#BuddyReadsToDieFor – #ATBR2021 – And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

The January #BuddyReadsToDieFor selection was so much fun to read! One that had been on the TBR for the last half of 2020 and I’m so happy to have gotten to it.

AND NOW SHE’S GONE – Rachel Howzell Hall (Released September 22nd, 2020)

Book Description:

Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.

Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars

I’ve been in a weird reading funk with other things going on in my life and it took me 4 days to finish this book. If you know me, I’m a one-sit binge reader. So many shiny things and my own brain seemed to have plotted against me because I absolutely LOVED this book and am mad I took so damn long to finish it! But I DID – so YAY, SUCCESS!!

Grayson, I’m sending you a crate of pens. I’m never naming my dog Kenny G. And, I want to put on record that while Mrs. Kim, the Korean old lady, may have always cooked Korean food that smelled musky, not ALL Korean food smells like this! Haha – I’m mostly kidding, because there were definitely times I felt like my parents house smelled like a musky ox so I totally understand how even more terrible this can be for people not used to it! All jokes aside…. I really LOVE Grayson. The further I got into this book, the more my heart went out to her. What a strong ass woman. And the case that she’s on….. WHAT… THE …. FUCK. I’m 85% in the book and I STILL have no clue what is going on or what direction it’s going in but I also am finding Isabel a genius of a woman herself. Cat, meet mouse…. a worthy opponent. GIMME!

The build up that leads to the reveal is brilliant. I will say that I found some of the metaphors used within the writing a bit odd at times… but mostly I found them humorous and took them more as a nod to Grayson’s personality, and as such, appreciated the uniqueness of it all. I did notice that the text messaging could be a little hard to follow at times due to the lack of differentiation in font and format most of the time. It did not take away from the enjoyment of the novel however.

I’ll be honest, I was hovering between a 3.5 and 4 star review throughout my read but when that ending came and the culmination of everything that was set up throughout the story erupted, I nodded and was like “MMM HMMM….. THAT’S IT! YES!” So yeah, absolutely bumping up to this 5 star ramble of a review. I really need to know what happens next though – WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL? Turn this into a series? How will I ever know if _____ get what ______ ______?! 😉

Read this book.

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

Alright, so I’m just kicking myself for not picking this up sooner. As the January #BuddyReadsToDieFor selection it was the perfect opportunity to prioritize this book, and let me tell you, make sure you clear out some time when you start because you won’t want to stop. AND NOW SHE’S GONE is my introduction to Rachel Howzell Hall and now I need more of her books in my life.

This review is going to have to be short and sweet so I don’t accidentally give away any important details and spoil the fun. The writing, the short chapters, the suspense, the mystery, the characters, dialog, and those last 100 pages. I just loved it all. Grayson is a character you’ll fall in love with and does she have quite the case on her hands. How can someone just disappear like this? Not only does Grayson have this to deal with, but she’s constantly looking over her shoulder to make sure a man from her past isn’t following her. So many moving parts to this and I think Hall did a great job bringing it all together.

That ending. It was a crazy ride and I think this was just the perfect cat and mouse thriller. If any of this intrigues you even a little bit, please do yourself a favor and pick up this book. You’re in for a thrilling ride and now I’ll be anxiously waiting for the next thriller from Hall!

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