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

Jackie Elin

Great book5 star

Really enjoyed the suspense55

Amalia del mar

Excellent5 star

Couldn’t put it down! Great book55


An amazing read5 star

Honestly, if you’re into criminal minds, this book is for you. It reads like a movie and my brain and Imagination enjoyed every word on every page. Truly a book that I couldn’t put down! Onto the second book I go!55


Not my fav3 star

It is just so predicable and kinda boring35


Intriguing, Suspenseful4 star

Like the writing , keeps you in suspense , will read another novel45


Once Gone3 star

I give this 3 stars. It was good, don't get me wrong. I just feel like Riley is very self centered, and always has to make things about her even if they aren't, or even remotely close to being about her. It gets sort of annoying, especially with what happens to Marie... I don't know..35


Predictable3 star

Predictable, but okay for a quick read.35


Bsjsj5 star



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

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