This is a spoiler free review and age rating of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Ellie was fifteen when she disappeared. Her mother’s perfect daughter, gone in the blink of an eye. It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared and her mother Laurel finally has the closure she needs to move on. She meets a charming man Floyd, who she quickly becomes close with. Laurel finds herself staying at his house and meeting his nine year old daughter Poppy, a bright and beautiful girl who looks like Ellie at her age. Laurel begins questioning everything that she thought was true. What really happened to Ellie? Who still has secrets? Floyd?
This was a bizarre thriller that I’m not gonna lie, kept me engaged and intrigued. Then She Was Gone was my first Lisa Jewell novel and while I enjoyed it I felt that it didn’t necessarily feel like a thriller. This didn’t keep me up all night and there wasn’t that sense of urgency in the story.
The only thing that really kept me going with this book was the past. I loved reading about the events leading up to Ellie’s disappearance. I would categorize this as a slow burn mystery.
I would rate this book 3.5/5 stars. I enjoyed it but there are just better thrillers out there.
This book contains language, some sexual content, murder and kidnapping. I would give Then She Was Gone an age rating of 15 and up.
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