|| Book Review || The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell||

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Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Age category: Adult

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

My Rating:✨✨✨✨

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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.


I was absolutely thrilled to be approved from the Audiobook of The Night She Disappeared via Netgalley. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Audio for the chance to listen to this book ahead of release in exchange for my honest review. 

 

This is a multi-POV, multi-timeline, slow burn mystery that is impossible to put down. My second ever Lisa Jewell novel and absolutely not the last. Lisa has a writing style that engages and absorbs from the very beginning and encourages addictive reading behaviour as it is just impossible to put down until you know how it all works out.

In her latest novel we have teenage parents Tallulah/Lula and Zach who disappear after a night out with no trace leaving their 1 year old son in the care of Lula’s mother Kim.

The chapters cover the disappearance from the POV of Kim and detective novelist Sophie who finds herself at the heart of the mystery after moving into a new home with her boyfriend and stumbling upon a clue… a sign nailed to the fence with “Dig Here” written on it.

These chapters are really enjoyable and it is intriguing to try to figure out the mystery as the two team up and question friends from that night as well as using social media to find clues.

The chapter’s told from Lula’s POV were by far my favourites though not only because you actually get the experience the night in question playing out but also everything that leads up to it.

Her friendship with Scarlett, the edgy popular girl at college and her budding gay relationship with her as well as the domestic abuse storyline throughout with her boyfriend Zach too.

It is more than just a case of what happened that night and where did these kids go… so much more. 

The story flows really well from one POV to another and is always written in a way that is completely clear and not at all confusing. There are lots of red herrings, twists and turns that you come to expect from this kind of novel and it really keeps you on your toes.

Overall I find it really difficult to criticise and I am really excited to read more of Lisa’s novels.

As I listened to the Audiobook I will also say that the narration was top notch. Honestly, it was so easy to listen to and there was no point at all where I felt like I needed to go back and listen again because I was lost or confused.

It was brilliant and I really enjoyed it!

 

 

 

Read The Night She Disappeared if you like…

— Slow burn mysteries

— Multi timeline / multi POV

— Anything Lisa Jewell writes

 


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6 Comments

  1. Excellent review Louise. I was declined for the audiobook, so I am so jealous. I really like the sounds of this one with the various POVs. It sounds like an interesting cold case and I love that DIg Here clue. I guess I will just have to read this one. Lisa Jewell is a go to author for me.

    1. Oh no! It’s funny because I initially wanted the eBook but was declined for that one but I really wanted it so decided to try my luck with the audio and managed to get it so who knows what they look at or why when deciding as I rarely review audiobooks generally! I hope you will love it when you get it, it was a really good read!

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