Saturday, August 13, 2011
CBR III Review #91: Long Gone by Alafair Burke
Alice Humphrey has been searching for a job for almost a year. It's almost a dream come true when a handsome stranger, Drew Campbell, offers her a dream job. They run into each other at an art show and he offers her a job managing a new up and coming art gallery. Of course more than a few people warn Alice that the opportunity seems to good to be true, but how can she turn down her dream job?
The first few days of running the art gallery go perfectly. The museum opens up to huge sales and a well attended opening night. But then things start to go downhill. The next morning the art gallery is picketed by people claiming the gallery sells underage pornography and all of Alice's calls to the gallery owner are ignored. The next morning she discovers Drew's body in the the emptied out gallery, even the office supplies was stolen. To make matters worse all the evidence the police has recovered points to Alice as the killer.
Alafair Burke's novel reads a lot like a Mary Higgins Clark novel, but Burke appears to dump the cheat sheet and she threw in some twists and turns even I wasn't expecting. It's a well plotted and well paced novel, but the reader is expected to accept some plot points that are insanely ridiculous. The main problem with the novel is Alice, as a character, bothered me. She is a quintessential spoiled rich trust fund baby that never really grew up. She's not bad at heart, but she is insanely naive. Despite the novel's few flaws I really enjoyed the novel and I'll pick up another Alafair Burke book.