Then She Was Gone: A Kayla Hicks Book Review
A page-turning mystery with a tragic yet satisfying ending for readers.
What is it about?
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenage golden couple. Ellie 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?
Author Lisa Jewell’s writing pulled me in right away.
The reader is taken through various points of view throughout the story which allows them to gain a full perspective of the situation. The point of view floats between Ellie (the missing girl), Laurel (Ellie's mother), Noelle (the strange math tutor), and Floyd (Laurel’s new boyfriend).
This book kept me on the edge of my seat and caused me to keep guessing about who was responsible for the mystery of Ellie Mack.
And better yet, as I began to piece things together and thought I knew the ending, the ending still surprised me.
However, as tragic as the ending was, it was satisfying for the reader.
I would give this book a 5 Star Review.