"Then She Was Gone" by Lisa Jewell is a great thriller. It is interesting and full of anticipation from the first to the very last page. When fifteen-year-old, Ellie, disappears, her family is devastated. There were many years of search, waiting, and living in the unbearable reality of losing a child. Her mom, Laurel, suffers silently for years. Eventually, she starts dating a guy that she likes from the first sight. Things get more intriguing when she meets his nine-year-old daughter Poppy who reminds her so much of her daughter Ellie. The story develops from multiple angles, only to connect the dots at the end. Sadly, Laurel got to know the painful truth, but finally gets closure and a chance to reboot her life. Poppy gets the family she has never had. There are many disturbing aspects and psychological concepts in this book that are difficult to comprehend. When I finished the reading, I was glad it was just a fictional story. If you enjoy thrillers, this book will not disappoint.
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