REVIEW: Gone, Leona Deakin #BLOGTOUR

Friday, 13 December 2019

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:
The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom 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 missing people.
But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?

Let me tell you something about me: I love games, challenges, competitions. I am a born sore-loser and a petty winner; one that will make a contest, and more importantly a drinking game, out of absolutely anything.
Page counts, rugby matches, pole dances.
You name it, I have probably put some sort of wager on it.
It is why I still watch progressively worse episodes of Pretty Little Liars, or shout along to tea-time gameshows (and then suddenly look anywhere else when the answer inevitably turns out to be wrong): I can't resist the thrill of a win.
That is why Leona Deakin's Gone is my favourite kind of mystery-thriller (Even though it does make me wonder what its protagonists, namely the vividly-crafted Augusta Bloom would think of me). Because, the set-up of a competition is as high-stakes as it gets - and filled with more excitement than the usual domestic thriller could ever dream of attaining.
Boredom? Never heard of it.
As, by stretching the bounds of her seemingly-limitless creativity, Leona Deakin has managed to create a novel that centres on something so absurd and so crazy that you spend most of your time reading the novel with your eyebrows in your hairline. It is a rip-roaring adventure ride of thrills and surprises but, unlike many others of the same type, it also manages to always ground its high-stakes high-thrills scenarios with a sweeping sense of the real and the human. Because, yes, it is about missions and dares and that big central game, but Leona Deakin's background in psychology, has also bestowed her with the ability to delve into the human psyche and create a cast of characters that its audience really does root for (or root against, which is really more than half of the battle).
That is because its protagonists, psychologist Augusta Bloom and her colleague Marcus Jameson, really do care. About the wrong people and the right; they want them to succeed, to be safe, to feel secure... Even if, as events of the tantalisingly-wrapped novel unfold, some of those people do little to deserve it.
And, all in all, it makes Gone a novel that is far from all talk and no action (or rather all action and no talk) and its publication on the 12th of December marks the beginning of a series that will likely keep me (and many, many others) on tenterhooks for decades.

Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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