Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a taut, well written domestic noir tale.
It’s Thursday and time to clear off another book from my “To Be Read” list. I’ve been anticipating this one, literally, since I finished her last book. Lisa Jewell is quickly becoming one of my favorite “go-to” authors for domestic noir.
In typical Jewell fashion, the author grabbed my attention from the first page and did not let go until I was finished. That is not to say that this a “thriller” or filled with plot twisting “gotcha” moments; that simply isn’t Jewell’s style. Rather, this is a perfectly told story of domestic noir.
A family is torn apart by the disappearance of their daughter. No one in the family is unscathed by the loss and subsequent agony that the mother has faced. We are introduced to each member of the family, some more briefly than others, and their characters are well developed throughout the saga. However, the attention primarily is on the mother who never gives up searching for her daughter. And then…… she meets a man whose own daughter is the very image of the one who was taken. How can this be and how is it possible to for them to share so many coincidental acquaintances?
Without adding any spoilers, the plot is well thought out and expertly told. There are times while reading that I laughed out loud at some of their conversations. The characters are witting, biting and very true to life. I adore Lisa Jewell for her ability to make even the worst antagonists life-like and who never fit into the typical “bad guy” mold.
The She Was Gone is a very quick, enjoyable read and I highly recommend it to those who like noir fiction and, especially, to all Jewell fans. If you’ve read this, I would love to read your thoughts about it.
Now, what’s on your TBR list?