Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

By Lisa Jewell

  • Release Date: 2018-04-17
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 425 Ratings


A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist—Top 5 Best Mystery & Thriller * A Suspense Magazine “Best of 2018” Thriller/Suspense Pick

“An acutely observed family drama with bone-chilling suspense.” —People

“Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. 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.” —Booklist, starred review

“Sharply written with twists and turns, Jewell’s latest will please fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, or Luckiest Girl Alive." —Library Journal

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?


  • Then She was Gone

    By XanAndreas
    Great read. Had me through a rollercoaster of emotions. I was desperate to have any chance to pick up my phone and keep reading til the very crazy ending. (I was shook)
  • Great read

    By Hankanon
    A real page turner
  • Great read!

    By D&J Silva
    Great read keeps you thinking about what’s going to unfold next.
  • Amazing book

    By BadgerFan29
    I don’t write many reviewable but this was an amazing book! Many unpredictable twists that I did see coming. Very well written. I highly recommend!
  • Loved this from first to last page!

    By Outleft
    I rarely pay what I did for this one to purchase an ebook. That being said, I just had a hunch it was one I’d be happy I read and I was correct. The characters were so beautifully composed, believable and lovely, even the evil ones. I found it full of mystery and suspense and although losing a child is abhorrent, I appreciated the way she spared the reader unnecessary gore. If you’re ambivalent, don't be, take the plunge and get this book, you won’t be sorry. This is my first book written by this author and now I want to purchase everything she’s written from the start. Highly recommend.
  • This got me hooked on Jewel

    By Dr. T2012
    This is the book that got me hooked on this writer. While reading this book I kept thinking I had it figured out. But nope. So I thank her for that. :)
  • You won’t be able to put it down

    By 131mon
    This book was written very well. I loved the different perspectives and could not put it down. It’s a thrilling read sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Sad it is over - but could not stop reading.

    By bg0127
    Best book I have read in a long time! Definitely recommend.
  • Wow! Just...Wow!

    By Bookworm00125
    I have grown to love books written by this author, but this one, in my opinion, is one of her best. I love that her storylines aren’t predictable, but yet are relatable. I could feel what the characters were feeling. I especially loved the ending, as it seemed every character experienced closure. Great book!
  • Then she was gone

    By S diggy
    Excellent read! Highly recommend