Audiobook Spotlight #2

Hello and welcome to a my second instalment of Audiobook Spotlight. My aim is to share my love of audiobooks give them a review! I genuinely believe audiobooks are a legitimate form of reading and are really accessible to lots of people. Buying an audiobook is really expensive; however, many libraries now have digital catalogues including audiobooks. This is perfect for me as I can listen to one on my commute! So, without further ado, here is my latest review!

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Publication Date: 17th April 2018

Publisher: Atria Books

Narrator: Gabrielle Glaister

Genre: Thriller

Format: audiobook

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Goodreads Synopsis

THEN
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.

NOW
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.

And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.

Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.

Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?

Who still has secrets to hide?

My Thoughts

This is my second audiobook by Lisa Jewell. Thrillers are one of my go-to genres as they often capture your interest quite quickly, and despite twists and turns, they are relatively easy to follow. I enjoy a book with lots of drama that keeps me guessing and Lisa Jewell certainly delivers in her novels so I will definitely continue to listen to more by her.

Then She Was Gone was a typically thriller in that it distributed little breadcrumbs throughout the novel for you to start piecing together. There was a whole host of characters who seemed quite suspect, and even more so once you got to know them. For about half the book I really was not sure who to believe!

I found the events which happened to Laurel’s daughter, Ellie, to be really moving. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but I did have a sneaky feeling that I had guessed her fate. Although I had got the gist of it, I definitely didn’t guess all the details and the novel’s revelation was far beyond what I had imagined on the whole. And the hamsters! Oh my goodness! As a pet lover, that really pulled at my heartstrings!

Gabrielle Glaister’s narration was really enjoyable – I felt that her narration reflected the drama and emotion of the story. At no point did the narration feel monotone, OTT or inappropriate.

Although this wasn’t a particularly ground-breaking plot (maybe I’ve read too many thrillers to be thoroughly surprised…), it was still a really enjoyable read with plenty of twists, turns and secrets that I would recommend.

One thought on “Audiobook Spotlight #2

  1. I’m always a bit unsure with audiobooks as some narrators are brilliant, and some just miss the mark on tone and keeping you interested. I love that your shining a light on audiobooks as I agree, they’re absolutely a legitimate form of ‘reading’. I didn’t spend a month listening to Michelle Obama just to not have it be considered reading or include it on my goodreads list! I’ve had my eye on this book for a while as I’m also a sucker for psych thrillers, especially when they just keep you guessing. Adding this to my TBR list!
    Great review.
    Best Wishes,
    – Lucy Rambles x

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