Author: Blake Pierce
Publisher: Blake Pierce
Overall Rating 3.25 out of 5 Stars
Riley Paige is taking a much-needed break from her job as an FBI profiler after her last encounter with a serial killer left her nearly broken, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately for her, and her collegues at the FBI, another serial killer has taken to the streets and bodies of young females are being found scattered around the rural outskirts of Virginia.
Needing to get past the trauma of her past, and wanting desperately to help find the killer, Riley Paige once again does what she does best– enter the mind of the killer. As her struggles with her own scars and nightmares mount, her relationship with her teenage daughter, her partner, and her job are tested to their breaking point. The question remains. Will Riley and the FBI be able to track down and capture this vicious killer before Riley finally breaks?
As far as books go in the serial killer/profiler mystery sub-genre, Once Gone is a decent addition. I particularly liked the inclusion of Riley’s struggles with PTSD and her learning to readjust her life and her approach to it. The waking nightmares were a nice, vibrant touch to the overall sense of fear and confusion that the book portrays. I definitely connected with Riley on an almost visceral level in that regard.
It was also nice to see a story where the FBI wasn’t painted with such a broad brush – either only as the champion of good or the embodiment of evil. Blake Pierce took the time to provide a more complex, realistic view of law enforcement. One that was full of bureaucracy, backstabbing, kickbacks and relationships. It’s a complex world, and the author provides a much needed, and welcome glance into it.
With all that being said, I am afraid that I found that the authors treatment of the actual crimes, of the actual murders to be… par for the course. When the bodies were found, I didn’t have any emotional reaction to the scene. I didn’t feel any thrill of the chase or the foreboding sense of danger lurking in the shadows. In short, this mystery thriller didn’t really thrill me.
If you’re looking for a mystery where the relationships between the characters, the setting and their jobs shine, Once Gone is certainly a great book to pick up. If you’re looking for a thriller that will invoke a strong emotional response, this might not be the book for you.
0 Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star — Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand.
2 Stars — Put it on your “to borrow” list
3 Stars — Buy it if you get the chance; worth a weekend read
4 Stars — Definitely add it to your library
5 Stars — Impulse Buy Approved
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