Cris's Reviews > Gone

Gone by Elisabeth Naughton
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Jan 10, 2017

really liked it

For reasons that aren’t fully clear to me, the second-chance/reunion romance trope is a really tough sell for me, so I approached Elisabeth Naughton’s GONE--the second book in her new Deadly Secrets romantic suspense series--with a fair bit of caution despite having thoroughly enjoyed the first instalment, REPRESSED. But all my knee-jerk apprehension was for naught, since in GONE Ms. Naughton delivers a perfectly believable and heartwarming reunion story between two flawed, three-dimensional, realistic ex-lovers who never stopped genuinely loving each other. The suspense subplot-- an ex-couple’s ongoing search for their long-lost infant daughter that leads them to uncover a much more sinister situation-- is executed with top-notch skill Ms. Naughton has honed through many romantic suspense & adventure novels and keeps the reader moving through the story at a rapid pace. However, GONE’s crowning jewel is the raw realism, emotional appeal, and growth of its protagonists-- self-destructive photojournalist Alec McClane and television journalist Raegan Deveraux-- whose crumbling relationship after their daughter’s abduction forms the story’s emotional lynchpin. Ms. Naughton does such a great job with these characters and their motivations that, even at their most unlikeable and despicable (particularly in Alec’s case), they’re so raw and believable that you see where they’re coming from and feel their pain -- and root for their well-deserved HEA.

Though GONE is technically the second book in a loosely-connected series, it can be read as a standalone (the first book’s protagonists make brief cameos, and their story has no actual bearing on this one). It’s a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of love, loss, and recovery wrapped in a well-written package of intrigue that will leave you wondering how humanity is capable of certain things. Looking forward to Ms. Naughton’s next RS book!

** ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Gone.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

January 1, 2017 – Started Reading
January 1, 2017 – Shelved
January 8, 2017 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.