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Publisher's Summary

"It's just to say that no one has come to pick Nathan up from school, and we were wondering if there was a problem of some kind?"

As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh's Portobello Beach, he is called by his son's school: his wife, Lauren, hasn't turned up to collect their son. Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home, but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry.

With brilliantly controlled reveals, we learn some of the painful secrets of the couple's shared past, not least that it isn't the first time Lauren has disappeared. And as Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what's going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads. That is until a shocking discovery...

Doug Johnstone is the author of four novels, most recently Hit & Run, acclaimed by Ian Rankin as "great slice of noir" and by Irvine Welsh as "a grisly parable for our times". He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter, and a musician and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.

©2013 Doug Johnstone (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Excellent ...sharp and moving." (The Times)
"Calling to mind the best of Harlan Coben, Johnstone shows us how quickly an ordinary life can take one dark turn and nothing is ever the same again." (Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The End of Everything)

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  • Mary Hudson
  • Yellowstone National Park, WY United States
  • 11-06-15

Great Listen

"Page" turner. I was totally engaged with the characters. This will keep your attention.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jacque
  • Lander, WY, United States
  • 11-20-15

Edinburgh raw

This author us new to me. I loved the story line and the relationship between the protagonist and his six year-old son. Some if the violence seemed overdone, but I was kept in thrall to the beautiful, lilting Scots of Angus King's narration.

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  • DW
  • S.W. Missouri
  • 07-11-17

ugg!! Deplorable language

Language is deplorable. Absolutely no reason for all the "F" bombs.

The British accent was so heavy at times, I couldn't understand .

I listened for about 2hours. .marked it as read and deleting it from my phone

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Good read

Good story. Angus King was a great narrator made the story come to life. sad that the wife passed away leaving the husband and child. but i think they will do alright in the end. Thank you!

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Not a Nail-biter, But Good

The narrator did a good job of changing moods and voices to portray different characters. I had the villains figured out early on, as well as the motive for murder, but there was a twist I had not contemplated. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

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Riveting

I choose an overall rating for this book at 4 stars, due to the excessive foul language. The story was very good and plot was riveting. There were so many surprises. I would recommend this book for teen to adult readers.

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  • Ann D
  • 10-22-17

Didn’t engage me!

None of the characters here were likeable. The main protagonist, though portrayed as the angst ridden husband, was also a thug in his own way. However, I have enjoyed many books where the characters are not likeable, so that can’t have been my problem here. I struggled to engage with this story. It was a long way in before it ‘got going’ and when it did, the events just seemed rather implausible. The narration was excellent and I’m sure that was why I stuck with it, but it was not worth my time.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheech
  • 02-07-16

A little unrealistic ......

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Overall I enjoyed listening/reading book. Although a short way in I was a little puzzled with Mark's prioritisation. This continued throughout the book. I don't want to spoil but why would he deal things in that way? The boss' voice wasn't pleasant.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Change Mark's order of importance of dealing with major happenings.

Have you listened to any of Angus King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not listened to any others

Could you see Gone Again being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No. At risk of repeating ..... It's bizarre how he goes to see his wife's boss so soon after the discovery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful