It has been a MONTH of reading! I thought during quarantine, I’d read like a mad-woman, but did the exact opposite. Then, June hit, and this is book #10! Potentially the most books I’ve read in a month – ever! I still plan to finish at least 2 more as well. Definitely going to hit, and probably exceed, my 2020 goal of 75 books. I’m 11 books ahead after this book so it’s looking good!
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: Then She Was Gone
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Lise Jewell
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Mystery, Thriller
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 46/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): 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.
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 café 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?
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35297426-then-she-was-gone
𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: Laurel lost her daughter Ellie 10 years ago. Ellie told Laurel to save the last piece of lasagna for her, walked out the door towards the library, and was never seen again. Her case was handled as that of runaway, so Laurel never gave up hope her daughter would come back to her. Laurel meets and falls for Floyd, who has a peculiar 9-year-old daughter who looks strangely just like Ellie.
I thought this was a wonderful true crime/mystery book. I thought I knew what was going to happen the entire time, and was very surprised at the end.
This book was told mainly through Laurel, but we also got sections entitled “Then” which followed Ellie, Noelle, and even Floyd. Sometimes, that many characters telling a story can be confusing, but Jewell had superb use of third and first-person use to help clear that up. I liked this style – I felt like I really got a handle on what each person was thinking, feeling, doing, and their justification of that. It added to the story in a way that really amplified the drama and mystery.
Some parts of this book were a little far-fetched. I loved Poppy, but her character was so unrealistic that I had a hard time connecting with her and her story. Like what 9-year-old does algebra and reads the books she was reading and acts the way she did – even an incredibly intelligent one? What I thought was going to happen was based solely off of Poppy’s character, so when that didn’t happen, it just became confusing. I understand that Jewell created her character to connect the reader and Laurel directly to Ellie, but I almost thought it was a little bit too much. That all being said, I absolutely loved the relationship that formed between Poppy and Laurel and how the reader sees that build up and align perfectly with the ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Definitely recommend to any true-crime junkies or mystery/thriller lovers!