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Gone, But Not Forgotten

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  3,807 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
Darkness has fallen on the city of Portland, Oregon. One by one, the wives of affluent and respected men are vanishing from their homes. The only clues to their disappearance are a single black rose and a note that reads "Gone, But Not Forgotten." It is the rebirth of a horror that has already devastated a community at the opposite end of the country -- and, as it did then ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Hartorch (first published 1993)
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Freda Malone
Oct 05, 2016 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing
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It has been a long time since I've read any of Phillip Margolin's novels. This brilliant mystery, legal thriller had me from the first chapter, turning page after page with intense anticipation. The suspense almost killed me. By page 160 I had my own theories, but the red herrings had me bouncing back and forth between guilty and not guilty. By page 360, I was almost solving the crime myself. WOW. Now I remember why I loved his books so much but can not remember why I stopped reading them. Well, ...more
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN (Suspense-New York, Oregon/Cont) – G+
Margolin, Phillip – 3rd book
Harper Torch, 1993- Paperback
Portland attorney, Betsy Tannenbaum, is given a large retainer against future work by wealthy businessman Martin Darius. When the bodies of women who've been tortured and murdered are found on his property, Darius is arrested and Betsy asked to defend him. The women had disappeared from their homes with a black rose and note saying "Gone, but not forgotten" left behind. But when
Nov 05, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Gone, But Not Forgotten is Phillip Margolin's third novel. The novel tells the story of a womanizer and serial killer who emerges after a decade of silence. Gone, But Not Forgotten is incredibly suspenseful and has even made into a 2005 movie featuring Lou Diamond Phillips and Brooke Shields!

A serial killer is on the loose in the Portland, Oregon area; his victims are upper-class women married to successful and wealthy businessmen. While their disappearances leave behind limited clues of a black
Aug 31, 2012 GIZMO rated it it was ok
agree with an earlier reader...this is a creepy story for sure

anyone else wonder why it is that these twisted characters always choose to debase and dehumanize women? why not take power over men for a change? is it that these male authors (I'll add james patterson here for his Kiss the Girls which seems to share the same villain) can't imagine a man being victimized? I have to wonder...

as for Becky our kind of hero just how dumb is she for a supposedly brilliant attorney? she lets this unknown r
Alshia Moyez
Jun 29, 2012 Alshia Moyez rated it it was amazing
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I read this book like, maybe ...a decade ago. Somebody turned me onto it and I read it in a day, couldn't put it down. I just really, really enjoyed this, enjoyed the characters. I remember really, really liking the killer in this book, which is weird. He was the villain but for some reason was likeable in his own way. I think I want to sit down and read this book again to refresh myself with it. If you like suspense, fleshed-out characters, mystery, and a plot twists then you might like this on ...more
Jan 21, 2009 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right up until page 200 or so, this book was headed for full-fledged 4-star glory. The plot is good, the writing is good (excellent, as far as writing in this genre is concerned) and I was genuinely puzzled, which is a good thing in a whodunnit.
But the end was kind of a let-down. I won't go into the details, so as not to spoil it. But I thought the end was a let down.
It's a good, enjoyable read, though.
Nov 29, 2008 Kathy rated it really liked it
Creepiest whodunit I've ever read. I couldn't sleep at all the night I fnished it (literally, I was too afraid to close my eyes).
Don Thomson
May 08, 2017 Don Thomson rated it liked it
I met the author on an excursion in Mexico City and must say he is a wonderful person to get to know. I wish I could give this book a better rating but found it just an average read. I want to see the movie made from the book released years ago to see if the plot is a little more entertaining.
Apr 05, 2016 Juanita rated it really liked it
Review: Gone, But Not Forgotten by Phillip Margolin.

This is an outstanding, well written, packed thriller. There are so many stunning surprises, mysterious crime scenes, and well developed characters that will hold you in your seat turning the pages to find out what happens next. It was an excellent book with plenty of crime mystery and horror. The author has written a few graphic scenes but that just led me to read on to find out who was doing the crimes and why. What I found totally clever is
Feb 05, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This one was so close to meritting a 5-star review.
But I found the character development to be just OK, and the
story didn't quite sock me in the gut as I expected it would.
But this guy can tell a story like gangbusters. He really kept me turning the pages at a fast rate and at every free moment I had my nose in the book.
I recommend it, and most of you out there will really enjoy it.
Patrice Hoffman
I enjoy everything I read by this author. Just had to get that out there once again. His books are page-turners and always good to the last page. There are no ackward boring moments. They aren't literary giants or complex but they are good old fashioned fun.
Jul 03, 2014 Xinh rated it it was ok
Didn't enjoy this.
First, there are way too many characters introduced that get maybe a line or two of mention and then are never heard from again.
Second, I cannot believe that Betsy didn't get any sort of reprimand for her actions.
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Mar 07, 2015 Cee (The Mistress Case) marked it as dnf-skimmed-lost-interest

Definitely creepy for sure, but it failed to captivate my full attention.

Mystery books just aren't for me. I should stick to TV shows and movies.
Jun 11, 2014 Monique rated it liked it
Sadly, I predicted who the bad guy was. Decent for what it is though.
David Josph
Oct 01, 2016 David Josph rated it it was ok
Not a great book at all very far fetched and much too dark for my taste at the moment.
Jun 24, 2017 Emma rated it it was ok
The reason I didn't enjoy this novel is not because it's too creepy as other reviews state, it's because of how it was written.
There seemed to be a lot of unneeded moments such as when the characters would be getting food: their important conversation would stop and the reader would have to follow the uninteresting conversation of who wants what, who pays and so forth. While I understand that this happens in real life a lot it's not necessary to the plot in these instances.
Secondly, there was
Mar 04, 2017 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Started this book yesterday afternoon and read all but 100 pages of it before I went to bed. If you are looking to escape....and you don't mind a little murder and'll really like this book. It's page turner all the way.
Oct 23, 2016 Shelene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Really good, lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing and not sure of what should be done! Good read!
Mar 13, 2017 Kshydog rated it really liked it
Lots of characters introduced in the beginning but at least they did play a part in the story even the future Court judge. A little confusing as they went thru different times and settings. The last part of the story really tied it all together. Although I figured out part of the mystery I wasn't quite right. Surprised that Betsy was so thorough in the profession but could miss something so major. Story moved quickly. Amazed at how charming Lake could be. The killer was so non-caring it got cree ...more
Mar 09, 2017 Bekah rated it it was amazing
Such a page turner, so many things are unexpected. It will keep you on your toes!
Four married women from the same New York suburb, all wives of wealthy professional men, all childless, with luxurious lifestyles, go missing without a word to anyone. However, a note was left on the pillow of each, along with a rose, dyed black. The notes read, "Gone, But Not Forgotten." Then, prominent young attorney Peter Lake, comes home one evening to find his wife brutally beaten and strangled to death. A black rose is by her body and a note in her hand. The message is the same as the othe ...more
Jeannie Walker
Jan 16, 2014 Jeannie Walker rated it really liked it
It didn't take me long to reach a verdict on this thrilling who-done-it novel by Phillip Margolin. I am glad I took it home with me. I can see why it made the New York Times bestseller list. I loved the sparks the novel generated in keeping me moving from page to page. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. It is a well-scripted fiction novel and one you cannot put down. "Gone, but Not Forgotten" will keep you spellbound. Wait until you see the ending. It is definitely worth waiting for.

Jun 15, 2011 Manugw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very gripping.., like driving a race car at fast speed in a road with many bumps, twists and turns. This is my second Philip Margollin book, my first one was The Last Innocent Man and what I see in both of them is that the author is centered on the going of the action and very skillful to create packed suspense out of the most simple circumstances. However. In my opinion as a reader, Mr Margollin should develop more deeply all his characters (lawyers,
Apr 20, 2013 Jo-Anne rated it really liked it
Four women disappear from Hunter's Point, New York, before the murdered bodies of Sandra Lake and her young daughter are found. Beside Mrs. Lake are a black rose and a note that reads, "Gone, but not forgotten." Ten years later women are disappearing from Portland, Oregon. In each of their homes is a black rose and a note identical to the one found in Hunter's Point. After hearing about the New York case and its possible connection to his, Portland's district attorney, arrests wealthy Martin Dar ...more
Apr 19, 2016 CP rated it it was ok
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Oct 10, 2013 Wheelerlp rated it really liked it
I found this book on a shelf where if you take one you give one. I wasn't familiar with the author and it was published in the 70's. It's a legal thriller, lots of lawyers and police detectives. Several women are missing and a note and a black rose are left behind.. You think the case is solved but years later in a different city the note and roses are showing up again. After many twists and turns and interesting legal issues all is resolved. Cell phones are so much a part of our lives I had to ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Kim rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like the protagonist, Betsy Tannenbaum, but good grief - her actions and decisions were idiotic. At first, I thought I'd give her (and Mr. Margolin) another chance. Read a bit more, see if maybe she's one of those "interestingly flawed" characters that I truly love - you know, the ones that are more in keeping with real people.
But no. She was just stupid. Stupid about her estranged husband (wanting to reconnect with him after she found out he had been feeding her daughter li
Jan 07, 2017 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned-books
Terrible book, very generic, tension is low, flat, and monotonous. Take the most common and overused crime thriller characters ever created and you have the characters of this book. All the character reactions are wrong. The women go missing and the detectives go straight to assuming they're murdered and automatically assumed its done by a sexual sadist, there's a 2 page rant about it which I swear is there cause the author thought it sounded smart. Everyone is talking about how Tannenbaum is "t ...more
Christopher Carrolli
A string of mysterious disappearances plague Hunter's Point, NY, where the female victims are apparently abducted. Left behind is a rose with a note that reads, "Gone, but not forgotten." Soon the work turns out to be that of a serial killer, who ends up getting away with murder.
Years later, a series of similar events unfold in Portland, Oregon. Now, a man who was secretly suspected of being "the rose killer" is suspected of the follow-up crimes.
Phillip Margolin has created a page turning, ever
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