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And Now She's Gone

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  3,035 ratings  ·  660 reviews
Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

It's up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray's search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman's secrets and the truth she's hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a d
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Forge Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yoowza ! This is outstanding, powerful, twisty, riveting, surprising and absolutely unputdownable! I have to admit I wish this book wasn’t a standalone because I’ll be so pleased to read more adventures of Grayson Skies. I hope the author reconsider to write more books with this memorable character.

This is a remarkable story of broken, abused, neglected souls: Grayson Skies is a private investigator with troubled past, abused by a monster calls himself husband dearest for years. Now she has a c
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
"That's us women: doing what we gotta do to survive. Anything to stay above ground for one more day."

I've sat here for days chewing on the meat of this story and appreciating all the ways that Rachel Howzell Hall didn't fall into the rut of today's mediocre crime fiction, and I still do not think I can do this book justice with my review. If you've been following my reviews here for awhile, then you know that I used to be a huge mystery/suspense/thriller junkie (hello, my name is The Suspense Is
Publication: September 22nd 2020

And Now She's Gone deals with brand new Private Investigator Grayson Sykes, on her very first case, searching for missing Isabel Lincoln. It appears that Isabel is missing by choice and her cardiologist boyfriend might not even care to look for her if she hadn't taken off with his dog, Kenny G. The boyfriend may have been abusive and once Gray knows that Isabel is alive, she's conflicted about how to proceed with the case. Gray knows abuse well, as we see as the s
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Grayson Sykes has just been handed her first case as a PI. A case of a missing woman. A boyfriend looking for his girlfriend and dog. But does she want to be found? Grayson doesn’t think so. “Probably because she smelled the crazy on him and didn’t want it to get in her favorite coat. Hard to get the stink of nuts out of wool. Gray had lost many old outfits that way.” The problem is, it’s the nut job that's hired her.
I just loved Grayson. She’s got her own past, her own dark secrets, her own ab
How do you find a woman who doesn’t want to be found?

Shortest Summary Ever: Private Investigator Grayson Sykes is on her first case - finding a woman named Isabel Lincoln. The problem is Isabel may not be missing, she might be in hiding, and Grayson isn’t sure how she feels about that.

Thoughts: What I liked is the unique plot. Most missing person books it’s always so clear cut - help, our daughter/sister/wife is missing and a PI or cop comes in to find nefarious people doing sketchy things, fin
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
"Unlike most men who vanished, women rarely got caught. They just wanted a new beginning."

I tried so hard to truly enjoy this book because the premise is good. The world needs more stories about strong women who have escaped abusive situations. Unfortunately, almost as soon as I started reading, I found myself pulling away from the story. The just wasn't for me. It's chock-full of metaphors, unrealistic dialogue, and has an almost manic quality-it's all over the place, to the po
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
2.5 stars (rounded up because it covers domestic violence, an important issue)

I really wanted to love this one! An interesting premise with a missing woman and a new female PI trying to track her down. I struggled with the writing, full of metaphors and a plot that seemed to take forever to develop.

Grayson Sykes is the new PI hired to find a missing woman, the secrets keep piling up in the case and Grayson seems no closer to finding her. Full of intrigue, but I didn’t get invested in the charact
Isabel Lincoln is gone.
But, is she missing?

Grayson Skies is put on the case.
It may be her first as a P.I. but she knows a thing or two about disappearing.

Natalie Dixon, a woman Gray knew once upon a time, had disappeared like that. Unlike the men who disappeared, women left their egos behind along with their keys, photo identification, and unpaid electric bills. These women may have wondered about their past lives-What are they doing back home? How are they living without me? Did some
3.5 stars

I picked this up because of how much I enjoyed the author’s Elouise Norton series. It ended up being an ok read for purely subjective reasons.

Hall knows how to spin a story & what you get here are 2 that eventually intersect. One details the search for a missing woman while the other informs us how & why the MC ended up in her current situation. Her writing skills are never in doubt. What I found instead was I simply preferred the MC & more procedural style of the previous series.

Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
"Everyone lies. Everyone leaves something out of the narrative...There were big secrets everywhere"

Los Angeles on the west side. Grayson Sykes was creeped out. She felt she was being shadowed by a black Range Rover. What if "the man" tried to open her car door or break a window then kill her as he promised to do. Gray was always looking over her shoulder.

For two years, she had worked for Rader Consulting as a contractor. Dominick Rader, founder and CEO, had modeled his business "...on the backs
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
This was a DNF for me at 75 pages. The plot was taking ages to develop and I didn't care about the main character. The writing was loose and messy and I didn't feel the need to continue. ...more
Grayson Sykes, a new PI in LA has been given her first case to investigate. Cardiologist Ian O'Donnell is looking for his missing girlfriend Isabel Lincoln who has disappeared with his dog. As the case goes on, Grayson suspects that Isabel doesn't want to be found and Ian is mostly interested in getting his dog back. That's okay with Grayson as she has left her past behind too, but the more she looks for Isabel to confirm she is alive, the more she finds things are not adding up and the case bec ...more
Wow, this book was incredible. This was my first read by Rachel Howzell Hall, but I can guarantee that this book will not be my last. If you like Lisa Jewell and old school Ruth Ware novels, Rachel Howzell Hall will exceed your mystery/thriller goals.

Taking place over two timelines, one current and one past, we are introduced to the protagonist, Grayson Sykes. Grayson (or nicknamed Gray) is a private detective, working at elite Rader Consulting, and she is tasked with a new case. This case invo
9/22/2020: Happy publication day! This book is out and about in the world now, and I could not be happier.

I’m a sucker for women bounty hunters/PIs/detectives because they’re some of the most tenacious, resourceful characters you’ll ever have the pleasure of reading. They will nab your perp, locate your missing man, and possibly wreck and/or find themselves along the way. Stephanie Plum, Charley Davidson, Cat DeLuca… Heck, even The Stalk from Saga and Nancy Drew make the list.

And now, it’s
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grayson (Gray) Sykes is a PI who is hired to find her client's missing dog and girlfriend. The trouble is, the missing girlfriend, Isabel Lincoln, is alive and communicating with Gray and she doesn't want to be found. Then there is the investigation itself. The further and further Gray gets into this case, the more complex and messed up it becomes. We also get a glimpse into the past of Gray's own life. We see how she came to this moment in time and how that impacts her abilities in trying to fi ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a DNF for me.

Although the premise was promising, I couldn't connect with the writing.

I can see from the many great reviews that this is a case of me not having the same thought patterns as the author. I continually felt like I was missing pieces of information and spent too much time back tracking and attempting to piece things together.

I don't do well with stream of conscious narrations and I'm not positive that I'm describing this correctly, but it seemed like that type of book.

I ra
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall is a new thriller that falls more into the crime fiction genre with a new detective on a case. The story is told in an alternating timeline style with Grayson Sykes in the present on a case to find a missing woman and looking back into the past with Natalie Dixon in an abusive relationship.

Grayson has been handed a new assignment of looking into the disappearance of Isabel Lincoln. Quickly Grayson sees that the man that has hired them to find Isabel may
Julie (JuJu)
A missing woman with a past as puzzling as the PI hired to find her...sounds like my kind of twisted thriller! Unfortunately, this story didn’t flow smoothly and I wasn’t able to settle in. Not to diminish the author’s talent, but her writing style didn’t do it for me.

The storyline, the twists and the complex plot should have made for a fantastic read. But I agree with other reviewers who labored through the metaphors that became annoying.

Many others enjoyed this one, so I’m chalking it up to my
“Boyfriends and husbands, baby daddies and one-night stands were always madly, deeply, truly in love. Bloody love. Crazy love. Love-you-to-death kind of love.”

Last year I read the first book in Rachel Howzell Hall's 'Detective Elouise Norton' series. It had a great sense of place and a brilliant main character. And Now She's Gone shares many of its strengths. Once again Hall brings Los Angeles life and culture to life. From its more bourgeois or hipster-y venues to its neighbourhoods with their
Grayson (Gray) Sykes is a private investigator hired to find Isabel Lincoln, the missing girlfriend of a cardiologist. It doesn’t take her long to question whether Isabel wants to be found and if she’s trying to escape her boyfriend. The more progress Gray makes with the case, the more it intersects with her own past and present.

This was one of the more complex stories I’ve read in a long time. Chock full of quirky and sketchy characters, it seems to shift with every new revelation. At the cent
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a wild and twisty read. Seriously, everyone was lying. Like, a lot. Domestic abusers, identity thieves, a trail of dead people and the search for a dog called Kenny G (yep, you read that right). I'm giving no spoilers but I will say that I liked PI Grayson Sykes. She was working her first case and she's also on the run herself (hiding from an abusive ex-husband). This upped the tension in the story and also added an interesting facet to her investigation of where Isabel has gone (or was ...more
Karl Jorgenson
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
A clever concept, mostly well-executed. Grayson works for a detective agency, where they find lost loves, ex's ducking their child support, and otherwise missing and hiding people. Her first big case: find the missing GF of a wealthy, hunky, self-important surgeon. As Grayson digs into the case, she finds the doctor is a complete asshole, interested in finding his ex-GF for his ego and to protect his reputation, and she uncovers evidence of abuse. This is the clever concept: Grayson (not her bir ...more
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

Thank you so much to Forge for the gifted copy ❤️ This is probably the most complex thriller I’ve read in a long time! And Now She’s Gone is out TODAY + you’ll definitely want to check this one out 🙌🏼⁣

This book does a fantastic job at hooking you from the very first chapter. I was immediately intrigued by both Isabel (yes, we have the same name + it’s SO COOL) + Gray’s characters. You know Isabel is missing right from the start + Gray is the P.I. that is trying to find her. This book
Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
QUICK TAKE: if you can past the page length (it is LONG), then you're in for a treat. This new private investigator series is engaging and suspenseful (the diner scene at the end is excellent), and i was totally invested in the story of Grayson, a woman running from a dark past while trying to solve a missing persons case she feels connected to. I liked the specificity (Los Angeles is its own character) and the discussion of domestic violence, particularly towards Black women, was eye-opening an ...more
Wendy Walker
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you somehow combined the writing brains of Janet Evanovich and James Patterson, you would get Rachel Howzell-Hall. She keeps the action moving in this story about a rookie PI searching for a missing woman while also running from her own past. But she does it with pitch-perfect wit. The result is a highly entertaining read! Can't wait to see what she does next :) ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I was as excited as a cork ready to burst from a bottle of champagne to read this book, cuz I had read so many great reviews that I was sure I was gonna luv it.
*Note: if reading that sentence drives you even the least bit insane, you may want to skip this book, as that is how nearly every thought of the protagonist reads! 🤦‍♀️

The premise of this thriller touts a tale of complex family ties, extortion, manipulation, and domestic violence, and while it does deliver on its promises, it felt like a
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
What a page turner that was! Love a good missing person case and this one is a wild ride to say the least. My first book by Rachel Howzell Hall and it was so good. Another author to add to my list. There is so much going on in this story but it doesn’t get confusing or overwhelming at all. For such a long book I was surprised by at how quickly I read it.

Grayson Sykes is a private investigator in LA and has just been given her first case. All she has to do is track down the missing girlfriend of
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I've been in a weird reading funk with other things going on in my life and it took me 4 days to finish this book. If you know me, I'm a one-sit binge reader. So many shiny things and my own brain seemed to have plotted against me because I absolutely LOVED this book and am mad I took so damn long to finish it! But I DID - so YAY, SUCCESS!!

Grayson, I'm sending you a crate of pens. I'm never naming my dog Kenny G. And, I want to put on record that while Mrs. Kim, the Korean old lady, may have alw
Amanda Hupe
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads, netgalley
Thank you NetGalley, Rachel Howzell Hall, and Forge Books for the opportunity to read this book!

I had the opportunity to meet Rachel Howzell Hall over a year ago at the LA Times Festival of Books. I was so excited when I received her ARC copy of And Now She’s Gone! Grayson Sykes finally gets a chance to take on a real case as a private investigator. Isabel Lincoln has been reported missing by her boyfriend. Well, her ex-boyfriend. As she investigates, it is obvious that this is a troubled relati
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
(3.5) I had a hard time rating this 1.. I definitely enjoyed the main characters & would totally pick up a second book if this became a series. I wasn’t as interested in the mystery though & I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the audiobook either. The (first person) narrator had a quirky sense of humor & I think reading it may have been funny, but listening just came across as kind of corny. Still overall I looked forward to picking it back up so I settled on a 3.5.
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RACHEL HOWZELL HALL, author of the bestseller and Anthony Award-, Lefty Award- and ITW-award nominated They All Fall Down (Forge), writes the acclaimed Lou Norton series, including Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, Trail of Echoes, and City of Saviors. She is also the co-author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, which was included in the New York Times bestseller The Family Lawyer. She is curre ...more

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