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Lisa Gardner , Kirsten Kairos
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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28 Nov 2006
From New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of Alone and The Killing Hour, comes a thriller that goes from heartbreaking to heartstopping in the blink of an eye.…

When someone you love vanishes without a trace, how far would you go to get them back?
For ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, it’s the beginning of his worst nightmare: a car abandoned on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, purse on the driver’s seat. And his estranged wife, Rainie Conner, gone, leaving no clue to her fate.

Did one of the ghosts from Rainie’s troubled past finally catch up with her? Or could her disappearance be the result of one of the cases they’d been working–a particularly vicious double homicide or the possible abuse of a deeply disturbed child Rainie took too close to heart?  Together with his daughter, FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, Pierce is battling the local authorities, racing against time, and frantically searching for answers to all the questions he’s been afraid to ask.

One man knows what happened that night. Adopting the alias of a killer caught eighty years before, he has already contacted the press. His terms are clear: he wants money, he wants power, he wants celebrity. And if he doesn’t get what he wants, Rainie will be gone for good.

Sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, it’s still not enough.
As the clock winds down on a terrifying deadline, Pierce plunges headlong into the most desperate hunt of his life, into the shattering search for a killer, a lethal truth, and for the love of his life, who may forever be…gone.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Assets; Abridged edition (28 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739341596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739341599
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,828,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Gardner sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New Hampshire.

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' The twists and turns in the book will keep you guessing up until the last page is read. First rate!' (REFRESH )

'An ex-FBI profiler gets back on the case after his wife goes missing in mysterious circumstances. A nerve-jangler if ever we read one.' (MORE )

'It's been a while since Gardner's fantastic Alone, but this follow-up makes the wait worthwhile.' (GLAMOUR )

'a fast-moving crime thriller with lots of suprises' (WOMAN ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When someone you love vanishes without a trace, how far would you go to get them back? A powerful thriller from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of SAY GOODBYE. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Lucy Felthouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm not usually a huge crime-fiction reader, but this book was lent to me, and I'll generally read anything, and if it hasn't captured me within the first few pages then I'll leave it. But Gone didn't give me a problem, because I was interested in the story from the very beginning. The writing style wasn't marvellous, but the plot itself was intriguing, and I wanted to know what happened to the characters, and why.

This is the story of Pierce Quincy, an ex-FBI profiler, and his wife, Rainie Conner. They've recently separated due to various problems in their marriage, but mainly because Rainie has a drink problem which she won't admit to. Quincy is at his wits' end because he doesn't know what to do to help his distant wife so he leaves, hoping to shock her into realising she has a problem. However, Quincy soon regrets his decision when he gets a call a few days later to tell him that his wife's car has been found by the side of a road and neither she or her beloved gun are anyway to be seen. Questions are whizzing round: was she drunk and had an accident, has she committed suicide, has Quincy hurt her and is putting on a good show, or is somebody else involved?

This is Quincy's worst nightmare. His wife has had a troubled past which is what has driven her to drinking of late, and he doesn't know if he has now lost her for good. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Rainie has not taken off of her own accord - she has been kidnapped. The abductor seems to have done his research on past kidnappings, as he adopts the alias of a criminal that was active eighty years ago. Trouble is, this kidnapper never had any intention of returning his victim alive - he was simply after the money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Lisa Gardner 8 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read all previous novels by Lisa Gardner, I was delighted to tuck into this one. I was certainly not disappointed! It is great to be able to follow characters through a series of books. You feel as if you really get to know them. These characters are interesting and very likeable in their own ways. You can certainly empathise with them. I recommend anyone who has not yet read any books by Lisa Gardner, to start with some of the earlier novels, but do start. I have been waiting a while for this one to come out! Lucky you if you havent yet discovered her - enjoy it!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain WOW!!! 23 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
Oh my god, this has to be the BEST Lisa Gardner book to date. It's so difficult to put down I was still reading at 3am!! The book is so well written you feel like you're right there with the characters. A 100% must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terribly disappointing 26 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Having read the reviews, I was very excited about this book. Really looked forward to reading it however I am afraid that it was miserably disappointing. I really cannot see where other 4 and 5 star reviews are coming from. I am all for a good thriller, reading James Patterson, Simon Kernick, however this was just not up there. In my opinion, the story line was laborious, unbelieveable and hardly made for gripping reading. I continued reading just for the sake of it, incase there was some WOW factor at the end, alas, no. Cannot recommend at all. I also bought 2 other books written by Lisa Gardner, and am somewhat dubious about starting to read them after this experience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well paced 19 Mar 2007
By Clive
Format:Paperback
Reasonably quick suspense with a host of characters. Quincy's cop wife Rainie has gone missing late one night while out driving. The next morning a handwritten ransom note reaches the local daily for only ten thousand dollars and some fame. Is the kidnapper that simple? A fair few twists for an enjoyable read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A credible read with a grand finale. 12 Aug 2006
By Michael Watson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I'm a first-timer with this author so I was wondering if I'd be missing out in being able to understand the characters in this story. No worries! It didn't detract from a very good storyline combining personal relationships with hard-nosed tracking of a double-kidnapper. I guess there's more to Rainie than meets the eye in this book but, nonetheless, she plays a pivotal role in dealing with the kidnap. I didn't catch on to the perp at all but, on checking back, there aren't that many clues even when you know who dunnit! I like the fact that the main players are that much older; it gives a feel of gravitas to the police procedures and one can empathize with them as they face their own dilemmas.

On the down side, I still don't how the kidnapper was able to secure his victim initially and the red herring of a murder halfway through the investigation seemed to be out of step with the way the characters were evolving. On the plus side, I read that the author has two barking-mad dogs at home. I'm delighted they didn't feature in her book!

I don't know where Quincy and Rainie go from here but then, I'm not the author, so if there is another follow-on, I'll certainly be up for it.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 7 Mar 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading "Gone". It seems ages since List Gardner wrote "The Killing Hour" and I wanted to know how the characters had fared since then. Quincy and Rainie have lots of problems in their life and there are lots of issues still for them to resolve but the kidnapping of Rainie has made them realize that what they have in their lives is very important and if only Rainie can be saved then they can work together for a better future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GD
BRILLIANT LOVE THE BOOK, COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN EVEN IF I WANTED TO. READING ALL LISA GARDNERS BOOKS NOW :)
Published 1 month ago by lisa-marie badiali
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read But .......
..... it also really annoyed me. This was book five of the series and whist I appreciate that not everyone might have read all the previous ones, I'm sure many will have. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandie
5.0 out of 5 stars GONE BY LISA GARDNER
As with all Lisa Gardner books I have read this was equally as good and was another page turner. Have recommended it to family and friends
Published 4 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars No one better than Lisa Gardner
Lisa Gardner is a brilliant writer. I have never yet read a book of hers and not been delighted. Her characters are believable and make me feel things along with them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jacki Larcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars she does it again
Lisa gardner never disappoints keeps you hanging on the edge to the very last line. One of my very favourite authors in this genre. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr Peter Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting read
Kept my interest from start to finish great read great writer can not wait to read next one! Which is?
Published 8 months ago by sashais
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Another great thriller by Lisa Gardner.
Keeps you gripped throughout the book telling the story from the characters own perspective.
Published 11 months ago by J. Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book thoroughly enjoyed it great story line had your interest from the very first chapter . Have read other books by the same author and was not disappointed in this one .
Published 11 months ago by jean skimin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet
I found Lisa Gardiner after getting my kindle and love her books. I cannot put them down once I start. I think "Gone" is my favourite one so far.
Published 12 months ago by J L Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me on the edge of my seat
a real page turner - loved it. I am a real fan and this as good as all the others
Published 15 months ago by Jo Riley
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