Today I am sharing my review as part of the books on tour for Gone Before by Sam Hepburn. This was released on the 12th of October, published by Bookouture.
Gone Before by Sam Hepburn
Release Date: 12th of October 2020
Print Length: 312 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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‘My name is Phoebe Locklear. I think I’m your daughter.’
I rehearse the words as I walk up the path, clutching a faded old photograph of a little girl with thick dark hair.
When I knock, the door opens, and there she is: the woman I believe is my mother. The woman whose five-year-old daughter disappeared fifteen years ago.
Had I known what would happen next, would I have knocked on that door? Would I take back the lives I’ve destroyed?
But now that I’ve started, there’s no going back. I can’t stop until I find out who I really am.
Even if the truth could kill me.
Twisty, addictive and utterly unputdownable, Gone Before asks what happens when your whole life turns out to be a lie. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Gone Girl and The Silent Patient.
Gone Before immediately got my attention after reading the blurb and it is a book that I just had to read. When I started, I instantly got lost in its pages and was mesmerised by the story that Sam Hepburn has masterfully put together.
San Hepburn has crafted an emotional tale that really pulls on the heartstrings. It deals with a number of topics covering kidnapping, murder, suicide, abuse and rape just to name a few, which may be a trigger for some readers.
The story has been very well plotted and skilfully executed. It moves at a fast pace and flows very well. There is a lot going on and at times I was concerned as the pages flew by that there was going to be some loose ends, but I had nothing to worry about and everything wraps up as it should.
I enjoyed the characters in the book, who have all been very well written, but the stand out for me was definitely Phoebe. She is a great character that is not without flaws, but this is what makes her so relatable and believable.
Sam Hepburn is a new author to me and is one that will now be on my radar. She has a very unique style that I immediately connected with and the whole story has been beautifully written. Based on this, I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
Gone Before is an excellent psychological thriller that will have you glued to the pages. It is a rollercoaster ride that has a lot of twists and turns which makes for a very enjoyable read. It was a pleasure to read and review Gone Before which I recommend.
Thank you to Sam Hepburn, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Gone Before, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Sam Hepburn
Sam Hepburn read modern languages at Cambridge University and, after a brief spell in advertising, joined the BBC as a General Trainee. She worked as a documentary maker for twenty years and was one of the commissioners for the launch of BBC Four.
Since then, she has written several books, including psychological thrillers Gone Before and Her Perfect Life, and novels for young adults and children. She won the 2017 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story award and has been nominated for several other prestigious prizes, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal for her YA thrillers.
Sam has worked and travelled widely in Africa and the Middle East, and is a trustee of the Kenyan’s children’s charity, I Afrika. She now lives in London with her husband and children.
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