Written by Lisa Jewell
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Original Language: English
Read from 2023-06-02 to 2023-07-16
Read in English
Review: Then she was gone is a solid thriller, but it stopped short of giving me quite what I’d want from it.
The plot is intriguing and interesting, though some twists are telegraphed to the point where the surprise of the event taking place rather than being a bluff is a bit of a twist in itself. The characters are interesting, and there is a constant sense of unease that I very much like like in books like this one.
However, I wish the book would have dived just a little deeper into some of the potential physiological horror that could have been further explored in the context of the story. There’s a certain aspect of the story that’s probably disturbing enough as written, and it’s done well, but the book could have taken it further and become more harrowing. Drawing the line where it was drawn was certainly deliberate, and probably the right decision, but for me I felt like the book was packing a punch it never quite delivered.
I any case, this is a good, solid, quick, enjoyable thriller , and it’s absolutely up there with The Silent Patient and The Girl on The Train - though it doesn’t quite reach Gone Girl levels for me.