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And Then She Vanished

(Joseph Bridgeman #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  144 reviews
He only looked away for a second.

Still haunted by the disappearance of his little sister Amy over twenty years ago, Joseph Bridgeman's life has fallen apart. When a friend talks him into seeing hypnotherapist Alexia Finch to help with his insomnia, Joseph accidentally discovers he can time travel. His first trip only takes him back a few minutes, but his new-found ability
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Published February 2nd 2021 by Blackstone Publishing
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Nick Jones Hi Victor, It was previously, independently released as 'The Unexpected Gift of Joseph Bridgeman'. The series was then bought by Blackstone Publishing…moreHi Victor, It was previously, independently released as 'The Unexpected Gift of Joseph Bridgeman'. The series was then bought by Blackstone Publishing and this book has been through an intensive editing and proofing process. The core story’s the same, but this new edition has brand new chapters and deeper character development to enhance Joe’s journeys into the past. There’s more Vinny, more Amy and more plot. It's now called, 'And Then She Vanished.' If you have read it before, you could pick up the series on book 2 and be okay, although many readers are enjoying the revisions and extra stuff. Up to you. Hope that helps. Nick. Ps. I have added some info into the description to ensure this is clear.(less)

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Money. When you have it, you don’t think about it, and when you don’t, it’s all you think about. Unless you’re me: Captain Denial of the good ship Penniless.

The walls are adorned with the usual “I’m really qualified” certificates, along with oil paintings depicting calm scenes of shorelines, sunsets, and gardens. The color of the room is soothing. I suspect it has some pretentious name like “Coffee Breath” or “Buffalo Turd at Sunset.” I guess if they just called it “Brown,” they
The Book Gawdess
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC and am leaving this review voluntarily...

And Then She Vanished is about the disappearance of Joseph Bridgeman's little sister, Amy. Teenaged Joe accompanies 7 year old Amy to the local fair. While there, she mysteriously disappears. Twenty years later, the family has been torn apart and Joe still blames himself for her disappearance. After seeing a hypnotherapist for his insomnia, he discovers that he can time travel. Using this gift, he makes up his mind to go back and sav
Margaret (Maggie)
Wow!!! This book is so intriguing and I found myself unable to stop turning the pages! I was shocked (in a good way) by the time traveling part! “And Then She Vanished” is not your typical book about a child disappearing! This is a 2020 Must Read!
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. I was so happily surprised and pleased to lose myself in the story and become immersed in the characters and details of the plot that I just did not want it to end. AND THEN SHE VANISHED seemed to be one of the many mystery thrillers written to tax minds with clues about serial killers but, no, this isn’t that kind of book at all. Author Nick Jones has written a wonder of a tale that delights on so many levels. Devoted siblings, lives torn asunder, friendships left undo ...more
Alena Reading
I really wanted to love this book because the synopsis sounded so intriguing and I'm always here for time-travel stories! Alas, I think the writing severely dampened my enjoyment. I'm not opposed to simple writing style but here it was too simplistic and clunky. It read like the first draft of a novice writer and because of that I didn't much care about the characters and even had to skim the flashback chapters because they seemed so unnecessary. I guess they were there to make me more in love w ...more
Heather Lei
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brain-candy
I'm a sucker for a well done time-travel story and this fits the bill. There are always a lot of potential traps with time travel but this manages to avoid them. I don't want to spoil the ending but it's a good one that had a little twist I didn't see coming. There was enough there about the mechanisms of his time travel without getting bogged down in hard core, ultra technical sci-fi science.

The characters are actually believable and likable which is rare. They have flaws without being awful pe
Debbie Eyre
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMG what an amazing read! The author drew me in from the very start with this fantastic and addictive storyline. It’s emotional but exciting and a total rollercoaster ride as we follow Joe on his quest to save his missing sister. I absolutely did not see the time travel element coming and to tell you the truth I was in two minds as to whether or not it was actually happening or if it was all in his head and the twist near the end, hell I did not see that coming!! Loved all the characters from Jo ...more
I bought this because I saw that the follow up was on Netgalley and I looooove a good time travel story. To my surprise, I was so addicted to this book I was up until 3 AM finishing it. If you love the genre as I do, I urge you to give this series a chance.
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, time-travel
A man obsessed with the mystery of his sister’s disappearance 20 years ago.
An accidental discovery that time travel is possible.
A chance to save his sister.

I really loved the premise for this book, and the story lived up to my expectations! The time-travel was fun, exciting, and unexpected. I enjoyed the main character’s drive and determination about finding his sister, and I loved how the story wrapped up!

The main character, Joe, is absolutely a wreck from the disappearance of his sister. He’s
Alexia Perrotti
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After browsing for a time travel story, I found "And then she vanished" and I was intrigued right away. And it didn't got me hooked! It is a real page turner and every chapter makes you want to find out more about Joe`s journey, more time travel, more reading fun. What else is there to say without giving out any spoilers? If you are interested in time travel, and/or simply an entertaining read with a twist, then "And then she vanished" is the book for you.
I grew on th
Paul Eastley
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
And then she vanished, and vanished she did. But how, and what happened to her. When I first started reading this book, it felt like I'd settled into a very comfortable chair. I've come to the realisation that I know what I want from a book and it's the first page that starts my journey as to whether I'll get to the other end. No problem here. I was hooked from the beginning and one of the things that hooked me was how easy it was to read. No delving deep into the depth of time continuum, or the ...more
Erin (Drink.Read.Repeat)
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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*I was provided a gifted copy of this title by the publisher*

I generally have very little interest in doing adventurous things.

Even as a child, I was never attracted to high-risk occupations or pastimes. I never wanted to be an astronaut. I never wanted to fight fires. I never wanted to tape cardboard wings onto my arms and jump off the roof in an ill-fated bid to fly.

It’s all too risky.

Too scary.

Too full of uncertainty.

For as long as I can rememb
Timothy Young
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Nick Jones and Blackstone Publishing for the ability to read this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Excellent read!
I enjoy time travel and science fiction books a great deal. This book in particular is one of the best I’ve read. Makes time travel understandable in an engaging way. The characters are very well written and relatable. Vinny is gregarious and integral to keeping the story light and fun as he adds a sense of whimsy in a story that otherwise can be slightly harrowing
Martin Burns
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I’d like to thank the author for this advanced reader's copy.

The most important element of a time travel story, I think, is the mechanism used to go back in time and a lot of books take up so much of the book setting this up or explaining in great detail how it’s done but with this story it just happens and both the reader and the character discover the how and why of it together, along the way, as they journey towards the goal of changing the past for the better. As one would exp
Anthony Gilmore
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A hugely entertaining read.

‘And Then She Vanished’ is a tremendously entertaining book, and the first in a potentially outstanding time travel series - I see book two is due mid year. Nick Jones writes with a typical quintessential hallmark British style, balancing drama with wit. Here we have the thirty-something tortured male narrator dealing with his life and a tragedy from his youth, only to discover he has an extraordinary gift that sets him off on an adventure through time back into his o
Rhonda Kretzschmar
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Nick Jones and Blackstone Publishing for the ability to read this novel in exchange for my honest review.

I love time travel books. And this one did not disappoint. Thank you, Nick for a fantastic read.

Fueled by an attempt to get his life back on track after his sister vanishes twenty years ago, Joseph Bridgeman finally agrees to see a therapist. In a twist of fate, he realizes he can time travel. So, he decides to try to rescue his sister from the past. You will have to follow Josep
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to The author Nick Jones and Blackstone Publishing for my copy of 'And Then She Vanished'. The book is fantastic, a real page turner. The detail and description paints a distinctive picture of each setting and character, and the chapters are not too long which I love. Throughout the chapters it plots in memories and earlier parts of Joseph's life to really fill in the gaps and build the story. The main character has a lot of pain and turmoil but finds a fantastic gift that he learns to ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for this advanced reader’s copy Of AND THEN SHE VANISHED, a fantastic book of time travel, love, hope, desperation, pain and turmoil. Joseph looses sight of his sister while at the fairground, leading to years of guilt. With a dogged determination to try and put this right before time runs out he embarks on a mission to try and save his sister. NICK JONES has written a book that is impossible to put down, you are glued to the pages. As each chapter ends it leaves you itch ...more
mr robin tanner
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Joseph knew he was different. He had this odd talent where he could look at objects and receive messages from them, but it wasn't until he saw a hypnotherapist that he realised that he could also travel back in time. Joseph had lost his young sister at a fairground attraction over 20 years ago so he was going to try to use his new found skill to try to travel back to that fateful day to see who had taken his sister. The story follows his attempts to go back to 1997 to try and change history and ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Blackstone Publishing for my copy of And Then She Vanished. Like with all of Nick Jones' books, the good and the bad thing about them is once I touch them I can't put them down again before finishing to read. He understands how to keep up the suspense while giving his characters and the story depth and background. I am looking forward to reading the further episodes of Joe's adventures already! ...more
Amanda Garner
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on a man who discovers he can timetravel. His life changed when his young sister disappeared one day. The story involves characters he gets involved with in the process of trying to go back to the time she disappeared. It is a book you don't want to put down and then when you have finally finished it you are sad because you recall enjoyed reading it. I'm really looking forward to the next in the series, hoping it indeed is a series. ...more
Christina Marie Reads
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was totally blown away by this fascinating, heart pounding, page-turner of a time traveling read! This book was so much fun and I can't wait for book 2! ...more
Paula  Phillips
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I picked this book up, I had assumed it was going to be a straight mystery story about a female vanishing as lately had been going through a mystery/crime buzz with my reading. The book starts with Joseph watching his 7-year-old sister Amy at the local fair back in 1997. After winning a prize for her and turning his back for a few minutes, Amy vanishes and disappears. People search and scour but there is no sign of her and after a few years, the case becomes cold and Amy is another statisti ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m not even sure how to start reviewing this book, because I’m not even sure how to categorise it. It starts off as though it’s going to be some sort of crime/mystery thriller, as we meet our protagonist Joe, whose little sister Amy disappeared from a funfair over 20 years ago, never to be seen again. Joe’s insomniac and depressed, and it’s obvious his life is about to cave in around his ears… and then things take a bit of a turn for the odd as we learn he has the talent of psychometry, in that ...more
Marissa ACericolaLife
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would give this 4 stars!

Joe and his sister Amy are off to the fair one summer evening. Joe tries to win Amy a toy at one of the stands. Within a blink of an eye, any disappears. No one has seen her go or where she went. 20 some years later Joe is still living in the past wishing he never took his off of his sister.

Joe decides with the push of a friend to go to a hypnotist to help his insomnia. What Joe ends up with is the ability to travel into the past. Joe realizes this new ability could h
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
'Back to the Future' is one of my favourite films, so with And Then She Vanished by Nick Jones - a novel about time travel - I was on familiar territory.
Back to the Future is the very definition of a “feel-good” film. Except for one major factor that doesn’t even get mentioned - how Marty is going to cope with memories. He will remember everything that has never happened to everyone else. The film manages to avoid having to deal with it by zipping him off further into the future. The End. Close
Nancy Hudson
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievably, I loved this book! Rarely do I give a mystery 5 stars although this is more a mix of sci-fi, drama, mystery and thriller. Never heard of the author but now I have to read all his books!! This book was about time travel. I know… not again. But this was a lot of fun and filled with excitement. The location is England and the plot is delicious. The execution even better.

Joe Bridgman can not get over the guilt he feels for losing his little sister at a fair in 1997. Years later he fin
Jon Mortimer
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having been a fan of the writings of Nick Jones for a number of years I was delighted to receive ‘And Then She Vanished’; an unexpected gift of an advanced copy of his new book. Many thanks to both Nick and Blackstone Publishing.
A delight to read, a real page-turner and extremely difficult to put down once opened. It’s the attention to detail that makes the story so believable that I half expect to see Joe to appear in the corner of my eye at every jump.
One criticism; its too short. But we are p
Christine Harman
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for the advance copy of this book.
This book is about Joseph Bridgeman who discovers he can travel back in time and uses this ability to try to save his sister. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down, and then would lay awake dissecting what I had read. you can feel the despair of the main character as he grieves for his sister. I would recommend this story as a great escape from the current world.
Erin B.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
He only looked away for a second. But that’s all it took. She was gone.

Joseph Bridgeman has spent most of his life haunted by the sudden disappearance of his little sister Amy. One moment, she was standing beside him at a fair and the next, she had vanished into thin air.

Isolated, depressed and on the verge of ruin, Joseph turns to a hypnotherapist to help him finally ease his insomnia. Instead of sleep, he finds a gateway through time to his sister.

Can he save her? Will he get there in time?
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Nick Jones was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire in 1972. He is the author of the Downstream Diaries, a series of novels that tell the story of an average Joe, who discovers he can time travel. It's autobiographical. He lives in his writing shed in the U.K. and can usually be found surrounded by notes and scribbling on a large white board. ...more

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