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  • By Nancy on February 10, 2010

    Rainie's life has been going down hill quickly, too much pressure at work, cases that go from bad to worse, killing a man that needed to die, a battle with alcohol, but she is determined to pull it all together. Rainie is now a child advocate, but she definitely has met her match in her newest case.Pierce Quincy is Rainie's husband, a former FBI profiler, he know that their marriage is on the rocks, but when Rainie's car is found abandoned with the engine running and she is no where in sight, things get bad quickly. A kidnapper has soon contacted Quincy, but the demands seems all wrong. What is going on. Together with Quincy's adult daughter, they are going to find Rainie.Told in the various voices of the characters involved, the read soon see's a deeper plot developing. What was it in Rainie's past that has brought them all to this point. Can a child really be responsible or are they just a ploy to make Rainie pay for her choices. A past that she too, should never been part of.Though good, this book didn't fully capture my attention. It had too much of a been there done that feel. The characters are engaging and flawed, but still something for me was missing. Maybe this was a series that I should have started at the beginning, I never really got a good feel for who the main characters really are.

  • By Annie M on August 28, 2009

    ...I am finished with this book. In the bad news department, I already bought two more books by this author and now am stuck with them.I supposed this will sound picky, but in this novel - and in the previous novel in this series - the author uses the terms "in the good/bad news department" so many times that it made me cringe. I couldn't enjoy the book because of it. She did this in a previous novel and I think seeing it again in this novel, so often and from so many points of view, just ruined the book for me.

  • By Mom Of Many Munchkins on June 17, 2016

    I never heard of this author before. I found this book at the thrift store and bought it because the cover looked good and the description sounded like the kind of book I'd like to read. I'm a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark books (grew up on them because they were a favorite of my mom).The story line in Gone was pretty good, but I kind of guessed who the perpetrator was early on, so that was absolutely no surprise to me. As another reviewer mentioned, the phrase: "In the good news department ___ and in the bad news department ___" was really odd to me. I've always heard that as being something more like: "Well the bad news is ___ but the good news is ___". This phrase with the word department was said quite a few times, and every time it sounded really lame and annoying to me.Even though I am almost 49, I haven't really read too many adult books other than the Mary Higgins Clark books. I've only recently branched out and started reading some other books (I just finished The Book Thief, which I highly recommend). So, what greatly disappointed me in this book was the heavy use of the F word. Why?? Is it really necessary? No. Every F word could have been omitted and the story would have been just fine without it. I don't understand this. It's almost like a need for people to be accepted and cool, maybe to get better ratings because the author will now be considered edgy or something. I don't know. But to me...it's the absolute opposite of being cool. I look at this author’s picture and think what a foul mouth she has. To me, this does not gain respect. Just because a book is an adult book doesn't mean it needs profanity strewn throughout it. Also, there is a couple of pages with a pretty descriptive bedroom scene. Really? All I could think of was if this author is a mother and if she would want her children reading this. That also could have completely been left out. We don't need to be in the room, so to speak, with an engaged couple (not even married) and know what they do to each other. And, I am not a prude. I have children. I just would like to stand up and say that not everyone is into foul language and sex scenes. I'm sure I'm in the vast minority, but I would think someone out there reading this might like to know and it would prevent them from reading the book if that's not something they want to read either. Back to Mary Higgins Clark (ok...I know by now she's probably old school), but she could tell a great mystery...one that would leave you in suspense yet she never ever used the F word and she never had explicit sex scenes either (if anything it would have just been basically implied not written in detail). And, I know that Gone is probably very tame compared to what other books are out there that have this stuff in it. But this is my personal opinion and I have a right to express it.One other thing that I'd like to mention is something I found really odd near the end of the book. See if you also find this strange. BTW, this may be a bit of a SPOILER ALERT...so stop reading this if you plan on reading the book. After Rainie is back home it says that she was "discharged with orders to rest, eat, and drink. Her cracked ribs were tightly wrapped. Her left knee, with a torn ACL, was secured in a metal brace. She would need surgery to repair the injury, but not until she got her strength back. With Quincy by her side, she limped gamely to Kimberley's room". OK...nothing unusual there. They go home. But just 3 pages later it says, "Quincy waited until the next morning, when Rainie had gone for a run, to give Abe Sanders a call". Ok, whoa....what?? Back the truck up. I literally did page back. Did we not just read that she had a messed up knee? Yes, she had a torn ACL, was in a metal brace, needed to build up her strength because she would need surgery, and then time to heal (which would take months, probably including some physical therapy)...and yet she's out on a run?? And all by herself?? She just had gone through a traumatic kidnapping yet she is running around by herself? And Quincy is ok with that? LOL...I know it's just a story, but come on. That is so ridiculous. It's just such an odd thing to throw in the book. They never mentioned before that she like to go for runs. Why wouldn't the author say something more realistic, like he waited until she was in the shower to make the call...or waited until she fell asleep? But no…a victim of a kidnapping, who busted up her knee, is out alone on a run. Why wouldn’t the author's editor at least point this out to her, "you might want to change those four words, because they make no sense"?? As you can see, those four words "gone for a run" just left me boggled. OK...I'll get off my soapbox now. It was just the oddest thing in the book to me.To sum up this long review: If you don't mind reading the F word or a somewhat steamy sex scene then you might like this book. If you aren't into that kind of thing then skip this one. I know I won't be reading any more books by this author.

  • By clifford on June 13, 2010

    This is the first Gardner book that I have read. I think that if you start with the first book in the series instead of this one, you might have a more satisfying experience. Gardner tries to set this up as a story where you dont have to read previous titles, but the characters have already been fully explored, so she wastes little time going in to depth with her protagonists.I guess that past titles in this series, Quincy a retired??? FBI profiler was the main character. Here the story revolves around Quincy, his wife Rainie, and his daughter Kimberley. To tell you the truth, I cant remember how many books I have read since the mid-80's where the protagonist is a profiler or a cop who deals with serial killers. And through the profilers great work, the bad guys take up the challenge and make it their business to come after the main character. This is such an over used plot line, I cant forgive Gardner for using it.Their is a lot of good going on in this book. The writing, when it breaks out, is crisp and taught. I appreciated Gardner's ability to make the pages hum along at times. I think that she could learn something from reading her contemporaries work. I think she might be lost in the Patricia Cornwell, Philip Margolin, James Patterson, Thomas Harris train of thought. Looking a a writer such as Harlen Coben and his stand alone novels might benefit her plot structure. He uses one character, follows him straight through to the end, no change of focus. He has actually used some simlar plot devices as you would find in Gone, but they are contemporary enough so that they dont feel over used. However, I dont see Gardner changing her style ever. I think she is set in her ways. And I am not going to go out of my way to try another one of hers.


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