“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!
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Good character development and fast-paced-don’t-wanna-put-down read.45
An amazing book to read! I read this before bed, story line and the characters are amazing in this.55
Not my type of book or series. I would be very fearful if I had to rely on an FBI agent like Riley to save my life. Too much time spent crying or waiting for “the clue” to fall on her lap.15
I love the stories and her style of writing but there are so many spelling mistakes that it becomes pretty annoying.35
Scary but otherwise it’s a great read 😨👍55
I couldn’t finish this one. I can understand a typo here and there but this book had an alarming number of errors of all kinds on almost every page! Story telling and writing are two different skills and unfortunately this author only has one- well maybe one, I didn’t actually get very far into the story to find out.25
Great book. Wished more development of the suspect was done. That storyline was just there no true development or interaction with man character. Otherwise great read.45
The author does a nice job of developing the characters and plot but a few chapters were irrelevant and no value to the storyline. The ending was rushed and a big flop. Small item...book needs proofreading as it has a number of typos and grammatical errors.25
This book is just idiotic. Horribly leaden in its prose (the killer has “a secret lair”), cliched in its plotting (the heroine is independent, even rogue, so she loses her badge and gun) and characterization (she has a moody and uncommunicative teenage daughter and romantic tension with her partner) but mostly it cheats. The protagonist is a great detective because she instinctively knows who did it and who didn’t. She doesn’t investigate or deduce. She doesn’t detect and interpret clues. She just knows. It might as well be a book about a fortune teller. A complete waste of time.15