Tallulah and her boyfriend, Zach, both nineteen, are going out on a date, leaving their infant son 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 she was last seen heading to a house party in Surrey, England called “Dark Place.” She never returns.
A year later, Sophie Beck, a mystery writer, is walking in the woods near the boarding school where her boyfriend works as a head-teacher when she sees a hand-lettered cardboard affixed to a tree that reads: “DIG HERE.” What she finds there has Sophie and Kim joining forces to search for the truth.
This was my first Lisa Jewell novel. Crazy, right? She is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels that have sold over ten million copies, and somehow, I’ve missed her. Well, The Night She Disappeared was a great introduction to her work. Her riveting twists sucked me in and never let go. It was ingenious! Highly recommended for mystery lovers. I enjoyed both the print book and the audio. 4 stars.
Publication Date: September 2021
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
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