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

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2015-12-20
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 2,907 Ratings


“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!


  • Nerve racking

    By LCRT2009
    I could not put this book down. It kept you on pins and needles with a bit of the good old boy attitude
  • Amazing

    By TilTheEnd1
    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.
  • Engaging

    By A_Royal_Queen24
    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.
  • Spooky but intriguing

    By doctor book
    Very good book. Was a bit scared at times but is absolutely worth the read. Loved it.
  • Once Gone

    By kerilynnJ
    Amazing :)
  • Once gone

    By thundtricity
    Predicative and basic writing.
  • Once gone

    By Max/ryder
    Read this awhile ago but wanted to give it a thumbs up. Interesting and liked the characters
  • Once Gone

    By nickname5452316
    Excellent. Interesting characters and situations. Exciting and not so predictable
  • Needs a new editor

    By TaylorDboo!
    I would give this book five stars in a heartbeat if there weren’t so many mistakes! Accidents happen but I’ve found most of his books are this way. However, both books I’ve read have been great reads!
  • If you like a hysterical female...

    By NoGeekMe
    I sincerely hope there are no real FBI agents as irrational, impulsive, and overwrought as the Riley Paige character in this book. Granted, her “amazing” psychic abilities would be useful for a real agent, but they are far too convenient to be believable. I’m afraid her character is just too much a contrivance to be sympathetic and relatable. This could be a good story, if only.... I won’t be reading any more of this series. I’ll take a Tracy Crosswhite over this character any day.