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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 Da 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.


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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 Da 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.

30 review for The Night She Disappeared

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    At this point I have read six Lisa Jewell books, but this one is my favourite. I found it absolutely riveting and impossible to put down. The Night She Disappeared is an excellent thriller, steeped in mystery and drama, with a strong emotionally-compelling mother/daughter love story at its core. Jewell's best books are the ones that make you fall hard for the characters so you can't do anything else until you've found out what happened to them. This one begins with the plot of countless other myst At this point I have read six Lisa Jewell books, but this one is my favourite. I found it absolutely riveting and impossible to put down. The Night She Disappeared is an excellent thriller, steeped in mystery and drama, with a strong emotionally-compelling mother/daughter love story at its core. Jewell's best books are the ones that make you fall hard for the characters so you can't do anything else until you've found out what happened to them. This one begins with the plot of countless other mystery/thrillers: a daughter goes missing, leaving behind a distraught mother who will do anything to find her. The difference here is in the vivid characters, in how Kim and Tallulah come to life on the page. When teen mother Tallulah goes missing, the police assume she's made a break for it, cast off responsibility for her baby and ran away with her boyfriend. But Kim knows her daughter. She knows that despite her youth, despite how hard it is to be a young mother, Tallulah would never abandon her baby. Kim's sense of loss is palpable and the mystery behind the disappearance is unbelievably compelling. As the pages go by, more questions arise, and other characters get pulled into the story, each, it seems, hiding a piece of the puzzle. The story alternates between the present where Kim tries to find out what happened to her daughter, and the past from Tallulah's perspective as she moves toward that fateful night. As the novel reaches its climax, the chapters get shorter in a frantic race between the two-- Kim discovering the truth, and Tallulah living it. Strong emotive storytelling at its best.

  2. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell Multiple points of view and three timelines, that are presented to us throughout the story, make for an interesting and confusing "who done what" mystery. The story revolves around the disappearance of nineteen year old Tallulah and her nineteen year old live-in boyfriend. They have a one year old baby and there is no way "Lula" would abandon her baby so her mother knows that Tallulah is missing due to foul play. As the story progresses from one timeline The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell Multiple points of view and three timelines, that are presented to us throughout the story, make for an interesting and confusing "who done what" mystery. The story revolves around the disappearance of nineteen year old Tallulah and her nineteen year old live-in boyfriend. They have a one year old baby and there is no way "Lula" would abandon her baby so her mother knows that Tallulah is missing due to foul play. As the story progresses from one timeline and POV to the next, we see that all is not as it seems and one or more people know a whole lot more than they are telling. At the same time that I really liked the way the story was presented, because it racked up the tension and the mystery, the impatient side of me wished we could have the story in chronological order. But I'm sure getting the story in the order that it happened would have ruined the suspense. It was hard to figure out what had happened to Tallulah and occasionally I'd wonder if she was at fault for her disappearance and then I'd feel bad for thinking such a thing. Tallulah's relationship with new friend Scarlett, rich, entitled, spoiled, and selfish, can't be a good thing, can it? The 2017 timeline allows us to see stressed out Tallulah trying to juggle a baby, a college workload, and a very controlling boyfriend that she would like to distance herself from. The 2019 timeline shows us Sophie, a writer of a fictional cozy detective series. Having just moved to the same town from which Tallulah disappeared, Sophia is immediately thrown into the midst of the cold case when she sees a cardboard sign on a tree near her new backyard. The sign says "Dig Here" and what Sophie finds opens up Tallulah's missing person case again. It's best to go into the story knowing no more than possible so I'll say no more. The mystery was intriguing for me and I was torn between all the possibilities of what could have happened to both Tallulah and Zach. All the while, Tallulah's mother, Kim, is at their home, heart broken because she knows her daughter's body is somewhere, and having to take care of a 'terrible twos' grandbaby that she loves dearly but that is trying her patience. All the parts come together in a very satisfactory way for me and now I'm on the look out for the next Lisa Jewell novel. Publication: September 7, 2021 Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for this ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! A mostly riveting mystery with dual timelines and multiple POVs? Sounds like a Lisa Jewell novel, and it is. In 2017, 19-year old Tallulah is going out for a date night with her boyfriend, Zach, while leaving their 1-year old son at home with her mom, Kim. Kim wakes up the next day, and they are still not home. She reaches out to many people, and it is determined that Tallulah and Zach went to a pool party at a house through the surrounding woods after leaving the bar that t HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! A mostly riveting mystery with dual timelines and multiple POVs? Sounds like a Lisa Jewell novel, and it is. In 2017, 19-year old Tallulah is going out for a date night with her boyfriend, Zach, while leaving their 1-year old son at home with her mom, Kim. Kim wakes up the next day, and they are still not home. She reaches out to many people, and it is determined that Tallulah and Zach went to a pool party at a house through the surrounding woods after leaving the bar that they were at. They are never seen again. In 2019, cozy mystery author Sophie moves with her boyfriend to a cottage near a boarding school where he is the head teacher. The cottage lies near the school, and is surrounded by the woods. One day while leaving their garden and locking the fence that leads to the thick wilderness, Sophie sees a note stapled to the post: DIG HERE, with an arrow pointing to the ground. The less said, the better...but this did not turn out the way I thought it would. It’s a gripping mystery that kept me intrigued throughout. Given the synopsis and the prologue, I thought this would be a terrifying read that would present some of my greatest fears. While it didn’t end up touching too much on those, it was still an enjoyable mystery that I couldn’t wait to figure out. Lisa Jewell is one of the most talented writers to utilize multiple POVs and timelines, and she is mostly successful with it here. She manages to leave you hanging after each chapter, eager to learn more. She’s also proficient at wrapping up all loose ends and giving a plausible ending. I so appreciate that as a reader, and I think many others will as well. While I feel this book could’ve been a little darker, I thoroughly enjoyed the nuances and surprises in store. The back and forth worked so well in creating a compelling plot and making this reader skip his Sunday nap. All in all, I recommend this to those who won’t be disappointed if it’s not quite as dark as it initially sounds. It’s still a satisfying mystery, and Jewell fans should eat it up! I expected a bit more, and didn’t love the lengthy epilogue, but it is certainly as compelling as you’d expect from the author. Thank you to Random House UK/Cornerstone and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released in the US on: 9/7/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** This is a slow burn of a mystery that left me wanting more. Ms. Jewell’s writing is always good, the story flows well from dual timelines. The premise of the story was a good one. The idea of a mother and her boyfriend who disappear, leaving behind her baby in the care of her mother, never to return from a night out. I didn’t find it riveting as others have, I did turn the pages because I wanted to “get to the good stuff”, I was waiting for something amazing to happen ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** This is a slow burn of a mystery that left me wanting more. Ms. Jewell’s writing is always good, the story flows well from dual timelines. The premise of the story was a good one. The idea of a mother and her boyfriend who disappear, leaving behind her baby in the care of her mother, never to return from a night out. I didn’t find it riveting as others have, I did turn the pages because I wanted to “get to the good stuff”, I was waiting for something amazing to happen. There are lots of red herrings which led me to figure out the big reveal. There was, however, another twist that I didn’t see coming. One POV’s is from 2017, the night that Tallulah, a 19 y/o college student disappears. Lula as she is called by friends, loves her son whom she had at 17 with her boyfriend Zach. She has been settling into her new life with her mom, Kim, who cares for her baby while she attends college 3 days a week. Her life is good with the exception of Zach who now wants to make them a family. Lula isn’t so sure this is what she wants. Lula has just become friends with Scarlett, a wealthy young woman at her school who seems to radiate a certain amount of power over those who she befriends. She now has her sights set on Lula. There are so many feelings that are let loose inside of Lula, she never thought she was anything special but Scarlett makes her feel as though she is. On the night in question Lula and Zach have a date night, out to the pub and then a pool party, never to be seen again. Her mother Kim has done all she can to find her. The other POV is 2019, told by Sophie. Sophie and her boyfriend have just settled into a cottage on the property of an exclusive boarding school. He is to be the head-teacher and they have both moved from London and are exploring their new surroundings. Sophie is an author, she writes cozy mysteries. One morning, she discovers a sign that points to the ground and states “DIG HERE”, when she does she discovers what turns out to be a missing piece of the puzzle of what happened to the two teenagers two years previously. Her experience at writing mysteries makes Sophie throw herself into discovering what happened to them. My biggest problem is that I was expecting more from this author. The 3 previous novels that I’ve read were solid 4* but this one just felt repetitious and drawn out. I truly got excited at 70% into the book, that’s a long time to wait. My favorite character was Kim, who was the one that I was able to connect to and who was the most fully described. The others were mainly known just from what happened that night two years before. I would still consider this a good mystery, especially if you don’t mind a slower paced novel. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Are you a ballerina? Well you better be, because Lisa Jewell’s latest will keep you on your toes. Is it 2017? Or 2019? Are we following Sophie’s perspective, or Scarlett’s? Or Kim’s or Tallulah’s or Zach’s? Hop, hop, hop. Is this 2021’s The Night She Disappeared, or 2017’s Then She Was Gone? Or maybe 2020’s The Invisible Girl? Ack! Honestly, Lisa Jewell has lost so many girls in her thrillers it’s a miracle she still can find any to write about. In this case, teen mum Tallulah has gone missing al Are you a ballerina? Well you better be, because Lisa Jewell’s latest will keep you on your toes. Is it 2017? Or 2019? Are we following Sophie’s perspective, or Scarlett’s? Or Kim’s or Tallulah’s or Zach’s? Hop, hop, hop. Is this 2021’s The Night She Disappeared, or 2017’s Then She Was Gone? Or maybe 2020’s The Invisible Girl? Ack! Honestly, Lisa Jewell has lost so many girls in her thrillers it’s a miracle she still can find any to write about. In this case, teen mum Tallulah has gone missing along with her baby daddy in 2017. Flash forward to 2019 when her own mum, Kim, aligns with a cozy mystery writer to try to solve the seemingly unsolvable case. As with every novel by this author, I got completely sucked into the mystery and finished it within 24 hours. I also know I won’t be able to distinguish this one from her others by next week, but that’s okay! Sometimes a reliable page-turner suits me just fine, even if toe shoes are required to keep the time and perspective jumps straight. 3.5 stars rounded up Blog: https://www.confettibookshelf.com/

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Lisa Jewell has a special knack for taking seemingly unrelated plot threads and weaving them together into a seamless, cohesive story by the end. Few authors are masters of this technique, and that's why the ones who do it well have a loyal following of readers who will dip their toes into whatever books they choose to write. Typically, I've found Jewell's books to use the multiple POV approach, and while this one does employ that strategy, the focus is more on the timeline between past and pres Lisa Jewell has a special knack for taking seemingly unrelated plot threads and weaving them together into a seamless, cohesive story by the end. Few authors are masters of this technique, and that's why the ones who do it well have a loyal following of readers who will dip their toes into whatever books they choose to write. Typically, I've found Jewell's books to use the multiple POV approach, and while this one does employ that strategy, the focus is more on the timeline between past and present rather than the narrators at hand. This was a nice twist on her usual writing style, and the risk paid off! The Night She Disappeared takes place between 2017 and 2018, and we start with the realization that young couple Tallulah and Zach have gone missing after a night of partying with friends from Lulah's college. The kicker is that they are 19 years old and have a baby together, and Tallulah's mom ensures the police that her daughter would not just run off and leave her son like that. Fast forward to the present and Sophie, who is a writer of crime fiction, moves to the area with her husband, who is the new head of the local college, and while trying to write her new book stumbles in the midst of this ongoing missing persons case. As we see flashbacks into the past leading up to the disappearance, we're also moving forward with Sophie, Kim, and the other friends who were at the party that night, until the explosive ending that reveals what really happened. The beginning does a wonderful job of putting us in the midst of Tallulah and Zach's home life with her mother Kim and their son Noah, and I felt completely connected to this family, experiencing all the emotions alongside them during the course of this journey. The reader doesn't get the same level of depth with Sophie and her personal development, but I found her endearing nonetheless. I'm not sure I would label this Jewell's darkest book, but it definitely is more on par with her latest books like The Family Upstairs rather than her earlier works. If you enjoy a well crafted mystery that brings the countryside atmosphere to life, add The Night She Disappeared to your September TBR. *Many thanks to Atria books for providing my review copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    A slow burn domestic mystery from a favorite author! 19 year old Tallulah, her mom Kim, and two timelines from 2017 and 2019. Tallulah disappears while her mom babysits her young child. This is where the mystery begins.... I was wrapped up in Kim's story and she felt authentic and was the star of the novel for me. Although the mystery was intriguing, I never felt it had enough tension or thrilling suspense, but was still curious enough to find out all the why's of the disappearance. I struggled wit A slow burn domestic mystery from a favorite author! 19 year old Tallulah, her mom Kim, and two timelines from 2017 and 2019. Tallulah disappears while her mom babysits her young child. This is where the mystery begins.... I was wrapped up in Kim's story and she felt authentic and was the star of the novel for me. Although the mystery was intriguing, I never felt it had enough tension or thrilling suspense, but was still curious enough to find out all the why's of the disappearance. I struggled with the timelines (lots of backstory) and relating to the teenage characters (which was a large part of the narrative). I just wasn't invested in the teenagers or interested in their stories (disappointing for me). Maybe YA fans would enjoy it more. I think Jewell fans will still enjoy the slow-burning mystery. There are some curious aspects that I enjoyed as well as a creepy old mansion, a snoopy secondary character and plenty of hidden secrets. Thanks to NG and the publisher for my early review copy. OUT on Sept. 7, 2021

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    Closer to a 4.5 Lisa Jewell does it again. I cried at the end of this book, which is incredibly rare for me with thrillers. I knocked off a star because the middle was so slow, and I did predict one of the twists, but I also blasted through this thick book in two sittings because I was so hooked and couldn’t stop reading. I love the mother / daughter relationship at the center of this book, it reminded me a lot of my favorite book of hers, Then She Was Gone. Reading vlog with more thoughts: https: Closer to a 4.5 Lisa Jewell does it again. I cried at the end of this book, which is incredibly rare for me with thrillers. I knocked off a star because the middle was so slow, and I did predict one of the twists, but I also blasted through this thick book in two sittings because I was so hooked and couldn’t stop reading. I love the mother / daughter relationship at the center of this book, it reminded me a lot of my favorite book of hers, Then She Was Gone. Reading vlog with more thoughts: https://youtu.be/v0v5yTpWtig

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m singing happy book birthday song to this heart throbbing thriller and I’m so happy you cannot hear my voice ( I don’t like to be sued for causing to ear bleeding!) 😃 My brain cells are out of order to put the story in a chronological order and absorb the entire mystery! Lisa Jewels already guaranteed her place at my top 5 favorite thriller authors list a long time ago. This smart, mysterious missing people story is like an enigma: she divided it into puzzle pieces and told the story between th I’m singing happy book birthday song to this heart throbbing thriller and I’m so happy you cannot hear my voice ( I don’t like to be sued for causing to ear bleeding!) 😃 My brain cells are out of order to put the story in a chronological order and absorb the entire mystery! Lisa Jewels already guaranteed her place at my top 5 favorite thriller authors list a long time ago. This smart, mysterious missing people story is like an enigma: she divided it into puzzle pieces and told the story between three time lines and you gotta gather all those pieces together to solve how 19 years old teen mom Tallulah and her boyfriend Zach go missing after they attend a house party at a mansion located Dark Place/ Upley Fold. Kim Knox, 39 years old, single, who is the mother of Tallulah, cannot believe she could run away by leaving her little baby Noah behind. And her story intercepts with 34 years old thriller author Sophie, who recently moved to Maypole House with her elder boyfriend Shaun who is assigned to teach in private boarding school. She finds a piece of cardboard at the garden of their new house. A piece of cardboard, flap torn from a box, scrawled on it in marker and with an arrow pointing down to the earth, are the words: “Dig in”! And guess what she finds when she digs! As I told before, there are three time lines to piece the entire story together and solve the mystery: Chronologically the first time line is 2016: Tallulah’s life before her missing- her school activities-her struggles to learn how to be a teen mom-her second thoughts about getting together with her boyfriend Zach who is also their baby Noah’s father- her secret friendship with Scarlet who is rich, magnetic, having her own circle of popular friends. Second time line is 2017: the time Tallullah and Zach’s date night which ends at pool party and nobody heard from them at the exact night. We see Kim’s efforts to find both of them, conducting her own search, a few steps ahead from police officers. As she digs more she realizes there are so many things she doesn’t know about her daughter’s life. Third time line: Sophie and boyfriend Shaun’s moving to Maypole House. Sophie starts digging her garden and finds something connected with the case of missing young adults. She is already intrigued by their matron Kerryanne’s implications about how the town got affected by the missing people’s case. She connects with Kim and finds herself help her to dig out more to find what happened to Tallulah and Zach. Overall: Kim is my favorite character who is easily relatable one of the story. The complex, smart storytelling was remarkable as always. This is not my favorite work of the author and in the middle of the story I may have lost my interest a little bit but the conclusion and epilogue were well wrapped up. It was still shocking, sad, powerful. So I’m rounding up my 3.5 stars to 4 motherhood, lies, secrets, there’s something dangerous in the woods stars! Actually I couldn’t give less than 4 stars to one of the most brilliant authors’ work, even if I could. I’m looking forward to read her next book! Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Young mum, 19 year old Tallulah Murray, her baby Noah, and boyfriend, Zach, (father of Noah), are living with Tallulah’s mum Kim. Tallulah and Zach dote on baby Noah equally, and after a very tough year, they’re treating themselves to a date night at the local pub. Kim is babysitting, it’s a beautiful summer’s evening, it should be a special night, but when they don’t return home at the end of the night, it leads to a mystery that detectives find impossible to solve. The last sighting of Tallulah Young mum, 19 year old Tallulah Murray, her baby Noah, and boyfriend, Zach, (father of Noah), are living with Tallulah’s mum Kim. Tallulah and Zach dote on baby Noah equally, and after a very tough year, they’re treating themselves to a date night at the local pub. Kim is babysitting, it’s a beautiful summer’s evening, it should be a special night, but when they don’t return home at the end of the night, it leads to a mystery that detectives find impossible to solve. The last sighting of Tallulah and Zach, was when they left the pub with a group of the local ‘in’ crowd, led by Scarlett, a thoroughly spoiled individual, in fact Scarlett’s group are all wealthy, and privileged, and definitely not the type to mix with the likes of Tallulah and Zach. The group were heading to Scarlett’s parent’s mansion for a pool party. Over a year later, and finding themselves with no serious leads, the police team investigating the case, are no further forward, but the investigation and thereby deduction process, is taken up by Tallulah’s mum Kim, and Sophie ( the new headmaster’s girlfriend). Sophie, a novelist, finds a hand written sign by the back gate of her and partner Shaun’s cottage, just by the entrance to the woods. The sign says DIG HERE, so naturally, she does just that, and discovers something very interesting that definitely relates to the missing couple’s case. Between them, Sophie and Kim manage to do what the police were unable to, and their extensive investigations and intelligent powers of deduction finally brings results. Told from multiple POV’s and three timelines, the story owes much to the author’s talented use of smoke and mirrors, and results in an addictive read, with several twists, and a very surprising ending. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an ARC. * I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    4+ Young mother 19 year old Tallulah and partner Zach leave their baby Noah with Tallulah’s mum Kim while they have a rare night out. They don’t return home that night and are last seen at ‘Dark Place’ a large property owned by Scarlett Jacques parents. Just over a year on, Shaun takes up the headship at Maypole House, a private boarding school whose grounds border onto Dark Place. Shaun moves into a cottage in the grounds with his partner Sophie, a writer of cozy mysteries. The story is told in 4+ Young mother 19 year old Tallulah and partner Zach leave their baby Noah with Tallulah’s mum Kim while they have a rare night out. They don’t return home that night and are last seen at ‘Dark Place’ a large property owned by Scarlett Jacques parents. Just over a year on, Shaun takes up the headship at Maypole House, a private boarding school whose grounds border onto Dark Place. Shaun moves into a cottage in the grounds with his partner Sophie, a writer of cozy mysteries. The story is told in several different timelines and from several perspectives which works very well with the narrative flowing seamlessly between then and ramping up the tension. In my opinion, Lisa Jewell doesn’t let her readers down! This is a well written, carefully plotted story with a good pace and plenty of interesting twisty turns in the storytelling. The settings are good, in particular Dark Place (I mean, even the name!) which adds an atmosphere all of its own as do the surrounding woods which offer up some creepiness and a spot of chill. The characters are good, Kim’s emotions are very well expressed and it’s obvious that she is a wonderful caring mother and grandmother. Tallulah’s perspective is probably the most interesting as it’s the most revealing particularly about the various relationships involved. Scarlett is flippant at times, friendly then dismissive at others and it seems as if she is a very damaged young lady. The only characters that don’t chime but you definitely get off notes from them are Zach's parents especially his mother Meg who is a cold fish. The contrast between the wealthy Maypole group with Scarlett as it’s Queen Bee and the world of Tallulah works well and leads to some lively, colourful scenes. I particularly like how the author uses Sophie as the vehicle for moving the story forward and through her we get some very weird games being played which tests Sophie’s intuition but which leads to several breakthroughs in a case that has stalled. Overall, a compelling, absorbing read which I really enjoyed. With thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone, Century for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    3.5* A night out in the town… a possible engagement. Zach has been diligently saving his money and finally has enough to take his girlfriend, mother of his child, Tallulah out for a much-deserved romantic dinner. But when the young lovers vanish without a trace, only Tallulah’s mother fears something horrible has happened. Told in two timelines: 2017 – Tallulah is a 19-year-old new mother, just discovering what she truly wants in life. Specifically, whether that includes the father of her baby or 3.5* A night out in the town… a possible engagement. Zach has been diligently saving his money and finally has enough to take his girlfriend, mother of his child, Tallulah out for a much-deserved romantic dinner. But when the young lovers vanish without a trace, only Tallulah’s mother fears something horrible has happened. Told in two timelines: 2017 – Tallulah is a 19-year-old new mother, just discovering what she truly wants in life. Specifically, whether that includes the father of her baby or not. 2019 – Sophie moves in with her boyfriend after he lands a job at a boarding school. Sophie is a mystery writer who now finds herself quickly drawn into a mystery of her own. I usually love dual timelines but I found myself a bit confused, as the difference was a mere 2 years. I did, enjoy Tallulah’s character. Her dedication and love for her child, while struggling with the desire to live the life of a carefree young adult. I am a huge fan of this author and already looking forward to her next release. A buddy read with Susanne. Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to Ariele Friedman at Atria Books for the arc via NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    Available now (22nd July 2021) 3.5 stars A slow moving and suspenseful mystery featuring family, secrets and entitled teenagers 3 POVs, featuring Tallulah, her mother Kim, and Sophie, an author who relocated to live with her headmaster boyfriend at a private school, 3 timelines, 2 missing teenagers. What happened to Tallulah and Zach? Where are they? Will Kim ever find out? What has Sophie found in the woods, and who left it? The Night She Disappeared was a well written mystery, which kept me turning t Available now (22nd July 2021) 3.5 stars A slow moving and suspenseful mystery featuring family, secrets and entitled teenagers 3 POVs, featuring Tallulah, her mother Kim, and Sophie, an author who relocated to live with her headmaster boyfriend at a private school, 3 timelines, 2 missing teenagers. What happened to Tallulah and Zach? Where are they? Will Kim ever find out? What has Sophie found in the woods, and who left it? The Night She Disappeared was a well written mystery, which kept me turning the pages, wanting to find out what really happened to Tallulah and her boyfriend Zach. The different timelines wove together well, and kept me hanging, as we switched between them and the different character's POVs. There were a few good red herrings, and I was engaged in the mystery. I loved the setting with the creepy house and the surrounding woods, most villages have both so I could really visualise it, and feel the atmosphere! The character's POV I related to the most was Kim's, Tallulah's mother. I loved Kim, she was a great character, and I really felt for her as she struggled to deal with not knowing what happened to her beloved teenaged daughter. I could feel her pain, grief and frustration; she was stuck in limbo, not knowing, her own life on hold whilst she looked after her grandson (Tallulah and Zach's son). She definitely stood out as the most fully fleshed out and relatable character. Sophie's POV was fine, I liked her, and she was necessary in order to move the plot on, to reopen the cold case and discover hidden secrets. However I was a bit surprised that she had forgotten THAT detail from her own cosy mystery books.. Tallulah's POV was interesting, and showed the most. I felt for her, and the situation she was in, and was shouting at her to confide in her lovely, strong mum. I had heard that this book read a bit YA, and I have to agree. Being in a 17-19 year old's head for most of the book made it feel that way. I do like reading YA every now and then, but this had way too much teenage relationship drama in it for me. All Tallulah's backstory did slow down the first half of the book, in fact the whole book felt quite long! In the last part of the book, the pace picked up, and the plot quickly moved along, but I found some of the events a little unbelievable and implausible if I'm honest! So a mixed bag for me. Whilst I enjoyed the mystery, the setting and some of the characters, wanting to find out what had happened, I didn't connect with other characters, and I wasn't sure about the ending. This was my first book by Lisa Jewell, but I have heard she has some really good books, and I do ownThe Family Upstairs. Many thanks to NetGalley UK and Random House UK, Cornerstone for the ARC, in echange for an honest review!

  14. 5 out of 5

    JaymeO

    What happened to Tallulah from the bus? 2017: Talullah and her boyfriend go out for a dinner date and never return home, leaving their baby with her mother. They vanish without a trace, providing detectives very few leads, and ultimately the case goes cold. 2019: Sophie follows her boyfriend to a boarding school, where he has just been named the new headmaster. She finds a note tacked to a tree that reads, “Dig here” with an arrow. Curiosity peaked, Sophie uncovers what might be a clue to solving What happened to Tallulah from the bus? 2017: Talullah and her boyfriend go out for a dinner date and never return home, leaving their baby with her mother. They vanish without a trace, providing detectives very few leads, and ultimately the case goes cold. 2019: Sophie follows her boyfriend to a boarding school, where he has just been named the new headmaster. She finds a note tacked to a tree that reads, “Dig here” with an arrow. Curiosity peaked, Sophie uncovers what might be a clue to solving the mysterious disappearance of Talullah and her boyfriend. I am an huge fan of Lisa Jewell and her books are on auto-request for me. Her latest thriller is definitely not as dark as many of her others have been recently. It is told in dual times lines with multiple points of view, a commonly used writing format. Surprisingly, this book had a very slow start. I didn’t become invested in the characters or plot until around 30%, which is unusual for me not to be immediately gripped. However, once I made it to part two, the action ramped up and I was hooked. Sophie’s role as amateur sleuth is well played, except for one detail. I had a difficult time believing that she didn’t remember the plot of her own books. Would a mystery writer forget what she has written? Scarlett is a very intriguing, dark character and I really enjoyed getting to know her. However, Tullulah was very frustrating at times with her naïveté. Jewell does a fantastic job making many characters suspects in the disappearance, but ultimately the reveal was sort of strange for me. I didn’t feel like what actually happened lined up with what I knew about the characters. That being said, I didn’t completely guess the twist either. If you enjoy Lisa Jewell thrillers, you will definitely be on board for this one. While it wasn’t my favorite of hers, I am still a huge fan and will absolutely keep reading everything she writes. 3.5/5 stars rounded up Thank you to Edelweiss and Atria books for the ARC of The Night She Disappeared in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Two missing teenagers last seen at an isolated house, later abandoned, on the edge of the woods is the premise for this latest mystery from Lisa Jewel. Young parents, Tallulah and Zach were having a rare evening out when they disappeared. Both devoted to their baby son Noah, Tallulah’s mother Kim refused to believe they could have run away and suspects something bad has happened to them. Scarlett, the college friend of Tallulah’s, who invited them to her family’s house after they all met up in th Two missing teenagers last seen at an isolated house, later abandoned, on the edge of the woods is the premise for this latest mystery from Lisa Jewel. Young parents, Tallulah and Zach were having a rare evening out when they disappeared. Both devoted to their baby son Noah, Tallulah’s mother Kim refused to believe they could have run away and suspects something bad has happened to them. Scarlett, the college friend of Tallulah’s, who invited them to her family’s house after they all met up in the pub, swore that they intended calling a taxi when they left, but none of the taxi companies logged any calls and police sniffer dogs have been all over the woods without finding a trace of them. Two years later, a new head teacher at a prestigious school on the edge of the woods move into a house on the school grounds with his partner Sophie, a mystery writer. When someone starts leaving her clues linked to the missing teenagers, she feels that someone in the village knows something about their disappearance and wants her to find out what happened. I was disappointed that the novel was not nearly as darkly creepy as I expected from the premise and the opening paragraph. Told in two time-lines, the mystery is intriguing but simmers along quietly for most of the book, until all is revealed. Based on a clever idea, it is however, well written and fun to read as Sophie gets to allow her inner detective out to play. The mystery is engrossing enough to keep you guessing for most of the book, with a few surprises waiting to be revealed as the main characters (Tallulah, Zach, Scarlett) and their relationships are uncovered. A side plot involving another missing person seemed to me to be unnecessary to include as it didn’t seem to add anything to the main mystery. 3.5★ With thanks to Cornerstone, Random House and Netaglley for a copy to read

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allison Faught

    4⭐️ This book really had me hooked! I could not stop reading once I started. I was super impressed that Jewell managed to handle 3 different timelines (Lula’s POV in 2016, Kim’s POV in 2017 and Sophie’s POV in 2018), and slowly bring them all together in the same timeline by the end. I can’t imagine that’s easy to do!! I really liked that it started off with mystery right from the beginning in order to keep the reader invested. I really enjoyed the characters and felt that they each had their own 4⭐️ This book really had me hooked! I could not stop reading once I started. I was super impressed that Jewell managed to handle 3 different timelines (Lula’s POV in 2016, Kim’s POV in 2017 and Sophie’s POV in 2018), and slowly bring them all together in the same timeline by the end. I can’t imagine that’s easy to do!! I really liked that it started off with mystery right from the beginning in order to keep the reader invested. I really enjoyed the characters and felt that they each had their own depth and personality. The ending didn’t quite pack the punch I was looking for, but I felt the other twists made up for it. Something I picked up on that was pretty cool: Sophie is a detective writer suffering from writer’s block. She is compared to the main character of her novel and everyone thinks she’s writing about herself as this character. However, in the acknowledgments portion at the end of the novel, Jewell explains that she suffered from some writer’s block in the throes of lockdown. This seemed reminiscent of the character Sophie as well as being a detective/thriller writer, like Jewell and even Sophie’s described looks seems similar to Jewell’s looks. Maybe I’m looking way too into it, but I felt it was a little Easter egg for the reader to pick up on. All in all, great story and Jewell once again proves herself as a professional in her field.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I loved this!!! Tallulah is a 19 year old mother to young Noah. She lives with her mother, Kim, and her boyfriend, Zach, has recently moved in finally becoming the father he should be. Zach decides a date night is in order for the two of them and Kim happily agrees to watch Noah for the night. Tallulah and Zach never come home. Many people think the couple have run off leaving the responsibility of being young parents far behind but Kim knows Tallulah would never run away from Noah. Noah is her I loved this!!! Tallulah is a 19 year old mother to young Noah. She lives with her mother, Kim, and her boyfriend, Zach, has recently moved in finally becoming the father he should be. Zach decides a date night is in order for the two of them and Kim happily agrees to watch Noah for the night. Tallulah and Zach never come home. Many people think the couple have run off leaving the responsibility of being young parents far behind but Kim knows Tallulah would never run away from Noah. Noah is her world and she wouldn't abandon him. From here we watch as Kim tries to untangle the clues. Meanwhile a new headmaster at the local school moves in with his girlfriend, Sophie, who is also an author of cozy detective novels. Sophie notices at the back gate of their new home a sign that says "DIG HERE" with an arrow pointing down. Sophie starts to dig and finds a clue that will re-open the case of what happened to Tallulah and Zach a year ago. As always Jewell delivers a novel to get lost in. It's a slow burn so if your looking for thrills and chills every minute then this may not work for you. However, if you are looking to get immersed in a mystery which slowly unravels over time then look no further. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out making it a pleasure to keep turning the pages. My heart broke for Kim having lost her daughter and now raising her grandson all alone. Tallulah's a nice girl just trying to do the right thing for her son, earning her degree, and in a relationship of convenience not of love. Zach sensing he's losing his grip on Tallulah begins to exhibit worrying behavior behind closed doors. What really happened to Tallulah and Zack? You'll have to grab a copy on September 7th, clear your calendar, and sit back and enjoy the show! Jewell never disappoints! 4 stars! Thank you to Atria Books who kindly sent me a physical copy for review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell is a slow burning mystery/thriller read. This story is told in three different timelines with one in 2016, one in 2017 and then again in 2018. During these different times in the story there is also changes in the point of view. In June of 2017, Kim is babysitting her grandson as her teenage daughter and her boyfriend are having a date night. Kim knows that raising a baby is tough enough but with her daughter doing it at such a young age she wants her to h The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell is a slow burning mystery/thriller read. This story is told in three different timelines with one in 2016, one in 2017 and then again in 2018. During these different times in the story there is also changes in the point of view. In June of 2017, Kim is babysitting her grandson as her teenage daughter and her boyfriend are having a date night. Kim knows that raising a baby is tough enough but with her daughter doing it at such a young age she wants her to have a little time out. However, the next day Kim finds that her daughter and her boyfriend never returned from their night out. In August of 2018, Sophie is just moving into the cottage that came with her boyfriend’s new job at the local school. As Sophie gets moved in she comes across a real life mystery that reminds her of those in her books when she reads the story of the young couple that disappeared the year before. What Sophie never expected though after hearing the story was finding a clue in her own backyard to the disappearance. Despite this book having so many different times and POVs to follow Lisa Jewell showed why she’s such a popular author making the story very easy to follow and understand. Each of the characters were distinct so I knew exactly which viewpoint and period in time each time they changed. And also, being someone that usually gets a little bored with slow moving stories I never found that happening and flew right through the book. The book is also divided into sections which I thought of a bit like markers for each layer of the story that got peeled back and discovered along the way and was completely engrossed in finding out what happened right up to the final twist at the end. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review posted to blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Creepy and Mysterious. 2017: The night teenage mum Tallulah and her boyfriend Zach disappear, no one can find any clue as to what happened to them, not their parents, or the police. Tallulah’s mum Kim was left to care for Tallulah’s son when it happened and now she is his primary caregiver. All Kim wants are answers and there are none to be had. Desperate, Kim will stop at nothing to find her daughter. 2019: When Sophie moves to the are Review posted to blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Creepy and Mysterious. 2017: The night teenage mum Tallulah and her boyfriend Zach disappear, no one can find any clue as to what happened to them, not their parents, or the police. Tallulah’s mum Kim was left to care for Tallulah’s son when it happened and now she is his primary caregiver. All Kim wants are answers and there are none to be had. Desperate, Kim will stop at nothing to find her daughter. 2019: When Sophie moves to the area with her boyfriend who is headteacher at the boarding school where one of the students went missing a little over a year ago, she can’t help but begin researching what happened. She is after all a novelist, and curiosity always gets the better of her. Once clues begin appearing, Sophie is of course, all in. A novel that alternates between timelines with each chapter, your pulse pounds as you try to unravel the mystery of what happened to Tallulah and her boyfriend on that fateful night. A well-done mystery/suspense by the fabulous Lisa Jewell, The Night She Disappeared was both captivating and intriguing and I highly recommend it. I quite enjoyed it, though not as much as some of Lisa Jewell’s prior novels, simply because I admit to being a bit befuddled by the ending. I still don’t quite get it but haven’t since gotten over it…ha! 3.75 Stars A buddy read with Kaceey. Thank you to the incredible Ariele Friedman at Atria Books for the arc via NetGalley. Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Solid read, but not as good as the author's previous books. I'm on a streak of books really dragging in the middle. I tried an experiment with this one once it started to drag for me. I skipped ahead 10 chapters and read a few pages to see if I could figure out what was going on. Honestly, I couldn't even tell that I'd skipped the chapters, there were a few incidents that were referred back to, but overall I didn't miss anything major in those 10 chapters. (I did go back again) To me that is a s Solid read, but not as good as the author's previous books. I'm on a streak of books really dragging in the middle. I tried an experiment with this one once it started to drag for me. I skipped ahead 10 chapters and read a few pages to see if I could figure out what was going on. Honestly, I couldn't even tell that I'd skipped the chapters, there were a few incidents that were referred back to, but overall I didn't miss anything major in those 10 chapters. (I did go back again) To me that is a sign that the book needed some more editing. This book contains my absolute favorite trope: people missing without a trace. It's told in two timelines: 2017 Nineteen year olds Tallulah and her boyfriend Zach, parents of a young son, disappear after going out on a dinner date. Tallulah's mother, Kim is worried and starts working with the police to trace their movements and hopefully find them. 2019 Mystery novelist Sophie and her boyfriend move into a house near the grounds of the school where her boyfriend will be the head teacher. On her first day there, she finds a sign in her back garden saying "Dig Here" and she does. What she finds helps to reopen the case of the missing teenagers. The earlier timeline also has a year's lead up to the disappearance through the eyes of both Tallulah and Kim, revealing the backstory and providing clues as to what might have happened. Although I generally liked this book, I dislike armchair detectives and didn't like Sophie as a character at all. I didn't think her involvement really added much to the narrative. I thought the ultimate resolution to the missing persons case was super far-fetched and unbelievable, however I did like the epilogue and thought it added a nice twist at the end. The setting was also excellent and very atmospheric, although I was really puzzled as to how the house was in such a ruin after being abandoned for only a couple of years. I do recommend this book, but I didn't like it as well as other books I have read by this author. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    Well written. Good plot. Unpredictable. However, the twist needs better explanations towards the end. The characters are quite the people not thinking hard enough about what would possibly go wrong the next moment. I could understand it most probably because we are dealing with hit headed, problematic teenagers here. However, I feel like the security system and the police are quite dull and almost non-existent for a thriller/missing people mystery such as this. Apart from this, it's a good read. Mostl Well written. Good plot. Unpredictable. However, the twist needs better explanations towards the end. The characters are quite the people not thinking hard enough about what would possibly go wrong the next moment. I could understand it most probably because we are dealing with hit headed, problematic teenagers here. However, I feel like the security system and the police are quite dull and almost non-existent for a thriller/missing people mystery such as this. Apart from this, it's a good read. Mostly because I liked the writing better than the plot or the mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nazanin

    3.75 Stars Kim was babysitting her grandson when her 19 years old daughter and her partner went out to have a date. But when the next day came and they didn’t come back home, she got worried and searched everywhere. But nothing much to find! Months later their case was reopened because of a sign: DIG HERE... Told in multiple POV, 3rd person, it’s a standalone novel. I’m a big fan of Lisa Jewell’s books, including this one. It was good-written, a bit slow, and alternating between multiple timelines 3.75 Stars Kim was babysitting her grandson when her 19 years old daughter and her partner went out to have a date. But when the next day came and they didn’t come back home, she got worried and searched everywhere. But nothing much to find! Months later their case was reopened because of a sign: DIG HERE... Told in multiple POV, 3rd person, it’s a standalone novel. I’m a big fan of Lisa Jewell’s books, including this one. It was good-written, a bit slow, and alternating between multiple timelines. The plot wasn’t really unique and it was a bit predictable for Mystery/Thriller lovers but still enjoyable, at least for me! All in all, it was a good read, and hope you like it as well!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Lisa Jewell is an auto read author for me and never fails to hook you into her clever psychological thrillers. The Night She Disappeared is one that ai had trouble putting down, each chapter ending with something that makes you keep going. Told with dual timelines, you learn about the case from now and then, with just enough information to make you want more. In 2017, teenager and new mum Tallulah goes out for a night with her boyfriend and college mates and never comes home. Everybody things tha Lisa Jewell is an auto read author for me and never fails to hook you into her clever psychological thrillers. The Night She Disappeared is one that ai had trouble putting down, each chapter ending with something that makes you keep going. Told with dual timelines, you learn about the case from now and then, with just enough information to make you want more. In 2017, teenager and new mum Tallulah goes out for a night with her boyfriend and college mates and never comes home. Everybody things that she has run off with Zach for some freedom, but her mother Kim knows that she would never leave her son. 2018 and Crime author Sophie moves to the village with her boyfriend and finds something in her garden that will give new life to the missing persons case. She gets drawn into the story and the people in the village that were there. So what really happened in 2017 and where are Tallulah and Zach? You will never guess! Well done Lisa Jewell, an amazing lockdown novel. Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Another suspenseful, intriguing, and emotional read by the ever-talented Lisa Jewell. Not a five star read as it was a tad too long and the pacing was a little slow in places, but it was definitely a lot better than last year's release, Invisible Girl. Full review to come. Another suspenseful, intriguing, and emotional read by the ever-talented Lisa Jewell. Not a five star read as it was a tad too long and the pacing was a little slow in places, but it was definitely a lot better than last year's release, Invisible Girl. Full review to come.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    Lisa Jewell is an auto read author for me and The Night She Disappeared did not disappoint! When young parents Tallulah and Zach go missing after an evening out, Tallulah’s mother is one of the few people who doesn’t believe they just ran off to avoid their responsibilities. But over a year later, with no sign of either teen, it seems like something sinister may have actually happened. However, the police don’t have enough information to pursue any leads and mysteriously, all the people Zach and Lisa Jewell is an auto read author for me and The Night She Disappeared did not disappoint! When young parents Tallulah and Zach go missing after an evening out, Tallulah’s mother is one of the few people who doesn’t believe they just ran off to avoid their responsibilities. But over a year later, with no sign of either teen, it seems like something sinister may have actually happened. However, the police don’t have enough information to pursue any leads and mysteriously, all the people Zach and Tallulah were out with that fateful night seem to have picked up and left town for good. When Sophie and her boyfriend move to the area, Sophie, a crime novelist, becomes embroiled in the drama when a “dig here” sign appears outside her new residence and leads to a clue that may help break the case. I loved the dual stories with Tallulah’s missing persons case and Sophie trying to figure out the mystery. The way the two stories connected was well done and Jewell sucked me in with the slow burn unfolding of the two plots. The mix of past to present Tallulah’s story before she went missing and present to show Sophie’s search for clues and solving of the mystery really helped build the suspense. I wish parts of Tallulah’s story came to light a little faster (some parts felt drawn out) and parts of Sophie’s plot line seemed a little underdeveloped, but overall, this was one I couldn’t put down. There were a few plot points that really surprised me and I loved the turns the story took! If you’re a Lisa Jewell fan and/or a lover of slow burns that create a sense of foreboding with every flip of the page, this is one that cannot be missed. Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for a copy of this novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    James

    It's always a fantastic day when a Lisa Jewell novel appears next in my TBR. This time, her upcoming novel, The Night She Disappeared, was a gift from NetGalley. I've read most of the author's later work, and at some point I'll go back to read her earlier novels. So far, this one is in my top two. I think it was the combination of the way in which the story was told and the intricate connections between friends that drew me in, and a lovely twist at the end, of course. Tallulah and her boyfriend It's always a fantastic day when a Lisa Jewell novel appears next in my TBR. This time, her upcoming novel, The Night She Disappeared, was a gift from NetGalley. I've read most of the author's later work, and at some point I'll go back to read her earlier novels. So far, this one is in my top two. I think it was the combination of the way in which the story was told and the intricate connections between friends that drew me in, and a lovely twist at the end, of course. Tallulah and her boyfriend had a baby at 18. Her mother's helping to raise the infant so Tallulah can go to college while the boyfriend works. One night, the young couple goes out to celebrate and they never return. Kim, Tallulah's mother, is devastated and eventually loses hope when a year later, nothing turns up. Fast forward a few months into the future, a new couple moves to town where he's head professor at a school and she's a mystery writer. Odd things begin happening, and a clue to the disappearances is found. What happened? The story is told in three parts: (1) Tallulah's life prior to the disappearance and how she met Scarlett and other friends, (2) The week of Tallulah's disappearance, and (3) 16 months later when the real clues begin to surface. Immediately, you're hooked. You also don't know until about a third into the book what the current scenes have to do with the earlier ones until it hits you! What a great way to tell the story. I've become pretty obsessed with college thrillers, especially if the twists are as convoluted as this one. All the things you love about a Jewell novel are present. All the moments of curiosity and strange connections jump out at you. What surprised me the most here was the almost casual way the story was told... not at all bad, but there were very few moments of thrilling page-turning scenes. It was even-paced, but not at all slow or dull. I kept wanting to read more, yet I never worried about skipping paragraphs to get to the good stuff. All the good stuff was there in every scene. Occasionally a bit repetitive about Talullah's relationship with her boyfriend (was he controlling, was he slightly dangerous, was he lying). Sometimes I wondered why many of the kids from the week of the murder were sorta missing and/or not truly grilled by the police. In the end, I accepted that it was a smaller town and there really weren't any clues. All the kids agreed Tallulah and her boyfriend left the house, and somehow, after that, they went missing. I am now sad to wait at least another 9 months until the author's next book. Definitely a strong read, and probably 4.5 stars, rounded up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I'm a Lisa Jewell fan girl, so I was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of her upcoming release, and for me, it lived up to all of my expectations. In fact, I think it's one of my favorite Jewell books to-date! The Author's Note explains that she wrote it during the COVID lockdown, and if this is a sign of works written during the pandemic, there ought to be some great new releases coming soon! The synopsis is brief but chilling - on a beautiful summer night in a charming English suburb, teen mo I'm a Lisa Jewell fan girl, so I was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of her upcoming release, and for me, it lived up to all of my expectations. In fact, I think it's one of my favorite Jewell books to-date! The Author's Note explains that she wrote it during the COVID lockdown, and if this is a sign of works written during the pandemic, there ought to be some great new releases coming soon! The synopsis is brief but chilling - on a beautiful summer night in a charming English suburb, teen mom, Tallulah, and her boyfriend, Zach, do not return home after a night out on the town, leaving the girl's mother, Kim, with their infant son, never to be heard from again. A year later, mystery writer, Sophie, moves into a cottage on the edge of the woods that borders the massive estate called "the Dark Place," at which the couple was last seen. In her explorations, Sophie stumbles upon a mysterious note that simply reads, “DIG HERE.” Upon doing so, she finds an engagement ring still in the box. When she determines that the ring was purchased by Zach, she begins a quest to find out what happened to the couple, and between she and Kim, they uncover a web of deceit that is much more than they ever anticipated. I would say this is more of a slow-burn mystery, but at the same token, it moves along at a fast pace, and the storyline never felt like it was dragging at all. I read all 416 pages in record time, as I didn't want to put it down. I thought Jewell did an exceptional job at building up the plot with suspense, while moving between timelines and piecing together the backstory and the clues with Kim and Sophie. I liked both characters and thought I had figured out the events of the night Tallulah and Zach went missing, but I was pretty well off-base! My only complaint was with the epilogue - so many books have unnecessary prologues and epilogues, and for me, this epilogue was a bit on the long-winded, unnecessary side - but that is just a minor gripe. Overall, this book had all the elements I love - a boarding school, an abandoned estate with secret tunnels, kick-ass female protagonists, and an ending that is not what you expect. 4 stars!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Another great Lisa Jewell novel that is sure to grip the reader from start to finish. I was instantly pulled in by this novel and completed it the same day such was the hold it had on me. Excellent characters, great suspense and well paced plot. The story is told over two timelines. In 2017, nineteen year old Tallulah is leaving her child with her mother Kim to go out on a date. Her mother is completely unaware what is in store for her daughter and that Tallulah will not be home to see her child Another great Lisa Jewell novel that is sure to grip the reader from start to finish. I was instantly pulled in by this novel and completed it the same day such was the hold it had on me. Excellent characters, great suspense and well paced plot. The story is told over two timelines. In 2017, nineteen year old Tallulah is leaving her child with her mother Kim to go out on a date. Her mother is completely unaware what is in store for her daughter and that Tallulah will not be home to see her child in the morning. Kim wakes up the following day to find no trace of her daughter and frantically tries to find out where Tallulah is and why she did not return home. Tallulah’s friends tell Kim that she was last seen heading to a party with her boyfriend Zach at a house in the nearby woods called Dark Place. In 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 instructing ‘Dig here’ There are some excellent characters in this book and the two timelines work well to keep the suspense mounting. Very addictive, well crafted story. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Random House for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4 where are they? Stars This dual storyline is very well done! It’s a bit different in that the storylines are just about a year apart. I’m used to these storylines being 50 years apart or more. The way the story was told made for perfect pacing and the tension built to a powerful conclusion! The slightly older storyline features Tallulah, a young woman 19 years old, living with her mom, her baby and the father of the baby. We learn about Tallulah’s life in bits and pieces, and it left me craving 4 where are they? Stars This dual storyline is very well done! It’s a bit different in that the storylines are just about a year apart. I’m used to these storylines being 50 years apart or more. The way the story was told made for perfect pacing and the tension built to a powerful conclusion! The slightly older storyline features Tallulah, a young woman 19 years old, living with her mom, her baby and the father of the baby. We learn about Tallulah’s life in bits and pieces, and it left me craving more! The author cleverly and slowly shares more about her past and we work our way up to her disappearance. We know Tallulah is devoted to her young son, so it just doesn’t make any sense that she doesn’t return from a date with boyfriend Zach. Something must have happened and probably nothing good. Her mother Kim tries to get to the bottom of their disappearance but there are no clues. Was life just too stressful and the couple skipped town? The current day story features the new head of the local school and his girlfriend, a crime novelist, who move in at the start of the school year. Soon there are cryptic clues about the old case and Sophie, with her curiosity about crime, begins her own investigation! Throw in lots of secrets around an abandoned old mansion and a boarding school, and you have the makings for a fun read. I really did not see the ending coming and that always makes for a good read for me! Lisa Jewell delivered on this one for me! Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for the copy of this one to read and review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    4.5 stars Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors, and she really managed to deliver once again with this book. I was hooked from the start and spent most of the story picking up on certain clues but yet still having more questions than answers. And while I have conflicted feelings about the ending, overall it was terrific read. The story is one of those in which each chapter focuses on a character and you also are getting past events and some that take place in the current day. Rather than giv 4.5 stars Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors, and she really managed to deliver once again with this book. I was hooked from the start and spent most of the story picking up on certain clues but yet still having more questions than answers. And while I have conflicted feelings about the ending, overall it was terrific read. The story is one of those in which each chapter focuses on a character and you also are getting past events and some that take place in the current day. Rather than give a long winded synopsis, all you need to know ahead of time is a teenage couple has gone missing. A year later, their disappearance still remains a mystery. It's pretty much a given any missing person or persons case is enough to make me feel invested in a story. Wanting to know what happened is just this natural curiosity. I like how this mystery had thriller elements as well. There's this good tension building as you learn more and more about everything going on in Talullah's life prior to the disappearance. I didn't absolutely love the direction the story went in but I did like how there was some complexity to the ending. There are some aspects that seem a little too hard to believe, but on the other hand, there's crazy stories on the news all the time, so maybe it's not that far-fetched of an ending. Regardless, it's not a dull way to wrap everything up and I still enjoyed the book. Read this book if you are a fan of the author, and if you haven't read a Lisa Jewell book before, you might as well start with this one. Thank you to Atria Books for sending me an advance copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

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