Lisa Gardner can plain out “write” in a way that any lover of mysteries will enjoy. GONE is no exception. Pierce Quincy is a retired FBI Profiler. On an Oregon highway, the car of his estranged wife, Rainie, has been found with its motor running and her purse on the seat. But there is no sign of Rainie! Kimberly, their daughter and an FBI agent, has been receiving calls from Rainie’s cell phone but no one is there when she answers. Just noise and static. Who is attempting to reach out and from where? Did someone find Rainie’s cell phone or is it actually Rainie attempting to contact someone?
The authorities searched the woods in the vicinity where the car was found but nothing was found yet. Several law enforcement agencies were brought in to play from the local Sheriff to the FBI, all working to outdistance the others. Sheriff Atkins led the local cops and knew the area the best but she was learning as she went but she seemed to have her head square on her shoulders in her investigation. When Quincy receives a phone call telling the authorities to read the morning newspaper, they all rush to find the correct paper. The letter sent to the local newspaper from the kidnapper told Quincy to place $10,000.00 at the spot shown on the crudely drawn map that accompanied the ransom note.
The story occasionally drifts back as Rainie describes what she is going through during and after her kidnapping. She is hurting and doing all she can do to release her bonds but without success. There was no contact when the ransom was dropped so the mystery continued with more ransom notes increasing the ransom were delivered to the newspaper, all signed by a different name, but all belonging to a famous killer from the past.
Dougie was a troubled foster child that had been through the system for many years. Dougie liked to start fires so no one wanted him around. Eventually Dougie was taken captive also and thrown in a cellar with Rainie where they both had to try to escape their bonds and get away before the kidnapper hurt them even more.
Quincy realizes how much he really loves Rainie as his search deepens and intensifies. The book does not allow the reader to leave it very long. “Gone” is well worth your reading time. The suspense and storyline does not let up. No dull spots from Lisa Gardner. A great surprise ending.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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