Is there a bad Lisa Jewell book out there? I don’t think so. Although I do have some faves. Her latest release certainly being one of them.
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.
At 11 p.m. she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30 a.m. Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home.
Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place.
Tallulah never returns.
2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence.
A sign that says: DIG HERE . . .
I was a bit worried when I first started reading The Night She Disappeared. It felt too much of a slow burner for me and nothing crazy was really happening. I love when there is one shocker sentence or paragraph at the end of a chapter that means you just have to continue right now. Then I realized I was reading at the page-turning pace anyway. Things were happening. It was just the the author was carefully sowing seeds in the story and my brain. By the time I came to the end of the book, I was truly appreciative of the excellent plotting and the overall experience it provided me with.
Lisa Jewell also did a great job of unravelling the various characters. While admittedly there were some that were rather one-dimensional, anybody that was in Dark Place on the night of the disappearance was a delight to follow. As the chapter went by I kept changing my mind about who was at fault and what the final outcome might be. These people were not as the initially seemed and I loved them for that.
It’s true that the blurb for The Night She Disappeared doesn’t give away much, and neither does this review. Believe me, it’s the best way to be. Don’t go looking for more information. The best experience for this book is going in with as little information as possible and just let Lisa Jewell take you on a ride you won’t forget.
Buy The Night She Disappeared here.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.