Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Half mystery: what happened to Ellie, who disappeared ten years ago at age fifteen?
Half a look at a mother's grief over a lost child: how Laurel has put together a life, in the ten years since, but it's not a complete life. How can it be?
Like many others, I'm the type of reader who adds "Ellie disappeared ten years ago" and "Laurel's new boyfriend has a nine year old daughter who looks like Ellie" and gets four.
Then She Was Gone is about what happened to Ellie and what is happening to Laurel. And yes -- I skipped to the end to find out what happens, in part to reassure myself about how it would end. And then I went back and read it to see the why of how it got there and the motivations.
And while there is a mix of grief and hope, and love and forgiveness, there is also evil.
I need to find mysteries that don't involve bad things happening to teen girls.
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