Review Then She was Gone, by Lisa Jewell
This was a good read, with good twists and surprises. The main character, Laurel, is very believable and draws you in. But the crux of the story is a bit shaky. There is a big ask for the reader to suspend disbelief from a very high place. Too high. And some of the characters were just, well, too out there. There story didn’t need a lot of them. Yes, mental illness could have played a role and it is slightly possible the events could have happened as written, but it is a big stretch. And for that reason, the book falters and doesn’t have the clout it could have had. There are too many things that would have happened, to prevent the whole story from unfolding as it did. It was very disappointing in that regard and when I closed the cover of the book, I wasn’t elevated at all.
I do still think it is worth the read. See for yourself how you feel about the way events play out. It’s well written. And there is a good amount of creepy here to keep you engaged.
(first posted on marinalreed.com)