Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1) - Blake Pierce

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2015-12-20
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 5,377 Ratings


“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” --Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Phoenix, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent who can crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and as fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined, and in a frantic race against time, Riley is pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.

Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #2 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!


  • Great small read

    By Mimi8118
    This was a great read. Recently I started to get into books again. And I’ve been drawn to Pierces’ books. Once I’m into the store, it’s hard putting down my phone.
  • WOAH

    By babydoll_nic
    This is awesome! I can’t believe there are so many details here! I love this book!!! ✨❤️❤️❤️
  • Must read !!

    By Molarbooch
    This book is amazing!
  • Once Gone

    By whitedog7
    Great! Wonderful attention to detail, great descriptions.
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  • Very good series

    By CakeARTbyBeth
    Good character development and fast-paced-don’t-wanna-put-down read.
  • Suspense and bittersweet

    By destineeandjoe
    An amazing book to read! I read this before bed, story line and the characters are amazing in this.
  • One and done

    By Rg110647
    Not my type of book or series. I would be very fearful if I had to rely on an FBI agent like Riley to save my life. Too much time spent crying or waiting for “the clue” to fall on her lap.
  • Once gone

    By 12345TES
    I love the stories and her style of writing but there are so many spelling mistakes that it becomes pretty annoying.

    By GdScH1-2
    Scary but otherwise it’s a great read 😨👍