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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

Best-selling psychological suspense and a top Richard & Judy selection.

She was 15, her mother's golden girl. 

She had her whole life ahead of her. 

And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.

Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.

Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

©2017 Lisa Jewell (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded." (CL Taylor, author of The Missing)

What listeners say about Then She Was Gone

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please don't waste your precious hours

this is one of the worst mystery books I've ever read. everything is so predictable. the story in itself is good but the storytelling is the worst.

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Dark psychological thriller

After spending hrs listening to it, i still can’t get myself to understand why is it so highly rated. Its dark psychological thriller, slow paced, not much of a mystery and a drag

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-21

My review

The story was good except for the number of times Gods name was used. I am sure the author can use so me other vocabulary .

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  • Tania
  • 11-11-18

Loved the characters

This is my first book by Lisa Jewel, but it definitely won't be my last. What stood out most for me was her brilliant use of different character voices and timelines when telling the story. Although I knew quite early on what the big twist would be, I became invested in all the characters and had problems putting down the book to deal with real life.

I really liked Laurel, even though she was grieving the disappearance of her daughter, she was brave, funny and always wiling to admit her mistakes. It loses a star because the ending was too perfect for my taste.

I listened to the audio and the narrator, Gabrielle Glaister, and she did an excellent job, especially with Laurel and and Noelle. I'm very happy to see that she is also the reader for a few other Lisa Jewell books.

If you are in the mood for a mystery, I highly recommend Then She Was Gone

#Mystery #Domestic #Abduction #LoveTheNarrator #GreatCharacters #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Mark
  • 30-09-18

Cracking read!

I loved this book. It is intriguing, heartfelt, well performed and the ending is very satisfying. highly recommended

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  • Calyopa
  • 06-11-20

A hidden jewell

I grew up reading Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith and polished my taste in psychological thrillers long ago before it became all the rage with “Gone girl”... It is my favorite kind of fiction and honestly, rarely a book lives up to my expectations, regardless of raving reviews (where I sometimes wonder if we were reading the same novel!). However, this jewel of book (and I do this purposely), was somehow hidden in my online library for a couple of years... until we found each other recently. And it is brilliant: the well thought and developed plot, the build up, the characters... the mastery of writing: it doesn’t matter that we more or less know and can predict what is going on. There are no “twist and turns” and “cliffhanger” endings... it is more about the real psychology of the characters and the deep understanding of nuances and flaws in all of us. A fabulous, brilliant book, strong recommendation for all those who love a real serious insight in human behavior and motives. Lisa Jewell is a great author and the credit also goes to the fantastic reading performance of Gabrielle Glaister.

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  • SaaMari
  • 09-04-20

surpricingly moving

I had take this book just as easy (good) reading. Was surpriced that I was somehow moved by this story. Good story, good reading for free time...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

Interesting book

Had no idea how this book would end, which is always a good thing. Interesting to listen and was surprised in the end. Would recommend!

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  • Stephanie McDermott
  • 29-01-19

Far fetched but enjoyable

As with many of the reviews here, the book was entertaining and I was very keen to find out what happened, but the author was so keen to leave the reader feeling satisfied at the end of the book, that it was tied up with too many unbelievable pieces. So yes, I feel satisfied, but it was definitely at the sacrifice of the believability of the story. Would prefer something more realistic, even if it means leaving me with a bit more anguish.

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  • Kate
  • 18-10-17

Excellent

Fantastic characters, gripping story and emotional ending I loved it! Great recording quality and brilliantly read characters.

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  • S I.
  • 18-11-17

Gripping story and great writing

The writing is top notch, really good. I would say it’s one of the best written stories I’ve listened to. Some stories can drag in places but this kept my interest up all the way through. Some of it is horrific, hard to listen to really cause it’s so life like. Narration really good too, there’s nothing worse than narrators not pulling different accents off, but this worked well!

I thought I’d twigged the ending about half way through, I was along the right lines but the unexpected twists mean I was far enough from guessing it all! I would recommend for anyone that likes this genre.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 21-01-18

3rd attempt to post review

This is the worst book that I have EVER read. The first few chapters were the moaning whine of a self centred mother of a girl who had disappeared. Still I persevered because the reviews said it was so brilliant and exciting. This mother even looked at her older daughter and thought 'Why wasn't it you – not your sister!'.
After meeting this woman we slowly get to know the rest of the family, each member was dysfunctional and positively awful.
The child in question – the 10 year old Poppy was an obnoxious child who was incredibly precocious.
I cannot think of a single person in this story who was even remotely pleasant, they are all nasty and dysfunctional.
Noelle, was just totally unbelievable, to be honest, so were most of the characters. I cannot believe that the 'charismatic' man with the young daughter was ever involved with someone who 'smelled of frying chips, had greasy hair, and was as scruffy as hell', this just wouldn't have happened.

Firstly I feel amazed by all those glowing reviews, how did anyone feel admiration for this horrendously stupid book.
Secondly, I feel angered that I was duped into using a credit for this wasted journey.

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  • Finkinpink
  • 18-11-17

interesting story

interesting enough to keep you listening but no tension and dull ending. lacked something Imo.

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  • Blackcornish
  • 16-11-17

Super story and performance

Had me hooked from the start, I did more or less guess what was going on, but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it all unravel. Great performance, perfect holiday listen for me.

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  • Dave H.
  • 12-11-17

Good but too easy to guess!

Good story but if you like a sophisticated thriller that keeps you guessing until the end you will not get that with this book. All in all though still a good story.

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  • tracey
  • 18-11-17

TOTALLY AWESOME X

TOTALLY AWESOME Had me crying and left shocked
unbelievable story line ...well done ...gripping stiry

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  • Stephen
  • 14-11-17

Gripping from star to finish

This book was both well written and well read. Lisa Jewell captured every character beautifully and of course Gabrielle’s different accents and voices completely brought the story to life.
This is one of those books that you just hate to finish because it was so good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-17

Listened in one sitting !!!!!!

Clever, twisty, emotional with some exceptionally beautiful prose. Lisa Jewell has defied the trend and much like whiskey has matured beautifully. I feel I have grown up with her, if you were to read her earlier work then her last four/five novels its like looking at a picture of a sweet gap tooth kid and then meeting the beautiful wise woman she has become. The narrator is wonderful too ... I still remember her as Patricia Farnham in brookside :) buy this, keep it and relisten

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  • Londoner
  • 09-11-17

This book should be made into a film

Loved this book. What a wonderful and touching story. The narration gave such meaning to this audio book. I have recommended this to all my friends.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-18

I feel a bit dumber now

Its shallow and contrived. It’s trashy. Sometimes that’s what you want. When you don’t want to think.

Lots of one dimensional descriptions about clothes and food, which I personally found childish.

Hmmmm

I found the reading annoying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-21

Not sure how I feel about this one

Not too sure how I felt about this one. Very intriguing story, but was very heavy and dark for the most part. Well narrated

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-21

Simple mystery

I solved the mystery within the first quarter of the book. There was no real crazy twist at the end and it was as I expected. But still an enjoyable drama with likeable characters. Nice read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

Loved this book!

I read the reviews and nearly didn’t purchase this but I seriously loved it. Choked back tears at the end. Such well developed characters that really got inside my head. Thoroughly recommend!

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  • Mereana
  • 17-09-20

Absorbing and suspenseful.

A great mix of emotion and suspense. As I listened I found myself predicting outcomes, but the unexpected twists negated those. The characters are well developed and the situations are both real and unexpected.

Riveting and surprising.

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  • Rhystan
  • 07-06-20

Tedious and so much explanation of everything

Tedious and so much explanation of everything...I thought it would never end. Not my cup of tea.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

Good but a little predictable

The book wasn’t to bad but it was quite predictable by the end, performance was very good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-20

No. Just no.

I listened to the full story. The 9 year old Poppy was not believable. No 9 year old talks like that. Give this a miss.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-20

Incredible

This book is captivating. I ended up listening to the last half in one sitting, through the night, because I couldn’t put it down. Would thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-20

Wow

This has to be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I listened to it every chance I got because I always wanted to know what would happen next and by the end i was in shock. Such a great read and definitely one I’d have to listen to again!!! Highly recommend