After She’s Gone

Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

 Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

 Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

Although she’s been writing for a while, Maggie James is a new author to my bookshelves and a welcome addition. Her latest book had me practically dislocating my thumb as I was flipping through the pages faster than my joints liked thanks to her fast pace, exciting plot line and thrilling turns that had me racing to a beautifully written conclusion.

 Admittedly I assumed this was going to be another template created mystery even though the story and characters were well written. Like I said, I’m new to James, but not new to the mystery genre and if you read enough mysteries you pick up on the template formula used for these books. I have been suitably schooled into not falling for the obvious because when the author’s twists started falling in place I discovered she is one hell of a writer.

 Her characters seemed so realistic particularly as she wrote them flawed and approachable which really shown through powerful scenes that rose above a mere entertainment level.

 Her fluent writing will compel and enchant you to stay glued to this book until you find out what happened and why. Fair warning, have Kleenex nearby because you’re going to need them as she gut punches you with some of the worst in humanity.

 Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

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