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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Great book5 star

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

avid crime reader

Once Gone3 star

Loved, Loved, Loved this book. Hated to put it down! Will have to read more of the series! But, first, I had better finish laundry and housework! Well worth a read! 35


Boring2 star

I started reading this because the reviews were great. Soon learned it’s very slow and boring. Not much action at all. I finished it because I kept thinking the whole time that it was going to get better but never did. I won’t be continuing on with this series. 25


Once Gone4 star

With her unique gift to probe into the mind of a serial murderer, a black female rookie detective attempts to profile and logically predict his next moves. Her remarkable sleuthing prowess dwarfs her clueless, dimwit of a partner’s professional ability, a white male with more years of experience in the homicide department. This matter will definitely raise many a reader’s eyebrows, although one may argue otherwise. 45

doo doo pee

This book was trash1 star

Trash book. It was so trash that it made me want to die 15


Once Gone4 star

Good book 45


I’m writing my first review ever, it was that good5 star

I’ve never written a review before but this book was so good I felt obligated. I love crime thrillers in general, but this book topped the list. The character dynamics felt natural and the action genuinely had my heart pounding. I didn’t even hesitate before buying the next one after reading the first in only a day. Do yourself a favor if you like the genre and read this book! 55

granny Ginger (80)

Your novel is way to enjoy my life5 star

As an 80 year old woman, I live with more pain than I can live with without using a heavy type of little brown pill to lower my pain level to one I can live with. Pain(at least what I must daily cope with) takes away my interest in almost every thing Except this hurt. however at last., I have found a novelist, whose writing can compete with my.pain level, and hold my interest long enough To enjoy this book all the way through. A good book I enjoyed all the way to the end. THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting me have a reprieve from my pain and allowing me a few moments to enjoy life. Thank you, Granny Ginger 55


Nerve racking5 star

I could not put this book down. It kept you on pins and needles with a bit of the good old boy attitude 55


Amazing5 star

I loved it. I love thrillers and I was glade I came across this Author. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole 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

Not so satisfied used

Infuriating1 star

The main character was all over the place and the plot subpar 15

Daddy good wood1001

Once gone5 star

Can't put it down!!! 55


Good read4 star

I liked it a lot! Good read! 45


Love the suspense!5 star

Once Gone is a great book for those who like the pages to "turn themselves." I was thrilled to start this book and now I'm even more thrilled to continue reading the Riley Paige series. 55


Predictable3 star

And annoying. FBI agents do not continuously run off into a possible killer's place alone. No suspension of disbelief here. 35


Easy read5 star

Page turner 55


Excellent Book5 star

Can't wait to read the next book in this series 55

Scarlett Borroel

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B. 55


Once Gone- great read!5 star

Very well written, great characters & plot. Worth the download. 55

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