Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

the addictive, psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs


A missing girl. A buried secret. From the ten-million-copy bestselling author comes a brand new look for this compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you hooked to the very last page.

‘A tense, clever page-turner that everyone will be talking about.’ Adele Parks
Dark and claustrophobic but also heartfelt and moving ... packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded. I loved it.’ C. L. Taylor
‘Both utterly gripping and startlingly original. Prepare to be hooked.Sun

Ellie was her mother's golden girl.

She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.

Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.

Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

OVER 180,000 5* RATINGS - this is why readers love this book:

'Breathtaking. Compulsive. Suspenseful. Poetic.'
'One of the top 5 thrillers I’ve ever read.'
'I wanted the book never to end.'
'Suspense filled… edge of my seat… I could not put this down!!'
'This was my first Lisa Jewell book, and it will definitely not be my last.'
'Dark, winding and haunting, I couldn't put this one down.'

Lisa Jewell, Sunday Times bestseller, October 2023

About the author

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell's first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999 and was the best-selling debut novel of the year. Since then she has published another twenty-one novels, most lately a number of dark psychological thrillers, including Then She Was Gone, The Family Upstairs and None of This is True. Lisa is a number one New York Times and Sunday Times author who has sold over ten million books worldwide and been published in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters and a lovely dog called Daisy. @lisajewelluk on Twitter @lisajewelluk on Instagram @lisajewellofficial on Facebook.
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