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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared

by Lisa Jewell

Quick take

The hair-raising story of an unsolved disappearance that connects two women across years and many dark secrets.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MultipleNarrators

    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_NonLinear

    Nonlinear timeline

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Murder


Why I love it

Riley Sager
Author, Survive the Night

If I made a list of all the things I want in a thriller, The Night She Disappeared would check off every single item. Creepy woods? Check! Academic setting? Check! An ancient, sprawling estate called Dark Place? Check! Secrets, illicit affairs, and suspicious characters inhabiting multiple timelines? Check, check, and heck yes! Even better, at its center are three flawed, determined, vivid women—a missing girl, her devoted mother, and a mystery writer who finds a clue that turns a cold case into a bonfire.

The writer is Sophie, who moves to a quaint English village when her boyfriend becomes head teacher at a private school. Before she can settle in, Sophie hears about Tallulah and Zach, a young couple who vanished a year earlier after attending a get-together at Dark Place. Soon after, Sophie stumbles upon a handwritten note on the edge of the storied estate’s vast woods that bears an ominous message—DIG HERE. What she finds buried there brings her into contact with Kim, Tallulah’s mother, who continues to look for her daughter long after everyone else has stopped. Together, the two women set out to learn what really happened to Tallulah.

Once again, Lisa Jewell proves herself to be a master of page-turning suspense. With the ease of a Vegas blackjack dealer, she shuffles between the days after Sophie’s discovery, the months leading up to Tallulah’s disappearance, and Kim’s frantic search in the days that followed. I loved the way Jewell teases out the story in delicious bits and pieces before finally hitting us with the shocking truth about what happened that night. That’s another thing to add to the list. A killer ending? Check!

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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 this remarkable new novel.

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  • Baltimore , MD

    A great Lisa Jewell! I’m a sucker for dual timelines and this was executed perfectly! A slow-burn mystery with a chilling atmosphere. I predicted some of the reveals but didn’t guess the ending! 4/5⭐️

  • Manistee, MI

    I always seemed to get sucked in right from the beginning of Lisa Jewell’s books. This one did not disappoint and I wasn’t able to put it down. I was invested in finding out what happened to Tallula!

  • Winchester, VA

    This book is a slow burn. After a few chapters, I couldn’t put it down. Some of the twists & turns are predictable. But, I did not foresee the finale. Lisa Jewell is a phenomenal writer. A good read!

  • Winter Garden, FL

    Annoyed I finished this in one Saturday and will now have to go back waiting for the next new Lisa Jewell. Very well done. Had me guessing until the very end of the epilogue when it all ties together

  • Honolulu , HI

    Ok wow! It took all I had to get into the mindset of a 19 year old girl at first but once I did, this book was everything I could want and checked off all the boxes that I consider to be a good book.

  • Troy, IL

    Intriguing story of a young couple who go out for an evening's celebration & disappear. For over a year the girl's mother hounds the police to investigate while also caring for her daughter's baby boy

  • Winder, GA

    I could not put this book down! Such a great mysterious/creepy setting along with well-developed characters. I feel like the ending was very well planned and thought out, not hurried like some books.

  • Salinas, CA

    I am officially a Lisa Jewell fan! Feeling the effects this morning of staying up way too late last night to finish this book. This was my 3rd LJ novel and I appreciate the plot twists and characters!

  • Warren, OH

    Lisa Jewell does it again! The intermixed timeline was a bit confusing at first, but soon lead to the can't put this book down! Each twist and turn with Tallulah's disappearance has you begging 4 more

  • Fletcher, NC

    My first Lisa Jewell book and definitely not my last! I was fully invested and engaged in the mystery behind the teen parent's disappearance. It took turns I did not expect and left me very satisfied.

  • Kaneohe, HI

    Loved The Family Upstairs, loved this one just as well. Maybe a little lengthy in the mid section but it never felt like almost 400 pages long. Also actually ended with one little surprise, was great!

  • Walhalla, SC

    Hands down the best LJ novel I’ve read! LJ books have long been reliable & decent reads, but this one? Every element of this one BLEW ME AWAY. Every single page is her best work, & I am here for it!

  • St Petersburg, FL

    The toxic relationships Jewell sheds light on are unfortunately relatable but very cleverly intertwined into the story. Although you might think you have the suspect prepare for many twists and turns!

  • Oklahoma City, OK

    Psychological thriller that kept me guessing something different after every chapter! Just when I thought I had it figured out the next chapter would throw me for a loop. Her best book yet! 5 stars!

  • Canton, MI

    Can I give this more than one heart? Lisa Jewell has done it again! As always her books start off slow for me, but she’s just setting it up. Well developed characters with lots of twists and turns!

  • Los Angeles , CA

    The best Lisa Jewell book I’ve read! It’s the story of a couple who goes missing after a night out. It’s a longer read than most thrillers, but I was totally invested and it held my attention.

  • Christiansburg, VA

    I loved this book, though it wasn't my favorite book by Lisa Jewell. I love how she weaves characters stories together. You don't know how to characters are related, but finding out is the best part.

  • nunica, MI

    I often feel like thrillers rush to an ending and don’t always feel complete. This one feels like the author knew where she was going before she got there and filled in all the holes along the way.

  • Austin, TX

    I really really enjoyed this book. There are multiple timelines and perspectives but all are easy to follow. Many different characters and all written so realistically. Great mystery (not thriller).

  • Dayton, OH

    Great read! But, the overall antics of the characters seemed slightly outlandish to me. And don’t even get me started on the behavior of some of the parents! Anyway, thrilling and a great mystery.

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