Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1) - Blake Pierce

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2015-12-20
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 4,329 Ratings

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“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” --Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Phoenix, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent who can crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and as fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined, and in a frantic race against time, Riley is pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.

Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #2 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!


  • Once Gone

    By retire reader
    Great book. Wished more development of the suspect was done. That storyline was just there no true development or interaction with man character. Otherwise great read.
  • Nice build up to just flop

    By C York
    The author does a nice job of developing the characters and plot but a few chapters were irrelevant and no value to the storyline. The ending was rushed and a big flop. Small item...book needs proofreading as it has a number of typos and grammatical errors.
  • Ugh . . . What a clunker.

    By RBM in WDC
    This book is just idiotic. Horribly leaden in its prose (the killer has “a secret lair”), cliched in its plotting (the heroine is independent, even rogue, so she loses her badge and gun) and characterization (she has a moody and uncommunicative teenage daughter and romantic tension with her partner) but mostly it cheats. The protagonist is a great detective because she instinctively knows who did it and who didn’t. She doesn’t investigate or deduce. She doesn’t detect and interpret clues. She just knows. It might as well be a book about a fortune teller. A complete waste of time.
  • Once Gone

    By AzLady46
    A wonderful read. I felt myself in the mind of Riley Paige, can’t wait to start the next in the series.
  • Scary

    By sandy w 746
    This book frighten me from the get-go. I wasn’t certain if I should keep reading but then I couldn’t put it down.
  • Keeps you interested

    By amy03131
    Everything about this is great. Makes you connect with every character and feel everything about the cases. You can almost picture it being a movie!! I love it can’t wait to read the rest
  • Poorly written

    By Pialuna
    This book reads as if it was written by a tenth grader. Okay premise- terrible execution.
  • Really Good Book 👍

    By the=best
    It was a amazing book and honestly I would recommend to read
  • Good, but could have been better.

    By snguyen315
    Well written and the characters were well developed. However, I felt like the ending was rushed. The build-up to the climax was great, but in my opinion, I wish there was more “conversation” between Riley and the big baddie. That said, I’m excited to see Riley’s journey throughout the series.
  • Best Series I’ve Ever Read

    By JAksungur
    I wish I were able to give higher than 5 stars. I’m on book 10 of the series and I can’t read them fast enough. If you’re looking for a series that will keep you guessing and keep you wanting more, then this is for you. I have purchased many books and this series is by far the best I have come across. I don’t think twice about purchasing the next one.