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New Release Book Review: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

Title: The Night She Disappeared

Author: Lisa Jewell

Published: July 20th 2021

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Pages: 480

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4.5 stars

From the global number one bestselling author of The Family Upstairs: a missing woman, an abandoned mansion, family trauma, and deep buried secrets. It can only be Lisa Jewell!

NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER: the brand new twisting page turner from Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS and INVISIBLE GIRL

“Mum, there’s some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?”

Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.

At 11pm she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30am Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home

Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place

Tallulah never returns.

2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head-teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence.

A sign that says: DIG HERE . . .

A cold case. An abandoned mansion. A family hiding a terrible secret.
Prepare to be hooked. Lisa Jewell’s latest thriller is her best yet.


Yes, well, she’s not the type just to disappear, not to come home.’

With almost twenty published books to her name, Lisa Jewell is a worldwide phenomenon. With a gushing cover quote from thriller extraordinaire Harlan Coben, I was very excited about the prospect of delving into Lisa Jewell’s best thriller yet. With plenty of secrets, lies, misdirection and supposition, The Night She Disappeared proved its worth and more!

The Night She Disappeared connects an old case with a murky residence and a family with secrets to hide. Following multiple timelines, we meet a teenage mother named Tallulah, who sets out one night on a date. Despite communication that night between Tallulah and her mother, Kim is shocked to find that her daughter has not returned home the next morning. When Kim tries to retrace her daughter’s steps on the night she disappeared, Kim learns that Tallulah was at a pool party at a nearby mansion. The following year a newcomer to the local area finds a clue to Tallulah’s disappearance behind a local boarding school. Will Sophie be able to help Kim recover her daughter alive and well?

I missed the opportunity to review The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell. However, I was pleased when this title was selected by my book club to read. I am happy to report that I devoured The Night She Disappeared in one day. Lisa Jewell’s latest was thrilling, addictive and utterly consuming!

Spiders, tunnels, a secret door, an old mansion, a ring and a painting all provide key symbols as to the engrossing direction of the The Night She Disappeared. An opening statement on arachnophobia sets the tone for the creepy direction of this chilly novel. With plenty of thrills, spills and shivers this one is guaranteed to keep you up at night – but only if you dare! With a bone chilling atmosphere established from the very start, The Night She Disappeared maintains a high level of tension throughout. This isn’t an easy feat to achieve, but the author makes it look simple. I really enjoyed the chance to fully immerse myself in the spooky and unexplained happenings of this tale. My favourite part of the tale was the dark place residence, which is the central site for all of the strange happenings of this novel. I loved the fascinating history, background, secrets and speculation surrounding this intriguing piece of architecture.

There are plenty of discussion points in The Night She Disappeared, which makes this novel a perfect book club choice. From teenage behaviour, risk, parenting, motherhood, relationships, friendships, family values, impressions, love, infatuation, obsession, reputation, peer pressure, protection, self-preservation, control, coercion and regret, The Night She Disappeared contains plenty of food for thought. These weighty themes really flesh out the narrative and enabled my book club to engage in a lively discussion. 

Jewell balances multiple timeline and alternating perspectives within her latest novel. I was impressed with Jewell’s ability to contend with these different viewpoints and time pockets. It helps the reader to see things as fair and even, while also building up a sense of pressure as to how the book will meet its final destination. With a cracking pace, plenty of maze work to engage in and lots of intrigue to decipher, this is a testy psychological thriller! I did achieve some correct predictions about certain areas of the narrative, which made me a little smug. However, the ending didn’t quite go as I predicted, but I’m glad I sacrificed some sleep to reach the thrilling conclusion of this one.

The Night She Disappeared is a novel that will monopolise your time as soon as you pick it up.  This eerie contemporary thriller is a book I recommend to all fiction lovers.

The Night She Disappeared  by Lisa Jewell was published on 20th July 2021 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of The Night She Disappeared, Lisa Jewell, visit here.

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