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  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (440 ratings)

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The Night She Disappeared

By: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
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Mum, there's some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?

Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.

At 11pm she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30am Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home.

Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place.

Tallulah never returns.

2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head-teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence.

A sign that says: dig here....

A cold case. An abandoned mansion. A family hiding a terrible secret.

Prepare to be hooked. Lisa Jewell's latest thriller is her best yet. 

©2021 Lisa Jewell (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

I love all Lisa's books, but The Night She Disappeared is by far her best thriller yet. (Harlan Coben)
Lisa has certainly done it again with another first class mystery. It's got it all - captivating characters, a mysterious mansion in the woods and a burning question set up from the start to draw the reader in. I just had to know what happened next. Totally enthralling. (Harriet Tyce)
Lisa Jewell has made a thriller out of my favourite literary ingredients. Abandoned mansion [tick]. Sex [tick]. Boarding school [tick]. SECRET TUNNELS [tick]. Kick-ass matriarch [tick]. Clues in paintings [tick]. I predict another number one. (Erin Kelly)

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Plenty of Intrigue

The plot is well wrought and the narrator is perfect. Enjoyed this one very much and will add this author to my reading repertoire.

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Had me hooked from start to finish!!! 😃

This was a fantastic read! So engaging it had me hooked from start to finish. By the end I got so attached to the characters that I was actually sad when the book ended.

Also the author did a excellent job of taking their time to map out each detail and build up each characters profile and relationships with each other so their was no gaps but a well developed storyline. You can tell she took her time writing this book and it payed off. I hope she writes more as I’d love to read more of her work!!! :)

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Too slow

Great narration but I found the story too slow. I also struggled getting into the characters.

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Excellent narration

A fairly standard and somewhat drawn out story that was elevated by Joanne Froggatt's excellent narration.

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Narration is excellent

Good book mate great by narrator. Will be looking out for more books narrated by Joanne Froggat.

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Wonderful

I have read any of Lisa jewel’s books
I thoroughly enjoyed this and will be listening to more very shortly
Great story and well written to keep us focussed !!

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Great Read

This is a great story woven beautifully by Lisa Jewell. Keeps you interested from start to finish.
Expertly read by Joanne Froggatt
Who’s voice characterisations are masterful.

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Punchy and tight to the end

Good writing meant I had opinions about everyone! A real love/hate situation. I enjoyed the plot and how it tripped me up here and there without fully revealing itself until the end, which had the story never far from my mind. I was grateful the author gave us an epilogue to tighten up some loose ends. Pretty enjoyable overall. Even tho the cast were mainly YA’s

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Thoroughly Enjoyed!

I did suspect the twist however the story line did have me questioning everything throughout.
The narrator made it a very easy and interesting listen.
highly recommend.

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The narrator is a star!

I couldn’t stop listening and have began a Lisa jewell binge! The characters were brought to life by the narrator who really drew out their quirks.

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  • Janie O'brien
  • 20-09-2021

FABULOUS, FABULOUS LISTEN

For lovers of the mystery/suspense genre, this is a book not to be missed. I think this is the best Lisa Jewell book yet and this author just continues to outdo herself. As far as writing is concerned, there is not one foot out of place. The plot is tight and well constructed, the characters are each well drawn and the performance by Joanne Froggatt is perfect. It is a book I just wanted to never end and thoroughly recommend to all lovers of good books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-2023

Amazing story and amazing audio performance!

Not so complicated plots, but really amazing as to how the whole story develops. The author absolutely has very good techniques to involve readers in, both emotionally and logically. And also very brilliant writing skills with beautiful words and metaphors. The performance is also significant! I do love this voice that has texture, emotion and richness in it! And the way she performs different characters and makes everyone very distinct from one another! What a book!

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  • Pearl_78
  • 07-05-2023

Several narrators would have helped

Several narrators would have helped
Entertaining story
keeps you guessing (but missing the plot) again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-2023

Wonderful narration & Good story

It starts of a little slow but it gets better and more engaging! This is my 2nd book from Lisa Jewels and I'm not disappointed! Love how she manages to reveal every character bit by bit and we finally see the big picture. Narration was fantastic!

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  • Betina
  • 01-02-2023

Riveting

Absolutely loved this book.
Never heard of Lisa Jewell before but she is my new favorite after reading this amazing book

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  • Lynne
  • 19-06-2022

Brilliant

Oh my word!!! Couldn’t put this book down. Joanne Froggat narrated this book absolutely perfectly. She created different voices and accents for each character. Lisa Jewell has become my new favourite author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-2022

Gripping! Fantastic acting too!

Really enjoyed this tale! Joanne Froggatt is an excellent narrator. Brilliant twists and turns that kept me gripped to the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2022

brilliant

loved it and Joanna Froggart's voice gives life to every word! loved the plot start to finish!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-2021

13 hours flow away

Missing students, layer upon layer mystery, I enjoyed it tremendously. 13 hours flow away. Three timelines with three narrators and enigma became more enigmatic chapter by chapter.

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  • NITA
  • 01-10-2021

5 Stars

Lisa Jewell is a rockstar writer! This was a fast paced, suspenseful, delicious novel; unputdownable.

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  • 11-08-2021

Boring Cliché after Boring Cliché

This has such great reviews. Incomprehensible that anyone could have enjoyed it. Tear-jerkingly boring. So, completely characterless girl who never tells a joke, laughs or says anything interesting but is a simpering cliché of a heroine - so bland it's actually weird - loves mummy, hardly ever wears make up, doesn't approve of swearing and studies hard - oh, wait, she's also, very importantly 'not posh', gets mixed up with evil posh people who have 'priveleged laughter' and are generally bad. Not only utterly banal characterisation making the whole thing absurd (not helped by the narrator's baby voice for the heroine), but plot involving spiral staircases, hidden tunnels and clues in paintings that a second woman-with-no-personality randomly catches sight of while being fed clues. Misogynistic, pathetically trying to grab the lowest common denominator reader with simple, salt of the earth heroine and evil posh anti-heroine (the only half-drawn character in the book) and just....God, so boring.

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  • Chloe Engledew
  • 25-07-2021

Brilliantly addictive!

If you are debating listening to this book, let this review show you it’s a must listen. Brilliant and the narrator is wonderful. Captivating and addictive from the first chapter. Lisa Jewell you’ve done it again.

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  • Andrea Spencer
  • 23-07-2021

gripping

Brilliant I loved this audio. I loved the story, the narrator. couldnt stop listening.

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  • C. J. Richardson
  • 25-07-2021

Unputdownable

Brilliant from start to finish. Another masterpiece by Lisa Jewell. Joanne Frogatt brings it to life beautifully.

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  • Mel Noir
  • 19-12-2021

Bloated, Long-winded with no payoff

I fell asleep on this book so many times it got to the point where I didn't even bother to go back to the parts I'd missed. I really feel like this could've been better but the romantic situationships weren't developed enough for us to care about any of them. The ending was really disappointing.

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  • marijana lawton
  • 31-07-2021

Excellent book it’s a fantastic narration from Joanne Froggatt

Fab listen, I had to finish the story much to my family’s annoyance (we are on a holiday) and every spare minute I plugged my AirPods in. Really engaging and actually made me very emotional right at the end. Brilliant narration brilliant story and like all Lisa s books, predictably good!

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  • jess
  • 27-07-2021

another brilliant story full of twists by Lisa J!

joanne froggatt's narration was excellent. another mystery from Lisa Jewell that travels through time and narratives to tell the story of The Night She Disappeared!

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  • sheila c.
  • 30-07-2021

Hooked

It’s the 1st time i have listen to a Lisa Jewell book , i couldn’t stop listening it was so good , the narrator is amazing , she really bought the characters to life

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  • Matt Smith
  • 11-08-2021

Entertaining but average

Reasonably well structured but unrealistic conclusion with actions from the protagonists that just aren't believable.

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  • Kevin
  • 29-07-2021

OMG - Couldn’t ‘put it down’!!!

An amazingly gripping story! Loved every minute of it and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. A MUST!

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