I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it
My Pick this week is:
Published July 1998 by William Morrow
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda McCready, abducted from her bed on a warm, summer night. They meet her stoned-out, strangely apathetic mother, her loving aunt and uncle, the mother’s dangerous, drug-addled friends, and two cops who’ve found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge to come back. Despite enormous public attention, rabid news coverage, and dogged police work, the investigation repeatedly hits a brick wall. Led into a world of drug dealers, child molesters, and merciless executioners, Patrick and Angie are soon forced to face not only the horrors adults can perpetrate on innocents but also their own conflicted feelings about what is best, and worst, when it comes to raising children. And as the Indian summer fades and the autumn chill deepens, Amanda McCready stays gone, banished so completely that she seems never to have existed.
Then another child disappears. . . . Dennis Lehane takes you into a world of triple crosses, elaborate lies, and shrouded motives, where the villains may be more moral than the victims, the missing should possibly stay missing, and those who go looking for them may not come back alive.
Settle in and turn off the phone. From its haunting opening to its shocking climax, Gone, Baby, Gone is certain to be one of the most thrilling, talked-about suspense novels you read this year.
It’s no secret here on my blog…I love Dennis Lehane’s books and writing! This one was brought to mind recently when I came across the movie on tv. It stars Casey Affleck and if you haven’t seen it, definitely read the book first but then grab the movie, it’s such an excellent adaptation of the book. About this book…once you pick it up I think you should have a free afternoon or evening because you won’t want to put it down! This is one of those stories that just gets under your skin, causes you to think about it during your work day, while running errands or making dinner. It’s not just the ‘What happened to Amanda McCReady’ angle, it’s the entire story and narrative that will have you wondering if anyone could possibly be telling the truth. To top it off, Patrick and Angie are fantastic together. Now…I know you may see on Goodreads or Amazon that this is book 4 in the Patrick Kenzie series but this can absolutely be read as a standalone! I hope you’ll give it a try and drop me a line if you do, I’d love to hear what you thought