2012 International Thriller Award Nominee
Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet — ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.
A raw, gripping thriller about the price paid for past sins, John Rector’s third novel is a live wire that crackles with the intensity of a man with nothing left to lose. When two men attack Jake in a parking lot and cut off his finger, he tries to dismiss it as an unlucky case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when events take a more sinister turn and Diane goes missing, Jake knows he can no longer hide from the truth. As he embarks on a mission to find his wife, he realizes his dark past is refusing to stay buried and that his future is about to unfold in ways he could never have imagined.
With a taut and brooding style, Rector paints a formidable portrait of a reformed man’s slow descent into a life he thought he had walked away from forever. As the intensity becomes almost unbearable, the pace quickens and the suspense applies an unrelenting, vice-like grip, as Already Gone hurtles toward its ultimate, explosive climax.
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"It was an okay book for me. I liked how the plot kept moving constantly and had a investigative feel to it. I always was left wondering what was going to happen next. When I first started to read it I thought it was just going to be another book were the main character was going to be depressed for the rest of the book. However, when things started to unfold, it definitely took me by surprise. I love how every page I read there was something new happening that I was not expecting. The ending was a bit bland. I thought it would be more dramatic but to my surprise the author kept it simple. I like how the story had me constantly thinking about one of the characters and if the person really was how they seemed to be. I was in doubt all the way until the end and I still am. I'm wondering what will happen to the main characters in the future and if they really stay together. It took me a while to finish it only because at first it wasn't really getting my attention."
Leynette (4 out of 5 stars)