Title: And Now She’s Gone
Author: Rachel Howzell Hall
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Page Count: 384
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
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 dangerous cat and mouse game, Rachel Howzell Hall’s And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets ― and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.
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 not be all that he tries to seem to be. Before long Grayson is wondering if Isabel simply has a reason to want to not be found which has Grayson looking back into the past rembering Natalie and her relationship with her husband Sean.
And Now She’s Gone was simply one of those books that seemed to never really gain the ‘thrill” side of the book to me. As I was reading the pace seemed incredibly slow and the idea that we quickly see that Isabel may have left by choice sent me to think why then are we still looking? I also thought that the story seemed to spend more time in the past that the present which sort of buried that side of the book to me. Perhaps it was the length or the pacing but in the end I just found that overall I wasn’t invested the way I should be and simply turning the pages to get this one done and off my shelf.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the bestseller and Anthony-, ITW- and Lefty 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 currently on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and lives in Los Angeles. Her next novel AND NOW SHE’S GONE (Forge) will be published in September 2020.
A featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed ‘Crime in the City’ series and the National Endowment for the Arts weekly podcast, Rachel has also served as a mentor in AWP’s Writer to Writer Program and is currently on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. She was named one of Apple iBooks’ “10 Authors to Read in 2017.” She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.