Gone – Leona Deakin (Bloom Book 1)

‘Beautifully imagined, beautifully written, immediately immersive, and scary as can be.’ Lee Child


Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:


The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?


Leona Deakin started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. This is her debut thriller.


Gone (or Mind Games) is the first book in a series featuring Dr Augusta Bloom and it was only whilst writing this review that I found out there is another book due out in April 2020 so I’m absolutely thrilled and have already pre-ordered it.

Dr Augusta Bloom works in London as a psychologist with her ex-M16 agent/Private Investigator partner Marcus Jameson.  When Lana, a family friend of Marcus, disappears on her birthday leaving a young teenage daughter behind they start to investigate and find Lana is one of several, seemingly unconnected people who has disappeared on their birthday leaving their lives and families behind after receiving a “birthday card” inviting them to play a game.

I absolutely love psychological thrillers especially when they feature strong female characters and Gone has two brilliantly feisty, slightly unhinged and utterly wonderful characters:  Dr Augusta Bloom and teenage psychopath Seraphine who are thrown together at the beginning of the book and have a history and connection which affects both women with devastating consequences.

Highly addictive and a fabulous debut novel full to the brim with twists and turns and I absolutely, completely and thoroughly recommend it (can’t wait for book 2 now).



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