From the very beginning of the writing process I’d envisaged a euphoric reunion between Laurel and Ellie. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. I didn’t have a ton of expectations going into Then She Was Gone. Get started. She cries out and pounds on Floyd... (read more from the Chapter 62 - Epilogue Summary). "People try and make out there's a greater purpose, a secret meaning, that it all means something. He then details his own transformation into someone similar to Paul so that Laurel would like him, and by association get to know Poppy. by Atria Books. It's a very quick read - I read it in a single day - and it goes down smoothly and easily, but it is. Suggest a Title. Read Epilogue from the story And then she was gone by WhoCaresWithYouBaby (oppa jane) with 130 reads. Now, when you see one, you are sitting there not wondering if there will be a twist, but when. It’s not a knock on the book, really, but I’m glad she skipped over the details on that part. Then She Was Gone has a clear family drama element to it, which I wasn’t expecting, but was pleasantly surprised by. Poppy is lovely and precocious … and looks so much like Ellie that it can’t possibly be a coincidence. Then She Was Gone Summary & Study Guide. It’s a quick read :), Great review! Jewell writes about the original ending of the book (spoiler), which her editor steered her away from in a blog post. Traveling Sisters group read that we all enjoyed and it lead to a great discussion amongst us. This sounds like something I might be interested in. Enjoyable but still…. At 10:43 am, she was never to be seen again. See the archives. Lisa Jewell .
I liked this book, and thought I’d figured it out towards the end that it may have all wrapped up as an actual work of fiction written by Floyd, who was a writer… that it was all just a story in a book. I’ve been meaning to read something of hers for a while, and this one kept catching my eye so I picked it up a while ago though I still keep seeing it around. This Study Guide consists of approximately 56 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Then She Was Gone. When it turns out it’s exactly what you think it sounds like, that’s a little disappointing. I’m on board with her editor on this one. I certainly wasn’t bored reading it, but the twists and turns weren’t twisty enough for my liking. The story kept my interest, but I expected more from the mystery, so overall it kind of felt like a letdown. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. This section contains 1,131 words (approx. As the video ends, Laurel is overcome with emotion over her daughter’s final months. I guess this is just her writing style where it’s less focused on plot twists. Sorry that the mystery wasn’t that good. And surely she would have told her boyfriend, She planned a different ending for the book, This was a fairly average experience for me. To create our... To see what your friends thought of this book, [ Haven’t read it yet – or any books by this author. This novel is creepy—in a good way. My reaction to the book was an echo of yours. Laurel, her mother, along with the rest of her family was left with no answers in a case that failed to produce any leads. the original ending of the book (spoiler). I can see why she’d want to write it that way to give it a happier ending, but I think the ending that her editor steered her towards makes more sense. RESOURCES. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Then She was Gone is not about what happened to Ellie, it’s more about the how and the why she disappeared, as well as the after-effects of her disappearance on her family. 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. This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)] flag. I was so intrigued in finding out what happened to Ellie Mack that I was racing through those pages as fast as I could! wow. okay. He leaves it to Laurel to tell the police about it if she wants to. Do not see an Ask the Author - Loved the book, but curious what "radical suggestion" her editors made to the book that Lisa Jewell mentions in her acknowledgements? The House We Grew Up In . Refresh and try again. Order our Then She Was Gone Study Guide. I think the ending that’s in the book is more realistic than the alternative ending. Summary. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. At the same time the actual mystery component to it was less satisfying than I was expecting as well. Soon Ellie would be free and everyone would be happy. Then She Was Gone is a very mild title compared to the volcanic torment and angst behind the cover. On her way to the library one evening, she disappears. Just little islands of life dotted here and there. If you’re looking for really big surprises, I think this one is a skip. There’s a few instances of plot points where seems like the book is pointing in a specific direction, but since it’s a mystery, I kept expecting to be wrong about it. Just by reading the synopsis of this, and your review, I feel like I can guess the ending, and what the ‘ick’ factor is. There’s also the “ick” factor in a major component of the plot, which if you’ve read it I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. Should I still give it a go or try something else less predictable? Jewell sincerely tries to tackle the subject of the family struggling from the weight of their loss, and it gives the book a little more heft. I’d much prefer to be surprised. For the Detailed Plot Summary, click here or scroll all the way down. It’s quite elegant for book reviews.
Also, wouldn’t her sister have brought up the fact that Ellie found her tutor creepy? Teenage daughter Ellie goes missing and blah blah blah...except that it's not so clear cut or cliched. Yeah I’m open to reading another book of hers, but I’m not sure if her style is up my alley — we’ll see though! I’d be open to reading a different book of Jewell’s since I don’t think she’s a bad writer or anything, but the mystery in Then She Was Gone didn’t really do it for me. Those things are deeper than marriage. Thanks. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Chapter Summaries & Analyses. LEGAL. I don’t know that it says anything really groundbreaking, but it gave the characters more dimension. Ultimately, since police can’t find anything, they suspect she’s a runaway despite the fact she had a boyfriend she loved and was looking forward to taking the exams she’d been studying hard for. Character Analysis. While the mystery and suspense of what happened to Ellie is absolutely at the forefront of the book throughout the entire novel, the resolution of Ellie’s disappearance is more straightforward than I had been hoping for. Faced again with the many unanswered questions about Ellie’s disappearance, Laurel finds herself looking back to the past once again. Hmmm…I mean you might like it, anyway. I found it a suspenseful story, but too predictable. Prologue-Part 1, Chapter 12. The Family Upstairs. Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter.
Lisa was born in London in 1968. I think I was expecting something similar to the other recent mystery bestsellers like The Wife Between Us or something like that. But anyway, I’ve been busy with some life stuff and with revamping some stuff on the site, so I haven’t had a ton of time for reading. Part 3, Chapters 27-35. Ho-oh-oh-oh-oh-ly shit. Floyd explains that he had become fixated on Laurel. Now that she had been tutored in math she was sure she would do well. If this summary was useful to you, please consider supporting this site by leaving a tip ($1, $2, or $4) or joining the Patreon!