After She's Gone
As teenagers, Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, survived a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, a former Hollywood actress. Still, Cassie moved to L.A. from rural Oregon, urging Allie to follow. Yet while Cassie struggled with her acting career, Allie, suddenly driven, rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on-set--and Allie ...more
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While it wasn't bad, it wasn't as "fast paced" and "thrilling" as I'd expected. I wasn't really keen on Cassie's character but overall not a bad little read. If you like her other books I think you'd enjoy this, but if you're new to Jackson I'd recommend starting with something else.
The story starts off really well but one third of the way I was completely “bamboozled” by what was going on. There were so many characters and a lot of different POV’s that I lost track of who was who and what was what. And all those flashbacks and inner monologues just added to my confusion.
The main character, Cassie – I couldn’t get this woman. Her behavior was beyond bizarre and she kept doing the most unbelievable things… ...more
The novel features actress Cassie Krammer who is a major suspect when her more famous sister goes missing and her body double in her latest film is shot on set. Lots of action ...more
The pace is very slow as there is a lot of minutia between plot points. I skimmed through some areas where the story was dragging so bad it was either skim or dnf. I was not expecting this to be so slow as I had read so many reviews that said fast p ...more
:: 3.5-4 “Where is Allie” Stars ::
I am a huge fan of Lisa Jackson so when I was approved for this novel via netgalley I was very excited. Overall, this is a decent read but definitely not Jackson’s best. I had a hard time sympathizing with the characters; mainly Cassie- the lead, because she wasn’t very likeable. On the other hand, the plot was fast-faced, interesting, thrilling, and suspenseful- something that is alway ...more
What bothered me is, the storyline seemed to get bogged down a bit with repetitiveness. You know, the cops telling us what they're thinking (same shit, different day). And ...more
They both have parts of a new movie, and in trying her hand at screenwriting has changed the very last scene. Cassie takes a smaller part in order to give her sister a bigger part. Unfortunately, the day it was filmed, Allie is a no-show and her body double is shot and nearly kill ...more
Well, I think that After She's Gone will be receiving the "Biggest Disappointment of the Year" award from me. This didn't read as one of the amazing books from the talented Lisa Jackson, whom I fell in love with years ago. I picked this book up just knowing that I was in for a good read; Lisa Jackson was an author that I could go to if I just wanted to get wrapped up in a heart-stopping mystery. That is most definitely NOT how it played out this time. Actually, it was almost the furthest thing f ...more
This book just wasn't for me. I struggled and struggled to get through it and ended up giving up at the 50% mark. It was just a little too slow for my liking and it couldn't seem to catch my interest. There was too much inner dialogue and not enough action or movement on the pages to make me want to know more. I hate to give up on a book but I just couldn't do it. This was not the f ...more
Two months later, Cassie Kramer has checked herself into the psychiatric wing of Mercy Hospital, where she struggles with what seem like hallucinations and blackouts. And to deal with the disappearance of her sister Allie, who was the star of the movie Dead Heat, and whose failure to appear ...more
After Cassie Kramer's younger sister Allie followed her to Hollywood, Allie proved to be more talented and driven than Cassie and her fame quickly took hold. Now Allie has disappeared right after her body double is nearly killed on the set of her latest film, Deep Heat, and Cassie, unable to handle the stress, has committed herself to a psychiatric hospital. Cassie was the last known person to talk to Allie and their sibli ...more
Complex. That is how I would describe this book. The plot in After She's Gone revolves around one huge mystery - Where is Allie Kramer? The author then layers that problem with the chaotic lives of several characters, including one crazy, evil and unknown person.
Cassie Kramer is in the center of all the drama because she and her sister were overly competitive with one another. The consensus is that Cassie was not as smart or talented as her sister, Allie and that Cassie probably had something to ...more
As the morning drew closer and I kept looking down at how many more minutes I had left and my eyes ...more
The plot of After She's Gone is great. Movie star Allie Kramer goes missing after her double gets shot at the set of her latest movie and her sister Cassie tries to find her. A whodunnit set in the film industry sounds great. Allie and Ca ...more
Lisa Jackson delivers a complex and dark mystery, AFTER SHE’S GONE, of two sisters. Where is Allie Kramer? Two sisters shared a dream which leads to madness.
Cassie is the oldest and Allie the younger into a world of Hollywood. One sister is murdered and the other becomes a suspect.
A crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress years earlier. Deep Freeze (2005). Even ...more
After She's Gone starts off with a great opening chapter, I literally was sucked in. However it seemed to fizzle a bit and then gradually build up again. At times I didn't feel like this book was for me, I can't pin my finger on why. Usually I can put t ...more
Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they’d survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Still, Cassie moved to L.A., urging Allie to follow. As a team, they’d take the town by storm. But Allie, finally free of small-town Oregon, and just that little bit more beautiful, also proved to be more t ...more
My mother-in-law got me into Lisa Jackson books and one of my all time favorites fall back reread books is one of hers, unfortunately this is not going to be one of those books. I enjoyed the mystery it's what keep me reading the book instead of just DNFing it. The first half of it is whiny and a mishmash of other Lisa Jackson books updated. Cassie is annoying, her heart is in the right place but the poor me attitude got old real quick. It did get better when Trent showed up and took ...more
Although I hate reading a book I was excited about and not liking it, on top of being approved from Netgalley, I won't lie in my review and pretend to love a book. 3 stars, unfortunately :(
It was the length of the story, and while there was some chapters that held surprises or major events, it was a little drawn out for me. It has much potential to be an edge of your seat thriller, but it wasn' ...more
A mystery thriller that takes sister competition to a whole another level. Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie have the average love/hate relationship. Their mother made her fame in the movies until a vicious attack on her and her youngest daughter sent her packing out of LA to the quiet of Washington state. Her daughters have followed in her footsteps in the movie business. Allie a popular actress making a un upcoming thriller and her oldest daughter a screenwriter. When ...more
Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.
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