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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell


A cold case, an abandoned mansion and a family hiding secrets…

Teenage mum Tallulah is set to enjoy a night out with her boyfriend. She leaves her baby at home with her mother, Kim. It’s the first time they’ve been out since their son was born. But, Tallulah never returns.

Tallulah’s friends tell Kim that she was last seen heading to a pool party at a local house hidden in the woods, known as Dark Place.

Fast forward to 2018 and Sophie, a writer, is walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her partner has just started as head teacher. She sees a sign nailed to a fence that reads, ‘dig here…’ Intrigued, the amateur sleuth begins to piece together the unsolved mystery.

Last year, I reviewed the compulsive thriller The Family Upstairs and was looking forward to Lisa Jewell’s next book. Her latest, The Night She Disappeared doesn’t disappoint. Best-selling author Harlan Coben, even says its ‘her best thriller yet’. I enjoyed the suspense of this novel and its compelling characters.

Lisa Jewell’s first book was published in 1999 and was a best selling debut novel. Since then she has published 16 novels that have been translated in 25 languages. She lives in London with her family, cats, guinea pigs and dog.

Read an extract from the first chapter of The Night She Disappeared here.

Reviewer: Andrea Molloy Century, RRP $37.00