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Then She Was GoneThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

Norma and I were lost in the dark and light earthy lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading Then She Was Gone. We all really enjoyed it and it lead to a great discussion amongst us.

We all were immediately drawn into this intriguing story right from start to the rewarding and very satisfying ending that we all loved.

We all agreed Lisa Jewell brilliantly creates a well-written and perfectly paced story to create a good, intriguing suspenseful story. Just at the right time, she reveals enough of the story to create suspense and then gives us understanding and insight into her characters rather than creating a shocky twisty story. She balances the darkest well by adding just the right amount of disturbing and creepy along with the insight into the well-developed characters’ emotions, creating emotional layers to the characters along with layers to the plot.

Some of us have read a few of Lisa Jewells books and loved them all and the rest of us will be looking into reading more of her books.  For me I have read a few and have a couple to review. Hmm think it’s time for the sun to shine on Lisa Jewells in the coulee. I will be posting those reviews soon.

Publishing Date: April 17, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Atria Books, and Lisa Jewell for a copy to read and review.


Norma’s Review

THEN SHE WAS GONE by LISA JEWELL is a breathtaking, thrilling, unputdownable, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that had me totally engrossed and interested right from the very first page.  I was so intrigued in finding out what happened to Ellie Mack that I was racing through those pages as fast as I could!

LISA JEWELL delivers a well-written story here with flawed, believable, and compelling characters that were told in alternating points of view and short chapters to make this a quick and easy read.  Upon finishing one chapter it was easy to read the next and then just one more chapter and before I knew it I was finished!

I absolutely love LISA JEWELL’S writing style as she writes with passion and feeling and I couldn’t help but feel for so many of these characters.  Also, I really enjoyed how she leaves us with little snippets of clues along the way for us readers to pick up on right away and start questioning and guessing how they fit into the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the ending was very touching and satisfying for me.  Would recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books, and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.  


Lindsay’s Review

4 stars! This was a spine-tingling and addictive story!

This novel follows Laurel whose teenage daughter, Ellie, went missing ten years ago. Laurel has been battling her grief since the day Ellie disappeared with the hope that she may one day come home.  After Ellie’s disappearance, being swallowed up in her sadness and grief, Laurel’s marriage falls apart and she loses her connection with her two other children.

The story is narrated by various characters in Laurel’s life through a Now and Then perspective, each character adding a new layer of suspense and appeal as the novel brilliantly unfolds.Lisa Jewell has a fantastic ability to pull you in right from the start. Her writing is strong, compelling and addictive. I look forward to reading more from her!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Lisa Jewell for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!  


Kaceey’s Review


Brilliant! I completely lost myself in this book from beginning to end!

Laurel is doing her best to move on with her life. Her teenage daughter went missing years ago, triggering an avalanche of misfortune. The family splintered. Laurel and Paul divorcing. And now, their two remaining children are leaving home at the first chance they get – anxious to live their own lives, away from the oppressive tension within their home.

When Laurel meets Floyd she’s quickly swept off her feet. She’s finally ready to live and love again. But too many things just aren’t adding up. What do they say about coincidences? Could Floyd be too good to be true? Why do the doors to the past keep opening?

What a breath of fresh air this book was for me. I‘ve had trouble losing myself in a good book lately. And isn’t that what we all hope for?

Well, this was the refreshing change I’d been looking for! Though some give-away clues are revealed early on, you’re still taken on a journey that will most definitely pull your heart in many directions.

 Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.


Susanne’s Review

4.25 Stars

Spellbinding and Completely Irresistible.

Ellie Mack went missing 10 years ago. Her mother, Laurel has never given up hope of finding her. Ellie was fifteen years old, full of life. The world was, in fact, her oyster. No one knew what happened to Ellie. The police have never found a trace of her. My interest was piqued from the very beginning. My breath caught in my throat – nerves jangled.

Now, Laurel Mack’s life is very different: her marriage fell apart years ago and her relationship with her remaining children is tenuous. Somehow, she meets Floyd – a devastatingly handsome man and she is immediately swept off her feet. 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. Of course, this isn’t possible – it’s a coincidence, right? And if it’s not, whatever does it mean? Laurel begins questioning everything and those questions take her on a dangerous path, one she never envisioned.

Can you feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Mine did. What unfolds thereafter is brilliant, stunning and packs one heck of an emotional punch. Lisa Jewell’s “Then She Was Gone” is a phenomenal psychological thriller that kept me enthralled throughout. Though I knew where it was going early on, I still truly enjoyed it and simply could not put it down! The character development was stellar and the writing was spot on. This is the second Lisa Jewell novel I’ve read (I Found You, being the first) and I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Jewell’s novels.

Thank you to NetGalley, Ariele Friedman, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


15 thoughts on “Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell @lisajewelluk @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA #NetGalley #BookReview #travelingsistersread

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I’m so glad to see this as a sister’s read! Loved it. Just finished over the weekend. I already want to devour another Jewell book.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      So glad to see you agree James! I hope you get a chance soon!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Lindsay says:

    Fabulous reviews sisters!!!! This was such a great book!

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  3. carhicks says:

    Well, after reading these amazing reviews, I am starting this one later tonight.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I hope you love it. I will be looking out for your review!

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  4. bookishinbed says:

    I have the arc of this. I really want to read it, I am slacking. I loved her last book so I can’t wait to read this. I’m glad to see you guys ended up enjoying it so much!

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you! This is one not to be missed. I hope you enjoy it too!

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      1. bookishinbed says:

        If it’s anything like her last book I’m sure I’m going to love it.


  5. Diana says:

    Amazing reviews. Glad to see that you all enjoyed this title too. I also did:-)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Diana! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this one as well! 🙂


  6. Susanne S says:

    Loved reading this one with all of you sisters! So unputdownable!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. janb37 says:

    Love all your awesome thoughts on this book Sisters! I had such a bad case of FOMO I jadded it to my May BOTM box, ha ha! Sure wish I could have read it with all of you though 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Jan! I wish we could get BOTM here is Canada! LOL
      I hope that you enjoy it as well! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Next library book up for me. So happy to see it is a good one. Mega stars!

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