The Night She Disappeared, Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared opening lines: The baby is starting to grumble. Kim sits still in her chair and holds her breath.

The Night She Disappeared

My blurb:

Tallulah is different to her classmates in that she is a mum. Trying to juggle motherhood with her studies and a demanding boyfriend, she is struggling. So when she asks for a night out, her mother agrees to babysit. But Tallulah never comes home. It takes Sophie quite some time to realize she is being set up to follow the plot of one of her books. But will anyone listen to her suspicions about what really happened to the missing girl?

The Night She Disappeared
“Mum, there’s some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?”
Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.
At 11pm she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30am Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home.
Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place.
Tallulah never returns.
2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head-teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence.
A sign that says: DIG HERE . . .
My verdict:

I really enjoy Lisa Jewell’s writing, and this book was a good read. There are a few subplots which do not distract from the main story.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781529125788
Format Trade Paperback
Published August 2021

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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