After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson
eBook review copy, 416 pages
After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson is a highly recommended mystery/thriller.
After Cassie Kramer's younger sister Allie followed her to Hollywood,
Allie proved to be more talented and driven than Cassie and her fame
quickly took hold. Now Allie has disappeared right after her body double
is nearly killed on the set of her latest film, Deep Heat, and
Cassie, unable to handle the stress, has committed herself to a
psychiatric hospital. Cassie was the last known person to talk to Allie
and their sibling rivalry is well known. Cassie is a suspect in her
sister's disappearance. Both sisters were in the movie; Cassie had a bit
part while Allie was the star. Cassie checks herself out of the
hospital after a couple days and makes it her mission to find Allie.
The family is no stranger to the problems that can arise with fame and
the media coverage that can follow. Their mother is Jenna Hughes, a
well-known, beloved former Hollywood actress. Ten years earlier a crazed
fan nearly killed Jenna and Cassie. The event scarred Cassie. (Deep Freeze;
2005) Cassie does suffer from periods where she blacks out and loses
track of time but is she capable of killing her own sister? Even though
Allie can exasperate her and was seemingly after Cassie's husband,
Trent, Cassie doesn't believe she could harm her.
It appears that this is going to be a fast paced mystery at the
beginning, but even with the frantic maneuverings of the characters, the
hectic speed is not coupled with a lot of progress. The plot is complex
and the unraveling of the mystery is satisfying, but sometimes the
pacing seemed a bit too slow. The character of Cassie is well developed
and while you may sympathize with Cassie, you aren't necessarily going
to like her for most of the book. (It does get better in the last half.)
Allie is totally unsympathetic.
is one of those books that I enjoyed for the most part. It certainly
would qualify for an airplane book. You should stay engaged in the story
and hold your attention to the end. If I were giving stars it would be a
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Kensington via Netgalley for review
This is one I have been curious about. I can't remember if I have ever read anything by Lisa Jackson before. If I did, it was pre-blogging days.
It might be a good idea to start with Deep Freeze. While this one was good, that one seemed to be better.
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