Friday, May 15, 2020

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the kind of book that if you just go with it and ignore anything that seems to not quite make sense, you'll have a good ride. Not that there was a lot here that felt unexplained by the end, but as with most mystery/thrillers, you have to let a few things slide.

The make or break moment for a lot of books comes as they head into the home stretch. Some novels that were great for the first half turn into a disappointing mess by the ending. With Then She Was Gone, I felt satisfied with the story and how the threads wrapped up as the tale wound down.

That's not to say there weren't a few plot flaws or that the actions of some characters didn't ring false here and there. But this tale grew on me and I just went with it.

I listened to the audiobook, which offered the opportunity to listen at an accelerated speed (which I took advantage of for most of the journey), letting me finish fairly quickly. When it got down to the last 30 minutes or so, I slowed down to normal speed so as not to miss the full impact of the narrator's reading for the ending. I'm glad I did as I got the full effect of an emotional finale.

That well-written finale is probably what bumped this book up from three stars to four for me. Sometimes it's about the feeling a book leaves you with, and this one did a good job wrapping up the story. Also, the fact that I did the audio version, and was able to get through it faster that way and do other things while listening, surely increased my score. I could easily see this book being something that at another time or mood, consumed in another format, would've gotten a three from me.

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