And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs | Review

And Then You Were Gone | R.J. Jacobs | Crooked Lane Books | Pub: March 13, 2019 | Pages: 288

This was a fantastic quick and easy read!

The main character, Emily has been managing her bipolar disorder for years. However, when her boyfriend disappears one night, her disorder management comes into question. Due to this, I was suspicious of unreliable character narration, but R.J. Jacobs did an excellent job at not focusing too much on that aspect and letting the story play out in an interesting, nail-biting fashion!

Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop! There were many twists and surprises in this unpredictable thriller!

If you lost fast-paced thrillers, this one is for you! Highly recommend.

Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees—wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift…and Paolo is gone.

A strong swimmer, there’s no way Paolo drowned, but Emily is at a loss for any other explanation. Where else could he have gone? And why? As the hours and days pass by, each moment marking Paolo’s disappearance, Emily’s hard-won stability begins to slip.

But when Emily uncovers evidence suggesting Paolo was murdered, the investigation throws her mania into overdrive, even as she becomes a person of interest in her own personal tragedy. To clear her name, Emily must find the truth—but can she hold onto her own sanity in the process?


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