Gone by Leona Deakin

Today is my final blog tour for 2019 and so close to Christmas I am certainly ending on an absolute cracker as I play host to Gone by Leona Deakin.


Four strangers are missing.

Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:


The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands?

An addictive debut thriller with an ingenious hook that turns the missing person plot on its head

– what if the missing people are the dangerous ones?


My thoughts

This was a very, very enjoyable read.  I have to say I am mightily impressed that this is a debut and rather excited that it kicks of the start of a series.

Right from the very first page this novel had a grip on me and I honestly found it hard to put down.  Daily life became frustrating as I was constantly on the lookout for my next opportunity to read, even waking up extra early to read.  The structure and plotting is superb and the twists and turns of the story executed with a expert hand.

The story begins with a crime scene.  A victim lies on the floor, life slowly ebbing away.  With him are two school girls.  At this stage we’re unsure what happened but the event leaves us with a feeling of unease. Something isn’t quite right and one of the young girls is sent to see Dr Bloom.  Alongside this runs what appears to be the main plotline of the disappearance of a young mother. Lana disappears without a trace on her birthday.  The only clue that remains is an unsigned birthday card simply stating ‘YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.  DARE TO PLAY’.  As Dr Augustus Bloom and her partner Marcus Jameson begin to investigate it becomes clear that there are more disappearances and that the danger doesn’t lie with the missing people but is closer to home.

Exciting, fast-paced and with an very engaging detective team this is definitely a series to watch.  I can’t wait to read more. There are also reading group questions at the back and a sneak peek at book 2.  Thankfully the second novel is not too far away, with Lost due to be published in 2020. 🙂

Gone was published by Black Swan (Transworld Books) in paperback on October 3rd. Also available in EBook.

Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

About the author

Unknown-1Leona Deakin

Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.  Gone is her debut thriller.

You can follow Leona on Twitter at @LeonaDeakin1

You can follow Transworld Books on Twitter at @TransworldBooks


4 thoughts on “Gone by Leona Deakin

  1. First of all I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if
    you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and
    clear your head prior to writing. I have had trouble
    clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out.

    I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first
    10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any recommendations or hints? Cheers!


    1. Hi there,

      I’m so sorry I haven’t responded to your comment before now. WordPress has been a massive learning curve for me and I’ve only just seen your lovely message. I’m so glad you like the blog. I’m in the process of updating it with a fresh new look – I do hope you still like it.

      With regard to your question regarding clearing my mind – I do tend to have quite a busy life and so often have to squeeze my writing in as and when I can. I do believe that you have to acknowledge how important it is in your life though and allow yourself the time (even 15 minutes makes a bog difference). I think my biggest piece of advice is to do it regularly. I find the longer I’ve been doing this the easier it is to focus when I do come to do it. I am the queen of procrastination though and will ALWAYS become easily distracted. I think as you get to know yourself more you discover what works for you. I crave peace and quiet so I try and do some yoga every day and if there are too many distractions in the house when I’m working then I’ll put some headphones on and listen to some very gentle classical music. these are things that all work for me. Unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of my own writing room at home so it’s a case of just getting on with it. If you are often stuck with a blank mind when you sit down to write I wouldn’t worry too much. Allow your mind to wonder. I recently watched a talk given by the children’s author Piers Torday. He advised staring out of the window to get your mind working. It really works too! Try not to worry about what feels like lost time whilst your waiting for inspiration to strike. Half of being a writer is letting your mind do the work. Even when it seems like you are just staring into space, your mind is hard at work. Perhaps do a few minutes of free-writing to warm up. Just write down exactly what pops into your head without actually thinking about or worrying what is coming out on the paper. I’m currently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is wonderfully inspiring and has reminded me of why I want to write – because I love it. I love stories, I love words and I love disappearing into another world. The most important thing is to begin…
      I hope this has been of some help. So sorry again for taking such a long time to respond.
      Best wishes



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