Another new suspense book from the September TBR!
Thanks to Atria Books for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review
THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED – Lisa Jewell (Released September 7th, 2021)
I’m a frequent reader of Lisa Jewell’s and you can my thoughts on some of her previous releases: THEN SHE WAS GONE (here), WATCHING YOU (here), THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS (here), THE GIRLS IN THE GARDEN (here), and THE INVISIBLE GIRL (here)
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’ . . .
A cold case, an abandoned mansion, family trauma and dark secrets lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s remarkable new novel.
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
I’m a frequent reader of Lisa Jewell’s and I always know that I’m in for some good twists and great tension. While I love her other books, there was just something about THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED that didn’t entirely work for me. Her writing and the way she weaves these mysteries will always amaze me and I’ve never been let down in that respect. I think with this book the pacing was much slower than I was anticipating. Don’t go into this expecting a thriller because you’ll be a little disappointed. This is a domestic suspense through and through when it comes to pacing.
There were some well-developed characters throughout the book but none that I really connected with. I liked the mystery aspect of the book but wasn’t wowed by the reveals like I have been in the past. Was I disappointed with this one? Not at all! There are so many glowing reviews for this book out there from other reviewers I trust, so I think this is purely a me thing and not the book. I think reading too many domestic suspense books in a row is taking its toll on me. Will I continue to pick up her books? Absolutely, without a doubt in my mind. I still highly recommend giving this one a read.