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: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,433 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!


  • Huge Fan!

    By Lizzi6584
    Absolutely LOVE the characters and the layers of fast moving plot! Great read 🤓
  • Better then many

    By Nightsky1961
    I found the story interesting enough to finish😄. I enjoyed the main character. Its great to read a woman in this roll. The relationship with the daughter is too superficial for my taste, the way the relationship becomes healed seemed forced although the basic idea if opening up and sharing pain works. It just seemed too quick. The ex is also to easy, the bad ex to stereotypical. The FBI partner relationship is thoughtful and interesting, i am glad they did not "fall in love" but again his wife was two dimensional. The mixing of the past case and the current case gets muddy to me. I appreciate the phycological aspects of it but it just gets to be too much. She leans nothing from one that helps her solve the other. The father figure "helping" by saying follow your gut, which she is already doing...no sorry.
  • Amazing

    By Carolgcastillo
    This book was nothing less than amazing absolutely worth reading!!! And worth reviewing
  • Great read from beginning to end

    By Great game for fashionistas
    I seriously could not put this book down. Mysterious and thrilling, this book had me terrified, on the edge of my seat. I didn't dare read it at night because I was afraid I would have nightmares. I can't wait to read the next book
  • Great book

    By Alegria99
    Great book good read. Very interesting from beginning to end.
  • I want to read the series

    By Ripnathaly
    This book has you hooked on some chapters thinking wow whats going to happen next. I love it.
  • Great

    By Marie Vera
    Loved it! Would make a great tv series!
  • Great book

    By Lynnieann
    Rey interesting characters
  • Argh

    By gm84
    I am having a hard time finishing this book. Gosh, if I read the main character's partner tell her how good she is one more time, I'm going to barf! She is the only one that knows everything. She is the only capable FBI agent in the book. She knows when people are wrong, she knows what the killer is thinking, she is always right! It gets tiring after a while.
  • Once Gone

    By Scov2
    Just finished this amazing thriller!! Great main characters and scary as hell. Can't wait to start Riley Paige book 2. Thank you Blake Pierce.