Primary Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Published: 7 Sep 2021 by Atria Books
Page count: 403 (print)
My Format: ebook
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy The Night She Disappeared
My rating: ★★★★★
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’ . . .
I am a huge Lisa Jewell fan! Her books are always great in my opinion. This one is no different. Here are my pros and cons for The Night She Disappeared:
- One of my favorite things about Lisa Jewell is how she weaves her tales. I love how she incorporates different perspectives (sometimes from seemingly uninvolved characters), uses various timelines, and slowly reveals the story to the reader in an exquisitely calm yet exciting manner.
- She also has an incredible ability to describe her scenes with gorgeous detail without being verbose. This makes me feel like a part of her story, rather than just a reader.
- This story was a slow burn, but detailed and interesting enough to keep me interested throughout. I loved how the truth about what happened was slowly revealed.
- I really connected with Tallulah. The story told from her perspective (leading up to her disappearance) was probably my favorite part of the book.
- I particularly appreciated how the book explored how different people have different perspectives about truth. What you see or what you are told isn’t always what is happening.
- I loved Sophie (a person unrelated to the disappearance but helped solve the case), but I do wish her storyline had been a bit more developed. I guess I wanted to know a bit more about her, even though the story wasn’t about her.
Lisa Jewell is an auto-read for me. I love everything about her stories – plots, development, characters, atmosphere, twists, etc. This book fits well into her oeuvre and I think anyone who enjoys a good mystery would enjoy this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author/publisher for an electronic ARC, which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
If you would like to read this book and form your own opinion, please consider purchasing through this link: Buy The Night She Disappeared. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks!
Click here for a description of my rating scale.