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, and psychologist and
private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she 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 puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands?
An addictive debut thriller with an ingenious hook that turns the missing person plot on its head
– what if the missing people are the dangerous ones?
Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Transworld books for my copy of the debut by Leona Deakin, Gone.
Introducing Dr Augusta Bloom and her business partner Marcus Jameson in a chilling psychological thriller.
What starts out as a missing person case, when Marcus is asked by his sister to look into her friends strange disappearance suddenly becomes something much more with the discovery of a game being played, people are receiving first birthday cards asking them if they dare to play a game then promptly going missing.
It appears someone is trying to recruit psychopaths
For a debut this is a very intelligent polished read, it’s clever, whilst not frantically paced like some in the genre, but enough to keep you interested and turning pages.
I didn’t overly take to Augusta, I was more Inclined to Marcus, both main characters have secrets they don’t want to talk about and if this is the start of the new series which it feels like, I think there is a bit than can be done with this duo, and I’ll be interested to see what’s next.
Tightly plotted and very current, with the uses of Tor, the dark web, and social media, it's a book that will give you pause to think about your social media behaviour.
Some nice ideas and a bit different , this stands out, and you can tell the author works in the profession as she clearly knows her stuff but she writes in a way for anyone to understand, you aren’t overloaded with terminology.
I like the ending as it wasn’t the usual, again something fresh,
A clever thriller, with some fresh ideas from a new voice who knows her subject matter.
Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences
having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire
Police and her successful work in psychology since. She is now an
occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.
This is her debut thriller.