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The Night She Disappeared ペーパーバック – 2021/8/5
- 出版社 : Century (2021/8/5)
- 発売日 : 2021/8/5
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 400ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1529125782
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529125788
- 寸法 : 15.2 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
With "The Night She Disappeared" Lisa Jewell has produced another captivating novel that is sure to appeal to many people. For the most part I really enjoyed the experience of reading this, but I couldn't help feeling that the overall impact was let down by elements that just seemed too unlikely to really ring true, even after making allowance for dramatic licence.
Young mum, Tallulah, goes for a night out with her boyfriend, Zach. They leave their baby child, Noah, with Tallulah's mother, Kim. The young parents have Kim's blessing to make a night of it and not to worry about rushing home early. But when the morning comes and the pair have still not returned, it becomes clear that all is not well.
The story takes place across a variety of points in time between 2016 and 2018. The time frame does jump around quite a bit, but the particular point when the events are taking place is always clearly signposted. It just means that you do need to pay proper attention and make a mental note as you are reading particular sections.
Lisa Jewell certainly knows how to craft a page turner of a novel that makes you want to keep reading just one more chapter, so that you can find out what happens next. That said, there were a number of elements that, for me, didn't quite bear scrutiny and felt a little slapdash, which is not becoming of Lisa Jewell, who is a better writer than that. I won't mention everything, nor will I go into great detail, because I am always conscious of spoilers, but here is a quick example: Sophie, the new head teacher's girlfriend, is a published author of cosy crime novels ... but she couldn't recall, without prompting, that a significant event in this mystery was borrowed directly from her own debut novel. Really?
Nonetheless, this was still an engaging and captivating read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I just felt that it could have been even better, if a few aspects of the plotting and characterisation had been a little tighter.
I look forward to her next book though!