Published by Greyson Media Associates on October 1st 2016
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Received from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
And Then she was Gone is part of a series of books in the Jack Stratton series. This is the only book in the series that I have read and it stood as a stand alone book for me. I think for those who have read the previous books in the series, it must have been nice seeing the main character as a teenager.
The book opens as a young woman named Stacy Shaw is leaving work. She is a happily married woman with a baby on the way. Prior to leaving work she has an uncomfortable exchange with her employer and leaves to spend a quiet night at home. When her car does not start, she decides to walk home. Taking a path she has taken in the past, a path that takes her through a dark park.
Jack Stratton is a teenage boy who was raised by his prostitute Mother until he was removed from her care and placed in foster care. He is determined to have a good life and has enlisted in the Army and wants a job in law enforcement.. When another young man is arrested by police due to having the missing woman’s personal belongings, Jack’s adoptive Mother asks him to look into Stacy Shaw’s disappearance. Aided by his friend, Chandler, Jack begins to investigate the woman’s disappearance and has several suspects in mind.
While reading this book, I often thought “Is this book YA?”,” Isn’t this book YA?” and “Is this a YA love story/mystery?”. Like many reviewers, I felt this book read very much like a young adult book. A young adult book where the teenagers don’t really seem like teenagers. Jack and Chandler did not really fell like 17 year olds to me. They both seemed too mature, did not speak like teenagers (no swearing, no slang, no inappropriate banter, etc.). Are there mature teenagers in the world? Yes, of Course. Are there some who do not swear or use bad language? I’m sure there are but these characters just did not feel right to me as teenagers. Also, why would an adult ask a 17 year old to investigate missing woman’s case?
The killer is caught in the end – of course by Jack. It was a pretty cut and dry mystery. Since I mentioned YA, I do feel this book would do better as a YA book. This book felt pretty clean cut to me and that is not necessarily a bad thing. I believe that readers who do not like graphic violence in their books would find this book appealing as would younger readers. For me personally, I like a little grit with my murder mysteries.