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Then She Was Gone: From the number one bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

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She's disarmed by Floyd’s charm, but when she meets his young daughter, Poppy, Laurel is startled by her resemblance to Ellie. Now divorced and distant from her other two children, Laurel is attempting to move on and begins dating a handsome and kind man. As soon as their relationship become serious and she forms true bounding with Poppy, she surprisingly finds out the birth mother Noelle of Poppy who left her is the same woman who has tutored her daughter Ellie.

This and another small coincidence, puts new thoughts into Laurel’s head, prompting her to do a little amateur sleuthing. If she could unwind 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. Someone once mooted the theory that Hanna felt too guilty to have a boyfriend because her little sister would never have one. This book is the tragic life story of Ellie, which will bring tears to your eyes if you are a compassionate human being. The police’s investigation never turned up any clues to what happened to her, but believe she ran away.

Her disappearance takes a huge toll on the family, a family that breaks apart as many families in this type of situations often do. Thank you to Random House UK, Cornerstone Arrow for providing a digital ARC of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell for review.

Laurel begins questioning everything and those questions take her on a dangerous path, one she never envisioned. Multiple other studies show different results with people's rational brain fully developed before or after this age. Jewell’s books last year and to say I’m now a fan would be as big of an understatement as ever written. Populated with fantastic characters, this was a fascinating and moving story about obsession, loss, and family. The book was so good that I lost track of time and read so quickly, everything just disappeared, but I was absolutely connected and attached to every part of the story and characters.Laurel usually doesn't take chances, but after the last clue in Ellie's case was discovered, Laurel is ready to put her life back on track. Though I knew where it was going early on, I still truly enjoyed it and simply could not put it down! But the author's writing skills, narrative style, and the way Ellie was crafted will compensate for it easily. Since then she has written another twenty novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone, The Family Upstairs and The Night She Disappeared.

Then ten years after her daughter's disappearance, she goes into a bakery after getting her hair cut, and meets a man named Floyd. Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense.Laurel’s family has been mourning their daughter Ellie’s death for ten years, and then her body is found. This is a true thriller to me as it contains an extremely deviant sociopath who is so mentally ill that it’s painful to read her thoughts. At the end of the book, the author mentions that her agent had an audacious and shocking idea for Then She Was Gone which the author championed. It's a shame, though, that we know a major aspect of Ellie's fate almost immediately, seeing as this is probably what I would have cared about most.

Or maybe I’m just jaundiced by the idea of a perfect man showing up at the table next to an older divorced woman. It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter. So many questions without answers can wear a person down, can leave a hole, and can prevent a person from fully moving on with one's life.The book alternates between "Then" and "Now" to tell the story of what happened to Ellie, who kidnapped and hurt her, what the new love interest for Ellie's mother, Laurel, has to say transpired over all the years, and where things really fell apart. Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. The years went by and although Laurel kept pushing the police to do more…there was only so much they could or would do. A guilt trip is a type of emotional manipulation to make others think or do certain things in a particular way. The main character in this novel is Laurel who has three children, two of whom are daughters whom she adores and they have great family dynamics.

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