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Over mijn lijk (Kenzie & Gennaro #4)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  18,919 ratings  ·  1,184 reviews
Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda Cready. Despite extensive news coverage and dogged investigation into her abduction, the police have uncovered nothing. And as the Indian summer fades, Amanda McCready stays gone - vanished so completely that she seems never to have existed. Then a second child disappears. ...more
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Published 2000 by The house of books (first published 1998)
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And then depression set in….

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
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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
Dan Schwent
When a little girl goes missing and her mother's brother and sister-in-law hire them to find her, Patrick and Angela reluctantly accept. Their investigation drags them through a labyrinth of lies, one they will not emerge from unscathed...

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
I just finished this book- like, literally, turned the final page, put it down, and am now writing. So, it's possible that I'm violating some rule of thumb akin to waiting two hours after you eat before swimming or not going to bed angry. However, there's a sort of queasy discomfort I have after finishing this fourth volume of the Kenzie & Gennaro corpus that might dissolve given enough lag time that I wanted to get down.

Lehane has left me with the disquieting malaise of a wicked problem . W
Richard Vialet
“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 that
Angie and Patrick reluctantly take on a case to find a missing girl. But as usual nothing are as it seems at this case just like many before them will take a toll on them both.

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 r

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.
First time. It’s the first time a thriller has made me cry.

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
WOW...what I ride Lehane takes the reader on through the seedy side of Boston. The heroes are not really good guys and the bad guys are really, really bad. Two PI's take on the case of a missing child, and find themselves in the middle of corruption, mob activity, drug dealers, psycho's and everything in between. This is a brutal story where nothing is black and white. Trying not to cross the line is a struggle and nothing or no one is as it or they appear.

When I read this I knew how much I lik
Hmmmm...someone liked one of my reviews and I checked out this person's reading list as well as their reviews and heard mention somewhere in there a sentence or two about heroes, one likeable, the other...well, more along the lines of a sociopath. Dennis Lehane, among other authors was mentioned in this respect.

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
Luis Roman
Nov 02, 2007 Luis Roman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Sad, sad, sad. this is the Boston of Dennis Lehane, populated by tough guys, lost souls, and heartbreak. This is the Boston of Patrick Kenzie, flawed hero of several previous Lehane novels. This is the first Lehane novel I read, and I found it compelling, if not enjoyable. The crime is not as important here, as the way the people around it react. Kenzie's primary character trait is his nobility - it compels to continue investigating the crime, even though he has several opportunites, and even m ...more
Dark, gritty, vivid, ugly, some scenes are are truly hard to read and get out of your mind but I could not put it down. Right now it is a 4-5 Star but I may go with 5 Stars, still recovering from the raw finish. The second Lehane book I have read. I recommend you read the Kenzie and Gennaro novels in order because you will get the story lines and results from previous books here. I also caution anyone with young kids on reading this, the crimes against kids told here are so abhorrent. Yet the wr ...more
Jane Stewart
Wonderful writing, but the subject matter and ending were depressing and dark.

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
Josh Feinzimer
Oct 24, 2007 Josh Feinzimer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy crime novels
Shelves: mystery-crime
I have to be honest, I picked up this book because I saw the previews for the movie. I didn't even read Mystic River but really enjoyed it on screen so I thought, what the heck?

Lehane's depiction of Dorchester was so real, it felt like I was actually there. I could visualize the runned down Irish pubs where the characters drank. I could see the old dilapidated houses where crimes were committed. I had such a clear image of the characters and their surroundings, that I don't want to ruin it by se
I've stepped into the middle of a series here, with my first Dennis Lehane book, but I don't think it's a problem. The book is fast moving with an edge of, sadly, true to life reality. It's got some moral dilemmas in there (reminded me a bit of James Lee Burke at times)and some nice dialogue - I especially liked the brief discussion on the merits of the Smiths between Bubba and Patrick and overall it's a first rate crime novel. I shall look up the earlier ones in the series as a matter of some u ...more
Nik Korpon
Man, Lehane completely broke my heart with this one. I'd already seen the film and knew how it ended, but that didn't stop me from choking up at the end. Whether that was from rage or despair, the jury's still out. All I know is that I want to wake my son and hug him tight, then scream until I cough, then write something amazing and lethally affecting, all in that order. I don't know if I can handle reading Kenzie and Gennaro #5. I might not be able to take it.
This might just be the best one yet. A seemingly simple, dead end case wound up taking me through some really intriguing ideas about law & society. There are clues dropped here & there that kept me interested, wondering how they would be resolved & they were. Awesome ending.

More Bubba, too. He's always fun.

I can't wait to read the next.
Rex Fuller
An outstanding book. It is incredibly well-balanced between suspense and entertainment, mystery and solution, pace and contemplation. and satisfaction and disappointment. One of the very best I have read this year.
Obnoxious. Terrible dialogue. Terrible pacing. The first and last Lehane I'll ever read.
Man, oh, man, what a wonderful book. What a full and complete, emotionally gripping story. There are so many levels to this thing.

First, there is the development of Patrick and Angie's relationship from where we last saw them at the end of Sacred. As Gone, Baby, Gone is the fourth book about the pair, it is as though we have known them their whole lives, but there is still much for us, and them, to learn. So often when two people get together, especially in fiction, they mesh into one personalit
The search for more writers in the hard-boiled detective genre continues, and Lehane can be added to the list. There’s nothing more pleasurable than a cynical, wise-cracking detective. For example, Boston private eyes Patrick McKenzie and partner Angela Gennaro become involved in a child disappearance case. The mother, Helene, is a sleaze, more interested in watching Jerry Springer and the soaps and getting herself on TV than in caring for her child, and the two detectives soon discover the litt ...more
Lisa Regan
The title of this book could easily have been Judgment because that's what this book is really about. Who are we to judge others? And if we shouldn't judge others, who should? Where do we draw the line? When should what's "right" supersede the law? Should it ever? If you've read Lehane then you know his books are dark and gritty and they visit very dark themes again and again. This book explores the darkest themes imaginable--crimes against children. Horrendous crimes against children. There wer ...more
Jun 08, 2008 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of crime fiction, fans of the movie
I didn't think I would like this book. I didn't think I'd ever even give it a shot. The title alone let's you know what you're in for, even if you haven't seen the movie innocent little girl goes missing.

But for whatever reason, I picked this one up, and I was sucked in. I only truly paused once in a day for sleep. I was engrossed in this gritty story of two detectives, boyfriend/girlfriend who reluctantly agree to take on the case of Amanda McCready...a four-year old who is taken
In the end, this book all boils down to, without having to spoil anything: are you Team Kenzie or are you Team Gennaro? I'm Team Gennaro all the way, absolutely. I'm like Remy on top of that building, "I just love children."

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
This was pretty good, but there was a lot of running around and plot twists so frequent that I was almost losing track of who was who.

Unlike Lehane's first two novels, there is very little character
development now, and I'm beginning to feel a little bored with Patrick and Angie. I think they've run their course with me.
This is a pretty run-of-the-mill whodunnit, although, as is his talent,
Lehane still leaves you with harrowing images and moral dilemmas that stay with you long after the book is
I'm really glad I read this one even though I had seen the movie. There was so much more to the book that the movie seemed almost superficial in retrospect, as much as I liked it at the time. The book also added a whole new chapter in Kenzie and Gennaro's relationship that I would have missed had I skipped over this one in the series. Another great read and another page turner, impossible to put down...
If you want to know why we will not close the "achievement gap" in schools, why poverty is an impairment just like any other impairment and why public schools are in the crapper, I would advise you to read Gone, Baby, Gone. The mother and the home life depicted in this book plays out all over the America, every day, in more homes than not (in some areas, definitely poverty stricken ones).

When you read it, I want you to look beyond the missing child and the crooked cops. I want you to look at a c
Not a review, just my reaction. Do not read this if you tend to cry over pages in a book. Chicago is much, much worse than this story. Right now. Noir in this trio and setting? I just don't think I can appreciate the slant. When the events and the lifestyles get this negative I tend to emotionally obscure the humor or the ambience? Well, from my seat the 100,000 individuals at a crack (no pun intended?)who have kids and then literally leave them in the "wild"-ARE reality. And, even in print, I f ...more
it turns out that this is simply not my genre; i read it for a change of pace.
Belinda Frisch
Don’t judge a book by its movie, right? I absolutely LOVED the film version of Gone Baby Gone, so much so that I went right out and grabbed Moonlight Mile, the sequel book, which I also loved. I noticed a couple of discrepancies between the first movie and the second book, the most notable being that in the film version of GBG, Bea and Lionel were a childless couple. A son was mentioned in Moonlight Mile.

Before I get too far off-track, Gone Baby Gone is the story of Amanda McCready, a four-year
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Dennis Lehane (born Aug 4th, 1966) is an American author. He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon (Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film). The ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Kenzie & Gennaro (6 books)
  • A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1)
  • Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2)
  • Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro, #3)
  • Prayers for Rain (Kenzie & Gennaro, #5)
  • Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro,#6)
Shutter Island Mystic River A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1) Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2) The Given Day (Coughlin #1)

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“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.” 20 likes
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