Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | 1 Minute Reviews

Help, I’ve still not recovered from reading this dark little book.

Ellie Mack disappears one day after going to the library, never to be found. Ten years later, her mother Laurel is struggling to find closure on Ellie’s disappearance, even though the police chalk it up to her being a runaway.

A chance meeting with a handsome man in a cafe leads to a whirlwind romance, where Laurel comes face to face with Ellie’s doppleganger in a nine year old girl called Poppy.

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Unsettlingly creepy and heart-wrenching, Then She Was Gone follows Laurel as she reopens her own investigation to try and find out what happened to Ellie. This is a real tour de force of writing, as Jewell leads us down a decade old path and into the mind of a number of crucial characters.

Jewell’s characters leap from the page with such a strength of voice that blew me away. There are some really quite shocking and gruesome moments in this book, which jumps around the timeline of Ellie disappearing. The mystery reveals itself piece by piece and Jewell leaves you questioning yourself at every turn.

If you love thrillers, you must pick up this book. You will not be disappointed by this strange book from bestseller Lisa Jewell.

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Thank you to the team at Century and Penguin Random House for sharing this book with me.

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths | 1 Minute Reviews

Note: This is the second book in the Ruth Galloway series. Start with The Crossing Places. This review may contain minor spoilers.

Ruth and Nelson are back!

When a dig exploring Roman ruins beneath a former children’s home uncovers a child’s skeleton, Nelson calls in Ruth once again. Why? The bones are missing the skull. Could this be an ancient ritual or a grisly recent crime?

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When it is discovered that the bones are less than a hundred years old, Nelson is drawn into the world of the Catholic children’s home, a missing boy and a girl and confronts his own lapsed Catholicism.

And, of course, someone doesn’t want them to find out.

Once again, Griffiths creates an engaging complex story filled with a cast of characters. Cathbad also returns, with his sudden appearances now deemed comforting rather than sinister! Griffiths’ wry humour

Interested? Get it here but make sure you read them in order!

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths | 1 Minute Reviews

When the bones of a child are found on the Saltmarsh in Norfolk, the police call in forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway to exhume the body and investigate. Are they ancient bones, linked to the henge that was once submerged on the marsh, or could they be the bones of a girl who disappeared ten years ago? As Ruth and DCI Harry Nelson investigate, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want them to find out the truth.

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Ruth is a complex character. While confident in her career, she is insecure and constantly criticising her own weight, snarkily comparing herself to other women. She is fragile, but comfortable in her solitude. But there’s something about DCI Nelson that keeps getting under her skin.

Griffiths writing is engaging, peppered with historical facts that never feel laboured or like a lesson. The story, with so many players, is exciting with the last 70 or so pages rushing furiously to a brilliant conclusion. The Norfolk landscape is brought to life through her effusive descriptions.

Griffiths makes a great start to a fantastic series in The Crossing Places, a blend of archaeology, ancient history, passions and murder.

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Thank you to Quercus for sending me the entire Ruth Galloway series to read.