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Gone Too Long

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  42 reviews
"This electrifying novel...[is] a gripping mystery with a timely, unnerving message--you won't be able to look away."
--People, "Book of the Week"

"A book so good you can't look away."
--O Magazine, "Best Books of Summer"

Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy entangles readers in a heart-pounding tale of two women battling for survival against a century's worth of h
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Dutton Books
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mediocre, library, 2019, boring
Had it not been for the copy shelved unassumingly in the new release section of my local library, Gone Too Long and I may have never crossed paths. Although, in hindsight, maybe that wouldn’t have been the worst thing.

Set amongst the pecan trees in rural Simmonsville, Georgia, Gone Too Long offers an incredibly intriguing premise. And yet somehow, the storyline fails to deliver much more than what’s laid out on the inside flap of the dust jacket.

Told almost entirely through Imogene, a woman bar
Aga Durka
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Gone Too Long” is a gripping and heart-wrenching story about a small town in Georgia run and terrorized by Ku Klux Klan group of men and women. The community of this small town is under the Klan’s almost a “gang” like influence, and for anyone that tries to live a life separate from the Klan’s ideas and influence it is almost impossible. The story is interspersed with historical facts, which gives a realistic feel to the plot.

Even though the writing style was truly beautiful and the characters
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Gone Too Long” is a Page-turning story about a small Southern town still haunted by the cruel ghosts of its past. It is told through a currently popular technique of alternating timelines and points of view. Imogene is haunted by a family past steeped in Klan leadership and the cruel games the town bullies played. Sort of separate from her family, not wanting to bury secrets, Imogene stumbles on a cellar where a young boy had lived secretly until Imogene busted In after her father’s death. Beth ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Beth is 10 years old and lives with her alcoholic mother in Georgia. She’s been told to stay in the house and not go to the door when she’s home alone. But she’s not alone one fateful day. Her babysitter is there and that babysitter does go to the door and opens it. That’s the day Beth disappears and thus begins a horrendous journey for her.

Imogene Coulter’s family is known for its connections to the Ku Klux Klan. Edison Coulter, the man she calls Daddy, is one of its local leaders. He’s being b
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story about strength in the face of adversity. Overcoming hatred with love. The power of a woman and what she will do to stand up for her family.

This story is told from multiple perspectives and unlike most books it doesn’t become confusing. It adds to the story, making it more personable.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story is told in alternating viewpoints also in past and present between Beth, a young girl who is kidnapped and thrown into a basement and Imogene, a woman who was raised in a family where her stepfather was in the Klan, and her mother was against it but scared to speak up.

As if keeping Beth locked away in a basement wasn't enough, her captor throws in a young mother and her newborn son. Beth tasks herself with raising the baby, Christopher, as his mother has lost all hope of escaping and
Karyn Niedert
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-challenge
The storyline was excellent, but the writing dragged on and on...There needed to be more character dialogue and less time spent in Imogene's head.
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lori Roy is the Edgar Award winning author of Bent Road and Let Me Die in His Footsteps. Her latest novel, Gone Too Long, is a creepy, disturbing account of a young girl and a community held hostage by the Ku Klux Klan. It's a compelling, issue-oriented story.

Ten-year-old Beth knows she isn't supposed to leave the house when her mother isn't there. But, when someone in a pickup truck throws a bag in the yard, she knows what's in it. Her mother has been warned before, and they've had flyers from
Anne - Books of My Heart
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Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A story from a different time and place, which I would call historical fiction / suspense.  Gone Too Long is a bit of a mystery but the feel is more historical fiction. It does feel like something which could happen, sadly.

The uglier side of humanity is clear (KKK) and various human weaknesses in morals and integrity. Our main n
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a heartbreaking read of a community held hostage by the Ku Klux Klan. A daughter of a klan member finds out something about his past and it's even more horrifying that she could ever imagine.

 This is the community where black vans drive around the streets dropping out leaflets advertising and recruiting for the KKK.  Black vans of hatred. One woman in the book has seen her whole family swallowed up by this group, yet she has taken a different path. How far
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
When I first started this I actually didn't think I was going to like it. Something felt off. Maybe a bit slow or disjointed? I'm not sure what. But now I am grappling between a 4 or 5 star read! This book was so many things - sad, shocking, disgusting and disturbingly relevant. The story really could have been told in many settings but the author chose to place it just right on the edge of the world of the KKK. It really made for an interesting plot and showed the truth of how truly horrible pe ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I thought it was kind of boring. Boy was I wrong. This is an amazing story with a few true facts thrown in about the Klu Kluck Klan and the things that had happed in the 60 's, 70's and even 2017. It was for me a mystery and a thriller not knowing what was going to happen next. I was a little disappointed in the end. Because I always want things to turn out good for everyone. I really liked the main characters and was pulled into there lives. I would definitely recommend ...more
Kelly Hager
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! It captivated me from the first sentence, and I kept trying to figure out what was going on with Beth and who the child was and how Imogene was connected. Throw in the fact that Imogene's family has a horrible legacy and it was just an amazing book.

I was reading this over the course of ALA, and it was the first time I've been able to read at a book conference. (This is probably the highest praise I can give, because it usually takes a day or two for me to be able to re
Linda Richardson
Good story but a very difficult read for me as it invoked the kidnapping of a child and the KKK. Very touching writing from the viewpoints of multiple characters. Not a mystery or suspense novel, but some “ah ha” surprise moments.

I decided to post my thoughts and chose leave a review after reading the advance e-copy of this book I received, courtesy of Penguin Random House’s First
To Read Program. Thank you to Dutton Books, the Publisher for sending this book to me and giving me an opportunity t
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to read Gone Too Long by Lori Roy. This is a deep and sometimes disturbing novel. Written in different POV's and timelines, the author tells a story of family trama and drama.
Imogene has always challenged her father's politics - he was a member of the KKK and when he dies, she discovers a secret room. It's not what she finds it's WHO and this opens a box of secrets that she is horrified by all the deep rooted family dynamics she uncovers.
Imogene wants
I liked the style in which this book was written. The multiple perspectives and inserts of history kept the flow interesting and smooth. There was a little bit of redundancy with certain things being repeated almost verbatim fro. Previous sections, but this is an ARC that I read, so I’m sure final print will be ironed out. The cultural relevance and message of this book to never forget hate is out there simmering and can be in a cape and hood, or a business suit to appeal more to the masses. You ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to the publisher for my free copy in exchange for my honest review

This was my second outing with Lori Roy and once again, I loved her writing! I need to pick up more from Roy the next time I’m browsing through the bookstore. This wasn’t what I was expecting it to be – I was expecting more of a thriller but I got so much more! A woman that spent her life desperately trying to distance herself as much as possible from her father and his strong connections to the Klan must now face his past.
Jul 16, 2019 added it
My personal "star" rating system:

1 star: Could not finish the book
2 star: Had to force myself to finish the book, did not care for the book, and will not be seeking out this author in the future
3 star: Liked the book, but will not necessarily be seeking out this author in the future
4 star: Really liked the book and would read more of this author, but will not be re-reading this particular book again
5 star: Loved it so much that I will re-read this book in the future, and the author is going onto
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Here's the thing with this read. It is interspersed with real history of the KKK, which I always find fascinating and really did add to this story. The story goes from Imogene in the present to Beth in the past and then how they collide later. The writing is fantastic - this is my first by this author and I can understand the accolades given to her for her talent. However, for me personally, this story did drag on a bit. I was more fascinated and invested in Beth's side of the story. Being insid ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the 1st I've read of anything by Lori Roy, but now have all the rest of her books on my TBR list! I toyed with a 4 or 5 star rating, but decided to go with the 5, because of the 'gut punch timely appropriateness' of the theme/subject matter.... the KKK. The author tells the story from different character's viewpoints, & a 'before & after' timeline, & also intersperses historical fact regarding KKK history thru out the book.........all very effective at viscerally stirring up ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is just a retelling of The Room. It should have only been two stars but I gave it three because I read it in a day and because of the intertwining of the Klan's history throughout the story. Roy shows us that the KKK is still alive and doing very well and makes the reader aware of the historical rises of and falls of the hate group. She ends with the Charlotteville riots two years ago and makes it clear that the current President has legitimized their hate. This was the back story of the no ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brettlikesbooks
thanks to the folks at @duttonbooks for gifting me an advance copy of:
GONE TOO LONG by lori roy (fiction) well-crafted, layered suspense set against a backdrop of the evil kkk in the present-day south + guys, i needed my coffee this morning because i stayed up into the wee hours of this morning to finish it

“A single bulb at the bottom of the stairs lights up. It hangs from the ceiling, a bare bulb dangling from a wire...And then there is a movement. She lowers her eyes to the floor beneath the
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars.
This book was not what I thought it was going to be. That being said, I still enjoyed it -as much as one can "enjoy" a book with racist, unlikeable characters.

The story itself was a mess of bad decisions - and focused on how some take those decisions and just keep making worse ones, and others can take a bad moment, make some bad decisions, and then come back from that place.

I don't want to give too much away, for fear of spoilers, but I will say this book had me anxiously awaitin
LInda L
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I really don't enjoy books about the bad old days of the KKK -- also, there was a lot of suspense and terror that I was not ready for. AND there were just too many characters. And the major bad guys with names so similar -- Edison and Eddie?? And after all Beth went through -- well, better not go there. What a perverted family -- Mama, Jo Lynne, Eddie, Garland, Edison. They just kept coming. I gave it 3 stars, but didn't really like it all that much.
Wendy Cosin
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Classified as a “Southern gothic mystery” by the publisher’s introduction - not my usual genre, but a good quick read, with suspense toward the end. Two stories are meshed in alternating chapters: one is a survival story along the lines of “Room” and the other is a southern family with members still involved with the KKK. Strong female characters.

I received a free pre-publication copy. Publication scheduled in June 2019.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Wow, once again, Lori Roy does not disappoint. I really enjoy her easy style of writing. There were a lot of characters to follow in this book but I loved how each of them were developed; I felt like I knew the good, the bad, and the ugly about each one. And trust me, there was A LOT of ugly as one might suspect of a novel that revolves around the KKK.
Jennifer M.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I went into Gone Too Long with decent expectations. I followed the twists and turns and emotions. But unfortunately, I couldn’t fully get into. Though, I did finish because I wanted to know the ending.

Pros: intriguing storyline and multiple perspectives

Cons: the story didn’t stick with me, slow at times

3/5 stars
Johnna Whetstone
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4-5 stars. A very slow build, suspenseful read. When I started I wasn’t positive I would love this, but Roy made sure to build that suspense until you just could not hardly set the book down. My second one by Roy and definitely not my last! Creepy, chilling, and full of suspense!
Will recommend to the members of Chapter Chatter Pub!
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Lori Roy's debut novel, BENT ROAD, was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. Her work has been twice named a New York Times Notable Crime Book and included on various best of lists and summer reading lists. UNTIL SHE COMES HOME was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Finalist for the Edgar Allen Poe award for Best Novel. LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS was in ...more
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