Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1) by Blake Pierce Book Summary

“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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- Couldn’t do it2 star

I couldn’t finish this one. I can understand a typo here and there but this book had an alarming number of errors of all kinds on almost every page! Story telling and writing are two different skills and unfortunately this author only has one- well maybe one, I didn’t actually get very far into the story to find out.

- Once Gone4 star

Great book. Wished more development of the suspect was done. That storyline was just there no true development or interaction with man character. Otherwise great read.

- Nice build up to just flop2 star

The author does a nice job of developing the characters and plot but a few chapters were irrelevant and no value to the storyline. The ending was rushed and a big flop. Small item...book needs proofreading as it has a number of typos and grammatical errors.

- Ugh . . . What a clunker.1 star

This book is just idiotic. Horribly leaden in its prose (the killer has “a secret lair”), cliched in its plotting (the heroine is independent, even rogue, so she loses her badge and gun) and characterization (she has a moody and uncommunicative teenage daughter and romantic tension with her partner) but mostly it cheats. The protagonist is a great detective because she instinctively knows who did it and who didn’t. She doesn’t investigate or deduce. She doesn’t detect and interpret clues. She just knows. It might as well be a book about a fortune teller. A complete waste of time.

- Once Gone5 star

A wonderful read. I felt myself in the mind of Riley Paige, can’t wait to start the next in the series.

- Scary5 star

This book frighten me from the get-go. I wasn’t certain if I should keep reading but then I couldn’t put it down.

- Keeps you interested5 star

Everything about this is great. Makes you connect with every character and feel everything about the cases. You can almost picture it being a movie!! I love it can’t wait to read the rest

- Poorly written2 star

This book reads as if it was written by a tenth grader. Okay premise- terrible execution.

- Really Good Book 👍5 star

It was a amazing book and honestly I would recommend to read

- Good, but could have been better.4 star

Well written and the characters were well developed. However, I felt like the ending was rushed. The build-up to the climax was great, but in my opinion, I wish there was more “conversation” between Riley and the big baddie. That said, I’m excited to see Riley’s journey throughout the series.

- Best Series I’ve Ever Read5 star

I wish I were able to give higher than 5 stars. I’m on book 10 of the series and I can’t read them fast enough. If you’re looking for a series that will keep you guessing and keep you wanting more, then this is for you. I have purchased many books and this series is by far the best I have come across. I don’t think twice about purchasing the next one.

- Awesome!5 star

Couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to start book 2. Watch out Riley, here I come!!

- Amazing!4 star

This book is so good! I finished it within a week and I really couldn’t put it down once I started. There was some repetition and punctuation/grammatical errors. However, you can find that in any book you pick up. My only comment is that in this book you’ll find that some phrases or words the author uses for a specific character are a bit unrealistic. The 14 year old daughter, for example, seems to use words and phrases that no 14 year old would say, especially how the author portrays her. Other than that this book was amazing!

- So great!5 star

I haven’t found a book I couldn’t put done in a long time. Kept me hooked the entire way through.

- Good story4 star

Liked the book but it really annoys me when American characters are narrated with a British accent. It’s hard for me to get the feel for the setting when the voice is all wrong for the story.

- Great book5 star

I read this book in less than 24 hours. It keeps you interested throughout the entire thing. Highly recommend!

- Once Gone5 star

Soooo good. I’d never been sucked into a book like that. It was so hard to put down. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

- Oerfect5 star

The plot was just mind blowing loved it!!! ( anyway if u have time please check out my book “silent valley” ) I shall be thankful

- Once Gone2 star

Although I don’t feel like I got a clear picture of Riley herself, I did receive enough details of her to understand her work ethics and how it reacted with her private life. Unfortunately, I felt like it was a down-graded model of Thomas Harris’ famed novels. Even to go so far as to use the name “Gumm” as a character.

- Great book5 star

Kept you on edge all the way to the end.

- 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!

- 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.

- 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.

- This book was trash1 star

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

- Once Gone4 star

Good book

- 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!

- 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

- 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

- 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.

- Engaging4 star

This was a pretty good book. I finished it in a few hours, so that says A LOT about how drawn in I was with the story. It would have gotten 5 stars but quite a few chapters felt rushed..as if the writer was trying not to go over a certain word count, but still making the attempt to tell the story. I’m about to download the 2nd book in the series, so you definitely have gained a fan in me.

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- Riley= idiot2 star

Over and over again the protagonist defies the most basic rule of being in the FBI by going into a situation with no back up. Obviously the author believes that the FBI hires idiots. They don’t. The selection Process is actually quite rigourous and there’s no way Riley Paige would have made it through that.

- Couldn’t stop reading!5 star

Really enjoyed this book, can’t wait to start book #2!

- Once Gone5 star

Good read. It keeps you guessing till the end.

- Once Gone4 star

Kept me on the edge to the end. Well done

- LOVED this book5 star

I couldn’t put it down. The whole story was very descriptive and emotional. I felt like i was living the nightmare the characters did. 10/10 recommend it.

- Once Gone5 star

Great story!

- A good story5 star

A women with her own struggles still struggled to help others and go against evil.. I like it

- Good book3 star

This book keeps you engaged but it's story is like any other tv series .. Wish d author had given more insight about d killer .. Ended abruptly for me .

- A MUST Read!!5 star

Complete page turner!! Could not get enough of this series! Can't wait for the next book!

- Gripping!4 star

A stimulating quick-read. I love how Pierce dives right into it & leaves out the drawn out, overly-descriptive writing style, once you start reading, you can't stop! Loved it :)

- Barn burner5 star

Hell of a great read. Fast paced, page turner, very suspenseful. Highly recommend this book.

- Once Gone5 star

Absolutely loved this book. Got it free and thought why not. Well now I'm hooked. I have read the other 3 in the series. Can't wait for more. Enjoy Blake's writing style. Really gets into the meat of the story with out all that fluffy description stuff,which I feel authors tend to use as filler. I want to know what's going on with the characters and that's exactly what these books do. Now I'll be looking for anything more Blake Pierce writes. Got but haven't read the 2 in the new series. Anyone I've recommend them too have really enjoyed them. Thanks from a big fan!! Cheers Pat C.

- Once Gone5 star

A riveting book with fascinating characters, I couldn't put it down and read it in one afternoon. I picked up this book for free and have just purchased the next two books in the series. I have no doubt they'll be worth it.

- Once Gone - Book #15 star

Wow ! I could NOT put this book down and read it throughout the night. Meaning a long day at work as consequence. But it was worth it ! Superbly written with solid characters and a reality that make you wonder how many years the author spent working as an FBI agent. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries, thrillers, or just a good, solid read!

- Once Gone5 star

Enjoyed this book very much from beginning to end.

- Amazing!!!5 star

Couldn't put it down, never a dull moment exciting from beginning to end, amazing writer!!

- Once Gone5 star

This book kept me spell bound from start to finish. I am looking forward to Once Taken and hope it is just as good.

- Nothing special2 star

Just a usual serial killer murder mystery. Ok for a casual reading

- Shocker!1 star

Blake Pierce's books are atrocious and an insult to serious fiction readers worldwide. The stories are something that a grade school student could slam together in a very short amount of time. The number of typos, grammatical errors, and plain bad English is unforgivable but when an author starts mixing up the names of their characters there is seriously something wrong, and Blake does this in every book that I have read. Blake does zero research which can probably be forgiven as none is required for his/her stories which is why Blake's books are so blah. I only read Blake's books when advertised as free on Bookbub (thankfully I have not parted with any of my hard earned cash) just to see if he/she has grown as an author after such prolific self publishing...unfortunately I have been disappointed on each occasion. Blake Pierce should consider doing a few writers’ workshops. Blake needs to put more time and effort and research into writing stories that will grab the attention of people for their intricacy, attention to detail, plot twists, and intrigue rather than churning out the pulp that we have come to expect from him/her. It is also time for Blake to stop self publishing and employ some professionals...editors, proof readers, copy editors...people that will actually tell him/her the truth, that people are not interested in such predictable, clichéd, recipe book fiction. NEVER AGAIN!

- Just ok3 star

I didn’t find this book especially great reading. Story lines and dialogue were a tad too predictable, convenient and cliched for me. I won’t be reading anymore in the series.

- Once Gone1 star

Clumsy, unstylish writing, unsophisticated plot and no tension.

- Once gone4 star

Enjoyed the characters. Good story

- Good book, really.4 star

This book is wonderfully exciting and very well put together. The book itself is spectacular but there are mistakes. One that got me is when Riley is going to visit Reba's family after the tragedy, the young boy offered REBA a seat. Obviously it was supposed to say Riley as Riley then sat down and Reba was killed. There are more but I just wanted to address this one. Other than that, lovely book. Really sends chills down my spine!

- Great read5 star

Excellent story great story. Found a new author.

- Don't do it1 star

Someone needs a better proof reader and a new career. I can't believe there are more than one of them, surely no one paid to read them.

- Captivating5 star

Brilliantly written, it captivated me from start to finish. Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the next book

- Once gone5 star

Great read from start to finish🤓🤓🤓.

- Great read5 star

Fantastic new characters and so happy to have found another new author to read.

- Great story line, keeps you guessing.5 star

Really enjoyed the pace of the story, couldn't believe how quick I got to the end. Next book already downloaded. Can't wait! Thanks

- Great5 star

Read it in 3 hours. Loved it

- Fantastic Page Turners each and everyone5 star

Well, I am now on book Seven in the “once” series. I cannot put my tablet down, I’m losing my sleep as these stories are quite simply brilliant, the plot, the characters, fantastic. However, I just want to say, for the price I would expect zero spelling and grammatical errors, come on publishers please correct, some sentences don’t even make sense. Just a small niggle, I do know though, despite the errors I shall complete the series. More Shane the Chain lol.

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- Worth a read4 star

Enjoyed this, worth a read

- Once gone and once taken5 star

I have read both these books and I think they are well written and great story lines I can't say enough about them can't wait to get the next one and hopefully read some of your other books thank you

- Once gone5 star

Amazing book from start to finish. Gripping and leaving you wanting more. Very well done, on to the second book now.

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- Once gone - addicted!!!!5 star

Im onto book 12 now and cant get enough of these books. I feel like i know the characters, and i cant seem to put a book down once i start reading it. Ive got a month to read this book before book 13 comes out and i cant wait.

- Wow5 star

This book had me gripped from the first page and the ability the author has to paint enough of a picture to feel as though you are actually there step by step is extraordinary! I gasped in a number of places! I cannot wait to read the next book!

- Once Gone5 star

Really enjoyable book you feel you are in the story.

- Once Gone.5 star

Found it extremely hard to put this book down. An on the edge of your seat thriller with twists and turns all the way through. I'm starting book 2 'Once Taken' immediately. Thanks Blake.

- Brilliant5 star

Absolutely loved this book. Really kept you gripped to the end. Really looking forward to reading more books in the series.

- Amazing read5 star

You feel like your within the book watching the scenes unfold. Wow.

- Once gone5 star

I've never before gotten into s crime thriller book. However, I was hooked from this book from the start. Will definetly be buying the series.

- Gripping!!5 star

It's been a long time since I've felt tension from a book. Gripping read. Great flow of story line. Recommended read

- Gripping stuff!5 star

A dramatic page turner.

- A new hero to follow5 star

We have a new fictional hero to follow. FBI Agent Riley Paige can get into the minds of the psychopaths that prey on the innocent. This ability of hers comes with a price, nearly destroying relationships and family. She reminds me a little of Val McDermid's Tony Hill from 'The Mermaid Singing' and 'Wire in the Blood'. Will enjoy following this series.

- Once Gone.1 star

Poorly written, shallow and disjointed. Weak, unbelievable characters behaving in unbelievable ways. Don't bother!

- Great book, I couldn't put the book down 10/105 star

Such a great book, I really enjoyed reading it. The story line kept me stupidly addicted to reading the book at every possible moment. A great author... now to download the next book - eek

- Brilliant5 star

One of the best books I've read! Cannot fault it. I've downloaded them all now so I can keep on reading.. obsessed!

- Read it.5 star

This was my first online book and I'm so glad I started with this. Absolutely brilliant. Well done. I recommend this for any crime lover to read.

- Great book4 star

It full with actions. The way it delivered, was carefully explained. Great book!

- Hooked5 star

Hooked from start to finish!

- Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery)5 star

1st book in a series that just grabs you and doesn't let go. Raced through it and the ending makes you eager to get the next book to see what happens next to Riley. Haven't come across this author before but going to keep an eye out fir future books. Well done!

- Brilliant read5 star

Each page made me wanting to know more. Every chapter was interesting and kept me turning page after page, I couldn't put this book down especially in the last four or so chapters. I would never have guessed who it was until near the end. Brilliant read.

- Good enough4 star

It didn't draw me into that much but it was still good enough for to make me keep reading!

- Review5 star

Really enjoyed this book kept me intrigued all the way

- Once Gone5 star

Great book. Couldn't put it down.

- Once gone Blake Pierce4 star

Thoroughly good read. Straightforward informative descriptions of events and characters. Easy to read, no distractive leaps forward and backwards in time like most books of this genre. As a Karin Slaughter and Tess Gerritsen fan I found this book very good and will definitely read more of Blakes work. Recommended!

- Awesome5 star

Best book I've read in a long time, kept me gripped till the end, then the twist! Looking forward to 'once taken'

- A great read!5 star

I downloaded this book based on the reviews and ratings and it did not disappoint! Couldn't put it down - read it in three days. Great for a skim reading like me, too ☺️ recommended for people who like crime thrillers ☺️

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- Once Gone4 star

Once you start, you get glued to the pages. Well written, capturing each event articulate and presenting every scenery with the best of words to put you right there, awesome. It’s worth your time if you like crime stories and enjoy seeing the solutions unfolds in your very eye. You learn and see behavior and how it affects real life situations.

- Once gone4 star

The book is good but I felt like something was missing or needed more action. The investigation took a while, so I thought in between a killing I was going to find clues, more mystery surrounding each deaths, more drama Once the killer is found that was it. The reason why he was troubled is just like not enough and needed more reasons. Still, I recommend this book because it has actually two stories running within. One gets resolved, the other one continues.

- Great book!5 star

I loved this book and I plan on reading them all! I would recommend this book to anyone who like crime mysteries.

- 5 stars5 star

This is the first murder mystery I've read that isn't clogged with too many characters & a hard to follow narrative. I loved the fact that it was easy to follow.

- Very Entertaining!5 star

I love the Riley Paige character. She’s a strong, independent female FBI agent who has to face her tortured past, but never gives up hope! Looking forward to Book #2 as her adventures continue.

- Great book!5 star

Good read, the whole series is awesome!!

- Riveting!5 star

Great story and writing. Read the second book as well and will get the third one too.

- Once Gone2 star

I wanted to like this book and Riley Paige but I had a hard time doing it. There was not enough development of any of the characters although we did get to go into Riley’s tortured soul. The author rushed the ending almost like he got tired of the story. I’ll plan on reading some of his other work to see if it gets better. In summary a lot of missed opportunity with this book.

- Amazing book!!!!5 star

While reading this book I felt like I was watching a movie while being in it! Loved this book so much! Great job

- amazing5 star

kept me on the edge of my seat. a must read if u like this type of book

- Once Gone4 star

Intriguing; looking forward to the next book in the series

- john957475 star

You won’t want to put this book down until you finish it. And then you’re hooked. After that you will read every one of his books and get to know all of the characters and want to follow them and see how they are doing, almost as real people. Welcome to the family!

- Good Read4 star

This was a very good book. It was a suspenseful book that was hard to put down. It keeps you on your toes. I’m ready for book #2.

- Pedestrian1 star

As I said in my title this is a very pedestrian book, from the writing to the story line, really a waste of time.

- Fair enough3 star

The story was okay, but there were grammatical and continuation errors throughout. It was nice to read when I didn’t have anything else to do, but I’m personally not tempted to read any of the rest of the series.

- Once gone5 star

Excellent!!!!!

- I just had to read it once u said 'if u like criminal minds'5 star

Riley is a wonderful character I love how u put in that twist at the end with Bill and her the characters all seem so authentic. I think your writing is amazing going into depth even with little things shows me a full story in my mind it's like I'm watching a movie while I'm reading I don't know how to thank you 😊 for making this so all I really wanna say is thank you!!! (Love April character)

- Once gone5 star

Could not put this book down! I sat down and read it straight through in a matter of hours

- Entertained5 star

- I was very pleased with this book.

- 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!

- Infuriating1 star

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

- Once gone5 star

Can't put it down!!!

- Good read4 star

I liked it a lot! Good read!

- 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.

- Predictable3 star

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

- Easy read5 star

Page turner

- Excellent Book5 star

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

- . J5 star

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- Once Gone- great read!5 star

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

- Once Gone5 star

Riveting.

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