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.
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This is one of those books that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. It is so heart breaking beyond belief and every page, every chapter has you hanging on its every word. Lisa Jewell has a knack of captivating readers with real life extraordinary characters.
Laurel has been grieving for her missing daughter for 10 years. Her charming beautiful Ellie Mack disappeared and Laurels family fell apart, her marriage in tatters and she is only existing, just about. When Floyd enters her life Laurel starts to piece her life back together but all is not what it seems. Their relationship opens questions that Laurel had long since stopped looking for answers for.
The awful Fate that Ellie Mack suffered is horrendous and tragic but poignant in its own right. The character’s are complex and entangled and each and every one brings an unforgettable narrative to the novel. Then She Was Gone is in my opinion Lisa’s best novel yet. It is imaginative and remarkably penned. I read it in 4 days whilst on night duty. That is how much this book grips you. Stunning work as always. 5*’s for the moving and heartrending story of Ellie Mack.
Then She Was Gone is published by Cornerstone at Random House, UK and is out 27th July.