September 6, 2021

The Night She Disappeared

The Night She Disappeared

by Lisa Jewell

September 7, 2021
by Atria Books

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

2017: 19 year old Tallulah is going out on a date, leaving her baby with her mother, Kim.

Kim watches her daughter leave and, as late evening turns into night, which turns into early morning, she waits for her return. And waits.

The next morning, Kim phones Tallulah’s friends who tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a party at a house in the nearby woods called Dark Place.

She never returns.

2019: Sophie is walking in the woods near the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started work as a head-teacher when she sees a note fixed to a tree.

‘DIG HERE’ . . .

A cold case, an abandoned mansion, family trauma and dark secrets lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s remarkable new novel.

Courtney’s Thoughts:

I couldn’t put this book down! This is my first novel by Lisa Jewell, and I see what all the hype is about. I cannot wait to read more of her work. From the minute the teens went missing, I was wracking my brain trying to figure out where this story was going to go. Tallulah and Zach seemed like the perfect couple. Kim swears her daughter would never go off and leave her child of her own accord, but that looks like exactly what happened. Young parents who were in over their head just took off and started a new life without the responsibilities. Fifteen months later, there are some shocking twists that start to arise when detective novel writer Sophie moves into the neighborhood.

This book had excellent pacing once it got started. I did have trouble in the very beginning keeping up with what timeline I was reading. I think this is because of how close together the years were. Generally when I read time hopping books they’ll be ten years or more apart. Being only fifteen months, it was hard to differentiate what is happening now and what happened the night of the disappearance. I love when a story is separated by parts with a clear break. Jewell did a wonderful job of leaving us hanging around every corner. I was engaged the entire time, and I truly couldn’t figure out the twist until she told us.

Thank you so much to Lisa Jewell, Atria Books, and Netgalley!

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