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…
Read on for my thoughts on After She’s Gone. No true spoilers, promise.
After She’s Gone has a rather detailed Cover Description already so I don’t feel that you really need much more of a teaser to know if you’d like to try this novel or not.
I am actually very torn on this review. On one hand – it’s Lisa Jackson. A wonderful mystery/thriller author whose books I’ve devoured in the past. On the other hand – I simply could not connect with these characters. I couldn’t find a reason to care what happened to them. And that pains me to admit, especially for an author’s work that I know I’ve loved other novels of hers.
So I’m merely going to be brief and say it was an okay book, I liked it for what it was – and leave it at that. There is no reason for further breaking down of all the parts of After She’s Gone. If you enjoy Lisa Jackson’s work, then by all means I would encourage you to try it. Not everyone is going to feel the same way about a novel, and perhaps for you it will be a gem.
*I received an e-ARC of After She’s Gone from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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