Book Review | After Shes Gone by Lisa Jackson

from Goodreads
Published: December 29th, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Purchased
Summary: In this explosive new thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delves into the deep bond between two sisters and their shared dream that becomes a harrowing nightmare of madness, hatred and jealousy…

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…  [x]

Review: Apparently this is part of the Northwest series and is the third installment. The book didn’t have a series feel so I looked at the synopsis for the second novel and it didn’t seem to relate whatsoever. This was a disappointment for me. The summary on the back intrigued me and it seemed like it would be a fast paced thriller/mystery… it wasn’t.
The summary states a “crazed fan stalked who nearly killed mother” and the book barely dives into that but continues to bring it up. The main character Cassie was not the greatest. She seemed all over the place. The POV changes quite a lot throughout so I felt myself rereading certain parts to see who was “speaking”.
I feel there were a lot of unnecessary scenes written in. Or certain scenes just dragged on for far too long. It felt like it took a long time for there to be anything happening in the book. Then out of nowhere something would happen and then it would drag for longer.
This author has been praised for writing a number of really good books, but this book gave me a poor first impression and I probably won’t be picking up another one of her books in the future.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars!

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