Jack Caffery's newest case seems like a routine carjacking, a crime he's seen plenty of times before. But as the hours tick by and his investigation morphs into a nightmare, he realizes the sickening truth: the thief wasn't after the car, but the eleven-year-old girl in the backseat. Meanwhile, police diver Sergeant Flea Marley is pursuing her own theory of the case, and what she finds in an abandoned, half-submerged tunnel could put her in grave danger.
The carjacker is always a step ahead of the Major Crime Investigation Unit, toying with their minds in taunting letters, and ready to strike again. As the chances for his victims grow slimmer, Jack and Flea race to fit the pieces together in time.
"Riveting... Hayder keeps the tension high... The meticulously crafted plot is heightened by Hayder's skillful evocation of mood as she summons the specter of a highly intelligent criminal who is taking great satisfaction from every parent's worst nightmare. A captivating thriller." (Booklist)
"A brilliantly plotted mystery that keeps you guessing not only who the villain is, but what exactly he's after... First-rate mystery that takes full advantage of the wintry, moonlit West Country and the unusual skills of its lady diver." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A carjacking goes from bad to horrifying in Hayder's gripping fifth thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"Chilling... Shocks are in store." (The New York Times Book Review)
"It's a tribute to Hayder's powers as a suspense writer that she completely turns the over-familiar premise of this novel inside out and upside down. The more pages of Gone that we captivated readers turn, the farther away we get from cliched thriller conventions." (The Washington Post)
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Good listen, not exceptional, as expected
This book is an Edgar Award winner so I had high hopes. This was the first Jack Caffery novel I read and I found that I should have read them in order. There were many unexplained events, characters and references to earlier Jack Caffery books. While I still was able to comprehend the storyline I feel that I would have enjoyed the book more if I was able to have had knowledge of the earlier storyline. I am now writing this review after having gone back and listened to the first and second books of the series. In comparison to those I found this one to be disappointingly predictable. In conclusion the story, alone from the rest of the series, was very good I did not find it worthy of a story that has won an Edgar Award.