Tuesday, 17 December 2019

#BlogTour Gone by Leona Deakin


It's my turn on the BlogTour Gone by Leona Deakin. It's the first in the Dr Bloom series and it's a cracking read.

About the Author
Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.This is her debut thriller.

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About the book
Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read: Your gift is the Game. Dare to Play?

The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed. As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands?

An addictive debut thriller with an ingenious hook that turns the missing person plot on its head – what if the missing people are the dangerous ones?

Review
This is the first in the Dr. Bloom series and if this anything to go by then it's going to be a popular one, because this is a cracking read.

When random people start going missing there doesn't appear to be any connection between them until someone notices the invitations they have been receiving. Daring them to be true to their real selves and play a game - a game only a small number of people can play, because they are the only ones who understand the rules.

Jameson gets pulled into the mystery when a friend goes missing and leaves her teenage daughter behind. His friend Augusta Bloom slowly gets drawn in, especially because the subject matter  and actions of the disappeared seem oddly familiar. Simultaneously we follow her story with a young girl called Seraphine, who struggles to keep her true identity a secret and quite frankly is annoyed she even has to.

It's an engrossing and well thought out psychological thriller. Deakin plants red herrings here and there to try and trip the reader up, but they are easily found if you pay attention to the subject at hand.

What would you do if you found out someone close to you was a psychopath. Would it change the way you think about them, would you question their motives and reactions or would you just accept that they had different personality traits and way of processing things?

The truth is there are many among us, perhaps even someone you know. A lot of successful people in high positions have to be ruthless to the point of feeling no empathy or having no conscience. Perhaps one day they might be traits to embrace, as opposed to being uncertain or fearful of.

Buy Gone at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital; eBook - 9th August 2019 - Paperback | Black Swan - 12 Dec 2019 | £7.99. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Hive.co.uk

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