Gone

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Gone by Leona Deakin is a fantastic novel that had me hooked from page one.  This is a fast paced mystery/thriller with a very likable main character of Dr Augusta Bloom. 

I would highly recommend this book. There are numerous twists throughout.  It was an excellent read.  Im now looking forward to the second book in the series coming out in 2020.  

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK for the Arc.  My review is my own opinion.
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What a brilliant book!  I couldn’t put it down.  Exactly my favourite sort of book.  Filled with psychopaths and a twisty story.  The book was fast paced and intriguing.  Great characters that I hope will become part of a series.  The pairing of a psychologist and a former spy is  superb. I understand this is a first novel but it certainly won’t be the last.  Great writing.
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Some good twists that I didn't predict, and a good premise but I felt it was too long. When I was 25% in, I thought I was over half! Very well researched and interesting to learn about the psychopathic mind.
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Thank you to Netgalley, Leona Deakin and Random House for my ARC of Gone in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis: When people begin to go missing after receiving a birthday card inviting to play an exclusive game, psychologist Augusta Bloom and her partner Marcus are called in to investigate. But not everything is as it seems, could the people who are missing be the ones who pose the danger? Could the secret to the game lie in Augusta's past? 

I really wanted to like this book. Gone has a fantastic concept that brought to mind The Passengers by John Marrs. But unfortunately I really couldn't get on with this one. The storyline felt weak at best with little planning, the concept was great but the fulfilment of it was not. The ending was disappointing and over the top and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. It was hard to picture how any of them looked as I was reading. Sadly disappointed with this one.
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People are disappearing, invited to join a game on their birthday.  Psychologist Augusta is alerted as a family friend of her work partner is one of the missing.  she notices that the missing have something in common, and this will link back to an old case of hers.  It's an interesting and unusual plot idea, it's well written, pacey and interesting with a clever denouement.
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Gone (or Mind Games) is the first book in a series featuring Dr Augusta Bloom and it was only whilst writing this review that I found out there is another book due out in April 2020 so I’m absolutely thrilled and have already pre-ordered it.

Dr Augusta Bloom works in London as a psychologist with her ex-M16 agent/Private Investigator partner Marcus Jameson.  When Lana, a family friend of Marcus, disappears on her birthday leaving a young teenage daughter behind they start to investigate and find Lana is one of several, seemingly unconnected people who has disappeared on their birthday leaving their lives and families behind after receiving a “birthday card” inviting them to play a game.

I absolutely love psychological thrillers especially when they feature strong female characters and Gone has two brilliantly feisty, slightly unhinged and utterly wonderful characters:  Dr Augusta Bloom and teenage psychopath Seraphine who are thrown together at the beginning of the book and have a history and connection which affects both women with devastating consequences.

Highly addictive and a fabulous debut novel full to the brim with twists and turns and I absolutely, completely and thoroughly recommend it (can’t wait for book 2 now)
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This was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters were likeable and interesting. I was constantly wanting to find out what happened to Dr Blooms son. The development of the story was consistent and timed perfectly. I will now look for more books from Leona Deakin.
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I really didn't know what to expect when a copy of Gone popped through my letterbox but the blurb alone had me intrigued and I wasn't disappointed. The central character is criminal pscyhologist Dr Augusta Bloom who is asked to get involved in a missing persons case by her business partner Marcus Jameson, an ex MI6 officer. The missing woman Lana is a friend of his sister who has seemingly walked out and left her teenage daughter Jane.

As soon as they start looking into Lana's case they soon realise that this isn't quite a random case as first thought, there seems to be a connection to other strangers who have also gone missing. The one thing that they all had in common was that they had each gone missing on their birthdays after receiving a card inviting them to play a game. How and why they were selected, and where were they now, were the all important questions that needed answering. However it would appear that social media had a large part to play, it would appear that these people were selected and chosen to undergo some pretty criminal activities based on their borderline personalities after filling in the innocent looking quizzes and tests you often see online. 

At first I was a little confused as it appeared as though there were two very different stories being told, both with Augusta Bloom at the heart of it, but the more the book progressed the more it became clear that these two were in fact connected. Just how so we had to be patient and wait for everything to come to light, one part I had figured out but not fully so like Augusta and Marcus I had to wait for everything to play out for the full reveal. 

I've always been fascinated by the human psyche and what makes people tick so the fact that Augusta was a criminal psychologist appealed to me although personally I did find her quite a hard character to warm to. She seemed extremely reserved and closed off, not letting people in not even Marcus who despite working alongside her for a few years doesn't know much about her past. Mind you he's not without his own fair share of skeletons. I really liked this partnership, they really seemed to balance each other out so I was extremely happy to discover that there is going to be another book in the series next year. 

I hate to be cliche but Gone really was a page turner of a read, from about the mid way point I was hooked by the suspense and mind games at play and could not put the book down until it had reached its conclusion. I can't wait for more of hopefully the same in Lost when it is published in April 2020.
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Gone is a brilliant debut, a psychological thriller introducing the investigative duo of Marcus Jameson and Dr Augusta Bloom. 
Marcus, a former secret agent and Dr Bloom, a psychologist seem an unlikely duo but clearly  work well together. A strange case is brought to their attention involving the disappearance of several individuals, one of whom in known to Marcus. These people have disappeared after receiving a birthday card inviting them to play a game, simply leaving their loved ones and their ordinary lives behind. The police seem uninterested in these cases so it is up to Marcus and Dr Bloom to trace their whereabouts. It quickly becomes apparent something very sinister is taking place, with disappearances widespread. Could this be the work of a group or a single individual and why are certain people targeted?? 
The narrative switches between the investigation and the everyday work Dr Bloom carries out, focusing on the sessions she has with a school girl Seraphine who is accused of a serious crime. What connection, if any, is there between these sessions and the ongoing case. Read on and all will be revealed.
This is a dark novel with a cleverly constructed plot keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. It is obvious the author has a background in psychology to write so eloquently about the workings of an evil mind. Aside from the fact this is a work of fiction, I found the subject of what makes a person a psychopath absolutely fascinating. Can DrBloom’s experience in the field help solve this mystery? 
Fast paced with moments where your heart is racing, poised on the edge of your seat, Gone is a real page turner. With an amazing, explosive twist that I didn’t see coming, this book is a difficult one to put down. This author is one to watch! Many thanks to the author and publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read ahead of publication.
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‘The missing people aren’t in danger. They’re the dangerous ones.’ This tagline was more than enough to catch my eye and I was totally engaged by the narrative and the action. This is a very impressive debut novel which explores the world and perceptions of the psychopath. The author is a psychologist who writes with confidence and skill about this intriguing subject matter. She is talented enough to avoid the trap of turning a story into a discourse about a psychological condition. 

Four strangers have vanished after receiving a birthday card which invites them to play a game. They are all adults so the police are unconcerned. Psychologist, Augusta Bloom and her business partner, ex-MI6 operative, Marcus Jameson, are asked to look into the disappearance of one of the four. They soon discover that something extremely unpleasant is taking place and they are gradually becoming part of the game. 

This was a fascinating read with an authentic exploration of the nature of psychopathy. The rapport between the cool and analytical Bloom and the more explosive Jameson is very well created and the menace of the other characters is palpable. The drama moves at pace and the tension is built effectively. As Bloom and Jameson are drawn deeper into the game it becomes a race to rescue themselves as well as others. 

I really enjoyed this intelligent thriller and will certainly avoid doing any online personality quizzes in the future!

Thank you to NetGalley and Transworld Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Gone is one of those rare books where I felt like I’d known the main characters for ages, and one where I’m already looking forward to the next instalment,

It was a clever premise that provided a thrilling and action-packed read, the only slight negative, no actually not negative just a thing to point out, is that I’d sort of worked it out by the middle of the book. I do want to assure you though, that it didn’t in any way, affect my total enjoyment of the book at all.

Augusta Bloom, along with Marcus Jameson, are fabulous protagonists; a rather detached psychologist and ex-MI6 officer respectively. They blended together really well, with Jameson being an immediately open character, and Bloom more of a bud slowly, well, blooming, but both were very likeable.

Gone is a very promising debut from Leona Deakin and I’m eager to watch Jameson and Bloom facing their next mystery.
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Gripping from start to finish, and a somewhat unique twist to the story line. 
Can't wait for the next instalment.  Well worth reading.
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I never repeat the blurb...absolutely superb...a well researched and gripping tale...only down to 4**as I had guessed the twist, but there's another instalment coming soon and I can't wait...
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Wow this is just an absolute blinder of a book. Gripping, tense and action packed. I was on the edge of my sofa holding my breath all the way through.

A must read.
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Gone was completely different to other Mystery/Crime/Thriller books I have read in the past and I was honestly hooked from start to finish.Even though the premise is pretty unlikely to occur in real life, I liked that it was possible. I wouldn't put it past some people to play such games.

The plot was suspenseful and kept me on my toes 95% of the time, and I really enjoyed reading about protagonist Dr Augusta Bloom.

I loved the light in which social media was addressed in this book. The idea of filling in "random" questionnaires on Facebook, Twitter etc has never really appealed to me personally, however I do know a good few people who complete these kind of forms out of either boredom or interest in finding out what type of animal or celebrity personality they are. I would love for these people to read Gone and consider the consequences!

I managed to spot a couple of minor twists before they happened, but not quite to their full extent. I thought this was perfect as it meant I picked up on a couple of clues, but the author held enough back to surprise me.

I have both a good and bad relationship with the ending of this book. I really liked how things were not absolutely perfect at the end. Things were wrapped up and questions were answered, but it wasn't all 'happily ever after'. However there were some very small aspects I didn't agree with. Now this could be due to my lack of experience in the legal system so I think its best I don't think too much into them, but overall I thought it was an exceptionally well written and interesting read and i look forward to more of Leona's work.
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Gone by Leona Deakin is a unique psychological thriller from the author and her debut novel.
The story starts with Dr Augusta Bloom who specialises in Child psychology counselling 14-year-old Seraphine Walker. She has been accused of stabbing the Caretaker of the school. They do not know the reason why. Seraphine has Psychotic tendencies. Then Dr Augusta Bloom is then asked by her partner Marcus Jameson (ex MI6) to investigate 4 missing people. One of which is a family friend. The 4 people have gone missing after receiving birthday cards inviting them to ‘play a game’. First, they think it is a bit of harmless fun but, when more people go missing under unusual circumstances. They realise that something is not right about the disappearances and they seem to become linked in some way. Marcus and Augusta decide to investigate what’s happening to these disappearances without the help of the police.
I liked the premise of this story. I found it original and intriguing and full of suspense But, along the way I got confused to what is going on. 4 stars from me. Thank you NetGalley and Random house for a copy of this book.
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Having been asked for help by a young girl whose mother ,Lana ,has disappeared  Marcus Jameson , a retired MI6 agent decides to help . He enlists the help of his business partner Augusta Bloom who is a Psychologist with issues from the past ,after a teenage patient had committed suicide . In trying to locate Lana they discover a larger number of people missing , all around their Birthday and having received a white Birthday Card inviting them to join in a game . It transpires that all these people have one thing in common and the game is being played out with one intention . A different sort of story with plenty of twists as the tale unfolds and a shock ending .
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Thank you #NetGalley for an advance copy of Gone in exchange of my honest review.

It took me quite a while to understand what was going on as there are two simultaneous stories that were told at the same time.

I am not sure how this will be sorted out in the physical copy but in the ebook, the stories weren't separated properly, they were talked about in the same chapter. I would be reading about a story and the next paragraph would be talking about other story.

That was quite confusing and I admit that I enjoyed the book a bit less for that reason.

However, there was something very addictive and I wanted to find out what that was. 

I liked the story about Seraphine a lot more that the one about the disappearances. The whole thing was a bit odd and I had to push myself to keep reading as I didn't find it too interesting.

By the time I got to half way, I was as lost as at the beginning. I didn't know where things were going, what was happening or how the planned to solve the situation. 

Regarding the two main characters, the detectives Bloom and Jameson, I couldn't connect with them. I didn't dislike them but I didn't care for them either. They were normal people for me and that made a bit detached from the story.

Although I think the main idea is great and it is very well worked, it just didn't work for me. I like thrillers and this one is a good one but there was so much going on and so quick that I was too lost to like it.

The end was good. I didn't expect the final twist and, to be honest, I had no idea that that was how the book was gonna end but like I said before, in general this story didn't work for me.
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This original dark, psychological thriller has tension in bucketloads. People are sent a card on their birthday saying ‘Happy First Birthday’ and then they completely disappear. What has happened to them? Leaving behind devastation, their families are puzzled and distraught. Marcus Jameson who knows one of the missing people and his business partner Dr Augusta Bloom intend to discover the truth. Understanding the true meaning of a psycopath has the reader wondering just how many they could actually know! A great read, and a true page turner, only the very end being slightly disappointing but this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
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Introducing Dr Augusta Bloom and her business partner Marcus Jameson in a chilling psychological thriller.

What starts out as a missing person case, when Marcus is asked by his sister to look into her friends strange disappearance suddenly becomes something much more with a discovery of a game being played, people are receiving first birthday cards asking them if they dare to play a game then promptly going missing.

It appears someone is trying to recruit psychopaths

For a debut this is a very intelligent polished read, it’s clever, whilst not frantically paced like some in the genre, but enough to keep you interested and turning pages.

I didn’t overly take to Augusta, I was more Inclined to Marcus, both main characters have secrets they don’t want to talk about and if this is the start of the new series which it feels like, I think there is a bit than can be done with this duo, and I’ll be interested to see what’s next.

Tightly plotted and very current, with the uses of Tor, the dark web, and social media, it's a book that will give you pause to think about your social media behaviour.

Some nice ideas and a bit different , this stands out, and you can tell the author works in the profession as she clearly knows her stuff but she writes in a way for anyone to understand, you aren’t overloaded with terminology.

I like the ending as it wasn’t the usual, again something fresh,

A clever thriller, with some fresh ideas from a new voice who knows her subject matter.

Recommended

4🔥🔥🔥🔥
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