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cook*create*read: Review: Gone by Rebecca Muddiman

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Gone by Rebecca Muddiman

Gone by Rebecca Muddiman
Published by Mulholland Books on 15 January 2015
Source:  ARC received for review via bookbridgr.com

Read more about the author here

The blurb:
250,000 people go missing in the UK every year. 91% of those reported to police are found within 48 hours. 99% of cases are solved within a year. And 1% stay gone. 11 years ago, troubled teenager Emma Thorley went missing. The police assumed she was a runaway. But now a body has been found in woods near Blyth. DI Michael Gardner knows he didn't take Emma's disappearance seriously enough back then, and is determined to make up for it now. But when he and DS Nicola Freeman start to reinvestigate, they discover that nothing is as simple as it seems.

I requested an ARC of this book through bookbridgr.com as I was immediately intrigued by the plot.  I love a good mystery/crime/thriller and this one sounded right up my alley.  I had not heard of the author before, though I now know that this is Muddiman's second novel. I was not disappointed and am excited to have found a great new (to me) British crime author!

I read Gone over three days.  If I'd had my way I would've read it one sitting, but I had the annoying inconvenient interruptions of my children's birthdays and a christening at which I was to be Godmother.  Seriously, all I could think about during the christening was getting back home to finish off this book!  I was hooked and needed my next fix!

The plot has more twists and turns than the best roller coaster   Just when you think you have it figured out, Muddiman throws another spanner into the works.  Along with the main plot of confirming the identity of the dead girl and discovering what happened to her, there is an engaging side story involving DI Gardner (who doesn't love a troubled policeman, right?!) which is interesting and satisfying.

The characters in Gone are perfect.  There is the deplorable, despicable one that you love to hate (and, indeed, made my skin crawl the moment he was introduced), the slightly clueless, seemingly harmless (or is he?!) bumbling one, a handsome, troubled policemen, feisty girls, desperate girls ... all against a sleazy backdrop of drugs and violence - this book has it all.

I would highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys a good, well-written British crime story.  I feel this will be one of my favourite books of 2015!

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