Author: Stacy Green
Length: 258 Pages
Release: June 2015
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
In this third installment in the Lucy Kendall series Lucy is forced to face her demons head on and confront the darkness that has been growing inside of her. It's a dark, thought provoking thrill ride that keeps you turning pages. Stacy Green certainly knows how to keep you reading.
In this installment Lucy is reeling from the events that occurred in the previous novel See Them Run. She's been putting off everything in her life, trying to figure out what the darkness in her soul really means and if she is truly different from those she's committed to getting rid of. One thing that I love about this series is Lucy's constant self analysis. She may not always be able to read herself as well as she can others, but even when she's in darkness she's trying to figure out her own head.
Chris, Lucy's friend and ally, goes missing early on in the novel. His mother, a serial killer, has taken him and no one truly knows how damaged he is until now. Lucy's world is thrown into more turmoil as she faces questions about her friend that she had never considered. He's not the person she thought he was and she doesn't know how to deal with the secrets that are being revealed. This was another brilliantly done aspect of this installment. Lucy has few allies or friends and to see her tested by these new revelations surrounding Chris brought a new depth to the story.
Gone to Die is somewhat slower paced than the previous two novels and in some cases darker. Lucy is dealing with more depression than she ever has been before as she's forced to come to terms with her actions in the previous novel. I don't think this hindered the novel much though; it's still face paced and exciting, just with slightly less action.
The characters, as usual, are brilliant. Lucy and her dark demons. Todd, a local detective and somewhat friend who has suspicions about Lucy's activities and encourages her to start over, is featured more prominently in this novel than he has been before. Todd is one of my favorite characters. He's strong, capable, broken, and yet good. Another character that I was happy to see more of was Kelly, Lucy's computer genius. She's had her share of pain and knows what suffering is. The friendship between Kelly and Lucy is one of the most beautiful things in this series.
This is an excellent novel and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers. If you haven't read the first two installments yet, I highly suggest that you go and grab them now. I am eagerly awaiting the fourth and final installment in this series.