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Once Gone by Blake Pierce – BOOK REVIEW

Once Gone (Riley Paige Mystery, #1)Once Gone by Blake Pierce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought Once Gone from Amazon for free. That’s right! Free! That was probably the best part about this book.

I’m not in the business of poopooing any writer’s hard work, but wow — I really struggled to get through.

I think the most annoying part of Once Gone was just how much FBI Agent, Riley Paige loved herself. She let her stupidity lead her in to the most stupid of situations. For someone who knew just so much about serial killers, she really did a bang-up job of assaulting poor people going about their business. For someone who had such wonderful insight, she seemed so dumb when it came to understanding how to be a parent. For a woman who considered herself to care about the needs of others, Paige had showed little regard for her actual child.

I liked the serial killer storyline and enjoyed what felt like a pretty unique MO. It felt like I was watching season 7/8 of Law and Order SUV where Stabler and Benson repeatedly go against orders from the Captain and think they know better and instead of foiling a crime, they foil the investigation.

Agent Paige was arrogant and probably too mentally incapable of working her job for the most part. If she had only just weeks earlier, been taken hostage by a perpetrator, then she shouldn’t have been back at work.

She played the victim in every situation and was hardly likeable which made the story of Once Gone seem a little hard to get through.

The ending was a bit of a let down. We knew she was going to step right in it without back up, because she continued doing that even after she had almost been killed in her last case. Even though she suffered obvious PSTD symptoms and anxiety and had been mentally scarred, she still thought she knew better than everyone else including her fellow workers

Overall, it was a hard read, but I hate quitting books and wanted to finish.

Let me just say, I didn’t hate this book and I’m undecided if I’ll go to the next book in this series.

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