Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro #4)
Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda McCready, abducted from her bed on a warm, summer night. They meet her stoned-out, strangely apathetic mother, her loving aunt and uncle, the mother's dangerous, drug-addled friends, and two cops who've found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge t...more
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Kenzie and Angie don't really want to take this case. A missing four year old girl that was taken from her home, while her drugged out mom is supposedly next door at her friend's house watching tv. The mom did not even lock the door. She was in such a hurry that she just left it open. With her child inside.
I didn't want to find Amanda McCready. I wanted someone else to.
But maybe because I'd become as caught up in this ...more
This book wrecked me the first time I read it. It was almost like having post traumatic stress syndrome. I found myself staring blankly at the walls for days after I finished it the first time. I felt like calling my sister and telling her to keep my young niece locked in the house until she was at least 25. I remember meeting a friend for beers shortly after I finished it, and that he asked me what was wrong. When I tried to explain, he was skeptical. “You’re really ...more
“Even if MY world is okay, THE world is still a pile of evil shit.”
(Wrong movie - spot-on quote. Also, doesn’t Matt Damon have the most punchable face in all the world? The correct answer is yes. Yes he does.)
This was a buddy read with my pal The Jeff, but I can’t wait any longer for his slow ass to finish so my review is going up now ; )
In all seriousness, words can’t express how thankful I am that I buddied up with The Jeff for t ...more
Having read The Grapes of Wrath earlier this year, I didn’t think another book could top it for sheer despair. Was I ever wrong. It’s as if at the end of the book the Joad’s drove their truck to the local abattoir and let loose on their frustrations.
The book centers on an abduction of a four year old and the involvement of Dennis Lehane’s private investigator duo, Kenzie and Gennaro, in the attempt to recover the child. It’s a journey that takes the reader straigh ...more
I knew this was going to be a very dark story. After reading the very disturbing Darkness, Take My Hand, about a vicious and sadistic serial killer who knew no limits when it came to human depravity, I didn’t imagine it could get much worse. I was wrong.
Though Patrick and Angie are tired of the violence and inhumanity that plagued their earlier cases, they agree to accept this latest case of a four-year-old girl who was abducted from her bed. Amanda’s mom, Helene, who i ...more
Sweet zombie Jesus this is some good shit! I think Lehane might be the newest member of my crime fiction Holy Trinity with Lawrence Block and Richard Stark. Here's how it all went down.
After the events of Sacred, the previous book in the series, Patrick and Ang ...more
“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” - Inferno, Dante
These books crawl under my skin. I always feel brave and strong while reading them because I seem to stomach everything but oh, look at how dumb you are, Anna.
They linger in me. My nightmares say it all. More than the what or the who or the how, the emotion flourishes deeper, digging into me and breaking my defenses.
These books haunt me - I can't find another word rea ...more
Love like that? Hell. It seems so pure, it's damn near criminal.
Soooo....I've missed my Angie and Patrick, I'm not guna lie. So when I got the empty feelings one usually gets after finishing a fantastic book and not knowing what to read, I started to get an ache that couldn't be filled by anything other than a beautifully flawed and tortured detective and his snarky partner in crime. See, there are only 6 books and I decided to break them up so I didn't lose them all at once....I ...more
Lehane has left me with the disquieting malaise of a wicked problem . ...more
I must make a few confessions up front:
1: I saw the movie version of this title a long time ago and it was so good, I’ve always wanted to read the book, because, of course, the book is always better.
2: I haven’t read as many books by this author as I thought.
3: This is my first foray into the Kenzie & Gennaro series. In fact, I didn’t even know this book was a part of a series, until now.
I make these confessions with shaking ...more
“When I was young, I asked my priest how to get to heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. He told me what God told His children; 'You are sheep among wolves, be wise as the serpent, yet innocent as doves.'”This is by far the best installment in Dennis Lehane's great series following inner city Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro (with Darkness, Take My Hand being a close second). And the VERY BEST detective novel I've read so far. I know tha ...more
Patrick and Angie aren’t sure they’ll be able to offer much up in the way of ...more
In Gone, Baby, Gone you really get a taste of darkness and an overdose of evil. I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, but this was a book that actually was so awful to read, the first Lehane book I had to read in phases, not right through because it was sometimes too awful to read. I also waited a while to write the ...more
When I read this I knew how much I lik ...more
I mean, you don’t shed tears while reading these books, you read one then you read another one. But not this one. No, this one is going to haunt me for a long time, like all Dennis Lehane books do. I still think about Mystic River and feel a chill run down my spine.
Gone, Baby, Gone dealt with some very sensitive issues wrapped in a blanket of controversial subjects. Kidnapping is a topic that is bound to make you emotionally invested but ...more
Laughs aplenty in this one. Next time somebody asks me for a comedy recommendation this will be the one I put forward. It will certainly make me smile watching someone grow deeper into despair reading it. Mwhahaha!
Whilst the subject matter, child kidnapping and peodophiles, makes for less than comfortable reading this book is top notch with great writing and great characters. If you have read the previous books then there is no need to persuade you to read this as no doubt you are hooked. ...more
Lehane, Coben, Grisham, most King, Connelly, etc. They're all fine authors, but all of them have a limit to how great they can be, and they all settle for a decent story that is enthralling at times but ultimately forgettable.
This story was just wh ...more
This one is no exception. What I like about Lehane's books is not only his fantastic writing but also his ability to make a simple promise of a book into something that is hard to put down. This one started with a missing child and went out of control, spiralling into a world of drugs, money, corruption, and the want for fame and glory.
Most of the characters in ...more
As always, my curiosity was piqued, and although I checked out the other named authors I did finally settle on Dennis Lehane. It was a good decision. Perhaps one of the best reading decis ...more
Gone Baby Gone is about 2 Boston Private Investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, who are approached by the Aunt of 4 year old girl Amanda McCready, who had disappeared without a trace, and whose Mother is heavy into drugs and alcohol. Kenzie and Gennaro accept the case and set out to solve the dark mystery behind Amanda's disappearance.
I do kno ...more
I’ve read three Lehane books. All three of them have horrible things happening to children: a father prostituting his son, pedophiles kidnaping and torturing children, drug addicted mothers ignoring and neglecting children. This book has pedophiles torturing children and disgustingly neglectful mothers.
The mystery was solved, but the end was depressing. The novel is about injustice, the poor, drug users, race and simil ...more
Uma criança desaparecida, uma shitty mother, polícias e detectives.
No entanto, Mystic River e Shutter Island estão muito acima deste Gone, Baby, Gone.
Mesmo assim, este livro mostra mais uma vez a sua capacidade de criar personagens intrigantes, que nos evocam um mix de emoções. E a criação de um mistério cheio de perversão, vícios e podridão.
This is a hard book to read. It's hard to read as a parent & especially hard to read over a weekend where the news in my city is all about a little girl from Broomfield who has been missing for several days. I can feel in my bones & in my chest & my stomach how ha ...more
This is the first book I've read in the Kenzie & Gennaro series. I liked both of these characters. They played well off of each other and were well drawn. I want to read the ones that came before this one to get their back story. I also liked the entire cast of characters. They felt purposeful and comp ...more
More Bubba, too. He's always fun.
I can't wait to read the next.