Review: Gone

GoneGone by Mo Hay­der

My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars

Gone, by Mo Hay­der, is the fifth book in a series fea­tur­ing Bris­tol DI Jack Caf­fer­ty, and the first of hers I read. Despite four books of back sto­ry, I felt no lack or loss for jump­ing in at the wrong end, as Hay­der gave just enough rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion to offer a bit of depth and con­text with­out flog­ging a read­er with past events.

This book is a har­row­ing jour­ney down a swift riv­er, and there were sev­er­al times I got off the ride only to jump back on as soon as I could. Hayder’s vil­lain is giv­en a slow reveal, craft­ed of skill­ful slight-of-hand and an accu­mu­la­tion of small tells. The dan­ger is real and ever-present, and she nev­er, ever gives you a guar­an­tee of who is going to make it home at the end of the day.

Gone hooked me so thor­ough­ly that I imme­di­ate­ly start­ed on Hayder’s first book in the series, Bird­man. Com­par­ing the two shows just how far Hay­der has come as a writer, and how effort­less her prose now seems to be. I plunged through Gone because I felt I must. Not know­ing  the end­ing was unthink­able.

If you like police pro­ce­du­rals and thrillers, British or oth­er­wise, read Gone. But make sure you have an open week­end to do so, because you won’t want to put it down.

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