Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

And Now She’s Gone
Grayson (Gray) Sykes is a private investigator hired to find Isabel Lincoln, the missing girlfriend of a cardiologist. It doesn’t take her long to question whether Isabel wants to be found and if she’s trying to escape her boyfriend. The more progress Gray makes with the case, the more it intersects with her own past and present.

This was one of the more complex stories I’ve read in a long time. Chock full of quirky and sketchy characters, it seems to shift with every new revelation. At the center of it is Isabel who emerges as the enigmatic character of them all, which unleashes Gray’s own disturbing and heartbreaking past. She’s the most interesting of them all who works tirelessly on this her first real case while she recovers from recent emergency surgery. Gray also is grappling with her own identity issues, struggling to not let them overlay into Isabel’s reality.

I really liked this story, a lot, but reading it was made more difficult to get through by the endless bizarre metaphors and outlandish product placements. I’m not offended by them (after all, I’m obsessed with a series that shamelessly drops them) but they began to overpower a challenging mystery and bogged down the story so much that I kept putting the book away. When I decided to just skim over all that “stuff,” I flew through the pages and was highly intrigued.

This needs to be a series and, indeed, if it becomes one, I’ll definitely sign on. I’m hoping, however, the author decides to write more nimbly and eliminate all that product name dropping and ease up on the metaphors. Her characters are brilliantly designed and don’t need them and the bones of her story are iron strong and shouldn’t have to compete with distractions. I do recommend this book but be forewarned that its vernacular will need to be dealt with.

Book Info

  • Release Date: September 22, 2020
  • Page Numbers: 369
  • Publisher: Forge Books

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(Thanks to Macmillan for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

10 thoughts on “And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall”

  1. I love when the characters are so different and quirky that they take the story in different directions. I don’t think I have read a lot of product placement in books, but I am definitely going to watch for it now. Great review Jonetta.

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