After She's Gone
By: Lisa Jackson
Publication Date: 12/29/2015
My Rating: 3 Stars
In this explosive new thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delves into the deep bond between two sisters and their shared dream that becomes a harrowing nightmare of madness, hatred and jealousy… Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they’d survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Still, Cassie moved to L.A., urging Allie to follow. As a team, they’d take the town by storm. But Allie, finally free of small-town Oregon, and just that little bit more beautiful, also proved to be more talented—and driven. Where Cassie got bit parts, Allie rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on the set of her latest movie—and Allie is missing. Police discover that the last call to Allie’s phone came from Cassie, though she has no recollection of making it. Instead of looking like a concerned relative, Cassie is starting to look like a suspect—the jealous sister who finally grew sick of playing a supporting role. As the tabloids go into a frenzy, Cassie ends up on a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure who comes to her bedside, whispering about Allie—a visitor of whom there is no record? Is someone trying to help—or drive her mad? Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a sudden slew of macabre murders— each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family—makes Cassie fear for her safety and her sanity. The only way to end the nightmare is to find out what really happened to Allie. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe—least of all herself…
A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lisa Jackson delivers a complex and dark mystery, AFTER SHE’S GONE, of two sisters. Where is Allie Kramer? Two sisters shared a dream which leads to madness. Cassie is the oldest and Allie the younger into a world of Hollywood. One sister is murdered and the other becomes a suspect. A crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress years earlier. Deep Freeze (2005). Even after this history, Cassie moves to LA and Allie followed. When they leave Oregon, Allie rises faster to the limelight. Then her body double gets shot on set and Allie goes missing. Cassie appears to be a suspect and commits herself to a psychiatric hospital. Questioning her own sanity. Later she decides to leave, determined to find her sister. A long- time fan of Jackson’s, this one was not my favorite. At times the pacing was slow; even though it has its thrilling and suspenseful moments, especially with the nightmares and the madness, at times it felt a little frustrating. If you can hang in there, the last part heats up some; however, never sizzled for me.
“Jackson’s latest is a well-crafted story full of suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. With her skillful, vividly descriptive storytelling, Jackson brings us an intriguing plot with a strong yet flawed heroine at its center. With steady packing, plenty of action and a few plot twists, Jackson’s thrill of a read will hook readers in.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Ten years after a serial killer tormented retired movie star Jenna Hughes and her two daughters, Cassie and Allie Kramer in bestseller Jackson’s Deep Freeze, mother and now-grown daughters must content with further angst and violence.” – Publishers Weekly
“With moderate gore, a hint of romance, and many dynamic female characters, After She’s Gone is a sure bet for Jackson’s popular blend of women’s fiction and suspense.” – Booklist
About the Author
Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.
Before she became a nationally bestselling author, Lisa Jackson was a mother struggling to keep food on the table by writing novels, hoping against hope that someone would pay her for them. Today, neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly national bestseller lists. Read More