I am on a couple of Facebook book club type pages and it is because of them that I decided to read a Lisa Jewell novel. She gets rave reviews! This book was in an offer to buy three for two or something like that, somewhere or other. And I got round to it.
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off of her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine year old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have hated Lauren come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secretes to hide?
Straight away you know it is one of those throw away, beach read kind of books. The chapters are short and punchy and drag you through the book very quickly. It’s easy to get into and a relatively quick read. It’s why I picked it up to be honest, I thought it would be a fairly straightforward and enjoyable read. And I wasn’t disappointed. The characters aren’t well formed, the houses are probably better described than the people, but the plot is excellent, really well thought out and executed. I thought it was a bit messy with regard to structure and who was telling the story and when. But that seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. An annoying trend! Because it isn’t a police story it didn’t annoy me too much though the thought of two DI’s carrying out the search of an apparent run-aways’ bedroom was hilarious. I can’t think of any DI’s I knew that would have been there or been any good at it for that matter! Why can’t a PC or a DC do the search? Why do people always insist on making DI’s do everything? DC’s and DS’s are perfectly capable! I have a law degree and was a DS on the murder squad for 10 years yet I would still have supervised a search rather than done it. A mere DS. LOL
All that said I found it such a satisfying read I went out and found another Lisa Jewell in a charity shop this morning. I shall forgive her her DI faux pas. Her plot was too good not to give another one a chance!
Totally recommended for a light crime read that you will absolutely enjoy! You’ll hate everyone…