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Stacy Claflin

Gone by Stacy Claflin Book Summary

The complete Gone Trilogy is a USA Today bestselling title.

One poor decision will haunt her forever. 

Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She's supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute fifteen year old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder. 

Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester's daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again. 

Gone is the first novel in the Gone saga, a trilogy of psychological suspense thrillers. If you enjoy page turning suspense with constant twists and turns, then you'll love this nail-biting read. 

Other books in the series:
Held #2
Over #3
Complete Trilogy
Dean's List
No Return
Girl In Trouble (Alex Mercer #1)

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Book Name Gone
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Language English
E-Book Size 248.44 KB

Gone (Stacy Claflin) Book Reviews 2024

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Intriguing But Might Not Buy the Next. I have never written a review but o feel as though this one merits one. At first, I thought it was just a slow beginning to the story like many books and series do. They start slowly and kinda boring to create the characters and get you to relate or at least care about them. But then I noticed that there were typos and grammatical errors? And I though ok... big loss for me. I’m not proof reading an essay, I’m reading on my spare time. The your vs you’re issue should not be a problem for an author writing trilogies. I’m sorry to be rude but 🤷🏻‍♀️ I also was skipping through pages and skimming because it sometimes felt so.. basic. I began to realize that all the characters had the same voice. So adults and kids sounded the same. The characters might not have been developed enough to have their own linguistic pattern so they all thought in similar ways. Yes the book had plot twists BUT the errors were distracting and the characters seemed cliche and seemed not to react to situations realistically. I read until the end to see how Macy would get out but that’s not a part of this book... or apparently the next one (Held).

Complex characters. Interesting storyline. A little bit more of truth comes out as the story progresses.

Very interesting. I thought this book was actually pretty good. At first I didn’t know wether or not to get it sense I don’t rlly read mystery and thrillers but it was rlly good I had to get used to the writing style at first and then I rlly got into it all the shocking twist and turns and poor Alyssa and Macy. I defiantly would recommend. I think I might actually get the second book

Ok read. I like it but very slow took me 3 months to read. I usually take only a week if it is a really good book. I think it was to many character point of views she just needed to keep with the one character I feel. I really don’t know if I want to to read the second one if it’s going to be like the first. Overall it was ok

Loved it. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

This is NOT a psychological thriller. When a child predator chooses Macy online because she looks like his daughter, Macy clings to memories of her true identity to help her through this horrible ordeal. Macy was mislead by this guy online, ignoring all the safety talks her parents had with her regarding dating and sharing personal information. Her family deals with their own secrets while she is gone reflecting on the choices they made. Overall: Not every book is for every reader, sometimes an author writes a book that doesn’t work for a reader...this was that book for me. I didn’t technically not DNF this book, but I did skim this book...however I didn’t read it in its entirety. This was a chore to read. It was a long arduous journey. Very little progression occurred between characters. Being a character driven story the issues surrounding these characters didn’t help find their daughter. In fact, very little detective or investigative work took place. Life just carried on. I felt the story was stagnant moving at a snails pace. The drive itself too forever dragging out the scenes of her sleeping and complaining about the food he gifted her. Macy did very little to survive this situation other than concede to his wishes. I was confused by this captures behavior towards Macy considering he took her to replace his daughter. I was disappointed with her father’s attitude as if he couldn’t be bothered by her daughters actions for running away because it was infringing upon his time working on his online blog. The mother was a scattered brain mess of actions. Basically, running around like a chicken with her head cut off. Macy annoyed me with her stubbornness over her capturers insensitivity to her vegan diet. He’s not your friend he’s an abductor. Every character was self absorbed, hung up on their own issues, failing to find their daughter. I had the sense this author did very little research on the topics of Stockholm syndrome, abductors, and psychological abuse. Macy was abducted and all she kept worrying about were insignificant things like clothes, makeup, and her vegan diet for losing weight. I felt like this entire ordeal was a hard lesson against Macy’s parents for being too strict and inattentive towards her.

Intense. Gone is the first book in the Gone series by Stacy Claflin. I’m a fan of the Alex Mercer series. I wanted to read this to get more background on Alex and Zoey’s relationship and to learn about what happened to his sister, Macy. Teenage Macy plans to rendezvous with a boy she met online. Things do not go as planned and Macy is kidnapped. The story tells about Macy’s ordeal and the effect her kidnapping has on her family and best friend. It is intense and well-written. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Gone. I’ve come to get emerged in this series. Keep them coming.👌

DO NOT READ. This book is so poorly written. Everyone in the book are such horrific characters that it’s really hard to empathize with anyone. The book had problematic messaging which can be perceived as damaging. The author did not include an ending, just a cliffhanger, so you are forced to buy the second and third. This monstrosity doesn’t even deserve a star. I wish I never read it.

Gone. Deep dive into pathology around a series of dysfunctional, but maybe all too typical, relationships and the kidnapping of a 15 year old girl. The story is not resolved within this book and requires reading on ... .

best book ive read. this book was written really well and has a extremely good plot

Awesome Book. I love the story, but there’s a reason I rated 3 and not 5. 2 to be exact, they both deduct points. 1, it’s to short, I can read it to fast, and the other books cost money, the money that I don’t have. 2 The part with Macy’s REAL family is to short. I’d love to have a book about their perspective, not just have it in a short part. Like, if you do my idea, make it a series. Not just 1 book, 1 for the 3 books (I think). AND make the first one free, and, if you don’t want to, don’t give credit to me. I wish someone could gift me the 2 books that involve Macy (the 2 OTHER) but that isn’t happening.

Beware...this is a cliffhanger. Quit reading when I realized it was a cliffhanger and I would have to buy the other 2 books in the trilogy to get the ending of the story. Not worth the money or the time to read two more books for an ending to this story. I was not that involved with the characters...Macy seemed kind of stupid, the dad was a jerk, very self-absorbed, and the mom wasn’t very like able either. I think it should be said up front, in the summary, when a book is going to not have an ending. Very frustrating and misleading to not let the reader/purchaser know before getting the book!

Good. Everyone from ages 12-17 should read. Not only is it a good book it shows you can’t trust people online. 👏👏👏

Amateurish. This novel is extremely amateurish. The only semi-interesting parts of the book were concerning Macy/Heather and Chester, and even most of those chapters were boring. The other characters in the novel from her parents, the mistress, her brother, her best friend, and Heather’s grandparents brought absolutely nothing to the story. Their characters were poorly written and not like-able. They were actually annoying and came off as dumb. They appear to have been added simply to make the story last longer. I definitely won’t be reading the other two books in the series.

J. Omg I love this book soo much, so interesting🥺💛

Not Great. The writing style was bland, and the narration from a teenaged girl’s POV was forced at best. Also frustrating to find out that the book does not resolve at the end. Didn’t bother finishing because after 43% of the book, I still didn’t care about what happened to the main character, so there’s no way I’m going through another two books after this one to find the conclusion. 🙄

Great!. So I’m an 18 year old that has never enjoyed reading. I recently started and out of state job that involves me sitting around a lot. I decided to get a free book to try to pass time. I wanted a free one because I didn’t expect to actually go through with it. I found myself reading roughly 100 pages a night! The book is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it. It stops kind of abruptly and you do not get to know what happens. With that being said, you will have to buy the following books in the series, but for 4 dollars I think it is worth it!

Interesting. I hadn’t realized that I had already read the book until I got further into the book.

Page turner. Enjoyed reading this thriller . A definite must read.

SO GOOD. I was hooked to this series the moment I started reading. I didn’t know there was two more until it wanted me to pay 1.99 and then 3.99 but I didn’t care I wanted to know what happened. It used a lot of the same grammar which was kind of annoying but I definitely recommend this series!

Good. This was a great book and kept me interested. The ending was absolutely horrible. It was like the author just stopped writing! It’s really too bad because I would have purchased the next book, but there wasn’t any closure or anything solved

Not how I wanted it to end. I hate when a book leaves you hanging just so you will have to read the next one. I feel like I wasted my time reading it with no ending.

well written. loved it

Gone. The ending was the worst I have ever read! Such a disappointment.

Gone. Once again I am reading a riveting story that leaves me hanging. I like when a story has a natural end. That is why I only give it 3 stars

Hugu. Aw E.P.uupkkl

Slow. The book was slow and got repetitive. Even boring at times, lets hope the others pick up.

Don't waste your time. Dear author, Are you 12? Because this is the type of story a pre-teen would write. Do yourself a favor read any of Karin Slaughters books and learn from one of the best. These characters are poorly formed and shallow. The plot just keeps circling the drain. The adults are stupid and the teenager knows about Stockholm's syndrome. Good thing it was free

Writing geared to juevenile audience,. So sorry, I bought this book. Waste of time for adult readers.

Wish the second book was free!. Sehr Gut!

Chilling with some tears. OMG from the first page I was hooked. Every character had their own role and the author made sure we knew who everyone was with out going on a random tangent. Every chapter made sense and it flowed so well I could not put my phone down. Now I have to buy the other because I need to know what happens to the “daughter”

Suspenseful. Loved it!. Usually free thrillers and mysteries on Apple Books don’t really live up to the description. This book proved those thoughts wrong! I was on the edge of my seat the whole book and flew through it. Stacy Claflin did not disappoint, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and the spin-offs. Highly recommend!

Gone. Incredibly stupid! There is no conclusion; the writer just stops writing. It receives one star only because it would not send with zero stars.

So realistic. Great choice of word because I felt like as I read the book I was watching it too. Things like this really happen in the world

Leaves you wanting more!. Good characters, suspenseful story. Can’t wait to read the next book.

Gone. This was an amazing book,I could not put it down...the writing was great and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Thank you and on to the next book in the series.

Wasn’t the best. Really wasn’t one of the best books. Somewhat amateur like. Ending you have to pay for to continue reading. Don’t read it unless you are ready to pay 4 bucks for the other book

It’s great if you read the other books. I have read all the books in the series and they are great! You need to read them all though so the story makes sense. This series is a page turner and on the last book I read, I read it all in one night because I couldnt put it down!!

Gone. I truly loved the book and was enjoying the suspense. I only gave it 3 stars because the author didn’t finish the story. Instead, the author wants the reader to buy the next book. I hate when authors do that and refuse to play that game.

Worst ending to a book, EVER!. Don’t bother finishing this, you won’t get anywhere after investing your time into a sloppy story with nothing but loose ends and lazy character development. 👎🏼👎🏼

Gone. Loved it

You should read this. I really enjoyed this book and I’m not a big fan of reading online. But also I love to read books and if your looking for a book to read that has a tiny bit of romance and adventure and all that you should read this.

Best book ever!!!!!!! Literally a “must read”!!!!!. Okay so, I read the sample of this book and it was pretty good. It looked interesting so I decided to download the book. (You can get free books with no email info on Z-library for all my book readers out there 😉) I literally read all 3 books in way under a week. This was on top of everything I had to do. It is great for 14+ but you can decide based on the child’s maturity. All the books are amazing and the ending was really sweet. I just wish there were more books. I really loved it and it left me wanting to see what happened to Macy and her family. This is definitely a must read. I really love books and I’m super picky about mine but I decided to take a chance on this one and WOW. I will always read this book now. So great and teaches young kids about the dangers of spreading personal info online. So so good!

Gone. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I was reading it only on my lunch hour and I found myself wanting lunch to get here so I could read more. I was sad when the book ended, but now onto Held!

YES YES YES YES XD. This is an amazing series, I got my mom to read it and she loved it as well. I’m reading the sequel series as well (Alex Mercer Thrillers) and they r just as good!! I highly recommend this book, and no I’m not being paid to sponsor this I swear. Good job Stacy Claflin!! I would appreciate if it was made into a physical book as well. But if not it’s fine 10/10 :D

One star. I am extremely surprised this book is rated as high as it is. This is the most amature writer. The book is repetitive and I am amazed someone would make an ending like that. I pushed myself to read through nonsense just to get to the end just to find out I have to read an entire other book. Not even for free. I do not recommend.

Gone. A very different premise. It kept my attention and I highly recommend it.

Amazing. I read this in like 2019 and it was so gooood like it’s interesting, 10/10 would recommend.

Gone. This was a suspenseful read. It hopefully will be read by more young people. This is what our world seems to be today. I do want to read more, so you did a great job with the ending of this book. Thanks for a great read.

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Ok. Be warned, this book does not end. You have to buy the next one to find out what happens

Finished in 2 and a half days. I absolutely loved this book, it’s not very often I find a book in which I can really get in to, but I’ve had my nose in this book constantly other than sleep and various every day life. Nobody could get me away from this, I loved every chapter, it’s a shame it ended like it did but it opens up more questions for the second book, which I have bought paperback this time, I will be looking at buying them all. Overall believe Stacy is a very talented writer and can actually believe why she had to take some time away from writing this. I felt like I was in Macy’s mind and body. I can imagine everything that was happening. I can’t say enough how much I really enjoyed this book. So thank you so much.

Great. Amazing book get the second one now

Gone. Loved this book, could not put it down.

WOW. This story is brilliant - I was hooked from start to finish . I was gutted that I went to turn the page to find it had finished and then I had to pay for the next one . I will be soon as I can't leave it there (:

The best. Best book I ever read!

Loved it.. I'm not even a reader but one day on a long train by myself I downloaded this book. Well oh my I got so into it from start to finish I bought the second and third book as quick as possible. I finished the whole series quite quickly as I would read as soon as I had any free time spare. Each chapter ending leaves you wanting more and I couldn't stop staying up late to read more. Can't believe I've got into a book so much! Absolutely loved this trilogy! Wish there was more!!!

Very monotonous. Boring

Follow up book. There should be another one what really happened to heather? Will macy ever see he family again? And if she does how does she get away? Was gripping all the way through but would love to know the rest of her story

Amazing. Amazing books brought the others to know what happens would really recommended them couldn't put my phone down to find out what happens a must read!

Unputdownable!!!!!. Loved this so much couldn’t put it down. Now buying the next 2! Enjoy

No ending. It did not indicate this was a trilogy when I got it. It just stops. Even trilogies end each part at a sensible place, but not this. You have to buy the rest. I won’t.

Amazing. It normally takes me ages to read 1 book but I read all three in under 3 weeks! It's amazing! I couldn't put it down! Even reading chapters on my lunch break instead of marking books!! It was a pain getting to the end of the 1st one and having to buy the others but they cost £2.50....hardly breaks the bank! What a brilliant writer!!

Dragged out and no ending unless you buy the 2nd book!. I thought the book had some good bits although I skim read quite a bit. What completely ruins this book is that by the end it's to be continued... You have to buy the 2nd book to find out what happens, I haven't done because the first book didn't compel me to! Shame it wasn't one book as the rating would most definitely have been higher.

Gone. Absolutely amazing !! I loved this series ❤️

Gone.. I didn't realise this was a 3 part book. If I had I would not have bought it. Hate not having a proper end to a book.

Con!. Book is long and dragged out...only for you to buy the next to find out if anything actually happens.

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I’ve come back to this book multiple times. Originally downloaded GONE many years ago as a free iBook. I was so hooked and invested in the story that I purchased the rest of the series. I couldn’t possibly go on without knowing what happens next. I have come back and read this book (and the rest of the series) AGAIN about 4 or 5 times now and I still enjoy it! Such a suspenseful story. I love how each chapter shares different points of views and you really get to grasp the whole story. I’ve downloaded other similar stories to this to try read and they simply cannot compete.

Meh... Great concept, poorly executed. Story drags too much to keep you enthralled..won’t be bothering with the sequels unfortunately

Gone. Meeting the great guy she met online turned out the be the biggest mistake Macy ever made. Jared was not the teenage boy she was expecting. What do you do when your daughter goes missing and you know, despite what her online profile says, she did not run away. This story is really two stories it is the story of Macy who is kidnapped when the boy she meets turns out to be a man with evil intent. It is the story of Macy's parents, brother and best friend and how their lives change when she goes missing. I really need the next book.

Brilliant. I just want more

Good book.. Loved it.

Great book. Such a thrilling book can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy

Gone. Amazing book! So much suspense and is very interesting! I really like it! It kept wanting me to ask my friend who read it about what happened first! I really recommend this book as it is the best suspense thriller I’ve ever read!

It’s ok. This book had the potential to be a great psychological thriller but unfortunately it just didn’t get there. The ending was indeed very disappointing.

Too slow. A bit too slow and not quite enough action or plot development. The story continues into the next book but I don't think I'll bother.

Gone. Don’t bother.

Absolutely phenomenal. What can I honestly say about this book? Words cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book. Was so difficult to put down even with 3 little kids. Stacy you're an amazing author! You are now my favourite author. Cannot wait to read the next one and all your other books you have!! Thank you for this book!

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Loved this book, can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy!. Loved it!

Gone Trilogy. An excellent three books that had me reading well into the wee hours of the night, I just had to find out what happened next. It was well written, and kept me going the entire time. I thought about my own children, particularly one daughter, who I could see getting into such a situation and I worried... as if I was a part of the story. I already have read and enjoyed other books by Stacy Claflin. Keep on writing!

Don’t Go. Could have been good because started out strong but then dragged for last 1/2 of the book only to find out this had no ending. And the plot twist was lame at the end. Don’t bother reading - you’ll be disappointed.

“Gone” kept me going... This is the first book I’ve read on my phone.. thinking it would bother me, that I wasn’t holding actual pages in my hands, realizing it was kinda perfect! The book kept me captivated and I could easily get RIGHT back into whenever I picked it up. The end didn’t go as far as I expected, but I see the series isn’t over.. 😏😏🤓 I’d love to see if my thoughts were the same as yours.. great book!

Gone. Excellent start to a trilogy. Very suspense ful. Frightening, destructive and disturbing. Your worst nightmare.

Gone. I loved this book, I couldn't put it down and now I can't wait to read the other two, in the series!!

Eye-Catching story. Gone is now one of my favourite books. (and my fav trilogy) It's very eye-catching, and has me hooked when it goes to Macy's POV. The only downside I noticed is that when it goes to Alyssa/Chad's POV it gets sort of boring in my opinion. But I can't stop reading! Great job!

Gone. Seriously was going to scream if I read “ he wished he could talk to his father, blah blah killed in car accident blah blah again !!! Ending was ridiculous and stupid, doesn’t leave u wanting more that’s for sure. This book is extremely slow and very very repetitive, not wasting my time on next one, You should have put some of them together and made them one decent book. I gave it a two star but really really truly wanted to give it a ONE!!!

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