Then She Was Gone A Novel

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Girl and The Truth About Melody Browne comes a “riveting” (PopSugar) and “acutely observed family drama” (People) that delves into the lingering aftermath of a young girl’s disappearance.

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie 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?

SKU: 1501154656
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Atria; Reprint edition (November 6, 2018)

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384 pages

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10.4 ounces

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5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches

Best Sellers Rank:

#35 in Suspense Thrillers

Customer Reviews:

52,036 ratings

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 10 reviews


    OMG this book blew my mind. There was so many twists and turns. I kept trying to come up with what’s going to happen next and most of the time I was completely wrong!!This book took me on an emotional roller coaster, being a mother and reading about certain things just destroyed me. Makes me want to hold and love my children extra today.I couldn’t imagine what Laurel went through. And being a mother it just hurts more. Such a heart breaking story with a surprising ending!I seriously couldn’t put this book down and this is hands down the best thriller that I’ve read this year. I was in the edge of my seat most of the time wanting to know what was going to happen next! I couldn’t predict what the outcome was going to be.

    December 25, 2022
  • Hillary Stamey

    This book kept me engaged the entire time and constantly trying to figure out what was next. Definitely a must read! You will not be able to put it down.

    December 25, 2022
  • Azyamarie

    This was my first time reading a book by Lisa Jewell and I don’t even know what else to say but OMG!!! This book had such a hold and grip on me and if it wasn’t for being an adult I wouldn’t of put this down!!So many twists and turns and omg what just happened! As well as I did not see this happening at all!! With being a mother myself this book broke my heart and shattered me at times. I felt for the main character so much.This book was so compelling, breathtaking, and compulsive and will grab a hold on you and won’t let you go!I absolutely loved this book and it was just what I needed to get out of the mini reading slump that I was in this month! Please check for trigger warners prior to reading this book.

    December 25, 2022
  • PZ

    Very suspenseful and towards the middle it was quite disturbing. It’s going to take me a bit to shake this one!

    December 25, 2022
  • Maria D Alvarado

    I enjoyed reading this thriller…

    December 25, 2022
  • LinHui

    This book was 10/10 definitely recommend as a mother slowly learns, grows, and move on from her daughter’s disappearance.

    December 25, 2022
  • Casey Almeyda

    If you like drama thrillers, this is the book for you! I read it front to back in three days. I couldn’t stop reading it.

    December 25, 2022
  • Mini

    Laurel experiences the unthinkable: her fourteen-year-old child goes missing. Not just her child — it is THE child, the one she favors over her three children. Ellie goes to school one day and never comes back. She’s there one moment, and then she’s gone. Ellie is a smart, carefree girl with a crush on a guy who shares her passion for academics and good grades, so she’s no runaway. The years go by, and just when the police give up, Laurel gets some rather devastating news…The years pass. Laurel trudges through her days, picking up the pieces of her broken life. She tries to make amends with her daughter Hannah and her son Jake, but they’re all grown now, with their own lives to worry about. Her marriage is long over, her ex now in a steady and loving relationship with a pleasant lady. Laurel’s life couldn’t be worse if she tried…And then she meets Floyd. It’s a chance encounter, a semi meet-cute at a café. He tells her about his books — academic books about math — and about his #1 fan: his nine-year-old daughter, Poppy. Hope flares for Laurel. Will she find happiness with Floyd? And then she meets his daughter — and it’s like taking a trip to the past. Poppy is almost the splitting image of Ellie. Laurel is floored. How is it possible? This is only the beginning though. She’s opened a Pandora’s Box of disturbing revelations that even she wouldn’t have been able to imagine.I’m not a fan of child abduction thrillers, but THEN SHE WAS GONE is one harrowing and amazing read! I couldn’t put it down. This book was on my TBR pile for over a year. I took it with me for my French Polynesian holiday because, why not? I’m so glad I did. The sea-salt breeze, the hammock, the sunset, this book — sweet memories are made of this! I took three books with me, and this one practically read itself. The writing is amazing, well crafted and riveting, with no over the top twists for shock value. Everything serves a purpose in this book. Many of us will guess the outcome, but that’s beside the point. There are so many surprises — so many “mini twists” — that you’ll love it for the character-driven piece of brilliant suspense that it is. The psychological aspects are amazing. There’s a character with Borderline Personality Disorder in this book, and the author touches on various subjects, like triangulation and toxic enmeshments. It’s all done in an organic, not-in-your-face way, which makes it more appealing. I’ve always loved Lisa Jewell, have loved her since her early “chick lit” days. I’m glad she now gets to write the genre she loves.Downsides? Just one. Floyd is a socially awkward mathematician, but he says “Brangelina” at one point. I can’t picture a man — let alone a middle-aged one — saying something like this. I’m surprised the editor didn’t pick up on it. Other than that, I love this novel. One of my favorites this year. Five solid Pecan and Toffee iced lattes, with extra vanilla-flavored oat milk!

    December 25, 2022
  • Hay

    Its a very good book, love the plot and setting.

    December 25, 2022
  • Francine

    I enjoyed this book. It was filled with interesting characters & a suspenseful storyline. I liked the way Lisa split the book into 5 parts. Each character was the narrator throughout the book so I was able to see things from their perspective. There were some surprises & I thought it had a good ending.

    December 25, 2022

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