Gone by Leona Deakin

WOMAN & HOME‘S BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR

Book blurb

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:

YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?

The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?

My thoughts

Main characters: Dr. Augusta Bloom|Marcus Jameson

Augusta Bloom is a psychologist and has worked with the police on previous occasions. Augusta still continues with her private practice as a psychologist. She has also teamed up with Marcus Jameson, ex intelligence services, as private detectives. She has come to regard Marcus as a friend as well as a colleague.

Marcus asks her to help find the mother of a teenage girl who often stays with his sister Claire’s family. Augusta is wary of how close Marcus is to this and she has her clients but he knows how to draw her in and she agrees.

As they investigate it becomes clear that there are more, many more missing people and it looks like it’s a strange game that is being played out. If Augusta is right these people are not always the victims they seem to be.

The police are interested but, on the surface, these are adults choosing to walk away from their current lives and there’s nothing illegal about that. Then there’s a murder.

Augusta specialises in psychopaths and knows that they can be functional members of society but given the right circumstances can potentially be very dangerous and someone is bringing them together.

As Augusta and Marcus become deeply embroiled in their investigation the possibility of what is happening begins to dawn on Augusta but with this story there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and hooked.

In this well written, intricate story we are introduced to the rather dark but impressive Dr Augusta Bloom a character I certainly want to read more about. The story leaves the relationship – both working and personal – between Augusta and Marcus badly damaged. Whether that is irrevocably can only be found out in the future books.

I have very much enjoyed this book and certainly recommend it. It’s a terrific, unique and chilling story which kept me gripped. It is a fascinating book with its insights into this character type. This is a really good debut book which kept me engrossed and has left me wanting to read more from this compelling author.

Thanks: With thanks to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for inviting me to read and providing an eCopy of Gone by Leona Deakins via NetGalley. I have also purchased a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own, I have not received payment for this review.

This is my 19th book in the #20BooksofSummer20 so just 1 to go! I was quite concerned about not reaching my goal this year but, after a little jiggling with my original list (cheeky but, happily, it’s allowed!), I am on target to complete all 20! You can find out more about this challenge by popping over to Cathy’s blog – you’ll find lot’s of other wonderful book stuff there, too!

Information

Buy: Penguin|Local Bookshop |AmazonSmileUK |Hive

Publishers: Penguin |Imprint: Black Swan|@TransworldBooks

Author: Leona Deakin started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. Gone is her debut thriller.

@LeonaDeakin1

BOOKS

Lost: #2 Dr Bloom Series

RELEASED

29/10/2020 Paperback (Imprint: Black Swan)

09/07/2020 eBook (Imprint: Transworld Digital)

HOW CAN YOU SOLVE A CRIME IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER THE CLUES?

There is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing.

His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom to support the investigation. But no one can work out if there is a connection between the bomb and the disappearance.

When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, they hope he holds the answers to their questions. But he can’t remember a single thing. 

Without any clues, will Dr Bloom find herself lost in this puzzle too?

Hunt: #3 Dr Bloom Thriller

COMING 13/05/2021

Order: Penguin|AmazonSmileUK |Local bookshop

Sometimes the only way to catch a killer is to become their prey

In Bristol, a young woman jumps into an icy reservoir. In Leeds, a girl cuts ties with her family and disappears. The only thing that links them is a shared obsession with a mysterious woman called Paula.

For Dr Bloom, the stories told by their families are disturbingly familiar. She has seen this all before. She is sure that this charismatic, charming woman is the leader of a cult. 

She begins investigating the Artemis community but is met with walls of secrecy. Which leaves only one option. 

She must become one of them.

One Comment on “Gone by Leona Deakin

  1. Pingback: A roundup of my #20BooksofSummer20 – Love Books, Read Books

ailsacawley

The poetry and writing of Ailsa Cawley. Welcome!

The Last Word Book Review

Musings about books and a blog journal

Chocolate'n'Waffles

All things bookish

Ludwig's Thrillers

A guy hunting for thrillers across the world, and a firm believer in the power of tea

Didi Oviatt

Author of suspense novels Sketch, Justice For Belle, Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, and a medley of short stories.

Crime Writer Margot Kinberg

...a crime-fictional site

the dead authors club

a classics club blog

All The Vintage Ladies

A bookish blog (mostly) about women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

By sarah cavar

writings & creations

Hugh's Views & News  

A man with dyslexia writing about this and that and everything else!

BooksPlease

A book lover writes about this, that and the other

The Classics Club

A Community of Classics Lovers

Reading Matters

Book reviews of mainly modern & contemporary fiction

Rebecca Bradley

Murder Down To A Tea

Raven Crime Reads

Criminally good reads

The book review café

Book reviews and the occasional ramblings of a book blogger

acrimereadersblog

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Challenge

Jen Med's Book Reviews

Musings and Ramblings of a Disorganised Blogger

KayCKay Book Reviews

No one ever reads the same book. We all react to the written word differently. The following are my opinions regarding the books I have read.

Being Anne...

Books, travel, and other things that make life interesting

One More Word

Jules_Writes

What Cathy Read Next...

For book lovers everywhere

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

Free bookreviews and other free book related stuff

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

Nordic Lighthouse

Spotlight on Nordic / Scandinavian crime fiction... and connections

Bookish Chat

All things bookish.

Novel Deelights

Escaping reality one book at a time

The Quiet Knitter

Just a quiet knitter with an addiction to books

Jess Bookish Life

Reader | Writer | Blogger

fabricating fiction

Louise Jensen - Writer - www.louisejensen.co.uk

Novel Writing Festival

Monthly Festival : Turn your book into a movie and get it seen by 1000s of people. Or garner FULL FEEDBACK from publishers on your novel and help your next draft. Or get a transcript video of your novel performed by professional actors.

The Beardy Book Blogger

Reading and Reviewing Books - May Contain Beard: "From Tiny Book Blog Buds Shall Mighty Book Blogs Grow" - TBBB

Scribbling Clouds

The place where I put down all my thoughts and observations

Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Book blog with a speculative focus

Romance Book Binge

Reading Books That Make You Blush

Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader

Reading under the light of a Carolina moon

Emma R.

Books, Writing and Life!

BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

Each night I TRAVEL THE WORLD, I LIVE IN THE MIND OF KILLERS AND WALK AT THE SIDE OF HEROES

Not-So-Modern Girl

Thoughts of a twenty-something girl navigating her way one book at a time

Pat Adams-Wright Author

The power of the word never fails!

Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan

A Readers Musings and Reviews

%d bloggers like this: