AND THEN HE WAS GONE by Joan Hall Hovey

GENRE: Suspense, Thriller

About the Book

And Then He Was Gone


Julie Raynes’ husband is missing. Devastated and confused, she refuses to believe that he would leave her voluntarily, though her best friend thinks differently. However, her Aunt Alice, a psychic, tells her Adam has been murdered, and when she reveals how she knows this, any hope that Adam is still alive, dissipates.

The police also believe that Adam Raynes was murdered. And Julie is their prime suspect. Her life in ruins, Julie vows to hunt down whoever is responsible for Adam’s murder and make them pay for their crime.

In the meantime, David Gray, a young man who was pulled from a lake by a fisherman when he was 9 years old, wakens from a coma after nearly two decades. Unknown to Julie, Adam and David share a dark connection, a darkness that threatens to devour them both.

Read an Excerpt

The tall, dark-haired boy in the grey tee-shirt and blue jeans walked with a soft step along the worn path, placing his sneakered feet carefully over twigs and fallen branches that could easily snap and give him away. The sun’s rays pierced the tall trees like a floodlight into a cathedral, but he felt affinity with neither church nor God. He was a stalker, a cat tracking its prey with practiced stealth. He could hear the lake now, sloshing softly against the bank, could smell its slight chemical scent in the air. A few yards further along the path, it came into full view, calm and blue. Spotting his bike lying on a grassy patch of ground, the sun’s glint reflecting off the chrome, he paused in his step, quieted his loud breathing lest he be heard. Standing there, feeling the soft ground beneath his feet, the cold fury swelled inside him and his hands clenched into fists at his sides.

Beside the bike, his little brother sat contentedly on the lake bank. He was wearing a navy blue and white striped tee shirt, denim shorts. He’d thrown a line into the water and the tiny red bobber floated on its surface, waiting for its own prey. Not a care in the world, the bigger boy thought, glaring at his brother’s back with his cold, angry eyes. Well, he would have a care. He damn well would.

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The entire first chapter is available HERE.

About the Author

Writing gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction that nothing else does. (Except having my babies.) And that’s not a bad analogy, if not an original one. Holding your published book in your hands, (especially that first one), running your fingers over its smooth cover, tracing your name there – is heady stuff! These days of course, knowing my readers are downloading my books onto their Kindles and ipads and Kobos, and so on is just as great. For me, a dream come true, even though it’s been awhile since I wrote my first book.

I am drawn to explore the dark side of humanity, and my intention is to give the reader a roller coaster ride that will resonate long after the last word is read. I know that I am truly blessed to be permitted to work every day at what I most love and need to do. I think you appreciate it even more when you’ve had to go to those awful 9 to 5 jobs you hated, because the bills have to be paid. And I’ve had my share of them over the years — hulling strawberries, waiting tables, grading eggs… (top that one). A couple of those jobs have left scars. I’ve been stalked by a psychotic customer when I was selling ‘CAA’. (Canada’s version of ‘AAA’.) I’ve been chased around the desk by a so-called pillar of society while working as a secretary. But while I wouldn’t want to repeat it, I wouldn’t take back a single moment of any of it. All is ‘grist’ for the writer’s mill.

The next best thing is hearing from my readers. You have been so generous in your comments, so kind to take the time in your own busy lives to write to me. Telling me that my novels kept you up all night, or that you couldn’t put the book down is music to my ears, and keep me going in the dark times that come to all writers, while I find my way about in the unknown, unlit territory of that next book.

In addition to her critically award-winning suspense novels including And Then he was Gone and The Deepest Dark, Joan Hall Hovey’s articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.She is a member of the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.

Her books are available at most online book stores, including Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and more.

She lives in Saint John, NB, in an uptown building over 100 years old, with her cat Bella. Aside from writing (and reading of course). She enjoys playing piano and spending time with her grandson.  She is presently at work on her latest suspense novel.

Joan’s Website

A Giveaway

Joan Hall Hovey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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October 8:
1: Locks, Hooks and Books
2: Fabulous and Brunette
3: Books,Dreams,Life
4: Independent Authors
5: Readeropolis
6: Author C.A.Milson
7: It’s Raining Books
8: Long and Short Reviews

October 9:
1: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’ REVIEW
2: Edgar’s Books
3: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
4: Wake Up Your Wild Side
5: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
6: T’s Stuff

October 10:
1: BookaholicREVIEW
2: Two Ends of the Pen
3: Jazzy Book Reviews
4: Welcome to My World of Dreams
5: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

October 11:
1: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
2: Sharing Links and Wisdom
3: The Tired Buyer
4: Bookish Reviews
5: Straight From the Library
6: Deal Sharing Aunt

October 12:
1: Andi’s Book Reviews REVIEW
2: Rainy Day Reviews REVIEW
3: The TBR Pile
4: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
5: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
6: All the Ups and Downs
7: Iron Canuck
8: Let me tell you a story
9: Viviana MacKade
10: Linda Nightingale…Musings

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It’s been my pleasure featuring fellow New Brunswick author Joan Hall Hovey for this stop on her tour.

Please come back again all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


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2 Responses to AND THEN HE WAS GONE by Joan Hall Hovey

  1. Victoria says:

    Great post! 🙂

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