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

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As you may imagine Laurel is devastated, barely holding up but one day she meets Floyd at a cafe, sharing a carrot cake and the charming, mysterious, charismatic mathematician blows her mind. Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. The more time Laurel spends with Poppy, the more confused she becomes about her personality, her outlook on life, and how Laurel sees her dead daughter in Poppy. THEN SHE WAS GONE kept my interest, but I can't say it was a thriller until the past was coming into the picture and the book went back in time to tell us the story of how Ellie went missing. It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.

Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of sixteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In.Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. Publication information is for the USA, and (unless stated otherwise) represents the first print edition. Much like the other book I just read from this genre ( What Happened to Michael), I can safely recommend this to "missing person with a twist" thriller fans.

I think this is one of those books that I had such high hopes for that I let myself expect too much. We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006). A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people. After starting this novel I couldn’t quit, her writing is just so compelling, those of the words I would use to describe it!The author created her character flawlessly, and the amount of hardships she had to suffer makes our hearts numb for some time.

Laurel's daughter in law, Blue, spouts New Age mumbo jumbo about how she didn't like Floyd when she met him because he has a bad aura or some crap like that. Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Her disappearance takes a huge toll on the family, a family that breaks apart as many families in this type of situations often do. 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.At the end of the book, the author mentions that her agent had an audacious and shocking idea for Then She Was Gone which the author championed. The atmosphere, characterization, and raw emotion that is infused into each of her novels elevates their status to something that few suspense novelists have attained. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending as there were still storylines that weren’t completely tied up and explained.

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