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

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

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

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We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006). And then one day, as she is slowly piecing her life back together, Laurel meets Floyd in a local cafe. How can we understand that our partner is an ideal candidate for providing mutual love or unconditional love? 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.

After 10 years have passed, the family finally gets some answers--what they don’t realize is how close they were to knowing the truth all along. When she meets his teenage daughter, she can’t shake the feeling of how much she reminds her of her beloved Ellie. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper.There were a few minor occurrences I didn’t see coming, but none of them were important enough to the story that they made any kind of difference. Now ten years later, Laurel is willing to take a shot at having a life and love again a series of events will send her reeling. The fact that she was standing in her adult daughter’s kitchen picturing her dead in a ditch because she hadn't left a cereal bowl in the sink was perfectly sane and reasonable in the context of her own experience.

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. When you are the parent of a child who walked out of the house one morning with a rucksack full of books to study at a library a fifteen minute walk away and then never came home again, then there is no such thing as overreacting. 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. The atmosphere, characterization, and raw emotion that is infused into each of her novels elevates their status to something that few suspense novelists have attained.You know, how you get to forty and you suddenly stop giving a sh** about all the stupid things you worried about your whole life.

Now, Laurel Mack’s life is very different: her marriage fell apart years ago and her relationship with her remaining children is tenuous. 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. Changing tenses and changing narators the fast pace continued, new discoveries, and the insidious darkness beneath, kept me turning pages. 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.There is absolutely nothing better than a blindsighted twist in a psychological thriller and unfortunately there wasn’t a single one in this book. Her disappearance takes a huge toll on the family, a family that breaks apart as many families in this type of situations often do.

Ellie Mack was vibrant, happy, smart, in love and only fifteen when she disappeared without a trace. I think Lisa Jewell has written a chilling novel of suspense, but it is also a book about the power of maternal love, forgiveness and healing and never giving up. 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. 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. When Then She Was Gone showed up on NetGalley last month, I immediately requested it and added it to my reading queue for April.The more and more Laurel spends time with Floyd and Polly, she comes to realize that what happened to Ellie was not at all what it seemed. 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. As a reader I pretty guessed what had happened to Ellie, in fact the sisters I was reading this with also had the same thoughts. I became invested in the feelings of Eliie’s mother, and as a mother of four daughters, I wanted so badly for things to somehow turn out that this poor woman didn’t have to continue without knowing what happened to her missing beautiful, intelligent, golden girl! Then She Was Gone was fine as an undemanding beach thriller, but I wouldn't recommend it for readers looking for something new and innovative.



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