Two Days Gone
HAMMETT PRIZE NOMINEE
"[a] chilly suspense novel." — The New York Times Sunday Book Review
"...a suspenseful, literary thriller that will resonate with readers long after the book is finished. A terrific choice for Dennis Lehane fans." — Library Journal, Starred Review
"An absolute gem of literary suspense... told in a smooth, assured, and often haunting voice, Two Days G...more
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Thomas Huston is a College Professor and best-selling author. His wife and three children are discovered dead in their home from vicious, devastating knife wounds. Huston himself is nowhere to be found. Hiding out.
Detective DeMarco, a friend and confidant is in charge of t ...more
In writing a novel, writers may research different places, people, professions. While working on his best-seller, Thomas Huston had conferred with state trooper Ryan DeMarco about legal aspects, criminal behavior and related topics. They became friendly over the course of many of these meetings,. Ryan DeMarco can’t quite make himself believe that Huston has killed his family, this family DeMarco believed he so cherished. He had everything, why would he do that? And where is Tho ...more
DiMarco, a man marred by his own private sadness, is given the case. The professor was a friend and he is not convinced by his guilt. In alternating narratives we hear from DiMarco, learning his tragic back story in the process, and the suspe ...more
The story was told in two different points of view that of Thomas Huston a writer and professor who was accused of murder ...more
There’s a darkness that pervades Two Days Gone. Not only in the horrible events that occur--a man’s family is brutally murdered, but also in the characters and the setting of northwestern Pennsylvania.. The water is dark, the woods hide a murderer, and a grayness fills the sky eliminating all signs of warmth and color. The author’s use of descriptive details and imagery brought the dark, eerie setting alive and transported me into this book, which was not a comfortable place to be.
Thomas Huston, ...more
Tom Huston's wife and three young children were stabbed to death and he's on the run. Could the beloved college professor and bestselling author have slaughtered his family? Sergeant Ryan DeMarco leads the se ...more
The lyrical introduction and breadth of character ascribed to both Professor and novelist Tom Huston and the defeated detective Ryan DeMarco grabbed me by the throat as soon as I opened the book. I forgave awkward dialogue in the police station with the useless character of boss Bowen since I was so in ...more
What a great read this was. I liked the authors style of in writing this story. I do recommend this novel.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and the author Randall Silvis for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Thomas Huston is on the run and is being searched for by the police (one of whom is his friend ) for the Murder of his family. He is a college professor and best selling author. Ryan DeMarco, a police officer and Thomas' friend is leading the investigation into the Huston family Murder. This is the gist of the book. The book also contains several other characters who tie into the story rather nicely. There are some twists ...more
A college professor supposedly snaps and kills his entire family before taking off on the lam. Ryan's DeMarco, the state trooper searching for him, is a recent friend, having helped the professor with research on his most recent published novel. The mystery dwells on the man hunt with flashbacks to each man’s life. It's well written but at times I wished it were faster paced. The author gives in depth descriptions of each man’s mental state. When Thomas is on the run, he writes “something had ha ...more
While the personal touch added something extra, that's not ...more
Thrillers are one of my favorite genres; so, it wasn't surprising that a story with a mysterious synopsis would capture my attention. I really enjoyed the way the book was told from two points of view: the professor accused of murde ...more
This dark, atmospheric novel was the perfect read for me. It contains beautiful imagery and vivid prose. Dark, gray, bleak, gusts of wind whipping across the water.
"The waters of Lake Wilhelm are dark and chilled. In some places, the lake is deep enough to swallow a house. In others, a body could lie just beneath the surface, tangled in the morass of weeds and water plants, and remain unseen, just another shadowy form, a captive feast for the catfish and crappie an ...more
In Randall Silvis’s “Two Days Gone”, a popular and renowned professor, Thomas Huston, is accused of murdering his entire family. Officer DeMarco is given the job of investigating the case. If Huston didn’t kill his family- why is he on the run? And if he was responsible- what caused the well-respected man to crack? What brought him to that unbelievable brink of insanity?
please, for the love of everything holy, Goodreads, can we make half star ratings already?? there's such a difference between 3 and 4 stars
A great thriller continues to be such an elusive animal for me.
Main character Thomas Huston is a successful writer and a professor of creative writing. One day, his wife and three beautiful children are found murdered in gruesome violence - and he is on the run. Police detective Ryan deMarco, a friend of Huston's, is desperately trying to find him be ...more
Author and loving family man turned murderer?
Thomas Houston loved his family, his job, teaching, and writing his novels. What made him kill his entire family on a Saturday night?
No one and especially his State Trooper friend, DeMarco, can believe he did it, but everything points to Thomas. The missing knife and the missing Thomas himself were strong clues but difficult to believe.
Mr. Silvis keeps you guessing as we follow Thomas as he struggles with this nightmare and as he is running and hiding ...more
Thomas Huston seems to have everything going for him. He's a college professor, best selling author, and devoted family man - with a beautiful wife, Claire, and three wonderful children, Thomas Jr., Alyssa, and David. Then one night Claire and the children are brutally murdered.....and Huston goes on the run. The professor immediately becomes the prime suspect in the eyes of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Police Sergeant Ryan DeMarco gets the job of tracking Huston down. As it happens t ...more
“The past is a fortress that cannot be stormed.”
The perfect family.
The perfect house.
The perfect life.
All gone now.
This has been a catchy start for a synopsis that you will look twice and read carefully and fully grasped what the story all about.
Thomas Huston, a famous novelist suddenly disappeared as all his family members were killed. All gone. Sergeant Ryan DeMarco investigated the cause of this unexpected killings. He never thought that Thomas Huston would do this to his beloved family ...more
Set in late autumn, "Two Days Gone" features two admirable and likable protagonists.
Sergeant Ryan DeMarco is a man with little hope in his life. His wife has left him. It would seem she found life with him intolerable after the traffic accident that killed their baby son. DeMarco ...more
Sergeant Ryan DeMarco, who got to know Huston personally when he helped him with some research for Huston's book, can't believe the mild-mannered author could be capable of such a horrific crime and starts to look into Huston's back ...more
Readers who take their novels strong and dark will savor Randall Silvia’s skillfully-written latest literary thriller-contemporary crime noir: TWO DAYS GONE with the introduction of his new series and intriguing character (Ryan DeMarco Mystery).
The best part is the connection and relationship between writer and reader. The Author’s Acknowledgement "Writer/Reader relationship" earns a 5 Star +. An added bonus following the book. For every author and reader.
If you’re s ...more
Can we always trust our instincts? Is a human nature that we see on the surface the same as deeply inside? How far would you go to find the truth? How far would you go to protect the truth?
Two Days Gone is one of the best psychological thriller I’ve read since a long time.
A small town in Pennsylvania is shocked: a whole family of Thomas Huston, a local college teacher and bestseller’s author is brutally murdered in their house. His wife and three children are literally slaughtered. All evidenc ...more
That said, it not a book to be skimmed; the writing is ...more
I've spent the last week savouring this slowly. Those who know me know I can gulp down books. Somehow my work week and this book combined in a pleasurable slow read which I appreciated and did not grow impatient with.
Silvis writes like his words are a shower of glittering diamonds. He gives us DeMarco and Huston, two complex characters, on somewhat similar paths, which show us how one ended up in a situation where the other could easily follow. His meshing of crime thriller with the i ...more
After reading two books in a row that was pretty bad did I not feel like adding another one to the list. The story about a professor that kills his whole family should be interesting, however, it's a lackluster novel that lacks compelling characters and instead how trying to find the missing professor is the cop more interested in finding the notebook that contains the book the professor is working on. Also, we get the professors POV during the story's progressed and I mentally groan every ...more
collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. Also a prize-winning playwright, a
produced screenwriter, and a prolific essayist, he has been published and produced in
virtually every field and genre of creative writing. His numerous essays, articles, poems and short stories have appeared in the Discovery Chan ...more
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"Чернова", Рандал Силвис”
Knowing other people are engaged in the same underappreciated labor and squeezing a perverse kind of joy out of it is what keeps me writing, especially if it’s my field of potatoes they are picking over. Sometimes I like to picture each of my collaborators working their way down a row, their backs aching, hands filthy with beetle juice, fingernails broken, eyes going cross-eyed in the faltering light. It’s inspirational.
Thirty years ago, I would have written (and did) a dull-as-dirt acknowledgment to thank each of my collaborators. It would have had all the excitement of a divorce decree. Back then I had no idea how difficult and precarious a job it is to turn out a novel every couple of years. It gets more difficult and precarious every year. So does living. To me, they’re pretty much the same thing.”