Then She Was Gone – Luca Veste


Then She Was Gone is published by Simon and Schuster on 28 July 2016 and is available here

Tim Johnson took his baby daughter out for a walk and she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect.

A year later, Sam Bryne is on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster. He’s tipped for the very top … until he vanishes.

Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discovering what has happened to the popular politician – and in doing so, they unearth a trail that stretches into the past, and crimes that someone is hell-bent on avenging.

Previous books in the series: The Dying Place, Bloodstream, It Never Leaves You

My thoughts

Truly truly excellent. Luca Veste takes it all to a whole new level in ‘Then She Was Gone’.

The latest case for Murphy and Rossi involves a missing politician, a stolen child, a whole heap of serious bloody revenge and a plot that just blew me away. Local wannabe Tory MP Sam Bryne should be campaigning. One day he vanishes. Where is he? What secrets did Sam hide? Tim is protecting his baby, from his ex partner. He is attacked and his infant is stolen. However the police are not convinced that the baby or his ex partner ever existed. He is arrested for murder, when blood is found.

I don’t want to give much more away about the gritty plot. It is so very up to date and highly believable. Totally awesome! Let’s just say that Luca Veste uses a recent political scandal and its history beautifully to inspire him. You will know what I mean, when you read it. Veste’s sharp observations are a joy, with his delightful prose. Whereas Bloodstream was all about relationships and lies, this one focuses on hidden lives and the abuses of the wealthy over-privileged.

Even if you have not read any of the others in this series, I urge you to get your hand on this one! It is dark, insightful and perceptive. I will be cheering Veste on for more Murphy and Rossi. A five star read. Recommended.






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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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