The Night She Disappeared – Lisa Jewell

‘Lisa Jewell is one of my favourite writers and this is her best yet. I read it in 24 hours. Utterly gripping with richly drawn, hugely compelling characters, this is a first class thriller with heart.’ LUCY FOLEY

‘I’m calling it early. This is Lisa’s best book yet, and she always sets that bar high! Stayed up so late because I couldn’t put it down.’ ADELE PARKS, author of Lies Lies Lies and Just My Luck

‘I love all Lisa’s books, but The Night She Disappeared is by far her best thriller yet.’ HARLAN COBEN

‘Mother of God, Lisa Jewell’s on fire. The Night She Disappeared is UNBELIEVABLY good. I was utterly utterly agog.’ MARIAN KEYES

‘Insane suspense. I loved it.’ LEE CHILD

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.

Book Information: Print Length: 464 pages, Publisher: Cornerstone Digital, Publication Date: 22 July 2021

My Review:

I’m a HUGE fan of Lisa Jewell’s books (she’s not too shabby as a person either) and I was delighted to see she has a new book out which I immediately downloaded without even looking at the blurb!

I particularly love a story that takes the reader back and forth via several characters points of view, slowly revealing secrets and changing direction after each and every chapter.

The Night She Disappeared is about a 19 year old daughter and new mother, Tallulah who goes out for a meal with her boyfriend and both of them disappear never to be seen or heard of again. The story has a dual timeline which takes the readers back to the night of their disappearance and the months leading up to it and then a few years later when Tallulah’s mother, Kim is still grieving for the loss of her daughter and trying to bring up her grandson alone.

Just over a year later, a crime author moves into the village with her boyfriend and finds something in her garden which is a vital clue about the disappearance of the young couple, re-opening the case and giving Kim hope that her daughter may still be alive.

This is a twisty, suspenseful book which kept me guessing throughout. With lots of little red herrings thrown in I was never quite sure where the story was going or what happened to Tallulah and Zach.

This is a highly enjoyable and addictive mystery which I thoroughly recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About the Author: Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.

She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.

She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.

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