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.

Books #2-#17 are also available!

Book Reviews


Suspenseful, Easy Series….2 star

Easy read. Nicely written. Thriller highs and lows. Good story line. Perfect ending for a series…..25


Once gone5 star

What a book! You can’t put it down. Finished it in one day and loved every minute heck with housework55


Exciting5 star

This was thrilling page turner. I can’t wait until I have the next book to read!55

saundra 14

Doesn't make sense2 star

The book has potential. BUT the author makes Riley out to be dumb. In The beginning as she's this great agent far above the others. But the book runs on and on of her repeated mistakes. And then they pat her on the back for it. She doesn't follow up on leads and blindly arrests people after judging them with little evidence.25


Too many typos … no explanation as to how she threw a lighted match on Peterson’s gas tanks.2 star

Need an editor/proofreader? [email protected]25


Great mystery.5 star

I enjoyed this book a lot. Story unfolded slowly, keeping interest high.55


Once gone5 star

Good book. Nicely written.55


Great Read with grammatical errors.4 star

This is a great read. The Main is well developed and all too human. Very relatable on an emotional level but also piques the criminal curiosity. The grammatical errors aren’t extremely abundant, but are numerous enough that I began to cringe after awhile.45

A Fearless Woman

Intriguing Quick Read4 star

I enjoyed the elements of surprise and suspense and depth of the characters, especially Riley. I did feel like the climax was a bit rushed, but enjoyed it overall. Will be continuing on to book 2.45


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

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