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

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Dark and unsettling, this novel's end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed. But, finally, after years of just going through the motions of life, Laurel meets Floyd, a single dad with a young daughter named Poppy. All psychological thrillers are dark and a bit disturbing but the subjects in this one took that to a whole different level.

Populated with fantastic characters, this was a fascinating and moving story about obsession, loss, and family. If the author leans on hateable characters (like The Girl on the Train) or other thriller tropes (alcoholism, mental illness, etc. 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. 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.I figured the "mystery" out but that did not spoil the book for me, as I kept turning the pages to see who else was going to figure the book out. There is an alternate ending for this novel available on the internet, which the author initially wrote and changed to the current conclusion based on the author's literary agents' advice. I'm afraid I have to disagree with one character telling that our decision-making capabilities aren't fully developed until we are twenty-five years old. In fact, I almost want to go back and read the book again knowing the conclusion and be more aware of the plot points I missed the first time around. She's the only one I can sorta, kinda believe because children are amazingly resilient and her biology may have something to do with it.

Ten years later, Ellie’s remains and her backpack are found, though the police are unable to determine the reasons for her disappearance and death.Lisa Jewell is a brilliant storyteller and I will be recommending this book for an emotional, suspenseful, and captivating read. My wife read this about a month before I did and I looked forward to our nightly rehash sessions of the section I read that day. The mendacious mercurial nature of some characters in this book will rattle you to the extent of even making you nihilistic.

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