Then She Was Gone
CREEPY STORY ALERT! This was a very good mystery, but it gave me the creeps as I tried to work my way through it. Awful thoughts of how Ellie disappeared and Poppy was born, make you wonder about the true character of a couple people. All is explained and there is still and OOH factor, but not as bad as I at first imagined. The story is told in past and present voices which took a bit of getting use to, but did make it easier to understand all the different characters and what was happening during the same time period in various lives. Not for the faint of heart as the death is never easy, but a good read all the same.
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teen-aged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. 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. 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 anew. 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?