Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1) Summary

“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!

Book Reviews


WHAT can i say5 star

listen up im a total bookworm and i've read a LOT of books but this (+harry potter) HAS to be one of my all time favorites, i mean i finished it in 2 days, it's that good, im really glad it's a series and im gonna read and remember it. im gonna recommend it alot too. SO DONT KEEP CALM AND JUST READ THE BOOK thankyu 😌✨💅55


Great mystery!!5 star

This was a great mystery book that kept you reading to the very end!! Great storyline and plot!55


Just a little too over the top3 star

The story line is good, the characters are well developed and for the most part very believable. On the downside though, it’s like watching a bad horror movie where the characters behave in ways that are too extreme to be believed and I’d catch myself saying, “There’s NO way she’d do something that stupid and work for the FBI”.35


Well written5 star

Interesting, developed characters and although sometimes predictable, the story keeps you reading until the very end. Quick easy, enjoyable read55


Great small read5 star

This was a great read. Recently I started to get into books again. And I’ve been drawn to Pierces’ books. Once I’m into the store, it’s hard putting down my phone.55


WOAH5 star

This is awesome! I can’t believe there are so many details here! I love this book!!! ✨❤️❤️❤️55


Must read !!5 star

This book is amazing!55


Once Gone5 star

Great! Wonderful attention to detail, great descriptions.55

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Very good series4 star

Good character development and fast-paced-don’t-wanna-put-down read.45

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