Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

“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!

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Best Series I’ve Ever Read5 star

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. 55


Awesome!5 star

Couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to start book 2. Watch out Riley, here I come!! 55


Amazing!4 star

This book is so good! I finished it within a week and I really couldn’t put it down once I started. There was some repetition and punctuation/grammatical errors. However, you can find that in any book you pick up. My only comment is that in this book you’ll find that some phrases or words the author uses for a specific character are a bit unrealistic. The 14 year old daughter, for example, seems to use words and phrases that no 14 year old would say, especially how the author portrays her. Other than that this book was amazing! 45


So great!5 star

I haven’t found a book I couldn’t put done in a long time. Kept me hooked the entire way through. 55


Good story4 star

Liked the book but it really annoys me when American characters are narrated with a British accent. It’s hard for me to get the feel for the setting when the voice is all wrong for the story. 45


Great book5 star

I read this book in less than 24 hours. It keeps you interested throughout the entire thing. Highly recommend! 55


Once Gone5 star

Soooo good. I’d never been sucked into a book like that. It was so hard to put down. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! 55


Oerfect5 star

The plot was just mind blowing loved it!!! ( anyway if u have time please check out my book “silent valley” ) I shall be thankful 55

The Real Abby

Once Gone2 star

Although I don’t feel like I got a clear picture of Riley herself, I did receive enough details of her to understand her work ethics and how it reacted with her private life. Unfortunately, I felt like it was a down-graded model of Thomas Harris’ famed novels. Even to go so far as to use the name “Gumm” as a character. 25


Great book5 star

Kept you on edge all the way to the end. 55


Once Gone4 star

Intriguing; looking forward to the next book in the series 45


john957475 star

You won’t want to put this book down until you finish it. And then you’re hooked. After that you will read every one of his books and get to know all of the characters and want to follow them and see how they are doing, almost as real people. Welcome to the family! 55


Good Read4 star

This was a very good book. It was a suspenseful book that was hard to put down. It keeps you on your toes. I’m ready for book #2. 45

Discerning Reader

Pedestrian1 star

As I said in my title this is a very pedestrian book, from the writing to the story line, really a waste of time. 15


Fair enough3 star

The story was okay, but there were grammatical and continuation errors throughout. It was nice to read when I didn’t have anything else to do, but I’m personally not tempted to read any of the rest of the series. 35


Once gone5 star

Excellent!!!!! 55

jaDonna Williams

I just had to read it once u said 'if u like criminal minds'5 star

Riley is a wonderful character I love how u put in that twist at the end with Bill and her the characters all seem so authentic. I think your writing is amazing going into depth even with little things shows me a full story in my mind it's like I'm watching a movie while I'm reading I don't know how to thank you 😊 for making this so all I really wanna say is thank you!!! (Love April character) 55


Once gone5 star

Could not put this book down! I sat down and read it straight through in a matter of hours 55


Entertained5 star

- I was very pleased with this book. 55

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Once gone by Blake Pierce5 star

Awesome thriller and mystery read! The suspense kept you on the edge the whole way through and questioning the sanity of Riley! I can't wait to read more from Blake Pierce! 55

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