Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Gone by Leona Deakin, which is available now (links below).
About the book
Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:
YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME
DARE TO PLAY?
The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.
As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands?
Gone is a truly twisted, high-octane mystery thriller that starts with a bang and which I raced through in a few hours.
The story is highly original, both in terms of plot and in the set up of Bloom and Jameson’s work, and manages successfully to combine modern methods with motives as old as the hills to produce a terrifyingly plausible narrative.
The book gives you several strands to grasp, but each is distinctly written and moves along at a great pace. The chapters jump back and forth between the different areas which increases the sense of urgency and you always want to know the next thing, the next thing.
Gone is full of great characters, fabulous twists and really, really scary ideas!
Leona Deakin does a great job of keeping all the different balls in the air and each plate spinning at the right speed. I cannot wait to read more about Dr Bloom and am pleased to see book 2, Lost, will be out next year.
With grateful thanks to Transworld for the ARC of Gone and to Anne Cater for my stop on the tour.
About the author
Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.
This is her debut thriller.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the amazing bloggers on the tour for Gone: