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#GuestBlogger #FirstReview by @BookwormDH Dave Hardy #ThenSheWasGone by @LucaVeste @simonschusterUK

So following our announcement that Dave Hardy would be joining me as a #GuestBlogger in 2017, we decided we couldn’t wait for him to start, and, Dave decided that this amazing book by Luca Veste would be the perfect place to start!

Here’s the blurb . . .

coverTim Johnson took his baby daughter out for a walk and she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect.  

A year later, Sam Bryne is on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster. He’s tipped for the very top … until he vanishes.

Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discovering what has happened to the popular politician – and in doing so, they unearth a trail that stretches into the past, and crimes that someone is hell-bent on avenging.

Dave’s thoughts . . .  

Wow, Luca Veste. This story has me so intrigued and interested. It may have taken me four days to read it but, time prevails. This is some serious and intelligent work of crime fiction writing. 

I was initially focusing on the daughter missing and the circumstances that occurred around that. This threw me initially, but as the story progressed, I got the answer . . . And it’s worth waiting for. Detective Murphy and Rossi’s relationship has really gelled. They have been together for years, and the trust between them is second to none. With shock and horror, Rossi becomes not a suspect, but with some involvement. Not directly, but there is a conflict of interest. 

It’s all a bit of higher power. Family, money, status and a model of a perfect person, or society, maybe a group at University. Some horrors happen within this group and somebody is not happy, they want revenge, whatever the circumstances. 

This is the best work I’ve read from, Luca Veste. I think the characters have become so more gelled, and involved, which makes this novel one of the best. A more mature feel to the book. The family involvement and Rossi’s relationship with them do come under scrutiny. It’s not her fault, but there are some shocking surprises. You do feel for her. She has done nothing wrong, or has she? 

As a police procedural and a crime thriller, this is one you need to read. It ticks all the boxes of a real indulging page-turner. 

A full 5* from me.

The best, in my opinion, that Luca Veste has written!

Then She Was Gone is available to buy now over at Amazon UK and is published by Simon & Schuster UK.

About the author . . .

authorLuca Veste is a writer of Italian and Liverpudlian heritage, married with two young daughters, and one of nine children. He studied psychology and criminology at university in Liverpool. He is the author of the Murphy and Rossi series, which includes DEAD GONE, THE DYING PLACE, BLOODSTREAM, and THEN SHE WAS GONE.

Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, his books follow the detective pairing of DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi. The novels are set in Liverpool, bringing the city to life in a dark and terrifying manner…with just a splash of Scouse humour.

“Astringent and artfully constructed.” The Financial Times

“A darkly impressive novel… disturbing and intelligent.” The Times

“A chilling début from a writer to watch…” Mark Billingham

“Gripping, unpredictable, genuinely shocking and impossible to put down, Dead Gone is a remarkable début.” Steve Mosby

“A twisty, psychological crime debut in a gritty setting: a new favourite for police procedural lovers” Clare Mackintosh

“Tense and darkly playful.” Chris Ewan

“A major new talent on the crime scene.” Eva Dolan

“Fresh…original.” Mel Sherratt

“Original and terrifying.” Stav Sherez

He is also the editor of the Spinetingler Award nominated charity anthology ‘Off The Record’, and co-editor of ‘True Brit Grit’, also an anthology of short stories for charity.

He is a former civil servant, actor, singer and guitarist (although he still picks it up now and again), and now a full-time writer.

He can be found at and on twitter @LucaVeste

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