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#AudioBookReview The Night She Disappeared By Lisa Jewell #TheNightSheDisappeared

Thank You very much to the publisher – Penguin Random House Audio for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-1529125771
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 22 07 2021
Price*: Kindle £9.99 (GBP)/  Hardback £11.24 (GBP)
Kindle $12.99 (USD)/ Hardback $22.49 (USD)
Pages: ~ 480
My rating: It was awesome!
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What I learned from this book: You can find your sexuality when you least expect it.

Description of the book: Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.

At 11 p.m. she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30 a.m. Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home. Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place. Tallulah never returns.

2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence.

A sign that says: DIG HERE . . .

How this book made me feel: I was so excited to be offered to listen to this audio book, I really love to see how narrators bring books to life, and this one was brilliantly done. I normally listen to the audiobooks while I go for a walk or on my commute to work, if I listen to them at home, I tend to colour or play my favourite game on my tablet. If you listen to audiobooks, when and where do you tend to listen to them? 🙂

This novel has a very interesting structure, three people are telling the story, and they are all participating in different times. Tallulah’s mother is telling her story and the actions she took to try and find Tallulah, she is a very nice and caring woman, that really loves her children as well as her grandson. Sophie is a crime author that moved to country to live with her boyfriend, and she is the one who is finding the clues and kind of investigating this disappearance. The best protagonist for me was Tallulah and her story, that is messed up on so many levels. 😀 These three different perspectives allowed me to get to know the characters and how they are feeling. They are all completely different personalities that are very complex and full of inner turmoil. I loved how the author described the characters and allowed the reader to see their nature. My favourite character has to be Tallulah, her story is the most absorbing and intriguing, for me.

The narrative starts a little bit slow and I was confused of what was going on, but the more I listened, the more I got sucked in. This story is full of suspense, character development, twists and unexpected discoveries. For me, the narrative was full of emotion, intrigue and has kept me glued to my device. The topics discussed in this book were teenage pregnancy, controlling behaviour, serious manipulation and behavioural issues, homosexuality, secret desires, motherly love, relationship issues, curiosity, and many, many more. This book was pretty heavy when it comes to the variety of topics.

I absolutely loved the writing style of this book. The prose is so very well thought through, creatively delivered and it was an absolute joy to listen to this book. The setting of this novel is constantly changing, depending on the characters, and I really enjoyed that. This audio book was narrated by Joanne Froggatt and I loved how she brought this book to life. Her voice and intonations were truly magnificent. 🙂 The chapters of this book seemed medium length and I was absorbed by the story, so for me this book went quite quickly. I absolutely loved the ending of this book, it was so unexpected and concluded this story brilliantly. 

So, to conclude, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters are very unique, flawed, and very engrossing and the plot is filled with mystery, secrecy and unexpected twists and turns. This book is going to my Top 10 of this year and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a surprising psychological thriller. I hope you will like it as much as I did. 🙂

Thank You for Your time! ❤

About the author: LISA JEWELL was born in London in 1968. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the best- selling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has written another eighteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone and The Family Upstairs (all of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks).

Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two teenage daughters, one cat, one guinea pig and the best dog in the world.

Website: https://www.simonandschuster.com/p/lisa-jewell-books / Twitter: @lisajewelluk / Instagram: @lisajewelluk

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