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The Moment She Left

(Andee Lawrence Series #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  74 reviews

The compelling novel from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, No Child of Mine and Don't Let Me Go.

Kesterly-on-Sea is full of secrets.
Some are darker than others; many are shameful. One is even deadly.

Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Cornerstone Digital
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Irena BookDustMagic
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
„How easily loved ones could become strangers, how disturbing when strangers were those you loved.“

The Moment She Left centres around Jessica‘s dissapearance. Two years ago, a young girl should have come home from London, where she studied. She spoke to her brother on the phone, told him she was on her way to the train station, but she nev er showed up.
Today, there is still no clue where Jessica is or is she alive.

Going into the story, taught by my previous experience with Susan Lewis’ books
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This is my third Susan Lewis book. I'm not quite sure why, but compared to the other two I have read, this one seemed to be lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on.

In typical Lewis fashion, the author tackles issues we all face, or know someone who faces, at some time: marriage disintegration; cancer; bad decisions; assisted death; and the loss of a loved one.

Jessica, a young uni student, disappeared without trace two years ago, leaving behind a devastated family who will never giv
Dale Harcombe
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One and a half stars.
I have read and enjoyed other books by Susan Lewis and was looking forward to this one. The premise sounded interesting with a teenage girl who has gone missing. The detective Andee knows firsthand what it is like to have someone go missing and never know what happened to them. Her sister disappeared when Andee was young. With Rowzee, (don’t get me started on the dumb nick name) a much loved ex-teacher who has discovered she only has a short while to live with cancer ,this b
Louise Wilson
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rowzee has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and decides to keep this news to herself.

Andee is an ex-detective, turned private investor whose marriage is on the rocks.

Andee has been asked to investigate the disappearance of Jessica who has been missing for two years.

There is another storyline taking place around Blake's (Jessica's father) employer Graeme whose sister is Rowzee.

I struggled with this book till nearly half way through and then it starts to get really good.

I would like to thank Ne
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the latest visit to Kesterly, ex DS Andee Lawrence, now a private investigator, is asked to help in the search for a young girl Jessica, who disappeared without trace two years ago. It is a story that introduces another selection of characters to us, who I really enjoyed reading about, especially Rowzee Cayne, retired school teacher with a secret that she is dreading telling her family about. In fact, it is a story in which most of the characters have secrets from each other. I think if you w ...more
Charlotte Ashcroft
What a great book ., was very emotional in places and also had abit of crime too 😊
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review to followSusan Lewis has spun a rather convoluted tale in The Moment She Left, there are so many threads to it, yet by the end they are woven in and make a complete picture.

Jessica is the young woman who has gone missing in London two years previous to the main story. She has left behind a broken hearted mother and father and twin brother Matt. It adds insult to injury as this family has already fled to Kesterley-on-Sea after Blake the dad was falsely accused of a crime he did not commit.
Grass monster
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
The Moment She left centres around a few characters. Firstly there is Andee, having 2 older children and a failed marriage to contend with she is also an ex detective and who has turned into a private investigator, she has been asked to investigate the disappearance of Jessica who vanished one night and has now been missing for 2 years. Jessica's family are desperate to get some answers.
We also have Rowzee, who's brother is Graeme and employed by Blake who is Jessica's dad. Rowzee doesnt seem to
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
love this author, a bit disappointed with this book !!!
Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to get approved for this book as I have read many Susan Lewis books before which I have really enjoyed. This book focusses on two stories which intertwine with each other. Rowzee has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but decides to keep the news to herself and not share it with her family and friends. Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is on the verge of breaking up. She
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Sometimes the truth is best kept a secret. Andee Lawrence is an ex detective whose marriage is breaking up. Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill. The Moment She Left is tear-jerker. For all Susan Lewis fans you will enjoy this one with its passion, and the consequences of secrets and betrayal.
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an independent review.
Two stories intertwining. Well written, the characters are interesting and well portrayed. I quite enjoyed the first part of this book but really liked the second part.
Maureen Nash
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it

I was disappointed with this book it was not, in my opinion the usual standard I have come to expect. I did read until the end, all I can say is average
Deborah O'Regan
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read all of Susan Lewis's books, while this was enjoyable and an easy read it lacked the wow factor that most of her books have. ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The two main characters in this story are incredibly strong ladies. Andee Lawrence is a private investigator, an ex-police detective who is now based in Kesterly-on-Sea. She is the mother of two children who are living away from home at university. She has made the decision to walk away from her marriage and has set up her new home, much to the dismay of both her husband and their children. She is asked to cast her eyes over the investigation into the disappearance of Blake’s daughter Jessica, w ...more
Amanda ChocolatePages
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is actually the first Susan Lewis book that I have read, and now knowing that she has written over 30 novels, I am very happy to say that my ‘want to read pile’ has just grown a lot bigger! My Mum and my lovely bookblogger friend Irena both recommended Susan Lewis to me, so when the opportunity came up to take part in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance.

The first chapter is the setting of this book, where we hear about the girl who has gone missing Jessica. After that first chapter, we
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The prologue of The Moment She Left begins two years before the main part of the story and the reader is introduced to Jessica Leonard. Jessica is a young student, living away from home in London. She's a successful musician, a much-loved twin sister and an adored daughter. She's making her way home to Kesterley-on-Sea to visit her family when she receives a text message. She alters her journey, enters a house in Holland Park, and is never seen again.

Two years later, Andee Lawrence has agreed to
Julie Boon
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book starts with the disappearance of a young woman called Jessica and the devastating effect it has on her family. Her father Blake is beside himself and her twin Matt is also trying to come to terms with his sister’s disappearance. Her poor mother is so distraught she has to get away and disappears to Devon.

Andee Lawrence is the local ex police detective in Kesterly-on-Sea and is having problems of her own. Having decided to separate from her husband Martin, she never thought she would ha
Jayne Burnett
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Net Galley & Penguin Random House for an ARC of this book. Susan Lewis once again keeps her readers enthralled with a lovey familiy read involving family & friends.
There is a lot happening in this book, Jessica has been missing for 2 years - her parent Blake & Jenny are struggling to cope as is her twin brother Matt. Andre is a private investigator & has been asked by Blake to re look at the investigation in to his daughters disappearance. Her investigation does see the mystery being
Sarah Davies
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the ecopy, I will give a fair and unbiased review.

This story is around Andee who is an ex-detective, who has turned into a private investigator, she has been asked to look into the disappearance of Jessica who has been missing for 2 years and her father Blake and brother Matt are desperate to find out what has happened to her.

Also the other storyline is around Blake's employer Graeme's sister whose name is Rowzee, who keeps having dizzy and forgetful spells and needs to s
Sally Coles
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Andee, a private detective, is asked to look into the disappearance of Jessica a student who went missing two years ago in London by her father Blake and twin brother Matt. The police have not made any progress, she disappeared into the night after making a phone call to say she was on the way home, and they are now scaling down the search

In another storyline Blake's boss Graeme is concerned about his sister Rowzee and her health. Rowzee is a retired schoolteacher who taught Andee's two children
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The moment she left is a story about a two people that don't know it yet but their paths will cross to help them uncover the mystery. The mystery about this story is what happened to the missing girl. It is a great book that keeps the reader engaged. The book also has a way on pulling on your heartstrings. It also makes sure that during the story you want something specific to happen the the opposite does. The book also keeps you guessing about what happened to the missing girl. And what will ha ...more
Donna Irwin
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I haven't read much by Susan Lewis so was excited to have this copy to review. I really enjoyed the story (others have said it had a slow start but I didn't think so) and began quickly to get involved with the characters, from terminally ill Rowzee, Andee with her troubles and Blake with his missing daughter, Jessica. There are secrets everywhere and I enjoyed the way these were gradually explored and bought into the open. I felt that the resolution around the main part of the book (the disappea ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A story about a small community where everyone knows each other. One aspect of the story is the disappearance of a nineteen year old girl who vanishes without a trace leaving family and friends devastated. The other story line is about a retired teacher who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and her way of dealing with it. The beginning of the book seemed a little bit mixed up with all the different characters coming at you at once but once I got into it I did quite enjoy it.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I either hate of love Susan Lewis books and sometimes feel she should take a break from writing to get her mojo back. I simply could not get into this book from the start. A lot of the writing I felt was not required and was just padding for something very dull and unexciting. I simply flicked through to the end to find the outcome which was pretty uninspiring.
I think I will be giving Susan Lewis a wide berth for a while.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Moment She Left is based around the disappearance of Jessica 2 years previously. Her family are desperate to know what happened to her. A story full of secrets & lies.
Rich & descriptive language with strong characters. Definitely a slow burner. Susan Lewis fans will enjoy it.
My thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for the advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a slow burner but Susan does have the knack of writing some great characters. Wasn't expecting the ending. A lovely tale of friendship and family. ...more
Peggy Corino
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I was already intrigued simply because it was a mystery AND a fiction book AND not about Hitler or WWII or any other war there is! :) The story line for The Moment She Left was about a young girl who disappears one day without a trace. This young lady had everything going for her and her life was perfect, then she disappeared. Two years after the disappearance without a single clue what happened, the father, Blake, asked an ex-detective, Andee Lawrence, to revisit the case.
Cheryl Bellingham
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really good read. I found it a bit difficult at the beginning to get a grip on the characters as in how they all related to each other and who was with who but when u got it I was hooked. The story starts two tears previously after the disappearance of Jessica and slowly you gain an understanding of how that event has a bearing in the characters today. Rowzee who is a strong central charecter throughout is just so real and adorable 💜
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
There are so many ways to damage a relationship - disappearance, falling out of love, meeting someone new - combined with all the different stages of life - twins, new loves, dying - makes this a powerful story. A PRivate investigator tries to understand a cold case as well as deal with her decision to leave her husband
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Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s. Following periods of living in Los Angeles and the South of

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