19 Oct
October Book Club


What better month to read a thriller than October?

We invite you to join us to have a discussion about Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. We are so excited to share this book with you all, and to hear your thoughts on it. 

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone.

This novel follows her mother, Laurel Mack, who is trying to piece her life back together. Ten years after the disappearance of her daughter, seven years since her divorce, and just months since the last clue in Ellie’s case. Laurel meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more shocked than Laurel at how rapidly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel again. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?


"For thriller readers, Jewell's latest will not disappoint. Sharply written with twists and turns, it will please fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, or Luckiest Girl Alive." ― Library Journal

“Jewell gets more riveting and twisty with every book she writes. Completely absorbing, fast-paced, well-written and with a shocking ending that will keep readers guessing, Then She Was Gone is a nearly pitch-perfect thriller. Fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware are sure to adore this haunting novel.” ― Shelf Awareness

If you have discussion questions ready that you don't want to forget, add them to the comments in your RSVP form!

There will be ample seating and refreshments available as well.

Date and Time

Thu, Oct 19, 2023

6:30p - 8:00p EST


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