My advice about « Then She Was Gone » by Lisa Jewell

Howdy ! It’s Roseanne and for this new article, I want to talk about « Then She Was Gone » by Lisa Jewell. I hope you’ll like this article ! Enjoy !

Lisa Jewell’s “Then She Was Gone” is a haunting exploration of loss, grief, and the enduring power of hope. While it’s undeniably a compelling read, I must caution that it’s not for the faint of heart. After finishing it, I couldn’t shake the sense of unease it left me with, yet I couldn’t deny its brilliance either.

The novel opens with the disappearance of Ellie Mack, a beloved teenage girl whose absence casts a shadow over her family and community. As her mother, Laurel Mack, struggles to come to terms with her daughter’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn into a whirlwind romance with a charming stranger named Floyd. However, Laurel’s newfound happiness is tempered by the eerie similarities between Floyd’s youngest daughter, Poppy, and Ellie, raising unsettling questions about the past and the nature of fate.

Jewell’s storytelling is masterful, weaving together multiple narrative threads to create a tapestry of suspense and intrigue. As Laurel delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Ellie’s disappearance, she uncovers long-buried secrets and hidden truths that threaten to shatter her fragile sense of reality. The pacing is relentless, driving the story forward with each twist and turn, leaving readers breathless as they race to uncover the truth alongside Laurel.

While “Then She Was Gone” may not be suitable for all readers, particularly those who are sensitive to themes of loss and trauma, its impact is undeniable. Jewell’s portrayal of grief is raw and visceral, capturing the complexities of human emotion with empathy and authenticity. As Laurel grapples with her own guilt and sorrow, readers are drawn into her journey of self-discovery and redemption, rooting for her every step of the way.

Despite the darkness that pervades its pages, there’s a glimmer of hope at the heart of “Then She Was Gone” that shines through even in the darkest moments. It’s a testament to Jewell’s skill as a storyteller that she can balance such heavy themes with moments of warmth and humanity, creating a narrative that is as emotionally resonant as it is gripping.

For me, “Then She Was Gone” is a 4 out of 5. While it may not be a book for everyone, for those willing to brave its depths, it offers a journey that is both haunting and unforgettable.

If you want to read this book, you can order it here : and here for the kindle :

Now that I’ve talked enough, please let me know what you thought. See you soon for the next book !

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