GONE BY LISA GARDNER

A Review by Chris High


When someone you love vanishes without a trace, how far would you go to get them back? For ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, it's the beginning of his worst nightmare: a car abandoned on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, purse on the driver's seat and his estranged wife, Rainie Conner, gone, leaving no clue to her fate. Did one of the ghosts from her troubled past finally catch up with Rainie? Or could her disappearance be the result of one of the cases they'd been working - a particularly vicious double homicide? Or is there a possible connection with the abuse of a deeply disturbed child Rainie took too close to heart? Together with his daughter, FBI agent Kimberly, Pierce is battling the local authorities, racing against time and frantically searching for answers to all the questions he's been afraid to ask.

This ninth novel from Lisa Gardner is, quite simply, a barnstormer.

The powerful prose strike home from every angle to leave the reader breathless and dying to know what comes next to make the unrelenting tension palpable, whereas the characters are so intensely and credibly drawn it puts those who have started right in alongside them from the off.

The troubled pasts of all those concerned mixes with their turbulent present to concoct a heady mixture that is – to say the least – addictive and defies anybody to put the novel down before completing it to make Gone, without doubt, a “Must Read” crime novel of the year.


ABOUT THE REVIEWER

Formerly a Chef, publican, shop manager, supermarket shelf-filler, library employee and deliverer of lambs, Chris High now dedicates most of his time to writing and journalism. He has successfully collaborated with singer Chris de Burgh on a collection of song based short stories available from his Website, and is currently in the process of completing his first Crime novel. Chris lives on Merseyside, England, with his cat Tigger and his dog, Duke.


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