Book Review: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

Set to be published on 22nd July, The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell follows Grandmother Kim who is babysitting her teenage daughter Tallulah’s one-year-old son, Noah, so that she can go out on a date. But as the night turns into early morning, Kim is still waiting for her return. 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. But she never returns. A year later, 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 which says “DIG HERE”. Is a clue to Tallulah’s disappearance finally about to be unearthed?

Rating:

Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A gripping and intriguing psychological mystery, The Night She Disappeared has all the classic traits of a Jewell novel: a compelling lead character, a dark and chilling crime, and a house with a story to tell. Just like with her other books, you can feel the walls beating from the tension inside, bursting for the truth to come out.

But while I love Lisa Jewell‘s writing and dark storylines, I don’t always get on with her characters, which has meant that her bibliography has seen a mix of ratings from me. The Night She Disappeared, however, feels very close to the tone of Then She Was Gone, my favourite Jewell book, so I really enjoyed this one.

The story alternates between the past from Tallulah’s, the night of the disappearance from Kim’s perspective, and the present from Sophie’s perspective, as their roads weave together to unravel the mystery of Tallulah’s disappearance. But with many points of view and timelines, Jewell never goes off track and leaves you hanging with every chapter.

There are so many possibilities for this story to go down so it’s not an easy one to predict. The only thing that you will be certain of is your desperation for Kim to find out what happened to her daughter. Jewell completely absorbs you in her characters and their emotions, and the mystery of what’s gone on is sure to have you hooked.

I feel like it could have gone a little darker, especially with the prologue describing the definition of arachnophobia, and that the ending could have been more action-packed. But what I love about Jewell’s stories is that she instils a fear in you that feels very real, not going too far to make you believe that this could actually be happening and that it’s very possible for people to get away with such actions.

Well-paced and astutely plotted, this will not let fans of Lisa Jewell down and is a brilliant place to start if you are yet to experience one of her unforgettable stories.

Details:

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
Release Date: 22nd July 2021
Print Length: 464 pages
Genre: Psycological Thriller
Publisher: Century / Cornerstone Digital

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