Gone Woman Book Review

Title: Gone Woman

Author: A.J. Rivers

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Rating: 5 out of 5.

After loving The Girl in Cabin 13 last year, I’ve been anxious to read another A.J. Rivers book. I’m now on a mission to read every A.J. Rivers book after another very entertaining read from this brilliant author.


Mary doesn’t remember the accident or anything about her life before the accident, for that matter. Her devoted husband is hopeful that her memories of their life together will return without the previous mental illness that kept her from the outside world.

Mary’s memories start to return, but they don’t align with the beautiful home and perfect marriage her husband describes. In her fight to save her memories, Mary finds herself fighting to save her life.

Book Review

New fear wraps my stomach around my spine.” – Gone Woman, A.J. Rivers

Gone Woman is a well-developed mystery story that keeps you guessing from start to finish. Rivers crafted this story to propel the reader forward while questioning Mary’s past and whether her husband truly is as perfect as he seems.

Rating Breakdown


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Rating: 5 out of 5.
What I Liked Most

Rivers leaves breadcrumbs throughout the first half of the book. If you pay attention to minor details, you’ll find clues in Nick’s chapters. I love trying to solve the mystery. Using my kindle’s built-in note features, I note when I see a significant clue. It creates game-like entertainment while I’m reading. (Tip: this first important clue is on kindle page 86 when Nick notices what his wife left behind).

What I Didn’t Like

[Potential Spoiler Alert] I don’t fully understand the connection between the events the kidnapper (name purposely left out) experienced at his childhood camp and his motive. He clearly has rejection issues, but is that enough? This piece of the story could benefit from a rewrite to clarify his motive and create empathy that his life led him to such awful actions.

Should you read it?

Gone Woman is an entertaining mystery with a unique plot. I highly recommend this book to my friends who love solving puzzles and books that keep you questioning reality from start to finish.

But don’t just take my word for it. See what other readers thought:

Discussion question: how far into a mystery story do you typically figure it out?

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Hi, I’m Alexys. I love to write. I enjoy the process of finding the best words to express my points, emotions, and imagination. Alexys Writes is my personal blog, a place where I write about whatever I want and share it with you, my dear reader.

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