Now She’s Gone by Alison James (Book Review)

Today I am so pleased to be part of the Blog Tour, for Now She’s Gone by Alison James. Thank you to Noelle from Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the tour.

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She took a mouthful of the sweet liquid and started to feel a pounding in her head. Arms went around her waist and she was half lifted and half pulled. The last thing she was aware of was her head hitting a step…

Sixteen-year-old Emily had everything to live for. A bright, beautiful teenager with a promising future ahead of her. But in one night her life is cut short. The police say it’s an accident. But her parents think she was murdered.

When Detective Rachel Prince is called in to investigate the shocking death at the height of the Edinburgh festival, her instincts tell her that things are not as they first appear. Something is very wrong.

As the case takes an unexpected turn, Rachel discovers a chilling link with the suspicious death of another international student, who stayed in the same house as Emily two years before.

Just as Rachel finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer, a painful relationship from her own past catches up with her. And Rachel must decide what is more important – catching the killer or keeping her own secrets?

A breath-taking, tense roller-coaster crime thriller featuring unforgettable series detective Rachel Prince. Now She’s Gone is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter.


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My Review

At first it looked like a tragic accident.

A young girl is found dead during the Edinburgh Festival, but when Detective Rachel Prince and DS Brickall are sent to investigate, there is a very strong feeling that something isn’t right. As they gain more knowledge of the sixteen-year-old Dutch girl’s character it is clear that this was far from accidental.

As well as trying to solve the case, Rachel receives a shock from her past that makes the loss of the teenager much more personal to her.

Alison James has created a real page-turner in Now She’s Gone, I was riveted from page one and just didn’t want this book to end. I loved the relationship between Rachel and Brickall, the harmless banter and the fact that the Sargeant never stopped eating gave some lighter even humorous moments. It was good that Rachel had an interesting backstory and you really felt that you got to know another side to the tough, straight-talking detective.

The pace throughout kept me completely hooked and, for me, the conclusion was satisfying. I shall definitely keep my eyes peeled for more books by Alison James and this one comes very highly recommended.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with a copy which I have reviewed honestly.


Author Bio:


Born in the Cotswolds, Alison spent most of her formative years abroad. She studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after her two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, Alison worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.

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