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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
A journey into the dark heart of family secrets. Well written with a lot of pace and depth. The Douglas family would appear on the surface to be the 'ideal'. As layer after layer is stripped away in a clever series of revelations it soon becomes obvious they're not. The plot's centred around the suspicious disappearance of mother and wife Lauren Douglas. However; it's really much more about the relationship between father and son, Mark and Nathan, which is well portrayed. As we begin to learn about the true extent of Mark's problems with anger there's a slowly building fear for the safety of Nathan. He's lost his mum and now his dad is slowly spinning out of control. There's anger, danger and uncertainty all around the little boy as he tries to deal with his new circumstances. The police seem to be in no rush to complete their investigation into Lauren's disappearance. Why? Is Mark implicated? We know he's lost his temper before and the way he's ramping up his frustration and rage he seems capable of murder. I'm not telling you anything - read the book!

Without a doubt the best part of Gone Again are the characters and the close look at what holds a family together and what can drive them apart. Overall a decent read with strong, contemporary themes.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2013
Never saw that end coming , kept me tutning the pages to the very end cant recommend this title enough
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2013
Gone Again is another top read from one of my favourite writers, Doug Johnstone. There's no larking about in this tale of one man's battle to discover why his wife has vanished but the raw emotion that Johnstone manages to capture is heartfelt and although I found it difficult to read at times, the honesty that comes over makes this such a worthwhile read. I was terrified not about what had happened to the wife but what was possibly going to happen to the father as his life got out of control. It's difficult to write realistic dialogue with a child but Johnstone pulls this off very well, and shows a good understanding of what makes children tick and how their little minds flash about from one emotion to another.

A great story of human emotions mixed up with a few gangsters and howling weather on the east coast of Scotland. One not to miss and I can't wait to find out what Johnstone comes up with next - a very classy writer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2013
First book I have read by this author. Finished it in 2 days. Really gripping story. Would highly recommend it
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2013
Intriguingly well written, believable and happy to recommend, good detective genre and captured the mood of the main characters perfectly
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
I've read all of Doug Johnstone's novels on my Kindle and was really pleased when this was released. I had it on my wish list and snapped it up when it was on the 99p Daily Deal.
Once I started to read it, I simply couldn't put it down. A fantastic story based around the relationship a man, whose cosy life is suddenly spun into turmoil, has with his son.
Changes in his life make him consider and realise aspects of his past and potential future, revealing thoughts and behaviours he never dreamed possible.
Johnstone writes in the real world and with depictions of emotions and reactions to circumstances which make you think about how you would behave in similar circumstances.
A great book and a fantastic read, would recommend this to anybody, already can't wait for his next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
After the drink fuelled violence of Smokeheads and Hit and Run's sexy, pill-popping rough and tumble Doug Johnstone was my go-to author for manchild hijinks, but his latest novel Gone Again signals an intriguing change of focus as he shifts into the domestic sphere.

Photographer Mark Douglas is vainly trying to snap a pod of whales on Portobello beach when the school calls to tell him his wife hasn't arrived to collect their young son Nathan. Initially it's just a minor annoyance, nothing to worry about; Lauren's job at an upmarket Edinburgh estate agents is demanding enough to cause these little derailments, so he picks Nathan up and takes him home, but as the afternoon draws into evening and Lauren's phone goes unanswered Mark begins to realise something is seriously wrong.

His immediate thought isn't murder - as you might expect in a crime novel - but that Lauren has abandoned them. She's done it before, just after Nathan was born, suffering from crippling post natal depression, and Mark suspects that her current pregnancy may have tipped her over the edge again. As the days go by he becomes less sure of that explanation though and with the police unwilling to investigate Mark begins to delve into the parts of Lauren's life she's kept hidden from him. Through it all he struggles to maintain a tenuous normality for Nathan, while making it clear to the police that his own history of aggression - rearing it's head again - has nothing do to with Lauren's disappearance, but when his detective work sparks more violence Mark is forced to act.

The first half of the book is a heartbreaking examination of how a disappearance affects those left behind, the wild swings between hope and fear, the accusations and recriminations which get thrown around between family members, and at the core of the story is the relationship between Mark and Nathan. Closely observed, picking out the seemingly trivial routines and jokes which bond a father and son, achingly poignant in places, this is some of the best writing Johnstone has done and illustrates why he is so highly regarded. The second half of Gone Again, when the crime element of the book takes over, is more typical of his previous work, brisk, violent, whip through the pages stuff, and it builds to a perfectly satisfying end.

I must admit I was surprised at how radical a departure Gone Again was from Johnstone's usual hard and fast crime writing but the shift towards a nuanced, slow burning psychological thriller has proved hugely successful, and I'd love to see more from him in this vein.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I found this book to be unrelentingly disturbing and unpleasant. There are really no redeeming features, everything is black.

So much violence, grief, and anger, all acted out in front of a very well written, vulnerable and entirely believable small boy.

As a side dish, an unfortunate school of whales beach themselves hopelessly on the beachfront where the action mostly takes place.

Not my cup of tea, although I understand that there has to a peg on which to hang a tale, and most often that will be an untimely end for someone undeserving.

Maybe I'm a wimp but the fighting and rough stuff just took over. I felt it was too depressing and was glad to get to the end of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2013
Although the plot may not hold many twists or surprises, in a weird way this book is not about the story, the true enjoyment of it comes from Doug Johnstone's excellent writing skills, crafting characters and evoking moods and emotions superbly. I enjoyed this very much, reading it in two sittings (I had to sleep inbetween times!) and would recommend it, although if I'm honest, I enjoyed 'Hit and Run' by the same author more than this one. He has a knack of letting you get inside the characters and be there right with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2014
Because I found myself with tears in my eyes quite a few times throughout the book, it was so well written and sucked me right in.

In brief, things start to go awry for Mark when his son's school rings him to let him know that his wife, Lisa, has failed to collect their young son, Nathan from school. Totally out of character for Lisa to do this albeit she had done a disappearing act once before after Nathan's birth. Thankfully, that time she'd turned up ok and had been a doting mother to Nathan ever since. But during subsequent counselling sessions, historical abuse on her by her father came to light. This then caused a rift between Lisa and her Mother who, refuses to believe such a thing....at first......

After Mark picks Nathan up from school, he tries to locate Lisa's whereabouts all to no avail. Tries to report her as a missing person to the police later that evening but the police explain that she has to be missing longer to qualify as a missing person. Naturally they ask him if it's possible she'd been having an affair blah de blah. While he says he's sure she wasn't and how they were both thrilled at the prospect of having a baby daughter, it plants a seed in his mind remembering how Lisa's boss had been overly attentive towards her and making a play for her in the past. Mark confronts her boss who says that the last time he saw Lisa was when she took half a day off the day she hadn't collected Nathan from school, but Mark seems suspicious feeling that her boss is trying to hide something.

I won't tell you the outcome of the book but it's a gripping tale which had me not wanting to put the book down until I'd finished it and you'll have to read it for yourself to find out if it's a happy ever after or not. Really good though.

Never read anything by this author before, but will definitely be on the lookout for any others.
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