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Book 13- Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

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Book 13 review 🖤🖤/5🖤

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Length: 369 pages

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Publishers summary: Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone.

Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. 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. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?

My thoughts: This is the take all for disturbing stories...I mean it, what the hell! It is the saddest story and I cannot stand books with kids that are abused, so if you are sensitive to that this is not for you. It does have a love story that is a bit "off" and I just thought it was so sad how much Laurel and her ex-husband still loved each other but due to all the loss and pain they endured could not be together. Poppy is quite the character but she seemed a little creepy to me. And the nutcase tutor, oh my goodness. This story made me want to put my kids in a bubble and keep them there!