Once Gone by Blake Pierce - Book Review

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From the first page, I was hooked! It wasn't just the "who done it" mystery but the unraveling of the main character, Riley that kept me reading. I loved the vulnerability of the character who also displayed great confidence even if it's not recognized by her. Concerned with trusting her instincts and lack of personal support, Riley takes on another case. Trying to track a serial killer who has already killed 3 women and will most certainly strike again. Fueled by her past regrets and the ghosts of her own ordeal she plunges in feet first to help save potential future victims. All the while second-guessing her instincts and unwittingly reliving her past. I will no doubt be picking up the second book in this series!



Once Gone (Riley Paige Mystery #1)

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Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, 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 good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, 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. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself 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 and #3 in the Riley Paige series are also available.