Title: Then She Was Gone
Author: Lisa Jewell
Published / Release Date: July 27, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
My Rating: 3/5
A missing daughter. A devastated mother. A charming mystery man. A shocking finale you won’t see coming.
I’m going to try to give you a brief summary of Jewell’s novel without revealing too much.
Ten years after Laura’s youngest daughter Ellie disappeared, she has come to terms with the fact that she ran away. After all, that’s what all the evidence points to. However upon meeting a “charming mystery man”, she has come to realize there is something more about Ellie’s disappearance than she was lead to believe.
I would say Jewell’s Then She Was Gone is every parent’s nightmare. No parent expects their child/children to disappear for no reason. However, Ellie did and it placed a dent in their family: between her mom and dad, and between her mom and her siblings.
The story is surprisingly easy to follow which, in my opinion, made the plot twist predictable. My prediction might not have been 100% accurate but it was close. It didn’t ruin the story for me although I would’ve preferred that I wasn’t able to figure a bit of it out.
Title: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray
Author: B.A. Williamson
Published / Release Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: North Star Edition / Jolly Fish Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult
My Rating: 3/5
Gwendolyn Gray is no ordinary child. She faces something everyday which is a bit difficult for a child her age living in a grey and dull city to do: control her imagination. However, when her imagination finally comes alive, she catches the attention of two men who will do everything to restore order in The City by erasing those who threatens it.
I wanted to love this book. The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray is one where the main character is a child who has an incredibly vivid imagination which she used to save her world from being consumed by mediocrity and gray-ness (if that is even a word).
It started off a bit slow for my liking and I was finding it hard to keep on reading. However, I powered through because I was promised marvelous adventures and a world of colour.
It is a good read for children as the difference between Gwendolyn’s everyday normal life was vividly differentiated from the burst of colour from her imagination. Imagination in children is a good thing. It has to be nurtured and allowed. As much as it confused me, I appreciate the fact that I can’t tell where Gwendolyn’s imagination took over her adventures.
If there is anything I wish there was more of in this story, Mr. Williamson, it would be the following:
- What happened to The City? Why is it in the state it is in?
- Who are the Mister Men, and who do they work for?
- Who is the Collector?
… Because it would really be great to know.