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Gone by Mo Hayder
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Gone (2010)

by Mo Hayder

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Dual review with Swedish first and then English!

SWEDISH REVIEW

Om det är något Mo Hayder kan så är det att skriva böcker som går under skinnet på en. Precis som Dennis Lehane så vågar hon ta ut svängarna och det är med isande fasa man läser varje sida.

Försvunnen är inget undantag. Att läsa om kidnappade barn är hemskt och man vet inte om Jack Caffery kommer att lyckas rädda situationen. Caffery är en lysande polis, men i denna bok så verkar det som om kidnapparen kan förutse polisen nästa drag och ju mer tiden går desto mer lutar det åt att det är försent, att flickan inte kommer att räddas.

Sedan har vi polisdykaren Flea Marley, som lever med konsekvenserna från föregående bok, vilket stör henne i jobbet. Hon vet inte om att Jack misstänker henne för ett brott som hon faktiskt är oskyldig till men som i och med det Jack vet om det ter sig logiskt att han misstänker henne. Nu ger hon sig in kampen för att rädda den kidnappade flickan. Men är hon verkligen i form att ta sig an fallet? Kommer hon istället bara att riskera sitt eget liv?

Försvunnen är en ruggig thriller där den okände förövaren hela tiden lurar i bakgrunden och man sitter på helspänd på slutet när Caffery konfronterar förövaren. Frågan är kommer allting att sluta lyckligt?

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ENGLISH REVIEW

If there is one thing Mo Hayder knows is it to write a book that crawls under your skin. She dares, just like Dennis Lehane can she write in such a way that it's with terror you turn each page.

Gone is no exception. Reading about kidnapped children is always terrible and you do not know if Jack Caffery will be able to save the kidnapped girl. Caffery is a brilliant police, but in this book, the kidnapper seems to anticipate every single move the police do, and as more time goes by, the fear grows that they will be too late.

Then we have police diver Flea Marley, who lives with the consequences from the previous book, which has consequences for her at work. She does not know that Jack suspects her for a crime she's actually innocent of. Although it's quite logical that he suspects her since he doesn't have the whole picture. Now she decides to search for the kidnapped girl. But, is she really in shape to help out? Or will she only risk her own life?

Gone is a tough thriller where the unidentified perpetrator always lurks in the background, and at the end, when Caffery confronts the perpetrator will you still question if everything will end happily...

Thanks to Modernista for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
Detective Jack Caffery’s newest case seems like a routine carjacking, a crime he’s seen plenty of times before until he realizes the sickening truth: the thief wasn’t after the car, but the 11-year-old girl in the backseat. Meanwhile police diver Sergeant Flea Marley is pursuing her own theory of the case, and what she finds in an abandoned, half-submerged tunnel could put her in grave danger. The carjacker is always a step ahead of the Major Crime Investigation Unit, and as the chances for his victims grow slimmer, Jack and Flea race to fit the pieces together in time.

Like all Mo Hayder's books this one is filled with strong characters and an excellent, believable plot...but be aware that like all her books it is also dark and unsettling. The danger is real and ever-present, and she never gives you a guarantee of who is going to make it home at the end of the day. Jack Caffery is a detective that you will either really love or really hate but you will never, ever be bored when he is on the case. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 22, 2017 |
Gone by Mo Hayder is the 5th book in her Jack Caffery police procedural series and in this one the author concentrates more on the immediate story rather than continually digging back into Jack’s past. What originally appears to be a case of car jacking becomes something far more dreadful as it becomes clear that the actual object the jacker wants is the child in the back seat of the car. Even when thwarted, this guy doesn’t give up but continues to harass the family and still executes his original goal of taking another child. Jack feels that he has come up against one of the most clever persons that he has yet hunted. Police diver Flea Marley makes a strong appearance in the story as she joins in the hunt and follows her own path.

Dealing as it does with missing children, this was an edge-of-your-seat thriller. This author specializes in fast paced and extremely dark stories and Gone certainly fits her wheel-house although overall I felt there was less gore than she usually goes for. As there are always threads and back stories that follow on through the books, this is one series that really needs to be read in order, but be warned, this author does not shy away from blending terror and horror with extreme violence. I should note that I docked off some points in my rating because of a couple of things. Firstly Flea Marley’s solo exploration of an old tunnel just didn’t ring true and also, one of the author’s red herrings really needed further clarification. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Feb 14, 2017 |
When a woman's car is stopped from a grocery store parking garage, Jack Caffery assumes it's nothing beyond a routine carjacking. But as the hours tick by and his investigation morphs into a nightmare, he realizes the sickening truth: the thief wasn't after the car, but the 11-year-old girl in the backseat. With the girls family desperate for news, Caffery dredges up memories of an unsolved case from years before. Meanwhile, Sergeant Flea Marley pursues her own theory, and what she finds in an abandoned, half-flooded tunnel in the countryside could put her in grave danger. ( )
  jepeters333 | Dec 17, 2016 |
This is really a brilliant thriller which takes place in England which I'd put up against the Wallender series. I really like the darker more complex detective series - I'd definitely pick up another of Mo Hyder's thrillers. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
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The taste for the macabre that accounts for the yuck factor in Mo Hayder’s crime novels is curiously subdued in GONE, lending credibility to this new assignment... for once the visceral thrills don’t come at the expense of character. By giving her villain the intelligence to inflict as much emotional as physical pain, Hayder makes him less of a monster and more of a terror.

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Detective Inspector Jack Caffery of Bristol’s Major Crime Investigation Unit spent ten minutes in the centre of Frome looking at the crime scene. He walked past the road blocks, the flashing blue lights, the police tape, the onlookers gathered in huddles with their Saturday-afternoon shopping bags peering to catch a glimpse of the forensics guys with their brushes and bags, and stood for a long time where the whole thing had happened, among the oil leaks and abandoned shopping trolleys of the underground car park, trying to soak up the place and decide how anxious he should be.
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In Bristol wordt met bruut geweld een auto gestolen: een man met een Kerstmannenmasker slaat de bestuurster neer en scheurt hard weg in haar auto. Met haar vierjarig dochtertje nog op de achterbank. Het gebeurt wel vaker dat een autodief per ongeluk een kind ontvoert. Het kind duikt altijd binnen een dag weer op in tegenstelling tot de auto. Dus rechercheur Jack Caffery maakt zich niet zo heel erg druk. Maar dit kind duikt niet op. Ook niet na een paar dagen. Dan ontdekt hij dat er zo al enkele meisjes zijn ontvoerd
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Investigating a serial carjacker whose actual targets are young children in back seats, Jack Caffery teams up once again with police diver Sergeant Flea Marley, whose life is endangered by a discovery in an abandoned, half-submerged tunnel.

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