Friday, September 3, 2021

Review: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared
by Lisa Jewell

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  2017: 19 year old Tallulah is going out on a date, leaving her baby with her mother, Kim.

Kim watches her daughter leave and, as late evening turns into night, which turns into early morning, she waits for her return. And waits.

The next morning, Kim phones Tallulah's friends who tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a party at a house in the nearby woods called Dark Place.

She never returns.

2019: Sophie is walking in the woods near the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started work as a head-teacher when she sees a note fixed to a tree.

'DIG HERE' . . .

Kritters Thoughts:  Two storylines that aren't far apart in time as one takes place in 2017 as a mother is dealing with her missing daughter who herself is a mother and would never willingly abandon her son.  The other storyline is two years in the future as a young woman moves with her partner to this small town in England and as a mystery author she may be naturally drawn to a mystery in need of solving and maybe also clues are being dropped in her lap.  And there is a third timeline, but I want to leave that up to you to discover!

Tallulah may be a young mother at the age of 19, but I loved reading how while she may be young she has drive to be a good mother and also go to school and prepare herself to be an independent woman and mother in her future.  The way her mother described her and was continuing to look for her and have such passion knowing she didn't run from her life was half of my enjoyment of reading.  I loved seeing how Kim, her mother supported her and two years later was still fully invested in finding her.  

Sophie, the author was an interesting character to follow and while I didn't completely love her and may have rolled my eyes a moment or two when it came to her, I appreciated her role in the book and her need to be there to keep the story moving along.  There were a few times where I flipped and flopped with my opinions on her, but I think I landed in tolerating as she was a story driver, but I wanted more from her development beyond her connections to Tallulah's missing case.  

I have read a few of Lisa Jewell's books and I have enjoyed each of the ones I have read.  Enjoying this one - the plot and the characters (or some of them) I am drawn to keep reading her backlist and getting caught up!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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