Friday Book Whimsy: The Night She Disappeared

Tallulah is a young college student who is also the mother of an 1-year-old baby. The two live with her mother, as well as the baby’s father, Zack. Zack wants to marry her, but Tallulah isn’t sure that she’s ready to settle down, or that she loves Zack. In fact, she has become interested in a pretty, but troubled young woman named Scarlett, the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in town.

In an effort to strengthen their relationship, Zack and Tallulah go out one night with some friends, while her mother Kim stays home with the baby. When morning comes and the two haven’t returned home, she begins to worry. As the hours pass, Kim is certain that something has happened to the two young adults, but no one seems to take her seriously. Scarlett and her family are the last to see them before they disappear.

In the meantime, a young man is hired to be the head teacher at a local school, and his published author girlfriend moves to the community in which this took place. It isn’t long before she discovers a note pinned to their fence that says DIG HERE, with an arrow pointing to the ground. What she discovers seems to tie in to the missing boy and girl.

What follows is a cat and mouse mystery that keeps the reader guessing up until the last page. Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors because she is an interesting story teller and her characters are realistic and likeable. I found myself guessing until the very end of the story.

I enjoyed this book very much.

Here is a link to the book.