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    Great Psychological Thriller

    People are going missing and the only thing that links them is a birthday card – ‘Happy 1st Birthday – your gift is the game. Dare to play? As someone who loves to read crime thrillers and also has an interest in psychology, Gone pushed all the right buttons for me. There’s cryptic riddle to solve and the whole book is based around psychopaths which hooked me right in. I really liked the chapters dedicated to child psychopath Seraphine and how that tied into the main storyline – her inner thoughts were really nicely portrayed and felt realistic. My only wish was that we learnt a little more about the game that some of the players were playing. I enjoyed the characters of Augusta Bloom and Marcus Jameson – psychologist and secret service agent and thought the partnership between them worked well. There were times when I thought they made some silly decisions and went into situations without informing the police. However, I raced through the book which was very nicely paced and made me suspicious of everyone at every turn! I’m amazed that this is a debut novel and congratulate Ms Deakin for a very solid and enjoyable read – I’ll be looking out for her next book! Overall Gone is a great psychological crime thriller which will make you second guess every character and be on the lookout for psychopaths that may be all around you in real life! Thank you to NetGalley & Random House UK, Transworld Publishers – Black Swan for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Great start to a new series

    This is a very good read and for a debut novel, I’m certainly looking forward to more from Leona Deakin. I was gripped from the first page to the last. Four people disappear after they receive birthday cards anonymously, they are invited to play a game but to play they have to log on. Would you log on? Would you be just a little bit curious? They are not known to each other. The police won’t do anything because the four people are adults. Psychologist Augusta Bloom and business partner Marcus Jameson ex MI6 are looking into the disappearance of one of the four. But it’s not long before they realise that there is more going on than they first thought and it’s not anything pleasant, they are becoming a part of the game. I loved Augusta Bloom and Marcus Jameson. Bloom remains cool, calm, collected and analytical and Jameson is more explosive, but they complement each other well. I found the start a little bit slow but then it picked up, that may have just been me not quite focused because once you were drawn into the game, the tension started to rise. Bloom and Jameson find themselves drawn more and more into the game and they not only have to rescue themselves but others as well. There is also teenager Seraphine’s story. Was she evil? Or was she just a bit lost and broken? I think the story has been really well thought out, after all how many of us fill forms in online? Questionnaires, where would you go for your next holiday Barbados, New York or Bognor? (Sorry nothing wrong with Bognor) another survey may ask what brand of tea we like? What car do we drive? How many children? Then all this information is collated, analysed and manipulated and by then they know more about us than we do. This was a great debut novel and I look forward to more of Augusta Bloom.
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    Something scary

    I’m still trying to digest what I have read. Lots of new concepts in spite of having formally studied psychology. Life obviously evolves. Well written though. I look forward to the next one.
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    Hidden secrets

    This was a pacy and very twisty book with some extremely interesting characters. Psychologist Augusta Bloom and investigator colleague Marcus Jameson are pulled into a missing person case by Marcus’s sister Claire and discover this is one of many with one thing in common, a trademark birthday card sent to the victim. The Police are initially unconcerned, there is nothing obviously linking the victims however they soon discover the secrets behind the victims facades and from there on in it gets very interesting. This is a very smart book and thought provoking too, it makes you think about just what the people you know are truly like deep down...
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    Great read

    This book was different and gripping, hard to put down. I couldn't guess all of the twists. Definately recommend and will look for more by this author.
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