve read lots of psychological thrillers and this one caught me off guard. Much more than your typical missing daughter plot. Scattered with hints of some shocking revelations to come.This is my fourth Lisa Jewell novel and I’m a huge fan. I love her writing style and how she keeps me totally absorbed in the story line. The more I read, the more invested I became and started to c...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsEllie Mack was 15 years old when she went missing. She was the youngest of three children who left the house one day to go to the library and never returned. Her Mother, Laurel Mack, fell apart after her daughter's disappearance, as most parents would. Her daughter's disappearance forever altered her life. Her marriage fell apart, her other daughter, Hanna became distant and withdrawn from her Mother,her son moved away. Throughout it all...
  • Hajar Benmazhar
    Heart-breaking, dark, disturbing, and fairly predictable!As the story of Ellie’s disappearance starts unfolding, it swiftly takes a sinister turn and it all goes downhill from there. The plot is very well-written and most of the characters are quite fascinating, unlikeable but fascinating!I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the story as the mystery was building up but quickly lost interest as the whole thing became rather predictable.The endi...
  • Dorie
    This is the third Lisa Jewell thriller that I have read and she has penned another winner! After finishing this book I really had to wait a few days to sort of “SETTLE ME DOWN” as this mystery touched some very delicate feelings in me, more so than her first two books. Call me a snob but in my experience with thrillers, it has been hard to find many with the combination of great writing, past and present POV’s that flow seamlessly together,...
  • Theresa Alan
    This novel is creepy—in a good way. Fifteen-year-old Ellie disappears on her way to the library one day. Ultimately, since police can’t find anything, they suspect she’s a runaway despite the fact she had a boyfriend she loved and was looking forward to taking the exams she’d been studying hard for.When we meet up with her mother Laurel ten years later, Laurel’s relationships with her other daughter, her son, and her now-ex-husband have...
  • Tucker
    Another winner from Lisa Jewell!Laurel Mack’s smart and beautiful teenage daughter Ellie disappeared 10 years ago. Now divorced and distant from her other two children, Laurel is attempting to move on and begins dating a handsome and kind man. Then unusual coincidences related to Laurel’s new boyfriend and also to Ellie begin occurring and things start to get unsettling for Laurel. I don’t want to say more because part of the excitement of ...
  • Rebecca Carter
    Over the past few years there seems to have been a huge saturation in the market of psychological mystery type thrillers. Or maybe that's just me thinking this, simply because I've bought or requested viaNetGalley, many books of this type. Then She Was Gone, is another one to add to this genre.There's nothing much I can add really, the description is easily available to read. The narrative goes back and forth between the present day and the past,...
  • Malia
    As a big fan of Lisa Jewell, I was excited to hear about Then She Was Gone, which follows her turn to a rather darker spin she has been successfully using in her past few books. The story follows Laurel Mack, though it is really told from multiple POVs (of which I tend to be a big fan). Her teenage daughter went missing ten years ago, and when she meets a man, Floyd, whose nine-year-old daughter is the image of Laurel's missing child, Ellie, and ...
  • Carrie
    Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a psychological thriller that weaves a deliciously tangled web from the opening pages until the very end. The story is told in parts and changes the point of view between various characters along the way going between the past and the present day.Laurel Mack had the perfect family with her husband and three beautiful children until one day when her youngest daughter Ellie didn’t come home. An overachiever Ell...
  • Mandy
    I loved this book! I've read other books by this author and really enjoyed them so I was pretty sure going in that I'd like it. This book is about Laurel Mack, who's daughter has been missing for years but has never been able to move forward in her life. It's also about her family and what Ellie's disappearance has meant for them. When Laurel meets Floyd she begins to fall in love with him. Then she meets his daughter Poppy.This author just write...
  • Jennifer
    Whoa! This book may have started out a bit slow but like all good roller coasters of the psychological thriller variety, it sky rocketed me into a mysterious family drama that ended up giving me whiplash with as many surprising revelations it held around every twist and turn. I hope with all my heart this situation is far fetched because I couldn't cope if I thought the main jaw-drop of this book could actually happen. Then She Was Gone is a craz...
  • Pauline
    Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a psychological thriller. A young girl Ellie goes missing one day on her way to the library and her mother Laurel is frantic with worry.Ten years later Laurel who is no longer with her husband meets a man Floyd in a coffee shop and they strike up a friendship. When Laurel meets Loyd's nine year old daughter she is taken aback at the strikingly resemblance she has to her missing daughter. I really enjoyed this b...
  • Nicki
    It's not very often that a book almost reduces me to tears but the ending of this heart strings pulling story was just so heart breakingly sad for a couple of reasons.Ten years ago Laurel`s fifteen year old daughter Ellie went to the library to study and never came home,she just completely vanished without a trace.The rest of her family have moved on and are trying to repair their shattered lives but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her ...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Then She Was Gone was a heart stopping, well paced read, that kept me on the edge of my seat. This was my third Lisa Jewell story and it was definitely my favorite. I really don't want to give away too much from the book because the less you know the more enjoyable your read will be. Then She Was Gone has some fantastic characters (Laurel, Ellie, Hanna, Poppy, Noelle, F...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review. Ellie Mack was fifteen years old, the apple of her mother’s eye, the academic darling and teacher’s favourite. Then she went missing, leaving her family and all who loved her with nothing but questions about why such a perfect child would just up and disappear. When her body is located ten years later, it provides closure ...
  • Jan
    This author has yet to let me down!This was a well executed mystery, told from multiple POV's and spanning many years from past to present. Laurel's daughter Ellie goes missing at the young age of 15. Years later, Laurel meets what could be her daughter's clone in the form of her new boyfriends child, Poppy. The similarities are uncanny, but Laurel can't help but be drawn to her daughter's mini-me.The more time she spends with Poppy, the more Lau...
  • Rachel Hall
    Having read several of Lisa Jewell’s previous novels I have come to expect an engaging and well-written story that draws the reader in, flows effortlessly and features ‘real’ characters with heart that hold a readers attention. Unfortunately whilst I found Then She Was Gone easily readable I cannot say that much of what unravelled was either vastly original or well-disguised. In fact the synopsis for the novel and the first fifty-pages toge...
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    Then She Was Gone is a riveting, spellbinding, heart-wrenching thriller that I couldn't put down. The story touched my heart and sent chills down my spine. Every parent's nightmare is a missing child, especially one that vanishes without a trace like a ghost in the wind. The worry, stress, despair, helplessness, hopelessness, blame/guilt, and heartache are devastating, often destroying families - just as it shatters missing fifteen-year-old Ellie...
  • Skyler Autumn
    3.5 Stars Utterly devoured this read! Really addicting and actually surprisingly sad, I thought this would be more cheesy fun but this was dark and the ending and revelations lingered with me.Review to come.
  • Carolyn
    Laurel Mack's youngest daughter, 15 year old Ellie disappeared ten years ago. Laurel knows her daughter was happy at home and school and would not have run away but can't give up hope of finding her alive. Laurel's marriage since has fallen apart and she is not close to her other two adult children. When police call to say that Ellie's remains and backpack have been found after all this time, Laurel feels that now she can move on. When she meets ...
  • James
    4.5 stars - amazing! Full review to come by April 16th, 2018.
  • Gabby
    4.5 starsHoly shit... what a story! This is the first book I've read from this author and it certainly won't be my last. I am blown away by all the layers of this story and how it all unfolded in such an interesting way. This story follows a woman named Laurel, whose daughter Ellie went missing ten years ago. We get alternating chapters from the past (when Ellie originally went missing) and the present (ten years after). The writing style is so c...
  • Melissa
    This book is incredible. I still have goosebumps.... While reading it, I was torn between putting it down and rushing to finish it. I wanted to know what happened, and then I didn’t. The kind of torture that Ellie’s mom had to endure is unbearable and unbelievable. The different perspectives were interesting for a full view of what happened. If you are like me, you will hold your breath until the end. Great book!Many thanks to the publisher a...
  • Shawna P.
    Excuse me while I go reach for the tissues! I read Lisa Jewell's other family drama The House We Grew Up In a few years ago and was eager to read this one as well. She did not disappoint. I teared through this book so fast that at the end I was upset I finished. Sometimes books drag on and on and you can't wait for them to end...this was not the case with this one!Laurel Mack is finally beginning to move on. After the disappearance of her 15 year...
  • Cara Edgar
    Another one of Lisa Jewell's books i have read and loved! She smashes it again with this great psychological thriller! Has many twists which may or may not be expected by the reader (though i did click on to where the book was going) though that still didn't take any value away from the story as there was still so many questions unanswered. Felt a real affinity with the characters and a closeness to Laurel Mack, like she could be your own mum or ...
  • Li'l Owl
    One Thursday morning in May, 2005 fifteen year old Ellie Mack walked out her front door in north London on her way to the library. The last sighting of Ellie was captured on CCTV on Stroud Green Road at ten forty-three am. Then she was gone. An extensive search was launched including an appeal for any witnesses to come forward. It's been ten years since Ellie disappeared and there have been no sightings. No evidence of abduction. Ellie Mack's whe...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Then She Was Gone was a quality read as I’ve come to expect from Lisa Jewell – a beautifully twisted plot and entirely engaging characters with an emotional core that always leaves you slightly reelingIn this novel, a teenager goes missing – her parents fall apart but eventually things move on. Then a new man enters the picture with a daughter who looks incredibly like the missing girl – and things are turned upside down.I like the way th...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Emotional, dark, moderately paced, mysterious and slightly predictable. As a huge fan of Lisa Jewell, I was delighted to get a copy of this book in advance. Like cartwheels and Snoopy dance delighted! I certainly wasn't disappointed and she is a go-to auto-buy author for me!All the way through the first half of the book it was pretty glaringly obvious what was going to come. I did think there were some plausibility issues scientifically speaking ...
  • Clare
    With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.I used to be a fan of Lisa Jewell years ago when she was a chick lit author. As my tastes changed I stopped reading her books but that changed last year when I read The Girls in the Garden. I am impressed that Lisa has moved so seamlessly into psychological thrillers.Then She Was Gone was chilling, I was absolutely hooked from the first page. The boo...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    Laurel’s daughter Ellie goes missing at fifteen, but Laurel has never given up hoping that she will find her. Laurel meets Floyd in a cafe, who ends up asking her out. Floyd has a 9 year old daughter called Poppy. Upon meeting Poppy, Laurel is surprised to see she is very similar to Ellie when she was young. This becomes a constant reminder to Laurel that her daughter is gone.Then She Was Gone is told mainly from Laurel’s point of view, but w...