Saturday, November 17, 2018

BLOG TOUR - Love You Gone


‘Hello? Police? My husband and our children… they’re gone.’

When Mel arrives at the holiday cottage in the Lake District, she expects to find the heating on and her husband Luke and the two children waiting for her. Maybe a bottle of wine open…

Instead, there is just a note on the side, saying they’ve gone out for a walk.

But they aren’t back several hours later, and Mel knows something is wrong. Really wrong. When a search doesn’t find them, she has to confess to the police that her marriage isn’t all that it seems.

Even if that risks her own secrets being revealed…

An absolutely incredible, page-turning psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming, for fans of Gone Girl and Behind Closed Doors and Ruth Ware.

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 Title: Love You Gone
Rona Halsall
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 306
Date of Publication: November 15, 2018
My Rating: 4.5 Stars


Mel has a very serious issue. She is going to a holiday escape with her husband, Luke, and their children with the primary purpose of trying to restore some happiness in her family. But she is greatly disturbed. When she gets there the cottage is empty. They went ahead of her because she was detained by work. She is very concerned but she notices that the car is in the driveway and there is a note saying that they went for a walk.

She does what she can to relax. At the very least she can start a fire so that the cottage will be comfortable when the family gets home. But after several hours she has no choice but to call the police and even mountain rescue to try and locate her family. After talking to the police she feels that they will be found relatively soon.

However, the police turned up nothing. So they continue going back-and-forth speaking to Mel to try to find out what information they can. Mel starts filling them in on certain details bit by bit making them rather curious about what really is going on.

Meanwhile another perspective is introduced into the story and it is done from the past working its way to the present. The reader, and definitely the police, begins to see that things were not as they seem in the marriage. There were problems, very deep problems.

The story turns from an intense psychological thriller into a very dramatic family drama. There are circumstances that Mel and Luke are dealing with that are very traumatic, so much so that things begin to make sense.

I was on the edge of my seat while reading the story. Not only did I want the family to be safe, I wanted resolution for the problems that Mel and Luke were dealing with in the marriage. Especially since there were two children that were very much affected by everything that was happening.

This was an incredible story written very well. There is drama, as well as secrets and an incredible family dynamic. This riveting story completed itself with a surprising conclusion.

Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Rona's debut psychological thriller, Keep You Safe came out on 17th August and her second novel, Love You Gone is out now.

Rona lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and three guinea pigs. She has been a bookworm since she was a child and now she's actually creating stories of her own, which still feels like a dream come true.

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful beaches on the Island while she's plotting how to kill off her next victim. She also makes sure she deletes her Google history on a regular basis, because... well, you can't be too careful when you spend your life researching new and ingenious ways for people to die.

She has three children and two step-children who are now grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories!

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  1. Sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @

  2. Sounds like a great read adding to my tbr, great review.

  3. I love your thriller selections - you are killing my TBR!

  4. This sounds like a great read! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. This has gone straight onto my TBR. (sorry Robin, recommented as when I use my Google account it puts me as anonymous. (Tasha)

  6. I'll add to my tbr, great review. Thanks!

  7. This seems like a very intense book. I may have to try it.

  8. I'll have to give this one a try! great review

  9. The idea sounds really good I'm just not sure about the two timelines. I prefer a book to move forward in time not back and forth so don't know whether I'd like the book. Great review.

  10. I want to read this now. Gotta know how it ends! Fantastic review :-)