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Two Days Gone (Ryan DeMarco Mystery #1)

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A literary page-turner about a beloved college professor accused of murdering his entire family, and one small-town cop's dangerous search for answers.

Thomas Huston, a beloved professor and bestselling author, is something of a local hero in the small Pennsylvania college town where he lives and teaches. So when Huston's wife and children are found brutally murdered in the
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Published January 10th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A grisly murder of an entire family. Now the husband, a best-selling author is on the run. Is it even conceivable that he’s responsible for this horrid crime? Is he running because of guilt? Or is he tagged as the next victim?

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
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cheri by: Karen

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
Diane S ☔
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 A wife and mother, three children found murdered. Suspect, husband, college professor, successful author. Things seemed perfect in their lives, happy,, complete as a family, could there be a hidden darkness to the man? Is he capable of this horrific act?

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
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars. I agree with a few other GR reviewers that Two Days Gone starts off really strong but then loses a bit of momentum. But I thought it came together pretty well in the end. Two Days Gone starts with the murder of a mother and her three children. Set in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, it is told from the point of view of the children's father -- a bestselling author and English professor -- and the police officer charged with solving the case. Both are interesting troubled men. I ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read anything by RANDALL SILVIS before and I thought that TWO DAYS GONE was a fairly good murder mystery/thriller with aspects of it written like a literary fiction novel. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and the narrative throughout this story as it was very interesting and entertaining, which is actually what made me appreciate this book so much more.

The story was told in two different points of view that of Thomas Huston a writer and professor who was accused of murder
2.5 Stars. I'm beginning to think that I have a bias against books centered around college professors! (See also: Listen to Me, All Things Cease to Appear) I didn't dislike Two Days Gone. I just couldn't get into it. The writing was lovely, but the story and characters were just okay for me.

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
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

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,
Frankly, I thought that Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvas, was of two minds and that the author couldn't decide which one he was choosing to write with, in what became a rambling affair of a novel.

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
Louise Wilson
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A college professor is accused of murdering his whole family. His wife and children are found brutally murdered in their own home. The professor is missing.

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.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's rare that I come across a book I enjoy reading simply because of the way the author has strung together words as much as I did this one. I found myself pausing to appreciate a sentence more than once, and I have to admit that I am envious of the author's talent.

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
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Received from the publisher and NetGalley 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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it

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
Sarah Joint
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book and would highly recommend it. I wasn't aware when I came across it that the author lives and teaches locally. That was intriguing enough, but he also based the novel in the same area. There was just something so neat about recognizing the bars and places mentioned, they're the same establishments I've visited! He described the city perfectly, a "season of surliness prevails" during the six months of bleak gray.

While the personal touch added something extra, that's not
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thomas Huston is a beloved college professor and bestselling author, living in a small, Pennsylvania town. When his beautiful wife, Claire, and his seeming perfect family – children Thomas Jr, Alyssa and toddler David – are all found murdered and Huston vanished from the house, he seems the obvious suspect. Sergeant Ryan DeMarco is in charge of the case, even though he previously met Huston several times, when he was researching his latest book. DeMarco admired Huston and also envied him his fam ...more
Erin Clemence
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the free electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review.
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?
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thomas Hutson, popular professor and best selling author in a small college town in Pennsylvania seemingly has it all, including a good marriage to a beautiful wife who adores him and three beautiful children. That is until his wife's parents arrive at his house to find their daughter and her children murdered and Thomas on the run. Shocked at the scale of the crime, Sergeant Ryan deMarco must hunt Huston down and bring him in for questioning. However, deMarco has trouble believing that the man ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis
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
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

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
Nicay │  The Nerdy side of a Queen

“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
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

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
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2016, netgalley
3.5 stars
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
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Thomas Huston is a popular professor and best-selling author who has a seemingly picture perfect life with a loving wife and three children. But when his wife and children are found brutally murdered, Huston, who has disappeared, becomes the prime suspect.
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
Five years ago I read  a great book by Randall Silvis called "The boy who shoots crows".  I was very impressed by the plot and the writing so was therefore happy to see another book by this author offered on Edelweiss.

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

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
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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 bo
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, netgalley
This was a five star read for me because the story and the authors brilliant writing had me glued to the screen, and it took a while before I could let the story go after having finished. It is more than a crime novel, it is the story about two men’s struggle trying to do the right thing.
The novel draws you in from the beginning and stays with you after the end. The reader is immediately being plunged into the lives of Professor Thomas Huston and police sergeant Ryan DeMarco, who is leading the
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mysteries and suspense
Shelves: fiction, suspense
Every writer of fiction confronts the problem of integrating reality and imagination. Ann Patchett, in her semi-autobiographical novel COMMONWEALTH, drew from her own life in a blended family. Karin Fossum in BROKEN adopts a more distanced approach. She creates and then inhabits a fictional character, the Author. This alter-ego claims to be merely giving voice to the characters in her book. They must make their own choices within the situations she creates. She does not control them, she insists ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Relating to this book was easy for a number of reasons. The biggest one is that much of the action takes place in parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio about a 45-minute drive north of our northeastern Ohio home. That alone - seeing names of cities, small towns and places in between that we've visited too many times to count - got my attention. The job of keeping it, though, falls directly into the hands of the author - and what a great job he did!

That said, it not a book to be skimmed; the writing is
4.5 stars

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
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Two Days Gone, a dark, layered mystery/thriller about a writer who's missing after his whole family is murdered and the detective tasked with finding him and figuring out if he did indeed kill his whole family. Good writing, decent story, not a bad book nor a fantastic one--somewhere in the middle.

Thank you to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
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Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of over a dozen novels, one story
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
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