Book Review: Lisa Jewell’s ‘Then She Was Gone’

You know how, when unbeknownst to them at the time, designers create strikingly similar fashions for a season? That’s what’s going on in this genre. Instead of hemlines, it’s storylines. Mary Torjussen and B.A. Paris S/S 2017 … Liv Constantine and Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen F/W 2017 … Clare Mackintosh and Lisa Jewell S/S 2018.

Then She Was Gone: A Novel
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Jewell has gone full-on thriller with this one, and it suits her to a T (pun intended). I’ve never seen a novelist transition like she, who had started off in Bridget Jones days being like Marian Keyes, then became like Liane Moriarty, and now is like a cross between Chevy Stevens and Shari Lapena.

The plot was obvious to me, and things that were too pertinent to have been overlooked in the case of a missing child are conveniently introduced — ten years later!

But the suspense builds as the twofold story becomes multi-angled (it’s brilliantly structured!). I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I reached the satisfying albeit schmaltzy end. (Read Lisa Jewell’s original ending here.)

A good story that, despite being largely predictable and slightly flawed, is utterly unputdownable.

 

Release Date: April 17, 2018