“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)
Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Phoenix, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent who can crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.
Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and as fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined, and in a frantic race against time, Riley is pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.
Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.
A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book #2 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you love shows like Criminal Minds, you’ll enjoy this first book in the Riley Paige mystery series. When a U.S. senator's daughter is gruesomely murdered, the razor-sharp FBI agent goes on a hunt for the killer. Once she realises the murderer has a penchant for dolls and southern belles, the pace quickens—we couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. With its great banter, Once Gone got us excited about following the rest of Riley’s adventures.
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With her unique gift to probe into the mind of a serial murderer, a black female rookie detective attempts to profile and logically predict his next moves. Her remarkable sleuthing prowess dwarfs her clueless, dimwit of a partner’s professional ability, a white male with more years of experience in the homicide department. This matter will definitely raise many a reader’s eyebrows, although one may argue otherwise.
Loved it! Would make a great tv series!
Although I don’t feel like I got a clear picture of Riley herself, I did receive enough details of her to understand her work ethics and how it reacted with her private life. Unfortunately, I felt like it was a down-graded model of Thomas Harris’ famed novels. Even to go so far as to use the name “Gumm” as a character.