Long Gone by Alafair Burke

73%

21 Critic Reviews

Burke has succeeded in stepping out of the series mode to try something different. She's definitely on my must read list.
-A Bookworm's World

Synopsis

Long Gone is a tremendous novel, and Alafair Burke is one of the finest young crime writers working today.”
--Dennis Lehane, author of Moonlight Mile

Echoing the intensity of Harlan Coben’s Tell No One and the psychological depth of Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know, Alafair Burke’s first stand-alone novel catapults her into the top ranks of modern suspense. In New York City’s cut-throat world of art, appearances can be deceiving—especially when art world newcomer Alice Humphrey becomes a suspect in a gruesome murder at a Chelsea gallery, and is thrown into a treacherous labyrinth of intrigue, crime, and conspiracy. Now, Alice must discover the truth behind the murder before the unsolved mystery claims her as its next victim.

 

About Alafair Burke

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Alafair Burke is the bestselling author of seven novels, including the stand-alone thriller, Long Gone, and the Ellie Hatcher series which includes 212, Angel's Tip, and Dead Connection. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 547 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Long Gone
All: 21 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 3

Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jul 04 2011

LONG GONE has it all: Interesting characterization. Primary and secondary mysteries that are ever so slowly linked together.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Jul 03 2011

Burke is trying too hard. There’s far too much going on in this novel that simply makes no sense.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Peggy McMullen on Jun 25 2011

She builds the background on Alice and the case a little slowly at first...Once things take off, it's a plunging, winding course with plot twists flying at you as fast as a New York minute.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Vera on Sep 19 2011

There were lots of twists and turns which is always fun (and to be expected) when reading a thriller.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Dec 14 2011

While Long Gone was my first Alafair Burke novel, it certainly won't be my last.

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Book Journey

Good
Reviewed by Sheila on Jun 22 2012

Long Gone is definitely a page turner. There is no long drawn out front story to this book – instead we jump into the gallery job offer and things spiral into action from there...

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Candace on May 22 2012

From action scenes to quiet stakeouts, Burke maintains the suspense, and we hope Alice can clear her name without causing too much collateral damage.

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Jen's Book Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Jul 06 2011

The novel also displays one of Burke’s strengths regardless of what book she’s writing, the ability to bring New York City to life on the page.

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Onyx Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

Pacing in a novel like this is vital, and Burke does an excellent job of keeping the story moving at a fast pace, juggling the various strands of the plot so they will come together when needed.

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Murder by Type

Good
Reviewed by Beth on Jun 28 2012

LONG GONE is the life Alice Humphrey accepted when things just appeared in front of her.

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Pujitha Krishnan on Aug 01 2011

In this intricately plotted mystery, Burke brings together some very different story-lines.

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Petrona

Below average
Reviewed by Maxine Clarke on Feb 05 2012

The climax to the book is somewhat clunky, in that almost everyone turns out to be not what they seem, and there is one dramatic section very near the end which I felt was dealt with in an over-hasty fashion.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Aug 17 2011

Burke has succeeded in stepping out of the series mode to try something different. She's definitely on my must read list.

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Nomad Reader

Good
Reviewed by nomadreader on May 29 2012

Long Gone is a smart, fast-paced, contemporary thriller.

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Literature and a Lens

Good
Reviewed by Jenna on May 23 2012

I like how Burke raised many of the questions surrounding social media today from online message boards to illegal photography to Facebook.

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Dot Scribbles

Below average
Reviewed by Dot on Aug 04 2011

I really struggled at the beginning as it seemed like there were three totally separate story lines and a lot of different characters, I found myself confused as to how they were related and which character went with which story.

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Elementary Watson

Good
Reviewed by Vic

There are no weak moments in this novel, it’s a pacey thriller from start to finish.

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Lynnette's Book World

Good
Reviewed by Lynnette Phillips on Oct 05 2011

This is an extremely interesting story that takes some time to unfold.

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Wendi's Book Reviews Blog

Good
Reviewed by Wendi on Jul 28 2011

Long Gone is a fast-moving crime thriller that will keep you second-guessing every assumption Burke expertly manipulates you to make.

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Tomes of the Soul

Good
Reviewed by Tome Keeper on Jul 18 2011

Overall a fantastic thriller, with many twists and turns, and a very surprising ended.

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she reads and reads

Good
Reviewed by she reads and reads on Jul 15 2011

Despite my disappointment in the ending of Long Gone, I recommend this one if you’re looking for a day or two of addictive escapist reading!

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