Book Review: Dead Gone by T.J. Brearton – Mystery/Thriller

I have received an ARC copy of this novel by NetGalley in return for an honest review

In order for me to enjoy a thriller or a mystery novel, the book has to have some excitement, some action, or at least psychological tension – all of these were missing from this novel. Dead Gone read more like the report written by the rookie agent Tom, who in his first case was let loose to discover the details about a young woman, that was found washed up in the Everglades.
I find it hard to believe, that a cop – no matter what department or agency – would be left alone to his devices, during a murder investigation, with only bare minimum supervision. At least that would be irresponsible. But this novel is full of holes like that one, which made it hard to finish reading to the end. The dialogue has no flow to it, neither does the internal dialogue of the main character and even though I wanted to care about what was going on, I never got invested in the story.

Even the plot twist at the end did not make up for all that this book has been lacking. I am disappointed because the premise could have been developed into a really good book if handled with better care.

I am comparing this book to other thrillers I have read lately, and even some romance novels had more psychological tension than this book.

If you like thrillers and mysteries, you should check out my review on “Witness” instead.

Dead Gone is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, via Kindle Unlimited, and as a Paperback 

Book Details

Book Title: Dead Gone
Author: T. J. Brearton
Publisher: Joffe Books
Publication Date: January 7th, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, General Fiction (Adult)

Book Summary:

A woman’s body is found floating in a sultry Florida mangrove. She has no ID and there is no indication of cause of death.

Who is she? Why was she murdered?

Rookie detective Tom Lange couldn’t have got a more difficult first case. The only thing he’s got to go on is the woman’s butterfly tattoo. His boss, Lauren Blythe, piles the pressure on and the medical examiner won’t tell him what he needs to know.

Meanwhile Tom’s neighbour Alicia has an abusive boyfriend who Tom clashes with in a way that will have far-reaching consequences.

The body leads Tom on a trail of seedy clubs, narcotics, and danger which is close to home.

In a tumultuous ending with a massive twist, Tom’s world is turned upside down.



Tom Lange is a brand new agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That agency is a state bureau investigating violent crimes, police corruption, with a governor protection unit and top-notch forensic laboratories. The only family Tom has left is his brother Nick.


Southwest Florida in April. The dry season ending, the heat and humidity building. In Naples, many people are leaving the region for cooler climes. The landscapers are out daily, cutting back the surging vegetation and a steady breeze comes from the gulf coast. Rookery Bay, a nature reserve of a hundred thousand acres teems with wildlife, threaded with brackish creeks. The Everglades stretch all the way across the state to Miami, choked with alligators. Tampa Bay pulses with the nightlife. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., but despite its concentration of millionaires, the region knows poverty, homelessness, drugs, and crime

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