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After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

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Goodreads Average Rating: 3.51 out of 5

‘He watched. Carefully. Paying attention to every detail as the rain sheeted the night-dark sky and streetlights reflected on the wet pavement.Two women were running, faster and faster, and he smiled as the first passed into the lamp’s pool of illumination. her face twisted in terror; her beautiful features distorted by fear.’

– Lisa Jackson, After She’s Gone – Prologue

After She’s Gone follows the story of Cassie Kramer and what happens after her younger sister and movie star, Allie, goes missing. Cassie deals with her own sanity while trying to find out what happened to her sister. The third instalment of Lisa Jackson’s Northwest series. This book brings a new mystery for readers to enjoy.

Much like Stephen King, I never heard of Lisa Jackson when I was given this novel. After She’s Gone was given to me, from my sister, for my birthday this year. At first glance I wasn’t sure what my sister had brought me, but as we are all told from a young age: ‘Never judge a book by its cover.’ Flipping over to inspect the book further, I couldn’t help but feel intrigued to read it soon as possible.

The opening to After She’s Gone is one of my favourite ways to open a story. Without giving it away, I was pleasantly surprised by how Lisa Jackson twisted the beginning to not confuse her readers, but surprise them. It filled me with excitement for the story to come and I wasn’t disappointed.

The overall story was filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing and I loved how Lisa Jackson wrapped the story up. I found it satisfying and was sad the book came to a end. The character interest me and I wanted to know more and more about them.

I feel the story has a bit of everything for most readers. If your not really interested in a mystery than you probably wouldn’t bother buying this novel, but there is plenty of stuff going on. There are family issue, sibling rivalry, mental issues, lover quarrels, etc. the list is endless. I like how the story touched on all these issues and they really made the characters feel like real people.

However, Lisa Jackson did spend a lot of time with Cassie’s internal dialogue. I felt like the story wasn’t balanced enough. It seemed like there was more time spent in Cassie’s head than experiencing the world around her. The pace also dragged a bit more than I would have liked.

The over all experience of After She’s Gone was interesting and an good read.

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