REVIEW: AFTER SHE’S GONE, BY LISA JACKSON

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On a movie set in Portland, Oregon, Director Dean Arnette is closing in on the final moments, the final scenes. Then the unexpected happens. A gun is fired. The body double is shot, and all hell breaks loose.

Two months later, Cassie Kramer has checked herself into the psychiatric wing of Mercy Hospital, where she struggles with what seem like hallucinations and blackouts. And to deal with the disappearance of her sister Allie, who was the star of the movie Dead Heat, and whose failure to appear on the day of the last filming had led to her double being shot.

Had someone targeted Allie? Was the shooting an accident, or had someone purposely changed the blanks for real bullets?

Police are all over the situation, beginning with the shooting of Lucinda Rinaldi, who survived, and focusing also on Allie’s disappearance. Had someone abducted her, or was she missing as some kind of publicity stunt?

After She’s Gone delves into the lives of a Hollywood family: Jenna Hughes, mother, and her two daughters, Cassie and Allie. Since Allie has become the star, the rivalry between the two of them has caused some to think Cassie may have done something to her sister. The family had also suffered terrifying events in the past when a stalker targeted them…so now Jenna and her husband Shane have relocated to Falls Crossing, Oregon.

Determined to find her sister and clear her own name, Cassie has checked into Mercy Hospital’s psychiatric unit, worried that her occasional blackouts might mean that she knows more than she realizes.

After leaving the hospital, Cassie flies back and forth between LA and Portland, trying to find answers, and knowing that there is something suspicious about almost everyone who knew her sister. Her behavior, while understandable, seemed frenetic and illogical at times.

Then there are the secrets that surfaced as the story came to a close. Secrets that finally revealed who has targeted the family…and why. The novel was a page turner that moved at a fast pace, although there were so many red herrings and characters to wonder about that sometimes it was hard to keep everything straight. As the final denouement approached, there were some last minute misdirections that kept me guessing until the last pages. 4 stars.

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11 thoughts on “REVIEW: AFTER SHE’S GONE, BY LISA JACKSON

  1. The book’s description immediately made me think of Brandon Lee’s death while making The Crow. I don’t think that I have actually read Lisa Jackson even though I have a bunch of her books sitting on my kindle. This one sounds really good and I like that it kept you guessing. Great review!

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    • Oh, I had forgotten about Brandon Lee..

      When I requested this one, I thought I had read some of her books, but later I realized that her name just sounded familiar. This book was in a trilogy, but you don’t have to read the others first. The author gives enough back story.

      Thanks for stopping by, Carole….

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  2. I’m always getting her mixed up with Lisa Gardner. I’m trying to think if I’ve actually read any of her books. I’m thinking no. Love the Portland setting though. Will keep it in mind.

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