I’ve finally broken out of my historical fiction trend to my other favorite – suspense/mystery. Of course I liked And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs because it’s set in Nashville and a lot at my alma mater (VU!). And Jacobs lives in Nashville, so bonus points right off the bat.
I will say for a suspense, there were some holes in the storyline. Or maybe I just watch and read too many crime dramas. There were definitely some things that I feel like the cops would have done but I am no police investigation expert. The book starts with Emily and her boyfriend, Paolo, on an overnight trip and she wakes up to him gone. Completely gone. The story continues with more murders and many stupid decisions by Emily trying to figure out what is happening. And although her bipolar diagnosis explains a lot of her actions, it didn’t really make me like her any more. But it’s always fun to know exactly where things are taking place, to be able to picture them.
So not my favorite main character, but the storyline was still great. There’s murder, suspense, virus and epidemic research. So also very appropriate at the moment. Enjoy!