From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another riveting work of psychological suspense about a beautiful young couple’s disappearance on a gorgeous summer night, and the mother who will never give up trying to find them…

On a beautiful summer night in a charming English suburb, a young woman and her boyfriend disappear after partying at the massive country estate of a new college friend.

One year later, a writer moves into a cottage on the edge of the woods that border the same estate. Known locally as the Dark Place, the dense forest is the writer’s favorite area for long walks and it’s on one such walk that she stumbles upon a mysterious note that simply reads, “DIG HERE.”

Could this be a clue towards what has happened to the missing young couple? And what exactly is buried in this haunted ground?

With her signature “rich, dark, and intricately twisted” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Lisa Jewell has crafted a dazzling work of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page.

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Psychological Thriller

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The Night She Disappeared
By Lisa Jewell

Review: The Night She Disappeared

A novelist probes into the disappearance of a young couple in Lisa Jewell’s latest—THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPPEARED.

The story unfurls in three intertwined timelines—months prior to the disappearance, the events more directly leading up to the night in question, and a year later, when mystery author Sophie Beck moves into the house where it all happened.

We meet 19-year-old Tallulah Knox, who along with her boyfriend Zach, care for their baby Noah. And while Tallulah could never regret her infant son, she longs to escape Zach’s cruel and possessive vise.

In college, Tallulah meets Scarlett Jacques, a girl who seemingly has it all. As Tallulah’s relationship with Zach continues to deteriorate, her friendship with Scarlett takes a tumultuous turn—all events which lead to the night Zach and Tallulah vanish after a late-night party at Tallulah’s cottage at the edge of the woods, dubbed “Dark Place” by locals.

The mystery of the disappearance grips Sophie, who begins to ask questions. Then, a cryptic clue sends Sophie spiraling even deeper, unearthing new evidence that could shed new light on what happened to the young couple. It’s clear someone knows something, and together with Tallulah’s mom, Kim, she’s determined to draw out the truth.

Jewell’s latest is a slow-burning, character-driven psychological suspense. Engrossing at every level, the story immerses you in the drama and intricacies of its characters, pulling you in so deeply that before you know it, you’re lost to the narrative, deeply invested and clamoring to unravel the mystery. There’s an almost procedural-like feel to this one too, as Sophie and Kim sleuth away to uncover the truth.

I’ve been a long-time fan of Jewell’s and THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED brims with everything I love about her novels: rich characters, a compelling mystery, simmering tension, and immersive storytelling to keep you turning the pages.

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