Once Gone : Riley Paige

  • by Blake Pierce
  • Narrated by Elaine Wise
  • Series: Riley Paige
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Women are turning up dead on 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, 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 onboard, 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.

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Drawn in from the start

What made the experience of listening to Once Gone the most enjoyable?

Jumping from perspectives without revealing the killer really brings an interesting level of curiosity to the book. Elaine brings Blake's characters to life with her narration.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. It's an 8 hour long version of good crime drama TV. You not only want to know who's the killer, you want to know how the characters will resolve issues in their own lives.


Which character – as performed by Elaine Wise – was your favorite?

Riley in this book. (I am on book 6 of the series now)


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I got physically anxious at times and cried a bit at the death of some.


Any additional comments?

I'm shocked to see negative reactions to this book. I've not picked up a book since highschool and this series has gotten me hooked.

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- Randi

Utterly implausible

What would have made Once Gone better?

Believable characters. Plausible situations.


What was most disappointing about Blake Pierce’s story?

The characters and plot could be generated by a really old computer program or a very stupid AI. The characters are stock and thinly drawn. People behave in a caricatured way. There way to much graphic violence.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elaine Wise?

Someone who speaks with an american accent.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.


Any additional comments?

I hate the detective in jeopardy plotline. And the continuing threat from an evil offstage character. YUCK.

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- Zoe C. Johnson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2016
  • Publisher: Blake Pierce