Review: Long Gone by Alafair Burke (@NetGalley) (Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses)

Posted July 13, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 5 Comments


From Goodreads: After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District.

According to Drew Campbell, the well-suited corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentric owner. Drew assures Alice that the owner will be hands off, allowing her to run the gallery on her own. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true, but Alice sees a perfect opportunity to make a name for herself beyond the shadow of her famous father, an award-winning and controversial film maker.

Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at work to find the gallery gone—the space stripped bare as if it had never existed—and Drew Campbell’s dead body on the floor. Overnight, Alice’s dream job has vanished, and she finds herself at the center of police attention with nothing to prove her innocence. The phone number Drew gave her links back to a disposable phone.

The artist whose work she displayed doesn’t seem to exist. And the dead man she claims is Drew has been identified as someone else.

When police discover ties between the gallery and a missing girl, Alice knows she’s been set up. Now she has to prove it a dangerous search for answers that will entangle her in a dark, high-tech criminal conspiracy and force her to unearth long-hidden secrets involving her own family . . .  secrets that could cost Alice her life

Received from NetGalley (requested by me)
Overall Rating 3.75
Character Rating 3.75
Thriller Rating 3.75

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Note: This is the first time that I have read Alafair Burke and I was not disappointed at all. She is very creative and her story-telling abilities are fantastic.

What I Loved: Long Gone kept me on my toes from beginning to end. I was never quite sure where the story was going. It kind of reminded me of the first time I read Kiss the Girls and how all the characters wove together but not in obvious ways. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen and more than once I was caught off guard by the twists. This really was a case of fantastic storytelling.

What I Liked: Alice Humphreys is the main character in Long Gone and she is a pretty good leading lady. She is thrown into a situation of being questioned for something she didn’t do and you see most of the story from her POV. I do like how the story switches POV and lets you see how it unfolds from the victim’s mother POV, the cops POV, and the FBI agents POV. It is Alice’s POV that was the favorite of mine though as she was having to piece everything together to save her own life.

Complaints: Overall this was a fantastic book but the beginning was a little choppy for me. Took a good 5 to 6 chapters for the story settle but once it did I enjoyed the thrilling ride it took me on.

Why I gave it a 3.75: Other than a choppy beginning, this is one of the better thrillers that I have read. I will be reading other books by Alafair in the future!

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5 responses to “Review: Long Gone by Alafair Burke (@NetGalley) (Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses)

  1. Missie

    I think POVs switches have to be done very thoughtfully and purposely for me to like and appreciate them. Sounds like the author really pulled it off here. I just finished a book where the characters were connected but it wasn't obvious exactly how at the beginning. When all was revealed, it was fascinating. That is a sign of vry clever storytelling in my book.

  2. toothybooks

    i love alafair burke so i'm glad you enjoyed this one! haven't gotten around to reading this one just yet, but it's on my wish list.

  3. Teresa

    I'm reading one review after another telling me that I must read this book. I guess I should listen and pick it up. Its on my TBR list for sure.

  4. Melissa (Books and T

    I don't know… being mean to artists and gallery owners… *eep!* However, it really does sound interesting and on the edge of your seat. I also like that despite the choppy beginnings, the main character was excellent. So many thrillers this year!! I like!