From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes “her best thriller yet” (Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author) about a young couple’s disappearance on a gorgeous summer night, and the mother who will never give up trying to find them.
On a beautiful summer night in a charming English suburb, a young woman and her boyfriend disappear after partying at the massive country estate of a new college friend.
One year later, a writer moves into a cottage on the edge of the woods that border the same estate. Known locally as the Dark Place, the dense forest is the writer’s favorite place for long walks and it’s on one such walk that she stumbles upon a mysterious note that simply reads, “DIG HERE.”
Could this be a clue towards what has happened to the missing young couple? And what exactly is buried in this haunted ground?
“Utterly gripping with richly drawn, hugely compelling characters, this is a first-class thriller with heart” (Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author) that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Multiple time lines and points of view make this suspenseful mystery completely irresistible. In 2017, 19-year-old Tallulah leaves her baby son with her mom, Kim, to enjoy a rare night out—never to be seen again. In 2018, British mystery author Sophie is settling into her new home when she discovers a well-placed clue that’s more vital (and unsettling) than anything she’s dreamed up in one of her novels. To say that this thriller’s converging storylines had us on the edge of our seat would be an understatement. Tallulah’s trail of bread crumbs has it all: a glamorous new friend, a dangerously controlling boyfriend, even an ominous mansion deep in the woods. If you’re in the mood for a mystery that knows how to take its time, snuggle up with The Night She Disappeared.
In this excellent thriller from bestseller Jewell (The Family Upstairs), Tallulah and Zach, both 19, disappear after a date night that starts at a pub and takes the unmarried couple to a country estate in Surrey, England. Left behind is their infant son, whose care is assumed by Tallulah's distraught mother, Kim. A year later, Sophie Beck, a writer of cozy mysteries, moves into a cottage near the estate with her partner, Shaun Gray, who has just accepted a teaching position at a local school. While Shaun prepares for the new semester, Sophie discovers a hand-lettered cardboard sign in the garden that reads "Dig Here." When digging reveals what might be a vital clue to Tallulah and Zach's disappearance, Sophie joins forces with Kim, who has never given up hope that Tallulah is still alive. Together, the two women search for the truth of what happened. Not every plot twist is plausible, but the backstory makes readers question everything they think they know as things cleverly unfold. Jewell is in top form in this suspenseful, satisfying story.
Where art thou, editor?
Maybe it’s me, but for the second time recently (the first with a book by another writer) I find myself wondering whether the author has an editor. This book is positively turgid for the first half. Then finally, hundreds of pages in, it turns unputdownable. In the end it’s a really good mystery novel. A hundred or a hundred and fifty pages shorter, and it could have been great.
There were many times when the plot was way too unbelievable for this read to get more stars. No author would every fail to recognize something hijacked from one of her books. From that point on it was, for me, a comedic read. Not spellbinding, not a thriller, certainly not a page turner. Once you lose trust in the author everything else is weak drivel. Save your money and your time.
Worth the wait
Took a little while to grab me at first but worth the wait. Excellent character development. Satisfying and shocking throughout.