Once Gone

A Riley Paige Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Elaine Wise
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

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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.

©2016 Blake Pierce (P)2016 Blake Pierce

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Decent Thriller

I'm noticing a trend in these FBI thrillers - female agents who are brilliant like no other, become damaged goods who have to work through their own trauma while saving the day. I've never read a thriller where a male agent was trying to solve a crime while recovering from serious trauma endured on the job. This aspect felt pretty cliched to me. That said, that didn't totally ruin the book for me and I was able to enjoy the suspense and action.

Elaine Wise did a great job with narration (I am partial to a British accent) but was not a good pick for this book. I kept forgetting that this story took place in the States! Overall, it wasn't bad but I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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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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Confusing with the British accent

The narrator’s voice is lovely, but the British accent had me confused as to the setting for a while. I’m not used to the British saying, “Call 911” because they use “999”. Also “Yosemite”, as in the national park, was mispronounced as were a few other words.

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British voice

Have a book read to you by a British voice you can’t even pronounce Yosemite correctly just turns me right off of the whole box couldn’t even finish it which is too bad because I think the story would’ve been pretty good

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why the english accent!?!

story was good and i enjoyed it but if it is set in the US I expect not to hear a UK english accent telling the story. it made it hard to stay in the US terrains

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A must listen to book

the narrator's voice was really soothing to listen to. I felt immerse in the story, as if I was the character feeling and moving everything. I recommend this book for those who travel and need something to listen to :)

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Riley Took Me By Storm

This book kept me up until 3:00 AM! It flowed so well. I actually liked the accents. The manner of speaking was still American.

Family dynamics were great without getting bogged down and over descriptive. I’m am recommending to my mom and friends that like mysteries.

Riley reminded me of Harry Bosch. This book made up for all the wasted credits I have spent this year. I hope book two is as good. I listened at the 1.25 speed.

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Great book

Loved it, it held my interest the whole time! Looking forward to reading more Riley Paige mysteries.

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My first audible read

That was truly enjoyable. I enjoyed the story line but I think what I enjoyed the most was still being able to move around, do chores or whatever I wanted to do and enjoy the book. Read this book, it is very good and a “page” turner.

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So so good!

From the 1st to last chapter.....the story takes off and keeps you hooked! I will be getting the rest of the books in the series!

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  • 05-16-17

Formulaic, silly, over-long.

Starts well and could have been a perfectly pleasant way to pass a flight. But became improbable, frustrating, and I finally had to skip my way to the end but even then couldn't quite be bothered to finish. An editor who removed the Marie subplot would have helped a little.