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They're Gone

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Two women's husbands are murdered on the same night in the same way--and their investigation uncovers a terrifying connection.

Two men from vastly different backgrounds are murdered one after another on the same night, in the same fashion with two bullet wounds: one in the head, another in the heart. The two slayings sends their wives on a desperate search for answers--and
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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11/10/2020: Happy publication day—this mystery is OUT!

She’d never accept those identities, never walk that broken glass path, never again be what someone else wanted.
She’d find another way.

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨3.5 STARS! I was so thoroughly entertained by this book that I literally devoured it in a day. Plot twists, resilient and resourceful women of colour, and well-timed black humour made for a fast-paced ride of a read.

E.A. Barres writes compulsively readable hardboiled crime. Pithy metaphors, sha
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-arc
The begining was good, i was enjoying the book. The plot was revealing slowly, secrets were out however halfway through the book, everything took a huge twist.

It wasn't like those twist where you would be like damn i didn't see it come, its epic. It was more likely, damn i didn't see it coming but it's just weird.

The book got really confusing, more plot twists were unfold. Even though it had tons of twists and turns it wasn't just satisfying. It was more likely used for shock value that didn't
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was glad to receive an early copy of this book, and I was riveted from page one. This novel is filled with all my favorite things: diverse characters, strong women, interesting insights into domestic relationships and the complexities of grief. And I particularly love this author’s brand of crime fiction: gritty, darkly humorous, sensitive, and sprinkled with violence where necessary.

In his new novel, E.A. Barres masterfully weaves together the stories of two very different women and their bur
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, even more that I thought I would. The author has a great, succinct style which goes well with the more violent parts of the story while still managing to also expertly capture the grief of unexpectedly using a loved one. The husband with secrets story has been done so many times in our genre but E.A. Barres manages to put his own spin on it. I also appreciate what an amazing job he did creating a very, diverse group of characters. Cessy was my fave.
Suz Jay
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
“Cessy used the couch to stand. Nausea touched the back of her throat, grudgingly stayed down as she stared at a pillow and blanket on the living room floor, trying to figure out what had happened the night before. And why she was naked. She spotted an empty bottle underneath the coffee table. Vodka. Vodka had happened. And so had Anthony Jenkins.”*

Two women, whose husbands both met the same bad end, find themselves in danger. Their husbands’ secrets put them directly in the crossfire, but what
gema (hem-a)
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Action packed, fast pace, and full of twists are the three descriptive factors I would use to describe They're Gone by E.A. Barres. The book is well written, full of secrets that lead to a major plot twist and some action. The author did an exquisite job with character development. Every character in the book was well developed and thoughtfully introduced to the reader. The book is about two families who have experienced the tragic loss of their family members. Two husbands are murdered and two ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THEY’RE GONE is a relentless, pulse-pounding thriller that showcases E.A. Barres’s talent for injecting gritty crime stories with sympathetic, emotionally complex characters and sharp black humor. Barres skillfully combines a dark story about corruption, greed, and violence with an emotional arc about grief, resilience, and the lengths a person will go to protect their family—all while keeping the pace swift and the dialogue witty.
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Bloody hell! What a wild ride and I loved it. Fast-paced, gritty, brilliantly written, this thriller had me flipping page after page until I found out who - if anyone - would make it out alive. E.A. Barres's quirky characters, hilarious sense of humour, and touch of snark made me laugh out loud, too. Absolutely fantastic! ...more
D.K. Hundt
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
The first part of THEY’RE GONE, by E.A. Barres, is really good; the moment when the readers introduced to Deb and Cessy, their similar narratives intertwine after their husbands' deaths. I love the diversity of the characters.

There’s a twist that I wasn’t expecting that adds to this whodunit's tension. However, it’s the overall dialogue and actions of the characters that didn’t seem to meld, in my mind, creating a disconnect.

Though THEY’RE GONE didn’t tick off all the boxes for me, I look forw
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
They’re Gone by @eaaymar is the best kind of thriller! It kept me turning the pages late into the night! It is full of tension and was paced so well! Interwoven with multiple POVs and dark, gritty secrets that will have you side eyeing your man wondering what he’s up to when you’re not around.

They’re Gone tells the story of two murders that occur on the same night, the exact same way. Told from the perspective of the murder victims’ wives, the story unfolds as each woman decides to figure out e
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is all about two completely different women and their husbands that have been murdered on the same night and in the same way. But who killed them and why?

Deb and Cessy decide they want to know more about their husband's death and quickly regrets it when things take a wild and scary turn. Can they trust the cops or even can they trust each other?. Will they get their answers? Will things ever get back to normal for them?.

This book was so good. It kept me on the edge of my seat the who
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an unexpected loved book, because I was a little hesitant when I started.

The author does amazing at writing about life while balancing the acts of violence in the book. This one of those books where it’s about life: grief, violence, lies and secrets. All of those raw topics, but it is just done so superbly that it will one of those books that stays with you even when the pages are done being turned. It was the complex story of losing a loved one, but finding out the husband has a bunch
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
They're Gone by E.A. Barres is a gritty mystery that is quite intriguing.

Deb Linh Thomas wakes up to discover her husband Grant did not come home the night before.  Unfortunately two policemen show up at her door with the news that Grant has been murdered. The police believe his death is part of a recent string of unsolved killings. Deb is still reeling from her husband's death when an FBI agent informs her of the shocking details of why he was targeted. Stunned, she keeps this information from
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
First book I have read by this author. About halfway through the book, the killer is revealed... but revealing the killer is only the first of serval things that makes this novel more than average. It's not a only a "whodunit" but also a "whydunit" and "whatdunit." It was a mix of good guys and bad guys and even worse guys causing the reader to kinda loose track of who is one which team. There are a lot of characters also but each one is well defined with their own purposes. On the good side the ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Have you ever read a book that was so liberal you wanted to quit? This book was one of those.
Have you ever read a book you didn't want to quit so you could see the ending? This book was one of those.
Have you ever read a book and wanted to laugh at how hypocritical it was? This book was one of those.
Main character with the daughter? Mrs. I'm super excepting, but I'm not sure my husband would've been? Mrs. Anti capitol punishment? She kills the murderer.
<<<<Favorite character???? Chr
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced! Twisted! Riveting! Exciting! Addictive! Not only is this a very well-written book with wonderfully-interesting characters, but the suspense builds at just the right pace as the story unfolds. It was an artful melding of twisted psychological thrills and nail-biting suspense that kept me guessing the whole way! A MUST for your TBR list!

*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it

This was an interesting thriller! Two men are murdered on the same night and their wives are left to pick up the pieces of their lives. Unfortunately the reasons the men were killed come back to impact their wives. One of the women is a suburban housewife and the other is a bartender with street smarts. They ultimately wind up being targeted by the same people who killed their husbands. This is a fast paced book and although it is a thriller there are elements of humour as well.
Gina Malanga
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cessy and Deb live very diff lives, one lives as a bartender with an abusive husband, the other lives in an affluent suburb with her well off family. Their lives come crashing together when both their husbands are murdered! A little far fetched and draggy at times this book was still an enjoyable escapist read.
Nan Williams
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I very much appreciate that the author laid out the social issues she was espousing in the first quarter of the book. These things are not to my taste in literature consequently I did not continue reading.
I wish her well and am sure many others will find the story to their liking.
This ARC was received from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The review will be posted on Good Reads immediately.
Barbara Schultz
2.6 rounded up 3 Stars
This is my first E.A. Barres novel but I am a big mystery fan so this caught my eye.
Story stars with two men from very different background and from different cities are both murdered on the same night in the same way but seem to have no connection.

Soon the story centers on how the wives relate to this situation, both wives Deb Thomas and Cessy Costello have nothing in common and are as different as their husbands. Deb is a homemaking in Northern Virginia and her husband
gema (hem-a)
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advanced readers copy of They’re Gone in exchange for my honest review.

Action packed, fast pace, and full of twists are the three descriptive factors I would use to describe They're Gone by E.A. Barres. The book is well written, full of secrets that lead to a major plot twist and some action. They author did an exquisite job with character development. Every character in the books was well developed and thoughtful introduced to the reader. The
Lora - questsandcrimes
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two women’s husbands are shot in the same way on the same night. The deaths must be connected. Both are from vastly different backgrounds, but they find themselves working together to discover their husband’s secrets. If they can’t find out why the husbands were killed, they might be next.

I blew through this book. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. The story is fast paced with some great twists. I love a thriller that has shocking twists that don’t feel totally outlandish. This book felt be
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Two seemingly opposite women become forced into the same bloody fight when both of their husband’s are murdered on the same night.
Deb is a suburban wife, still reeling from the unexpected murder of her strait-laced husband. Cessy, a bartender working to make ends meet, is relieved by the murder of her abusive husband.  Yet, these women have something very important in common.  Rotating between Deb and Cessy, readers are thrust into the minds of two diversely different women. 
As a reader, I alway
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it

Thank you so much @crookedlanebooks for the free ARC of “They’re Gone” to review! Readers can grab a copy on 11/10/20. 😃

“Two women’s husbands are murdered on the same night in the same way-and their investigation uncovers a terrifying connection.”

I really enjoyed this read! There was so much craziness throughout the entire book and so many twists that I didn’t see coming. I kept wanting to read faster and faster to see what was going to happen to the two women (Deb and Cessy) who lost t
Heather L
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book and I think that with a little finesse it could have been a very good book. Two women from vastly different backgrounds experience the killing of their husbands on the same night in a similar manner. Cessy was not too upset her husband was killed, he had been abusing her for quite some time. She was not too happy though when she’s approached by the killers to pay an outstanding debt they claimed he owed, if she doesn’t pay the would be consequences. Deb, the other wi ...more
Grace Koshida
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Two women, Deb Linh Thomas and Cessy Castillo, learn their husbands have been shot dead by unknown assailants on the same day. Deb is devastated when she finds out her husband Grant had been regularly seeing a prostitute and that their financial situation is a lot worse than she thought. Cessy is glad that her abusive Hector is dead but is not thrilled when she gets a visit from a man claiming Hector owned a lot of money and wants to be paid now.

The two cases become more connected when FBI Agent
Dee Dee
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Received this complimentary digital ARC from in exchange for an honest review.

They're Gone by E.A Barres is the kind of book that's normally right up my ally. A fast paced thriller with a semi-predictable ending that's not without its plot twists. I don't read these books for the ending (because again, predictable) but I enjoy the journey to get there. Normally.

With this story, about two women who couldn't be more different who's husbands are murdered in a similar fashion, I expe
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Two couples, two murders, two widows. Two very different marriages both end up with the wives becoming widows when their husbands are found murdered. What follows is a well executed plot line as the story unfolds. Although, it was easier to put down than when I normally read a good/great thriller. I didn't care much for Deb or Cessy on the beginning but as the story went on they started to grow on me. More character development would have been a big help here. The ending was satisfying. I like t ...more
Sejla Kazaferovic
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t know what I was expecting this book to be but this was not it!

This was a fast paced thriller with almost a comedic tint to it. It’s like one of those horror movies that’s scary but a little humorous as well. I loved the differences between the two women and how they came together and dealt with things. I found each woman to be brave and strong especially Cessy. I do wish there could have been more that was done with the bad characters ... all the loose ends tied and their actions brough
Book Him Danno
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
They're Gone starts off quickly pulling readers in with lots of different characters with different backgrounds that will make for a interesting read until a little over halfway through the story things change. Leaving readers wondering if they are reading the same book? The twist wasn't WOW its was more head scratching and what the purpose of the twist.

The more "Twist" the more the story puzzle pieces didn't fit together. Somewhere so left field leaving this review and reader confused as to why
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E.A. Barres' most recent thriller, The Unrepentant, was published in 2019 by Down and Out Books (written under E.A. Aymar). His other thrillers include the anthologies The Swamp Killers (March 2020) and The Night of the Flood (March 2018); in both anthologies, he served as co-editor and contributor. His column, "Decisions and Revisions," appears monthly in the Washington Independent Review of Book ...more

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