“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 . . .
I love a Lisa Jewell thriller, and this much-anticipated latest novel is hotly-tipped to be a bestseller. In my opinion, it’s her best one yet!
There were a couple of things that hooked me in the from the start: the setting of a private boarding school; the characters of Tallulah, who is a teenage mum, and the new headmaster’s girlfriend Sophie, who is an author of detective novels. Add a mysterious disappearance into the mix and you’ve got ‘The Night She Disappeared’, a book that I really didn’t want to put down.
Lisa Jewell always has good characters and plots, but this one seemed so much sharper and ‘tighter’ somehow, that it really was a page-turner. There were no lose ends, and she keeps the twists coming right until the end. A big thumbs up from me!
‘The Night She Disappeared‘ is due to be published by Penguin on 22nd July 2021. I received an ARC of this novel is exchange for my honest review.
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