Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Gone by Leona Deakin
Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:
YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?
The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.
As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.
But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Just thinking about this book gives me that feeling in my tummy when I go over a humpback bridge. This is an absolutely top of the league read and what makes it even more thrilling is that this is the author’s debut!
From the opening couple of chapters, I knew that I was going to love this book. Four people have disappeared on their birthdays, all of them leaving behind a very unique birthday card with a message, Your Gift is the Game. Do You Want to Play? They all came from different backgrounds, had different jobs and family and now they were all gone without a trace. One of the ‘victims’ was known to ex-secret service agent Marcus Jameson, who worked alongside psychologist Dr Augusta Bloom in their P.I. business. As the story unfolds something very disturbing begins to come to light.
The chapters go backwards and forwards to a much younger Dr Bloom and her work with psychopaths and what makes them tick, a very under the microscope type look through very clinical eyes. Other chapters follow a young girl at school who has recently been in pretty serious trouble.
I have to say that I was truly fascinated with this story and loved the working relationship between Jameson and Bloom, each so very different and yet on the same page in so many ways. Jameson a bit of a nerd that tries to fit in and Bloom a woman that I felt was constantly evolving. The story held a fabulous pace making it a straight-through read in one sitting for me.
I really am so excited to think that this is the start of a series. A brilliant pairing of Bloom and Jameson. Loved this book.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leona Deakin started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. This is her debut thriller.