Before She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

Published: July 22, 2021

Hardcover, 416 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books, I recieved an eARC to read and review.)



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.


This book blew me away, I’m a huge fan of this author in general and I feel like this is my favorite by them so far! It was one of those books I just could not put down, because I needed to know what was going to happen next. The pacing was perfection, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I’m a big fan of books with multiple timelines and this one really hit it out of the park. Both storylines meshed amazingly.

Sophie as a character really brought everything together, not only was she inquisitive, she was unstoppable. Kim does not give up, she needs to know where her daughter is, or what happened to her. I loved how they both had different theories, yet came together and really were there for each other.

I feel like this book is going to be a hard one to top. I love how it included family drama, and intense characters. If you are looking for a roller coaster of a ride, look no further. So far this is my favorite thriller of the year.

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