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Then She Was Gone, Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone opening line: Those months, the months before she disappeared, were the best months.

Then She Was Gone
My blurb

Not knowing had held Laurel back from living. Her daughter left for the library one day and never came back. It’s been ten long years of not knowing and then one day there are answers. And shortly after that she starts living again. But the man she’s just recently met has a child. And this nine-year old is the spitting image of Ellie.

Then She Was Gone

THEN – She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. NOW – It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter. And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a cafe and sweeps Laurel off her feet. Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine-year old daughter. Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away. Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? Who still has secrets to hide?

My verdict

This is one of the most well written novels I’ve read. The story as told from each defining character is well told with the then and now blending seamlessly together. And even though I knew how Poppy came to be, I could never have imagined the end.

Publishing information

ISBN 9781780896427
Format Trade Paperback
Published August 2017

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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