Gone Before Goodbye by Nora Leduc is a great romantic suspense that will keep you guessing and turning pages until the end of the book.
Lisa Grant disappears with no trace of what happened to her. Was she abducted from her home or is she a runaway? Lisa is the second girl to go missing in just a few months, and it seems highly unlikely that both of them ran away. But if they did not run, that means there is a serial kidnapper on the loose.
Teagan Raynes is Lisa’s guardian and she is devastated when Lisa disappears. She must put her trust in a detective that she has not seen in years, not since they were at a summer camp together. Back then, Teagan had a crush on the detective, who was a camp counselor. She still finds herself attracted to him, and now she must rely on him to find Lisa and bring her home.
Noah Cassidy is determined to find the kidnapper and the girls that are missing. He has suffered a tragedy in his life and he is still trying to recover from that tragedy and move on with his life. He throws himself into the investigation, doing whatever he can to solve the case. He is surprised by the attraction he feels toward Teagan and struggles to keep it professional and not a distraction from his investigation.
The characters are well developed and display many realistic traits. I found myself liking the main characters and disliking the possible suspects, and even some of Teagan’s so-called friends.
The writing style flows smoothly and this book is an easy read. The writing style is descriptive and whether I was reading about the small New Hampshire town or the threats against Teagan, I felt like I was right there watching the action. The suspense is well plotted and well crafted. The mystery and suspense are carried on throughout the entire book. There is a decent number of suspects to consider and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. That is what I look for when reading a mystery/suspense and this book did not let me down.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written romantic suspense. I have read other books by Nora and I have enjoyed them all. I am looking forward to the next book, because there is a bit of cliff-hanger at the end of this book. Not enough to make me feel like the book is not complete, just enough to make me want to keep reading. Treat yourself by picking up a copy of Gone Before Goodbye.