AFTER SHE’S GONE by MAGGIE JAMES #New Release #Psychological Suspense @mjamesfiction


After She's Gone by [James, Maggie]


Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…


Well there is a pyromaniac in town and he is keeping the fire brigade rather busy. So far no one has been injured, but it could be just a matter of time until that changes, could it be the next step in his deranged mind? Research seems to think so. In another part of town 16 year old Jessie Golden hasn’t returned home and she isn’t picking up calls from family. they know that something is dreadfully wrong, in fact something is dead wrong.

Maggie James book opens up with a couple 0f, what the hell just happened, chapters that result in cracking open a family that was already, to put it bluntly, fragile. A mixed merge of two families brought together by Dana, mum of Lori and Jessie and Jake, dad of Spencer. Tensions had already been high, with Dana showing her distain for Spencer from the start. For some reason Lori and Spencer hit it off, even if he was a bit of a goofy ball, that admitted to taking drugs in the past but was clean now. Jessie not so much with him though, but they were never going to find out if things could get better.

There are layers and layers of little white lies to giant porkers but mainly hidden truths, it is a matter of deduction and elimination and you may still get it all wrong. I really got into it all and enjoyed the whole experience of this book.  Some of it was like watching a film I have seen before but forgotten, as just before something was revealed I sort of got it. I  liked that the story was centred around the family with the police investigation way in the background but I would have liked to see a bit more of Spencer, he was quite a character. Over all I really enjoyed this book.


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did.

The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background. When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

You can follow Maggie James on Twitter @mjamesfiction



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