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Then She Was Gone

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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. The police’s investigation never turned up any clues to what happened to her, but believe she ran away. even though my original guesses were wrong, its VERY obvious what will happen early on in the story, and so it just started to feel drawn out by the halfway point.

Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most astute thriller reader won’t see where everything is going until the final threads are unknotted. It's a very quick read - I read it in a single day - and it goes down smoothly and easily, but it is so easy to predict everything that will happen. Both Noelle and Floyd talk about the lasting impact unpleasant aspects of their childhoods had on them, yet Floyd and Laurel both seem optimistic about Poppy’s resiliency and ability to thrive despite the disturbing background of her early years.If you haven't managed to get your hands on a copy yet, then you'll want to make it a priority and here's why. Then ten years after her daughter's disappearance, she goes into a bakery after getting her hair cut, and meets a man named Floyd.

Besides the suspense — the characters hearts are tender - I felt what they did — none were offensive. Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Then Laurel is introduced to his little girl: Poppy, and she is dumbfounded to discover that Poppy bears a striking resemblance to Ellie, her Ellie. 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. Her novels have sold over 10 million copies internationally, and her work has also been translated into twenty-nine languages.Laurel's daughter in law, Blue, spouts New Age mumbo jumbo about how she didn't like Floyd when she met him because he has a bad aura or some crap like that.

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. Personally, I feel like the author attempted one too many pieces to this puzzle and it just felt like too much. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. Consider making The Lovely Bones your next book club read and discussing what parallels you find between the two novels, and what distinguishes them. There are four different perspectives shown in the book, but only Noelle and Floyd’s narration are in first person.Thank you to NetGalley, Ariele Friedman, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 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. There were too many unanswered questions and she just knew that Ellie wouldn't simply walk away from the life she loved. Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance?

Even now, after finishing, there are still some questions I have floating around in my head about the events of the novel and the outcome. It is hard to read the despair and feelings of inadequacies that the family members encounter and at one point it was a little hard for me to continue. Her writing is addictive and appeals to a wide variety of readers; not too light, not too dark, but just right. Not because the plot was stagnant but quite the opposite, it was speeding along so fast and with an outcome that seemed too terrible that I just had to stop, just until the next day when I furiously turned the pages to find out the mystery. She never in a million years could have predicted the shocking revelations her inquiries would uncover or the personal epiphanies that would change Laurel's life forevermore.A guilt trip is a type of emotional manipulation to make others think or do certain things in a particular way. I've been a Lisa Jewell fan for a long time and in this book, as in all her others, she deftly weaves a compelling plot with an emotional depth that leaves you gasping.

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