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Then She Was Gone

Author: Luca Veste
Published: 28 July 2016
Reviewed: 28 July 2016 
5 out of 5 Stars
Copy supplied by Simon and Schuster UK Fiction in return for an honest revew


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.

My Thoughts & Review:

Then She Was Gone is the fourth instalment in the Murphy and Rossi series, a series I might add that is definitely worth following.  If you’ve not read any of the previous books, go seek them out!  This latest book is definitely my favourite of the set so far, and I would admit that you can read it without having read the others but why would you want to restrain yourself?!

The return of Murphy and Rossi sees them investigating the case of the disappearance of popular politician Sam Bryne.  Their strong relationship feels natural and authentic, which makes this even more of a thrill to read.  Character development seems to be given the same attention as plotting in Veste’s books, demonstrating the level of care taken over his work.  The physical settings of the book are also worth noting for this same reason, I don’t think I will see Liverpool in the same light again. 

It is incredibly difficult to write this review without spoilers (but I will desist in adding any because this book deserves your full attention!), suffice to say that Luca Veste weaves a dark and twisted tale, his clever plotting and excellent narrative really pulls the reader in and keeps them hooked, expertly he ties it all together whilst keeping the reader completely in the dark.  
I felt quite pleased that I had worked out the plot at one point, forgetting whose book I was reading, until the master of trickery threw in a twist and I was stumped.  A truly brilliant read, and one I would thoroughly recommend to fans of crime fiction.  

I cannot wait to see where Veste takes Murphy and Rossi next, please get the next book written and published soon!!

You can buy a copy of Then She Was Gone here.

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