On her fortieth birthday, Celia Guest has reason to celebrate. She has a loving marriage, a beautiful Connecticut home, and treasured friends. Celia has everything she’s ever wanted. But among the cards and well-wishes, she discovers a disturbing note: You don’t deserve any of this.
Who could be so cruel, so resentful, so…knowing? Then, in the early morning hours, Celia vanishes without a trace.
As suspicions and concerns rise among Celia’s friends, her sister Genevieve, with whom she shares a fractured and troubling bond, starts to piece together a shattered life that Celia fled from once before. As a foundation of lies begins to crumble, a terrifying childhood secret Celia thought was dead and buried comes to light.
And this time, there’s no getting away from the truth.
Gone Again is the first book I’ve read and reviewed by Minka Kent, and I enjoyed this read enough that I will likely read her future books. The protagonist, Celia Guest, is wholly likeable and I empathized with her painful upbringing from rigid, fanatically religious and abusive parents. Her father, especially, is harsh beyond reason to his children and likely a sociopath. The book is well-written, and I found myself rooting for Celia throughout. Her happy marriage is hard won and gave me another reason to cheer for her.
This novel would have been a five-star read for me if the events surrounding the inciting incident were more convincing and Celia’s motivations were more clearly stated. There are also middle chapters in Celia’s sister Genevieve’s POV that could have been stronger. Otherwise, this book was an entertaining read.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5006176569
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Again-Thriller-Minka-Kent/dp/1662505396