Almost Gone (The Au Pair—Book One) by Blake Pierce Book Summary
“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists and the end brings a surprising revelation. I strongly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that enjoys a very well written thriller.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Almost Gone)
ALMOST GONE is book #1 in a new psychological thriller series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone (Book #1) (a free download) has received over 1,000 five star reviews.
When 23 year old Cassandra Vale accepts her first job as an au pair, she finds herself placed with a wealthy family in a rural estate outside of Paris, and all seems too good to be true. But she soon discovers that behind the gilded gates lies a dysfunctional family, a twisted marriage, troubled children, and secrets too dark to air.
Cassandra is convinced she’s finally found a fresh start when she takes a job as an au pair in the idyllic French countryside. Just beyond the Paris city limits, the Dubois manor is a grand relic of the past, the family its picture-perfect occupants. It’s the escape Cassandra needs—until she uncovers dark secrets that prove things aren’t as glamorous as they seem.
Beneath the opulence lies a dark web of malice, one Cassandra finds all too familiar, triggering dreams from her own violent and tortured past, one from which she desperately runs. And when a grisly murder tears the house apart, it threatens to take down her own fragile psyche with it.
A riveting mystery replete with complex characters, layers of secrets, dramatic twists and turns and heart-pounding suspense, ALMOST GONE is book #1 in a psychological suspense series that will have you turning pages late into the night.
Book #2 and #3--ALMOST LOST and ALMOST DEAD—are also available!
Almost Gone (The Au Pair—Book One) (Blake Pierce) Book Reviews
Almost goneRiveting!.Sunflower3#Score: 5/5
Decent enough.....I suppose the title of this review doesn’t make the book sound thrilling, but it is worth the time to read. There are several twists, and the story moves rapidly. My main problem is that I am not sure that I like the main character. Cassandra is a complex person with a problematic past, but her decisions are not always the best..Amycubs7Score: 4/5
MysterySet in France, this mystery with an US Au Pair is sent to a group of children who seem to be living with a severely controlling father and his former mistress/fiancée, a former model after the mother of the children has died unexpectedly in a severe traffic fatality. It is a mess an the poor girl is completely inadequate to effect the care of these damaged children. That is just the beginning and it gets worse. Not great literature but an interesting read if mystery is your bait..Jdt_sScore: 3/5
Would definitely read Book Two...Suspenseful book that makes the reader consider boundaries and what one will do to survive. There is the moral dilemma of doing what is easy or doing what is right? Several of the characters feel as if they are unable to see any way out of hopeless situation. There are also hints to a darker side of the main character. The ending leaves you wondering if there was a witness and possible repercussions in a sequel..Niko MarieScore: 4/5
IdioticShe keeps making stupid decisions even though there are dire consequences. It has soo much potential but she is just idiotic.ArllowScore: 1/5
Almost Gone Should BeI have read all of the Blake Pierce books in each series and enjoyed them — until now. The Au Pair is asinine at best. I unfortunately purchased all three in the series in advance but will not be reading the other two because I couldn’t force myself to finish the first one. So disappointed!.KcbazScore: 1/5
Loved this bookThis was a really great suspenseful story. This book had me hooked throughout and it was hard to put down. The story had me on the edge of my seat. A very well written story that I recommend reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review..Heather d bScore: 5/5
Almost GoneGood book.Harleysof1972Score: 5/5
Riveting!Difficult to put down! Moved along quickly. I think the ex-boyfriend could have been left out although it did show Cassie’s growth as an adult..Dawnie25KidzScore: 5/5
Almost GoneThis book is very similar to “The Turn of the Screw”.JennhaisScore: 3/5
This book had me on the edge of my seat!This book had me on the edge of my seat! There are so many questions I have even at the end of the book! Cassie comes from a troubled past and in order to get out of her current bad situation has decided to get a job as an au pair to get away from it all. Landing a job, she heads to France to work for a family, but has some weird vibes on her way there that only intensify as she starts her job. The multiple family dynamics were interesting, but I definitely felt that I was continuously missing information as the book went on in all aspects of the characters. In the end, it definitely had me question who was the “good” person in the storyline. Another interesting thing is this entire book spanned less than a week, which seemed crazy that all of it happened in a short amount of time. I am definitely intrigued to read the next book in the series to see if things resolve itself or if they get more confusing. It wasn’t necessarily a cut and dry storyline nor with the characters and I’m interested if all the books will be that way or just this one. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book..Samantha B. SokolScore: 3/5
Almost GoneExpected Pierre to be the culprit..Sometimers3Score: 4/5
Great ReadAs always another great read. I love this author as he keeps you on the edge of your seat. Will definitely read book 2 in this series..Calikate62Score: 5/5
Compelling StoryALMOST GONE is a compelling suspense story. You can easily feel the main character's fears and frustrations as she attempts to navigate a challenging overseas assignment. Well-written and fast-paced, this book kept me engaged from the first page to the last. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book..Marla BradeenScore: 4/5
PredictableThe writing style is very predictable and I didn’t care for the story line.MickeyinMIScore: 1/5
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Almost DoneWhat was the point? It was lacking substance and hinged upon characters that were thinly disguised cliches..TyolaScore: 2/5
CaptivatingGreat read and unputdownable..Hannah.roseScore: 4/5
InterestingI was intrigued to read this book due to the other series written by Blake. At first I thought that the plot wasn’t something that Blake would write. It had taken me a quarter way through reading the book I realised that ah yes this is Blake’s signatory writing of plots and characters. I certainly understand Cassie’s past and could put myself in her shoes and understand how she could react the way she did. I didn’t view the ending that way.... great new series....Simini71Score: 5/5
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Great read!Great book, all his books are good, a packed few days in the life of an au pair along with strong characters and real-life problems! Very entertaining..Ms GogoGirlScore: 5/5
Almost goneWow couldn’t put it down brilliant !!!.Baby crocodileScore: 5/5
Almost goneIrritating read, predictable and unrealistic. I will not be reading more of this series.KnickerstitcherScore: 1/5
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