Friday, September 2, 2016

4-Star Review of "After She's Gone"

Review of After She's Gone

(Northwest #3)

by Lisa Jackson


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…

MY REVIEW:  Murder, movies, actors, actresses, deceit......this book is full of them all.  Cassie Kramer has a difficult and dangerous task before her....she wants to find her missing sister, Allie.  Allie is a fellow actress and she's the star of the movie they're presently filming while her older sister, Cassie, has a bit part.   Cassie is a prime suspect since she fought with her sister on the night before Allie disappeared. Cassie checks herself into a mental hospital when she begins blacking out and losing periods of time.  Someone from the past comes to her in the hospital to tell her that her sister is alive.   That's when Cassie decides that she is the only one who can find her sister and checks herself out against the doctor's advice.
         This book is very exciting and full of mystery.  I chose to read and review this book without realizing that it is the third book in a series.   I was confused about several parts and characters and I think perhaps it is because I did not read the first two books in the series.   So I would recommend reading those first.   There is obviously violence in this book.  There are several times when curse words are used by characters.  I say this to warn those who find this offensive as they may choose not to read the book.  I would not recommend this book for young readers.   It is written for more mature audiences.   
        I rated this book 4 stars and recommend it to those readers who enjoy mystery and suspense. 
        I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

 About the Author:

Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

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