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September 22, 2021

Gone for Good by Joanna Schaffhausen ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Today is the first day of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in the southern US, we've been promised some cooler temperatures by the weekend. I'm a bit of a mood reader and in the Fall, I start wanting darker stories, and I have several thrillers on my TBR pile. Today's featured book came out last month, but if you were like me and still trying to cram in a few more beach reads you might have missed it. It is the perfect time to curl up with a blanket and a book you won't want to put down.

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Gone for Good
August 2021; Minotaur Books; 978-1250264602
audio, ebook, print (304 pages); suspense

Gone for Good
 is the first book in a new series featuring Detective Annalisa Vega. It leans more towards suspense than police procedural. 

A ritualistic serial killer is back after a group of amateur true crime sleuths. They are closing in an his identity when one of their own is foound dead. Detective Annalisa Vega is called to the all too familiar scene. She had lost someone to this killer years before.

The plot is intricate with a lot going on. You will need to pay close attention to have any hope of figuring out who the killer. I had a feeling early on it was going to be someone close to the investigation but as there were so many people I was not able to narrow it down to exactly who. it was fun to wonder if it was this character or that as I would think one or another was a bit too interested or maybe had info that they shouldn't.

I enjoyed the plot and the characters. It did bug me that Vega was kept on the investigation. I think having known a previous victim but then she becomes a target would have been grounds for being removed in real life. But it does add another layer of suspense to the story.

I read this book in large chunks as I wanted...no needed to see where each twist and turn would take us. I look foward to reading more books in this series.

Buy Gone for Good at Amazon


Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.



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