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Chris High reviews Lisa Gardner's book: Gone


Lisa Gardner

Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 0-75287 - 306 - 7
February 2006

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Natural, exquisitely executed and devastatingly simple in its plotting, Gone by New Hampshire author, Lisa Gardner, is a must read novel of the year. On a par with Cornwell and Reichs combined, Gardner can be seen to be quickly moving into the upper-echelons of Crime fiction with this her ninth novel.


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 the possible 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 is a novel so slick paced and engaging it is all but impossible to put down once the first page has been turned. The characters are all so well drawn, the scenario so intensely credible and the procedures so well researched the reader begs to know what happens next.

The illustration of the character's innermost thoughts and emotions add to the tension, which is sustained throughout, impeccably give the reader little pause for breath and, in Quincy, Kimberly and the deeply troubled Raine, Gardner has created a batch of protagonists guaranteed to cement her reputation as a master storyteller.

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