10 Mystery Books Like Then She Was Gone

Psychological Thriller Books

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is a mystery book about a mother named Laurel and her daughter Ellie was 15 years old and went missing ten years ago. What happened to her has been very mysterious. Laurel has struggled to move on from this tragedy, so her family suffers the consequences.

So Laurel has lost touch with her other daughter and her husband. Even though she’s struggling to get on with life, she meets a guy named Floyd one day at a cafe. He’s very mysterious and handsome and sparked some life back into her.

It gives you a background of other characters besides the main character, so you can understand what everybody’s going through or why they made their decisions. There are a few twists and turns, and I love the story. The chapters sometimes tell the story from a different point of view, so it flips and flopped back and forth between different characters. Books like Then She Was Gone are gripping thrillers that keep readers guessing until the end. They will be an excellent choice if you enjoy the suspense and mystery.

10 Books Like Then She Was Gone (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)

When I think about the book Then She Was Gone, I feel an electric shock in my body and brain because I can not forget the suspense and thriller parts. Do you feel the same? I know you love the book, so that you are here. I have long lists of mystery books collection, but I found ten books similar to Then She Was Gone with the same situations, plots, and characters. So I’m going to discuss these books. Let’s start!

1. The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door seems to be one of the most popular thrillers of all time. This book is about a young couple named Anne and Marco who live in a very picture at Bougie, a wealthy set of townhouses in upstate New York. They have a newborn baby, and they’re invited by their next-door neighbors at the townhouse next to them to come over to their place for dinner. They think it’ll be fine if we leave the baby in the crib and go to their house but bring the baby monitor and check on the baby every 30 minutes.

Will bad happen? In the first 20 pages of the book, they first notice the front doors open when they leave the party and return to their house. Then they notice their baby has disappeared. So this is part thriller, mystery, and psychological thriller. It’s mainly told from the perspectives of Marco, as well as the detective who’s handling the case. It’s very plot-focused and fast-moving.

There are tons of twists and turns, and there’s a random character thrown in with a mental illness, but it isn’t well-developed, and you don’t know why it’s there. It must be showcased positively because sometimes it sucks and is challenging in real life. This book has the same mother-daughter relationship as Then She Was Gone.

Author: Shari Lapena
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (Editor’s pick)
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Mass Market Paperback

2. The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me is a fascinating thriller. This thriller promises me a perfect time. The story follows the story of Hannah, and Hannah has married a man who already has a daughter from a previous relationship. She is negotiating that awkward sort of. However, things get a lot worse for Hannah when her husband goes to work one morning and doesn’t return. He doesn’t come back, but he does leave her a letter. His letter says, Protector. Instantly, Hannah knows who we’re talking about here. We’re talking about her husband’s 16-year-old daughter, Bailey.

So the dad left the stepmom with the stepdaughter, who doesn’t like her. She now has to protect her from who knows what. Things quickly start to pick up the pace from their start to indicate that something is pretty serious. Many people are very interested in discovering where Owen may have disappeared. Hannah quickly realizes that the man she married, Bailey’s father, is not the man she thought he was. She doesn’t even know his real name, which would annoy you.

The relationship between the stepmother and the stepdaughter within this one was heartwarming. If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, you can’t get much better than this one. It was compelling to read, and every chapter leaves you wanting to know a little more, similar to Then She Was Gone.

Author: Laura Dave
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Family Life Fiction, Suspense (Best Seller)
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

3. All the Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls tells the tale of Nick Farrell. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her fiance. She’s created a successful life for herself until she has to move back to her hometown in Coolie Ridge, North Carolina. She was in Coolie Ridge ten years ago when her best friend, Korine, went missing.

So she had to go back there to take care of her dad and to try to sell her house. The old suspects from the original missing mystery are still there, going back to town. A few days after Nick returns, Annalise Carter goes missing, and she was the entire group’s alibi the night that Kareen went missing.

The story tells a tale of the two mysteries between Annalise and Kareen, and we’ll find out if they’re connected or not. Nick goes through her journey, discovering what happened to Kareen and what’s happening to Annalise.

So that’s what the story is about. An interesting thing about this book is that it’s told in reverse chronological order. That means it starts on the day that she gets to Cooley Ridge, and then it goes from day 15 and backward from there, 14, 13, and 12, to day one, which is interesting for a mystery.

This book is rapid to read. So if you want a quick mystery, this is a good one to pick up. The author has many characters, but she develops them so well in such a short period. Like Then She Was Gone, you’ll get the background stories of every character, and you develop a sense of feeling for each character. There’s no character where you’re like, Why are you here?

Author: Megan Miranda
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Women’s Fiction, Mystery
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

4. The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window is a thriller slash psychological suspense novel. The synopsis of this book is the main character. The protagonist Anna Fox lives in New York in Harlem, and she has a house there but never leaves the house. She has agoraphobia, so she’s too scared of the outside world.

As a result, she only regularly visits with her physical therapist, the lady who comes to her home. Anna looks out her window and sees what they’re up to. So she knows their daily routines. She uses her camera to take pictures of them and keeps up with them.

It seems she doesn’t have a lot of people in her life with whom she interacts. So that’s her way to keep up with the neighborhood and know what’s happening around her. Her family is also mentioned in this book. She has a husband and a daughter, but they have separated, so they don’t live with her. You also know what happened with her family, why they’re separated, and why she’s so scared of the outside world. So it’s like a second storyline in this book.

Apart from the main storyline, which emerges once her new neighbors move in, she is a mother, father, and son. They seem like a perfect family until one day, Anna looks out the window and sees something she shouldn’t have seen in their living room.

After that, her perception of them changes, and she realizes that they might be hiding something dark and weird, and she tries to uncover it. So there’s like the two things that you learn. You start learning more about what she sees with her neighbors, and she briefly interacts with them and starts getting to know them.

This book has two plot twists similar to Then She Was Gone. The first plot twist has to do with Anna herself. The second plot twist is at the end when you realize what’s been going on, and we finally know what went down. So it’s all clear in the end. I was more shocked by the first plot twist because I did not expect it.

Author: A. J. Finn
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Psychological Thrillers, Mystery & Suspense (Editor’s pick)
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

5. Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl is a multiple-perspective mystery thriller novel like the book ‘Then She Was Gone.’ The basic plot of this story is the disappearance of a teenage girl named Saffyre Maddox. We have multiple points of view, and we know that Saffyre has disappeared. So in this novel, we go back to before her disappearance. We’re following the different characters in the events that lead to her missing. Sapphire is one of the points of view that we’re following. She’s 17 years old and lives with her grandfather and uncle because her parents passed away in previous years, and she is a loner.

Saffyre has a past of abuse, and she has seen a psychologist to help her overcome the trauma. Kate is another perspective we’re following. She’s a work-from-home stay-at-home mom to two teenage children, and her husband, Ron, is a child psychologist who was Sapphire’s psychologist years previous when she was going through therapy. Kate knows or has suspected that her husband has had affairs. She believes he’s having one now. So it’s hard to trust him because of all the suspicion she’s had over the years.

The other perspective that we’re following is Owen, a college professor. He’s accused of inappropriate behavior in the classroom, like comments and behavior at a student teacher’s Christmas parties. He refers to himself as an incel, so we’re following him as he is going through being accused of things by his students. But also, sex crime attacks are happening in the neighborhoods surrounding where all these people live.

People like women are randomly groped while walking the streets by some guy, and they don’t know who it is. He’s covered up, and they can’t identify him. While these attacks occur, people hate her daughter and are suspicious of anyone across the street.

So we’re following these three people. I like how Lisa Jewell combines them and starts putting together the pieces of how they are all interconnected and how their lives are interconnected. Somehow someone within this storyline needs to be the reason for Saffyre’s disappearance, whether it’s a main point of view we’re following or someone on the side that we meet through these main characters. It was a fast read. This novel keeps you guessing and jumping from different points of view.

Author: Lisa Jewell
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (Editor’s pick)
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

6. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller that tells the story of a psychotherapist, Theo Faber. He becomes obsessed with the case of Alicia Berenson, a famous artist who shot her husband and never spoke again. Theo investigates Alicia’s past, discovering dark secrets that will change everything he thought he knew about her. The writing is engaging, and the plot is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is a suspenseful thriller that follows a woman who is struggling with alcoholism and becomes involved in a missing person’s case after witnessing something while on her daily train commute. The story is told from multiple perspectives, including the missing woman’s and the woman’s husband’s. Like Then She Was Gone, this book is a page-turner from beginning to end.

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl is a darker and more complex psychological thriller that tells the story of the disappearance of Amy Dunne and the investigation into her husband as a potential suspect. The narrative alternates between Amy’s diary entries leading up to her disappearance and her husband’s point of view as he tries to clear his name. The characters are complex, making the story a suspenseful and thrilling read. After reading Then She Was Gone, you will love it.

9. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us is a fast-paced thriller that explores the complicated relationship between a woman named Vanessa and her ex-husband’s new fiancée, Nellie. The narrative jumps between Vanessa and Nellie’s perspectives, with each woman slowly revealing more about their past and motivations. The twists and turns in the plot are well-done, making it an engaging read.

10. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Grace, a seemingly perfect wife to Jack, a charming and successful lawyer. However, Jack’s behavior becomes increasingly controlling and abusive behind closed doors, leaving Grace trapped in a nightmare she can’t escape. The tension builds steadily as the truth about Jack and his past is slowly revealed. This a gripping read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Last Words

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then these books are worth reading. They cover grief, loss, and the devastating impact of the missing character.

One of the strengths of psychological thrillers is their ability to keep readers guessing until the end. They are no exception, with a plot full of twists and turns that will leave you guessing and second-guessing throughout. The multiple perspectives used in the narrative add depth and complexity to the story.

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Pauline Jackson

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