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And Then You Were Gone by R.J.Jacobs

My Review


Wow! What a book! This is no doubt one of the best books that I have ever read! A gripping psychological thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride!

There’s Emily dealing with her bipolar issues. She’s also a suspect in her boyfriend Paolo’s mysterious disappearance. Although Paolo’s family is convinced that he’s no more, Emily does not lose hope; she knows that he’s somewhere out there.

The police suspect Emily. And when she finds Sandy’s dead body, the police are now sure that she is somehow involved in the murder. Cal, Paolo’s softball teammate and friend, initially blames Emily for Paolo’s issues in life. But he decides to help her when he realizes that Emily is telling the truth about her non-involvement in the tragedy.

And in the middle of all this drama involving Sandy and Paolo, a mysterious murder in a remote town in Tennessee comes into the picture. This is followed by another incident, where the victim was allegedly set on fire by the perp but the victim survived. The victim names Matt, Paolo’s colleague at the lab, as the perp. Sandy was also killed because she mentioned Matt’s involvement in Paolo’s disappearance. So what is Matt’s involvement in these murders and Paolo’s disappearance?

After a couple of twists and shocking incidents, Emily’s life is like a roller-coaster ride! I absolutely loved R.J.Jacob’s writing style. The author definitely knows how to keep his readers hooked on to the book till the end.Β  The language is clear and concise. The story development is absolutely fantastic. The ending is superb and thrilling! There was a short twist in the end which made the story even more exciting.

And Then You Were Gone is a gripping and engaging page-turner and I highly recommend it to all those who love to read thrillers.


My Rating


Language/Writing: 5/5

Plot/Story: 5/5 (deserves a 6 out of 5!!)

Character Development: 5/5

Ending: 5/5


Overall Rating: 5/5


Book Details


Title: And TheΒ  You Were Gone

Author: R.J.Jacobs

Publication Date: 13th March 2019

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers


Book Blurb

After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees – wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift… and Paolo is gone.

A strong swimmer, there’s no way Paolo drowned, but Emily is at a loss for any other explanation. Where else could he have gone? And why? As the hours and days pass by, each moment marking Paolo’s disappearance, Emily’s hard-won stability begins to slip.

But when Emily uncovers evidence suggesting Paolo was murdered, the investigation throws her mania into overdrive, even as she becomes a person of interest in her own personal tragedy. To clear her name, Emily must find the truth – but can she hold onto her own sanity in the process?


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Thank you, NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.


6 thoughts on “And Then You Were Gone by R.J.Jacobs Leave a comment

  1. Hey Kate. This comment was in my spam box so just saw it now. I read a book a day. πŸ˜€ And nope, since these books are from netgalley, I don’t get paid.

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