The hair-raising story of an unsolved disappearance that connects two women across years and many dark secrets.
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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!
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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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
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
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.
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!
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).
I devoured this book in 2 1/2 days and I loved every minute of it. I’m so happy that the ending did not disappoint and I also didn’t see it coming. Possibly the best book I’ve read this year.
Saint Paul, MN
I thought for sure I had this book figured out. Who was the suspect? I got this. I was completely wrong! Strong characters and plot make this book a fast read. You will be surprised by the ending.
I couldn't put this one down - stayed up late last night to finish it, even though I had to work today. It has a missing couple (cold case), spooky old house, past/present storylines. I loved it!!
This book kept me guessing up until the very end. It had all sorts of twists that when I thought I figured out what was going on, it went a totally different way. I could not put this book down
Lisa Jewell does it again. This one was more of a slow burn to start, but after getting into part 2 I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Loved the story and the character development.
I read this in less than 24 hours, I loved it so much. Lisa Jewell knows how to grab your attention right from the beginning and keep you guessing. I didn’t want it to end!
Grand Rapids, MI
I read this book in a day! I loved the characters and the twists and turns. I had read “The Family Upstairs” and enjoyed it but I LOVED this book. Great storytelling!!
I was never shocked and guessed basically every twist but this was sooooo fun and I really enjoyed the reading experience. Highly recommend as the perfect summer thriller
Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors and her new book is incredible. A super twisty mystery that will pull you in and keep you guessing from the start!
Loved how the story was told over 3 years. Loved how everything was tied together and how details were dropped along the way and tied up at the end.
Simmesport , LA
This book had me gripped from the first page!! I loved all the twists and turns, and the story of how normal people can get caught up in tragedy.
Manchester , NH
There were twists and turns in this book and I have a last question or two because of what happened at the very end, but overall this is a fav!
Lisa Jewell at her best! Absolutely loved this one and although it was 400 pages, I flew through it and was never bored. Highly recommend!
Sterling Heights, MI
I loved the way this novel toggled between then and now. Great development of characters The twist at the end was everything!
Love Lisa Jewell and this one did not disappoint! Surprises around every turn, even if you think you know what’s going on.