Here we have another good mystery and family drama by English author Lisa Jewell. Sixteen year old Ellie Mack heads off to the library one day and simply disappears. This is resolved in the book but I don’t want to give any spoilers.
Ellie’s mother Laurel Mack is consumed with looking for her daughter and, as happens in real life scenarios, the other children and her husband take a back seat and are somewhat neglected. This isn’t the plot of the entire book but it sets up the character development. You see/read why the relationships fracture.
Moving ahead roughly ten years Laurel meets a man named Floyd in a chance encounter in a coffee shop. They start seeing each other (Ellie’s ex-husband is now happily remarried) and eventually she is invited to his home to meet his daughter Poppy. The little girl is very grown up for a 9 year old, her physical attributes reminding Laurel of her lost daughter.
As the supporting characters move in and out of the story you feel you know them. You can feel the tension between Laurel and her oldest daughter, the slim tether of a bond with her son and his girlfriend, the absolute support of her ex husband and the growing relationship with Floyd as Laurel tries at a second chance for a happy life.
All is not as it seems and the mystery about Ellie’s disappearance, good intentions that went awry and revelations come in a big ending in this psychological drama.
There was some food mentioned here and there but the one that stuck out was a Jambalaya Laurel prepared for a dinner with Floyd.
This was my fourth novel by Lisa Jewell. Obviously I am besotted by her writing. Sharing with Joy for British Isles Friday