[ARC REVIEW] Gone by Elisabeth Naughton

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31295327Title: Gone
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Series: (Deadly Secrets #2)
Pub. Date: January 10th, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Adult, Romance Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★.5

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Three years ago, Alec and Raegan McClane lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.

Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.

Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.

As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.

MY REVIEW

      Gone is a romantic suspense that is full of mystery, thrill, addictions, and action. In it, we follow Alec and Raegan, a split couple that lost their one-year-old daughter, Emma, three years ago. Raegan can’t let Emma go, and Alec is positive she’s dead, which began the struggles between the two in the first place. After a young girl was found in a park and turned out not to be Emma, Raegan can’t stop herself from delving back into cases of missing children to figure out the link. In desperate hopes to find her child, Raegan asks Alec for help, and kick starts a whole dangerous journey of discovering the truth behind the abductions.

      This book was very enjoyable to read. It is full of mystery, romance, the hardships of depending on someone and letting them in, the struggle of fighting an addiction, and the stress and pain of dealing with a loss that left both sides of the couple feeling broken. This book is emotional and rich in plot twists. Unfortunately, while the end is fast paced and full of action, the beginning is rather slow moving.

      The romance is heavy and  enthralling, heart breaking and warming all at the same time. All their hardships and pain and struggles they once tried to bury came back to bite them, and this time they dealt with them and trusted each other. To see how devoted they are to each other, how brave and strong Alec and Raegan are, was a treat. It inspires hope of a love like that someday for the rest of us. What masks that love slightly however, is how often sex is added in. It isn’t overly descriptive, but I find it takes away from the sweet moments of their romance.

      What I loved most however, was the mystery of the missing children. Following Alec and Raegan through their research, interviews, and planning sessions, I couldn’t help but be engaged myself, as if I could follow them on that journey and help them out. All the evidence and wrong turns and threats to keep them from fining out the truth kept me on the edge of my seat! I couldn’t wait to find out who was behind everything and what their motive was.

      Overall, Gone is a passionate, engaging, action filled mystery that can be read as a standalone.

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