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Long Gone

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  6,476 ratings  ·  756 reviews
After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District. According to Drew Campbell, the well-suited corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentric owner. Drew assures Alice that the owner will be hands off, a ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Harper
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
Long Gone tells the story of Alice Humphrey who has one of the oddest and most unfortunate lives ever. I am giving it four stars for good characters, interesting detective work (professional and amateur), suspense, and a total inability on my part to even guess what was going on. Sadly the twist at the end about her father was just one step too far into weirdness for me. Without that this would have been a five star book.

Long Gone tells the story of Alice Humphrey who has one of the oddest and most unfortunate lives ever. I am giving it four stars for good characters, interesting detective work (professional and amateur), suspense, and a total inability on my part to even guess what was going on. Sadly the twist at the end about her father was just one step too far into weirdness for me. Without that this would have been a five star book.

Alafair Burke is a new author to me but judging by this book she is worth looking out for!

Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A compelling mystery with an ending I didn’t see coming.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This book surprised me. I didn't really know what to expect but I found myself engrossed. By the time a reasonable person goes to bed, I simply had to finish because I had absolutely no predictions for the end.

The story seemed convoluted with so many seemingly unrelated characters and sub-stories. Surprisingly, the author brought them all together by the end and I must admit, I was surprised by the characters I'd grown to trust, although I had some suspicions about one of them. I was disappoint
James Thane
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alice Humphrey is the daughter of a privileged family who is determined to make it on her own in the Big Apple. After being out of work for several months she has a chance meeting with Drew Campbell at an art exhibition. Campbell claims to represent a wealthy anonymous patron of the arts who wants to open a gallery, and Campbell believes that Alice, given her background, would be the perfect person to manage it. Alice accepts the offer and throws herself into the job, heart and soul.

Alice Humphrey is set up with a new job running a small gallery in NYC, which is open exactly two days when the guy who hired her is found shot dead inside, and the gallery emptied of all its contents. Alice becomes a suspect in what is also a pretty elaborate frame job, until an FBI agent steps in and helps her when no one else will. There is also a missing teen element that gets tied into the gallery story.
This was a likeable story, where I was able to forsee a few of the twists coming.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2011
After spending a long time out of work, Alice Humphrey is pleasantly surprised when she's approached at an art show about running a new art gallery in New York City. At first, Alice believes it's too good to be true and her friends believe it's just an attempt by the handsome young man, Drew, to get her phone number. But it appears Drew's desire to have Alice run a gallery for a controversial artist is on the up and up. The opening is successful and Alice is excited about planning future shows f ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Listened to the audiobook and really liked it! My first Alafair Burke book but won’t be my last. Full review to come.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A good solid read. I'm a sucker for a NYC setting...I wasn't on the edge on my seat constantly wanting more with this one..:which is my favorite way to feel! (Isn't it everyone's?!) I can tell this is one of her earlier works bc boy oh boy has she blossomed into a wonderful writer (her more recent titles). There were twists but I predicted them early on unfortunately...
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
It's hard to decide how many stars to give "genre fiction". This was a really solid mystery/thriller, and for genre fiction it was 4 stars (maybe even 5), even if the writing wasn't brilliant or anything. Because we have writers like Tana French and Kate Atkinson, who are "genre" writers but still possess literary mastery, I hold books like this to a different standard.

As far as a classic murder mystery, this was fantastic. It follows all the "rules" of mystery fiction, and had some
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
This is the second book I've read by Alafair Burke. The first one, 212, was just okay, but I was willing to give Long Gone a try.

Ooof. It felt like I read this book for at least 10 years. I kept thinking how much I wanted to quit reading it and then realizing I was far enough in that it seemed dumb to stop. I had that conversation with myself about every 50 pages all the way through to the 349 pages my advance copy has. Honestly it was like being trapped in a studio apartment with the kitche
Lesa Divine
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: may-2018, library, read-it
2.5 a okay mystery read. It was too much of showing talking and not a lot of during. It got predictable at times. I figured out a bit of it as reading.
Quick read.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was up until the wee hours of the morning today finishing this clever book! I really enjoyed the humour, as well as the dynamic characters and unexpected twists. I recommend this one, but be prepared to stay up until you reach the end!
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice Humphrey’s chance meeting with Drew Campbell at first glance appears to be a lucky break. Alice is unemployed and Drew Campbell offers her a chance to run a gallery and be her own boss. Alice’s father is a famous Hollywood producer and Alice had starred in some roles as a child star. Alice harbors some bad feelings towards her father and this opportunity to do something exciting on her own without any help from her family is just too good to pass up.

Alice took Drew up on his of
Amanda McGill
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Turns out I'm not a fan of Alafair Burke's standalone novels.

Alice was just handed the job of her dreams, a manager in a new art gallery. She has only worked there a few days when the guy that hired her is found dead and she is the number one suspect. There is also another seemingly irrelevant story line about a teenage girl's disappearance.

Long Gone is really hard to get into, I struggled in the first opening chapters. I didn't like all of the different plots, they seemed like really big leap
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
As someone who's regularly enjoyed the Ellie Hatcher series, I found this stand-alone a great disappointment. Predictable, with a thread about a missing girl that feels irrelevant in the midst of the main plot. This thread is interesting, more so than the main story about a woman framed for a murder she didn't commit. But it's pointless, not suspenseful.

I had a lot of trouble feeling sympathy for Alice, the framed main character, and thought that she got out of her dilemma far too easily. The s
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Long Gone was my first experience reading Alafair Burke, but it definitely will not be my last. I can now include Alafair Burke on my list of favorite female mystery authors.

In Long Gone, unemployed Alice Humphrey meets mysterious Drew Campbell during an art opening. Drew represents an undisclosed wealthy man who plans to open an art gallery featuring his lover's work in its first exhibition. Drew offers Alice the position of gallery manager. Even though the job seems too good to be true, Ali
Jul 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm tempted to portray myself as smarmy (or sassy?) and simply write of this book: "The only thing 'long gone' was my interest," and leave it at that. But that's jerky, and not something I would appreciate reading about my own work. I am confused by the title, however...and that's only the start of the problems. The "subplot" involving a missing girl seemed to weigh down the main narrative mystery, rather than supporting it--or forwarding it in an interesting way. I think the author might secret ...more
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book really delivers on the mystery and edge of the seat suspense! I really liked the writing style. The author has mastered twists and suspense and weaving multiple story lines together. I was hooked from chapter 1. I read it as a serial read on Nook and toward the end it was killing me to wait another day. The intertwining of characters was so complex that I never guessed what would happen next correctly. I never saw anything coming. It wasn't easy or predictable at all. My only criticism ...more
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
solid 4 star read plus it was FREE! (May I highly recommend Barnes and Noble's monthly FREE "Readout" offering? So far, the books have been really, realyngood)...I discovered Burke as a coauthor with Mary Higgins Clark, but had not yet read any of her own work. this was a very good story/mystery, but I'm sure I lost some of the pleasure reading it a chapter or two a day instead of at my own times, this reading method made it feel like it was taking WAY too long to get to the climax.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I'd never read this author before, nor am I inclined to struggle again through caricatures of people (at worst, the preacher) or two-dimensional people who do not give much to relationships they're supposedly in, if this book is typical of Ms Burke's writing.

The double (or triple?) plot lines do not work for me, especially the missing teen story threaded throughout. The other story (or two) would work better without the distraction.

As another reviewer said, it was difficu
Sep 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE! I DID NOT BOTHER TO FINISH.
There are a few things that makes a good thriller to me: intriguing plot, lively characters and consistency. This book had none of it, it was poorly written and the characters were a huge flop. I did not care about the murder, what led do it or the rave reviews that this book had. Considering that mystery is my favorite genre, I was anticipating to read a fantastic book. Instead all I got was a forgettable character name Alice who took a job in the art industry, only to find her boss Drew murder ...more
May 21, 2014 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
This book is making my eyes glaze over trying to comprehend who these people are and how they connect with each other. It might not even be the book; it might just be me, because I feel like I'm supposed to know things I don't and I'm confused. No star rating--I didn't get far enough in to give it a fair one.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, so many twists & turns in this one! I thought I had it figured out for a bit, but then I changed my mind, then changed it back again. I will definitely read more of this author.....
Sheila Beaumont
Though the job offer seems too good to be true, Alice Humphrey, unemployed for eight months, accepts a position managing a new art gallery in Manhattan. After the opening, she arrives at the gallery one morning to find the dead body of the good-looking, persuasive man who hired her. Soon it becomes obvious that she is the victim of an elaborate frame-up facilitated by social networking. Determined to clear her name and find the truth, Alice sets out to untangle the web of intrigue and deceit tha ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Humphrey has been out of work for almost a year. She's an art major with a fairly spotty employment record to begin with but is determined to make her way without help from her famous father. When she has a chance encounter with Drew Campbell, a self proclaimed entrepreneur, at a gallery showing, she's offered a job managing a new gallery for an anonymous client that will initially showcase one artist, Hans Schuler. Alice obviously hadn't heard of the adage about things being too good to b ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A true suspense thriller that had me sucked into it from the first page to the last punctuation. The story centers around Alice Humphrey who is the daughter of a famous director in New York City, she has been unemployed and is trying to find her own path out from underneath the family name. Along comes an opportunity that may seem a little shady but is also too good to pass up and with it will come the biggest unraveling of family drama that will end up changing everything she thought she knew a ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A nicely executed murder mystery set in NYC among the wealthy and cultured. It's suspenseful and there are no major plot holes, and that's all I ask from this genre. The heroine, 37-year-old Alice, is likeable enough, but a tad annoying with the strawberry skin and red hair and slanted nose. She's pretty, rich and well-educated, goes to bikram yoga and receives emotional support and great sex from a handsome guy who wants to be her boyfriend. When she runs into trouble, her famous movie director ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a little hard to follow at first as the author spends several chapters introducing individual characters. To make matters even harder we learn that some of the characters are not who they said they were. It would have been much better if scenarios were revealed gradually. There was way too much for this old brain to comprehend all at once. The characters are realistic and believable. The storyline is unique...complex... and will keep you reading. I didn't like the read almost li ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting plot. Some profanity. Second read. Well narrated. Recommended.
Alexandra Maffett
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It started out a bit slow and I almost stopped reading (listening) to it. I am so glad I didn't though. So many twists and turns and never expected how it ended.
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Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of "two power house series" (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and crimina ...more
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