Welcome back readers!
Today, I'll be discussing my second May Book of the Month pick!
And Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Ellie was fifteen- her mother's golden girl. And then one day, she was gone. It's been ten years since Ellie's disappearance, but Laurel has never given up hope.
On an ordinary day at a cafe, a charming man sweeps Laurel off her feet. In no time, she's staying the night at his place and meeting his nine-year-old daughter. But Poppy, Floyd's daughter, is the spitting image of Ellie. And all the unanswered questions that haunted Laurel for years come flooding back.
What happened to Ellie? Where could she possibly be?
I want to start off by saying that Lisa Jewell is a brilliant writer. Her ability to portray and deliver such a vivid and colorful story is partly why I didn't exactly love this novel. Somehow, Jewell managed to create scenes and characters that became more and more alive with the turn of each page. If you've read And Then She Was Gone, you could understand why this could be a problem for some members of the audience.
I appreciate how lifelike and graphic each character appeared. I was able to picture how magnificent and beautiful Poppy, Ellie, and Hannah were. But with this, came the ugly as well. Whenever I read through the horrific parts of this book, my heart broke and broke until I reached the ending and was left genuinely hurting for the shattered mess left behind.
Although this novel is a 4-star read for me, it has nothing to do with the characters or the author. To be frank, I felt absolutely defeated when I reached the ending of And Then She Was Gone. Deep down, I hoped for some sort of happy ending, but the other part of me knew that wouldn't be the case. Jewell compels her audience to face that the occurences in this book happen in the real world every single day. While the writing was superb, I couldn't enjoy this novel because it made me feel a deep sense of horror and despair.
This is a great piece, but simply not for me.
Nonetheless, I would definitely consider reading Lisa Jewell's other works! If you've picked up her other pieces, share your thoughts in the comments!