Lisa Jewell has written a mesmerizing suspense novel about the disappearance of a teen girl and how her devastated family copes with their loss. Clues to the mystery are offered, and readers will be on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the outcome.
Laurel Mack, the mother, mourns so profusely that she’s unable to care for her two other children. She feels her husband has never shared her grief as deeply, and divorce follows.
The daughter who disappeared, Ellie, was the “golden girl,” ready to graduate high school with honors, and go off to college. She had a boyfriend the entire family liked. After several years of investigation with virtually no leads, the police are convinced that Ellie has run away. Case closed.
Ten years later, a television reenactment is made of Ellie’s life in the hope that viewers’ memories will be jarred. Laurel lives in a new location and has a male companion, Floyd, who’s divorced. When Laurel meets Floyd’s 9-year-old daughter, Poppy, she is struck by the physical similarities Poppy has to her own missing daughter. As the story unfolds, the twists and turns lead to the discovery of what happened to Ellie.
Fans of “The Girl on the Train” and “Gone Girl” will find Jewell’s suspense novel every bit as riveting and exciting as those bestsellers.