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Laurel Mack (Female), Divorced, Mother, Divorced mother of three; recovering from the loss of her teenage daughter, Ellie; trying to move on with her life
Floyd (Male), Father, Dating Laurel; has daughter who resembles Laurel's daughter, Ellie
Mothers and daughters
Missing children
Fathers and daughters
Search for truth
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Laurel Mack is still recovering from the loss of her teenage daughter Ellie. It's been ten years since Ellie went missing, and every day Laurel feels that loss. It cost her her marriage to Paul and caused a rift with her two other children, Hannah and Jake. But Ellie was special to Laurel, the youngest, the brightest. Now getting on with her life, -Laurel meets Floyd in a café. He's charming and unusually similar to her ex-husband. Perhaps she can move on. As the relationship heats up, Laurel meets Floyd's daughter, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ellie. As Laurel learns more about Floyd and Poppy, unanswered questions from a decade ago return to haunt her. VERDICT For thriller readers, Jewell's latest (after I Found You) 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. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/17.]-Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

More than a whiff of The Lovely Bones wafts through this haunting domestic noir from bestseller Jewell (I Found You). The disappearance of beautiful, brainy 15-year-old Ellie Mack in May 2005 from her north London neighborhood takes a terrible toll on her parents and siblings, even a decade later. Most profoundly affected is her now-divorced mother, Laurel. After a shocking development in the cold case jolts Laurel from her lonely limbo, Laurel stuns herself by agreeing to dinner with a man she meets in a café, genial author Floyd Dunn, and quickly falls into a relationship with him and the younger of his daughters, precocious nine-year-old Poppy-who reminds Laurel eerily in so many ways of Ellie. But then unsettling coincidences start to emerge, most notably Laurel's discovery that Floyd's former partner, Noelle Donnelly, who he claims vanished five years earlier after dumping Poppy with him, was Ellie's math tutor. Skillfully told by several narrators (some of them ghostly), Jewell's gripping novel transcends its plot improbabilities to connect with an emotionally resonant story of loss, grief, and renewal. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
NEW YORK TIMES and #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER! <br> <br> "An acutely observed family drama with bone-chilling suspense." -- People <br> <br> "Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. Her multilayered characters are sheer perfection, and even the most astute thriller reader won't see where everything is going until the final threads are unknotted." -- Booklist , starred review <br> <br> "Sharply written with twists and turns, Jewell's latest will please fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train , or Luckiest Girl Alive ." -- Library Journal <br> <br> 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 teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.<br> <br> And then she was gone.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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?
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