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Then She Was Gone: From the number one bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

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Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. maybe i wont be playing the whole ‘predict what happens based on the synopsis only’ game because it turns out i only got 1 out of 4 guesses right and its not a good look for my ego. But the author's writing skills, narrative style, and the way Ellie was crafted will compensate for it easily. The more time Laurel spends with Poppy, the more confused she becomes about her personality, her outlook on life, and how Laurel sees her dead daughter in Poppy.

As you may imagine Laurel is devastated, barely holding up but one day she meets Floyd at a cafe, sharing a carrot cake and the charming, mysterious, charismatic mathematician blows her mind. And even though I had an inkling about where this was going, it didn't diminish my pleasure in this read at all. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker. I knew Lisa Jewell will never disappoint me and I’m happy to finally read this moving, exciting, riveting page turner.It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper.

After finishing this book I really had to wait a few days to sort of “SETTLE ME DOWN” as this mystery touched some very delicate feelings in me, more so than her first two books. If you've been active in the book community at all this month then you're sure to have noticed that Then She Was Gone is an April Pick by Book Of The Month, so naturally this is one that's being hyped for a reason-it's just that good! One who transports you into the story that you forget to try to solve it because you're just so stunned by its beauty.

Some suspension of disbelief may be necessary, but it didn’t really bother me, I just enjoyed what I found to be a unique and absorbing story. Later she finds out that Floyd's nine-year-old daughter has striking similarities to her daughter Ellie. Although parts of the story are a little bizarre (Jewell says this herself in the Acknowledgements), she makes it work.

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