Alice Humphrey really could have it all. After all her father was the famous award winning director, Frank Humphrey. Alice knew that life wasn’t for her and had insisted that she make it on her own. After months of struggling financially she can not believe her luck when while visiting an art gallery, she meets Drew Campbell who offers her a job as a new gallery manager. The owner who chooses to remain anonymous, will leave the details up to Alice, and it will be as though Alice owns the gallery herself!
There is one tiny catch….
At the opening of this new gallery this mysterious owner wants only one artist to be featured and promoted. Once this artists run is up, Alice is open to choose any other artists to feature in the gallery. The artist Alice must represent has some pretty far our unpleasant art pieces. Alice just continues to remind herself that this is only for a time and then she can make the gallery more to her liking… and hey, the paychecks are coming in!
But a group of protesters against the art set Alice’s nerves on edge, and then finding the gallery emptied to the bare bones and Drew’s body in the gallery the morning after the protesters is impossible to wrap her mind around. Who would do such a thing?
When the police are involved, Alice soon discovers that Drew is not who he says he was. And now the art that was displayed and the gallery itself seem to be tied to a missing girl. When pictures turn up of a woman who looks like Alice in compromising acts, Alice knows she has been set up. To save herself from being put behind bars she has to get to the bottom of this twisted area of her life. Who is this girl and how is she tied to the gallery? As she works to find answers Alice begins to discover long hidden secrets within her own family – secrets that could get her killed.
Why did I want to read this? The synopsis is fascinating… a mysterious job offer, a murder centered around an art gallery and a protagonist who comes from a life of plenty but chooses to make her own way. It is funny how those family ties no matter how hard we try to distance ourselves in some cases, can come back when we least expect it.
Long Gone is definitely a page turner. There is no long drawn out front story to this book – instead we jump into the gallery job offer and things spiral into action from there, which I like it when a book gets to the point. I liked Alice, she felt real. I was surprised that the missing girl was not a bigger part of the story. While that story line hovers around the edges of the book, a small part about it in the beginning and then a few sprinkles throughout the read, it is really more about Alice.
As you get to the end it all starts coming together and meshes into a fantastic climax. As I think about the lack of information about the missing girl I can not help but wonder if that was not the author being strategic… after all the girl is missing… it could make sense that she does hover – almost ghost like and not quite there, throughout the read.
Lovers of great suspense and good fast action should definitely check this book out.
Thank you to TLC book tours for letting me solve the crime with Alice!