Title : The Night She Disappeared
Author : Lisa Jewel
Publisher : Penguin Random House
Pages : 416
Genre : Thriller
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 really enjoyed reading my first Lisa Jewel. I can see now where all the hype was coming from and I’m glad the hype is real! The Night She Disappeared was so different from other thrillers that I’ve read. Most often, I’m only vexed by the incessant banter and unnecessary imaginations of the side characters (or so we think), adding their bits and contributions to the plot but this time it wasn’t like that. Every character felt equally important and unnerving.
There are lose ends everywhere, but somehow you get the feeling that they’re all connected. If you notice closely, you’ll see those hints everywhere but without the lock you won’t know which key to use.
I’m so thankful for the uninterrupted narration and jumpy pace. This is the kind of book that you wouldn’t want to skip even a line. Not because you would miss the plot but because it’s just so well written and interesting. Definitely recommend.