Rating: 4.5 / 5
THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED by Lisa Jewell was one of our October #SaturdayBookstaClub books, so I was thrilled to get a copy in my adult Once Upon a Book Club book box! This is one I was very excited to get to!
THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED follows multiple characters in two timelines. In 2017, Tallulah is a 19 year old mother living at home with her own mother and her baby son. She leaves home to go out on a date with the baby’s father. When Tallulah’s mother Kim wakes up the next morning, her daughter still isn’t home. Neither Tallulah nor her boyfriend can be found.
In 2019, Sophie is a new transplant to the area. In exploring around her house, she finds a note just outside the fence saying “dig here”. She assumes it is some leftover game, but decides to do as the sign says and she digs up the first clue in years into Tallulah’s disappearance. Sophie is an author who writes investigative fiction and her mind is soon swept up in the story of this cold case and the secrets to be uncovered.
I was sucked in to this book very quickly and had trouble putting it down once I got going. It did take me a few chapters to get the timelines straight with which characters were narrating in which year (especially having started the book on audio), but soon I was so caught up in the story that I had no trouble distinguishing narrators and storylines. I really thought the audio on this one was well done.
There are a lot of questions involved in this mystery. The author had me wondering and second guessing many of the relationships in the book as we jumped back and forth between timelines. There was a lot to theorize about at our halfway discussion!
I really enjoyed both our buddy read and getting to open up the book box gifts to enhance the experience as I read! This wound up being one of my top reads of October. If you are interested in checking out Once Upon a Book Club for yourself, DGREADS10 will give you 10% off your first order!