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Then She Was Gone: From the number one bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

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Before she knows it, she's meeting Floyd's daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel's breath away. For full Traveling Sister Group reviews, please see Brenda and Norma’s blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.

It's a shame, though, that we know a major aspect of Ellie's fate almost immediately, seeing as this is probably what I would have cared about most. Even though unconditional love is one of the ideal forms of love, it will be practical only with ideal individuals. The amount of courage and character she showed during the challenging experiences will make us love her more. The mendacious mercurial nature of some characters in this book will rattle you to the extent of even making you nihilistic. Later she finds out that Floyd's nine-year-old daughter has striking similarities to her daughter Ellie.After 10 years have passed, the family finally gets some answers--what they don’t realize is how close they were to knowing the truth all along. But something isn’t quite right about Floyd, especially his relationship with his nine-year-old daughter, Polly. When she meets his teenage daughter, she can’t shake the feeling of how much she reminds her of her beloved Ellie. The realness of the emotions of all of the characters was so realistic and insightful it truly felt like I was experiencing the revealing of the mystery of what happened to her daughter with Laurel.

In the third section, Jewell alternates narrators and moments in time: The narrator switches to alternating first-person points of view (told by Poppy’s mother and Floyd) interspersed with third-person narration of Ellie’s experiences and Laurel’s discoveries in the present. Laurel's voice is so realististic, raw, and sympathetic, she nearly had me believing she was a real person and that this was a true story. Although parts of the story are a little bizarre (Jewell says this herself in the Acknowledgements), she makes it work. In the wake of Ellie's disappearance ten years ago, her mother and father have split and the family has been torn apart by losing its "golden child".

Hanna sighs, Laurel sighs too, realizing she has just done the thing she always promised herself she would never do. Some suspension of disbelief may be necessary, but it didn’t really bother me, I just enjoyed what I found to be a unique and absorbing story. S. Geological Survey, leading to “immediate suspension of the National Volcano Early Warning System,” and there’s always someone around looking to monetize the natural disaster and the sasquatch-y onslaught that follows. Dark and unsettling, this novel's end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed. Now divorced and distant from her other two children, Laurel is attempting to move on and begins dating a handsome and kind man.

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