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Gone Again by Doug Johnstone
  

Gone Again

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November 2013 Book of the Month.

A tense tale of disappearance and violent death in Edinburgh, with a red herring or two and a nice emotional edge. Mark is a photographer and while filming beached whales gets a call to say his pregnant wife has not collected their boy, Nathan, from school. Things then get pretty nasty with the sex trafficking trade at the centre of some violent scenes. What makes this a bit different is that the little boy is well written and the dad’s relationship with him convincing and touching, an unusual element in a thriller.

If you like Doug Johnstone you might also like to read books by Belinda Bauer, Simon Lelic and Barbara Vine.

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Synopsis

Gone Again by Doug Johnstone

'It's just to say that no-one has come to pick Nathan up from school, and we were wondering if there was a problem of some kind?' As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh's Portobello Beach, he is called by his son's school: his wife, Lauren, hasn't turned up to collect their son. Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry. With brilliantly controlled reveals, we learn some of the painful secrets of the couple's shared past, not least that it isn't the first time Lauren has disappeared. And as Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what's going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads. That is, until a shocking discovery...

Reviews

'Excellent ... sharp and moving.'
The Times

'Deeply poignant and compelling ... it's hard to take your eyes off the page.'
Daily Mail

'Calling to mind the best of Harlan Coben, Johnstone shows us how quickly an ordinary life can take one dark turn and nothing is ever the same again.'
Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The End of Everything

'Excellent ... sharp and moving.'
The Times

'Deeply poignant and compelling ... it's hard to take your eyes off the page.'
Daily Mail

'Calling to mind the best of Harlan Coben, Johnstone shows us how quickly an ordinary life can take one dark turn and nothing is ever the same again.'
Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The End of Everything

About the Author

Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is the author of four novels, most recently Hit & Run, acclaimed by Ian Rankin as 'a great slice of noir' and by Irvine Welsh as 'a grisly parable for our times'. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.

Author photo © Chris Scott

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Book Info

Publication date

7th November 2013

Author

Doug Johnstone

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Publisher

Faber & Faber Crime an imprint of Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780571296613

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