Review: Gone, Baby, Gone

Gone, Baby, Gone
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gone, Baby, Gone is the fourth of Dennis Lehane’s series with PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennero. Fourth, and so far, arguably, the best.

While the story took me a good 50 pages to get into, once Patrick and Angie take the case, that of a missing child, the emotional stakes skyrocket for both reader and characters. And it just never stops. There are more twists and turns to this plot than an dirt road winding through a treacherous ravine, but always the twists were logical, and always completely believable. At one point, I set the book down, thinking, “I have no idea how they’re going to make it out of this one.”

In Gone, Baby, Gone, our central characters’ strengths are given a generous hand, but so too are their flaws. Mistakes are made, good people falter, bad people triumph, and the reader is left trying to decide if justice was done; if the truth was worth holding up to the light. In fact, while he’s busy breaking his characters’ hearts, he’s breaking ours as well. The subject matter, the endemic neglect and abuse of children in America, hits everyone with the weight of a freight train, and none are left unscathed even if some are left standing. Lehane asks hard questions, and expects his reader to at least think of possibilities.

Yes, it’s a mystery. Yes, it’s a thriller. And yes, Gone, Baby, Gone is so much more. Read it. You’ll be glad you did.

Lehane just keeps getting better and better. I am in awe.

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