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Then She Was Gone: A Novel [Extra Quality]

The #1 International bestselling author of Pretty Little Wife returns with another thrilling domestic suspense novel that asks, how many wives and girlfriends need to disappear before your family notices?

Then She Was Gone: A Novel

Laurel has always been a glass-half empty type of person. She could find much to complain about in even the most pleasant of scenarios and could condense the joy of good news into a short-lived moment, quickly curtailed by some new bothersome concern. 3% through novel

Noelle's guest bedroom is the most important setting within the novel. It is the room in which Ellie spends the final year-and-a-half of her life, hoping beyond hope that she might one day be reunited with her family. This is the room in which Noelle drugs and inseminates her. This bedroom is where Ellie feeds and nurtures Poppy within her womb, and where she eventually gives birth to her. It is in this room that Ellie also eventually dies.

Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of 18 novels, including the New York Times bestsellers I Found You, The Girls in the Garden and The House We Grew Up In. Her novels have sold more than two million copies across the English-speaking world and her work has been translated into sixteen languages so far. Jewell lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.

Laurel's delicate existence, built around the fate of poor Ellie, is at the heart of the novel. Laurel hasn't slept properly since 2005. Life came off the rails after Hannah and Jake, her son, moved away. Though she's moved to the relative safety of a new flat and met kindly Floyd Dunn, Laurel still thinks about the hundreds of dark days. She refuses to trust since Ellie vanished, but Floyd, with his gray eyes and hair, and his soft skin and nice shoes, increases Laurel's sense that this meeting with this strangely attractive man was fated and not as random as she'd first thought. Laurel and Floyd have somehow recognized "the strange holes" in each other.

The novel is filled with flawed, imperfect characters who clash in a twisted, outrageous plot that culminates in the lengths Laurel will to protect the happy version that she thinks her life is supposed to be. Floyd's motivations in befriending Laurel go back to the intricate game that originated when Laurel hired Irish mathematics tutor Noelle Donnelly. In the days just before she disappears, Ellie attempts to strike an unspoken bargain with her mother. She thinks about telling her the truth: that Noelle is freaking her out and saying really "weird things." Ellie doesn't want to be alone with her, yet she doesn't want to get Noelle into trouble or let "a situation develop." Instead, Ellie thinks of all the things she can do once she's finished this chapter of her life: "I can't wait for it to be over."

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It's been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie's case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she's meeting Floyd's daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel's breath away. Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she's tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?

Lisa Jewell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including The Family Upstairs and Then She Was Gone, as well as Invisible Girl and Watching You. Her novels have sold over 5 million copies internationally, and her work has also been translated into twenty-eight languages. Connect with her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK, on Instagram @LisaJewellUK, and on Facebook @LisaJewellOfficial. 041b061a72

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