I spent the past week on vacation in Dominican Republic, which means I had so much time to read. One of the books that I read was Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
The novel is about a woman named Laurel Mack whose daughter, Ellie, disappeared ten years ago. When she meets Floyd at a cafe she is surprised to find herself swept up in a new romance. However, something doesn’t sit quite right with Laurel. You see, Floyd’s youngest daughter looks eerily like Ellie. Laurel is set on solving the mystery of Ellie’s disappearance, and this might just be a new clue.
Lisa Jewell has beautifully crafted a mystery that unravels slowly. There’s no big surprise twist, Jewell reveals the cause of Ellie’s disappearance early on, and uses the rest of the novel to explain why, and how, things happened like they did. This makes this novel a real page turner. Because new information is revealed frequently throughout the novel, I found myself unable to put the book down. I finished this novel in a day because I was so set on solving everything.
This is one of the best mystery novels I have ever read. Jewell is a skilled writer. Her characters are complex, and the story is pieced together in an unexpected way.