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And Then You Were Gone

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A “gripping [debut] psychological thriller filled with suspenseful twists and turns”—the perfect weekend read for fans of B.A. Paris and Mary Kubica (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times–bestselling author).

The disappearance of her boyfriend sends Emily Firestone’s bipolar mania into overdrive—and her name to the top of the suspect list.

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?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Unnerving and with a building sense of dread, And Then You Were Gone is a high-stakes, disorienting thrill ride." - Sarah Bailey

"And Then You Were Gone captivates readers…pulling you headfirst into a terrifying disappearance that quickly derails the life of an irresistible and freshly-drawn main character. It will keep you turning page after page, with racing heart, toward the satisfying finish. Highly recommended!" - E C Diskin

"R. J. Jacobs cleverly combines a tightly plotted thriller with a who-can-you-trust cast of characters in this sensational debut." - Dawn Eastman

"A steep-dive roller coaster ride...Get on board but hang on!." - Karen Harper

"A thrilling ride that kept me guessing until the end . . . Exceptional!" - Rena Olsen

"Rich characterizations, exquisite language, and a subtle thrum of tension . . . In Emily Firestone, Jacobs has created not just a heroine, but a fully realized person whose bipolar disorder is sensitively and realistically handled. I was riveted from the very first page." - Jaden Terrell

"A gripping psychological thriller filled with suspenseful twists and turns!" - Brad Thor

"Jacobs has crafted a live-wire of a debut. Fever-pitch prose reveals the untrustworthy nature of our perceptions, and a taut, unflinching plot makes putting this book down absolutely impossible." - P J Vernon

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