ARC Book Review: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
ashley | The introduction to this book from publisher Simon and Schuster Canada says that author Lisa Jewel’s books get better and better with every new book she puts out. I would have to agree. I only discovered Jewel a couple years ago, but I have read every book she’s published since and Then She Was Gone is definitely one of my favourites.
Combine a favourite author with my favourite plot – the mystery of a missing girl – and we have the makings of what is bound to be an enthralling read. I’m a sucker for a good missing persons story, but also incredibly harsh on my enjoyment of them. I need something that will keep me on my toes, something that isn’t overly transparent, something that messes with my head.
From the start, this book did just that. The events and characters seemed relatively normal, nothing seemed overly suspicious, and yet, certain things just felt off. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it though as I was strung along into the depths of this strange and twisted plot. I had my theories, though, constantly trying to guess what was going on, but I never felt quite certain and couldn’t figure out how, if I were right, it had happened.
I read through this feverishly. It felt like the answer to all of my questions was just on the tip of my tongue, but I couldn’t quite grasp it, so I raced through the pages with such anticipation. And then when the answers did start coming, I still couldn’t stop. There was something just so twisted and vile about this, even though it wasn’t an overly graphic or violent story. It was heartbreaking, though, and when it reached that climax point and you finally discovered what fully happened, it was like a punch to the gut.
The only thing that really bothered me through this book was Laurel. I just felt that she was ignoring some HUGE red flags. Sure, blossoming love is blind and all that, but she came across some really strong suspicious evidence and she hardly batted an eye. That just didn’t sit right with me. Maybe I’m being too hard on her, but I thought she was pretty accepting and not on guard enough when things started revealing themselves to her, and she continued to put herself in the direct line of fire even when she did start to suspect something was off.
That said, it was still quite a read and while the motives and fall out weren’t unexpected, it was a thrilling and unique take on the missing girl story.
april 17, 2018