Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 369 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 12 minutes
First Published: 2017
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?
Quotes from Then She Was Gone
A man who can’t love but desperately needs to be loved is a dangerous thing indeed.
When I read a book it feels like real life and when I put the book down it’s like I go back into the dream.
People try and make out there’s a greater purpose, a secret meaning, that it all means something. And it doesn’t.
If she could rewind the timeline, untwist it and roll it back the other way like a ball of wool, she’d see the knots in the yarn, the warning signs. Looking at it backward it was obvious all along.
About Lisa Jewell
Lisa Jewell is the bestselling author of sixteen novels, including Then She Was Gone, I Found You, Watching You, The Family Upstairs, and The Invisible Girl. She currently lives in London with her husband and two daughters. Visit the author’s website →