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A colorful, tense vivid and often funny tale, of a man who undertakes a journey of self-revelation and self-discovery as he tries to find his beloved schizophrenic sister... an acute observation of emotional dynamics within a family unit. (fic)...

Title : The Moment She Was Gone
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ISBN : 9780752859040
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 363 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Moment She Was Gone Reviews

  • Annalie
    2019-04-02 07:30

    After reading and enjoying Ed Mc Bain's "Cop Hater", I noticed that Ed Mc Bain is Evan Hunter's pseudonym. Imagine my surprise when I discovered this novel on a book shelf in my home and I couldn't even remember when or where I'd bought it!This is an interesting and well written novel about twins, one of which has mental illness.

  • Armand
    2019-04-20 00:27

    Read the first 75 pages, then skipped to the last chapter. The book is about a dysfuntional family dealing with a dysfunctional adult daughter. Very dialogue heavy, not much tension in the plot, a bit too much reliance on "interesting" (flaky, artistic, well-educated) people, a bit too much reliance on backstory. Probably would have worked better as a short story. I honestly think the author was trying to stretch about 50 pages worth of interesting stuff into about 200 pages, and he pulled the story too thin.

  • Lbaker
    2019-04-03 07:06

    I love Ed McBain books - have read a lot of them.I've also read a fair number of his books written under his "real" name of Evan Hunter.I did not like this book - at all.I kept reading it, thinking it would improve, it hadn't when I quit 3/4 the way through.I finally thought - why am I still reading this? I don't like any of the characters, the brother Andrew, who narrates the book is at once naive and cynical.

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-03-31 00:13

    An intriguing read about a family coming to grips with mental illness written from the perspective of Andrew Gulliver, whose twin sister Annie has been diagnosed as schizophrenic. Not an up-lifting read you might think but somehow it is often quite funny & the family scenes are very vivid & credible, & following Andrew's journey as he finds out about events in his sister's life, & whether these actually happened or are figments of her imagination, is both absorbing & satisfying.I have to say that when I picked the book up I didn't know Evan Hunter was a pseudonym of Ed McBain & I'm sorry to say that if I had I probably wouldn't have picked it up - more fool me! I might have to dig into hubby's McBain collection now.....

  • Joan Horkey
    2019-03-23 06:10

    Odd. At least it was short.

  • Viraphone
    2019-04-04 02:22

    Not exceptional, somewhat flawed actually, yet very enjoyable. (Okay, I read it in one sitting, which is a criteria which always makes me feel like the book was relatively good.) I may also be a bit biased because I'm feel like I'm always enjoying thrillers that deal with people with any kind of psychosis. Dunno, I happen to find these fascinating, whether the book is actually good or not.(view spoiler)[I don't know whether I should be mad at Andy for being for so long in denial of what happens to his sister, or pity him because he obviously loves his sister, his twin sister and I guess I can see why he did not want to acknowledge the fact that she had a problem. To be honest, it was actually kinda sad to see him go through all his memories (and new accounts of incidents from his family) and realize that her sister indeed needed help, and that he hasn't been able to for so long (if ever). (hide spoiler)]Bad points. A bit repetitive at times. (view spoiler)[I mean, Annie's stories... It always leads back to pretty much the same. But then again, I'm not familiar with, what was it again? schizophrenia? (or is it another one?) so it may be like that with people with this illness. They have one scenario that repeats itself, only with minor changes according to the situation? Whatever, this is not the point here.. (hide spoiler)] And it kinda leaves you with a feeling of an unfinished tale. (view spoiler)[We will never know whether Annie got better. (Although, I can understand why the author left it to our imagination. In some way, I guess anyone would like to know that she did get better, but it also sounds like too much of a happy ending after such a roller-coaster. So yeah, maybe it's better that way?) (hide spoiler)]Good points. The topic is interesting, albeit maybe not thoroughly explored. And I really liked how it's written, from Andy's POV, as if he was telling you the story himself while you're sitting for coffee (or rather, maybe at a therapy session I guess). Makes the narration much more lively. It's also probably because it's written from his POV that you can't help but feel sorry for him, while it sometimes feel like it's a bit of his own fault for ignoring the signs.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-07 06:12

    Ive read Evan Hunter before so I was curious about this one. Different but I enjoyed it.

  • ashley
    2019-04-02 07:34

    I didn't enjoy this book, but I slogged through til the end. It was just... very poorly written. Also, the kindle version had horrible formatting errors, which is not the author's fault, but it didn't make the reading experience any better. I felt zero connection with any of the characters, they were enablers. Long paragraphs of just rambling by the sister. Having worked in a group home for those with some of the more sinister mental disorders, I know this type of rambling first hand. It was loathsome that the characters in the book refused to acknowledge there was an issue. Absolutely loathsome. This book actually kind of mad me angry. I can't say that I will ever read this author again (he's also Ed McBain, I'm told). But I'm done now. Scale of 1-1o 10 being the best, 1 being the worst.... I'm going with a 1. Or in other terms A-F, well this book fails.

  • Eadie
    2019-04-04 01:26

    Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain) does an excellent job with this book. I've never read Hunter or McBain before so I didn't know what to expect.The Gulliver Family is having a hard time dealing with Annie who is mentally ill. Annie is constantly taking off without notice to different places around the world. She returns unexpectedly, only to disappear again and again. This novel is about how a family needs to confront family secrets in order to keep Annie from harming herself or someone else.The book is hard to put down and Hunter's writing ability allows the words to just flow off the page very fluently. It is a journey of revelation and self discovery and makes you very sympathic to Annie and her problems.I am now looking forward to reading another Evan Hunter novel!

  • Heather
    2019-04-07 04:26

    Eh... not horrible (the Kindle formatting, though, was *awful* unlessyoulikewords stucktogether likethis. And random spaces between paragraphs so you think you've switched to a different scene, but nope, just extra space. Hardly fair to judge a book by its layout, but honestly, it made reading a bit of a headache).This is a book full of the most frustrating cast of characters, which is really the point of it. A family that has willfully ignored all signs that something Is Not Right with one of their members, or avoided dealing with it when they could not ignore it. At the same time, it rang fairly true. I really had mixed feelings on this one, what can I say?

  • Michelle
    2019-03-28 07:22

    OK, I have to admit I listened to this on CD...still feels like "cheating" thought I've become more comfortable doing it LOLI really liked this book. It was quirky and weird. The family was disfunctional in a "quiet" sort of way. I enjoyed the main character who told the story of his crazy sister, and i enjoyed hearing about her wild exploits even more. The tenderness between the twins was sweet but not too sweet. The mother was a great charicature.I might see what else Hunter has written because of this book.

  • Patricia
    2019-03-29 23:26

    I'm not sure what I think of this book. A brother eventually comes to accept his well-loved twin sister is schizophrenic. The writing is great as you'd expect from such a prolific writer as Hunter/McBain. It reads somewhat as a Roman a Clef.I think I'd have enjoyed it more if it was actually a memoir/biography.

  • Becky
    2019-03-30 06:17

    This book was very interesting. I liked how the writer wrote it, even though at times I would have to remember where I was at (jumps around alot between past/present). A story dealing with a mentally ill person and how her twin and other family members come to deal with her issues. I didn't think it was horrible, but yet, not awesome, thus the 2 stars.

  • Carol
    2019-04-01 01:07

    This was a great book. Written by one of the best writers of fiction. I haven't read many books by Hunter but have read every book by the pseudonym he uses to write novels of the 87th Precinct. Close to fifty novels as Ed McBain. In this story Hunter deals with mental illness. Andrew Gulliver gets a phone call from his mother,who tells him his twin sister,Annie is gone...again..

  • Marguerite
    2019-04-03 01:11

    Read on Kindle, many run-on words were annoying but the storyline is compelling. It's a look at mental illness and the effects it has on a family and their extended circle.

  • Jasmine Holloman
    2019-04-03 05:25

    Like many others who have finished the book, I really do not know what to think (which oddly could be the author's point). Even though I enjoyed reading about Annie's struggle, the book felt a little incomplete. I wish the author went into more detail about finding the root of the problem of why Annie was the way she was. Either way it was a fast and easy read.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-20 07:11

    Lots of potential; I thought there would be more secrets, etc. 37 year old Annie goes missing. Flashbacks of her life with mom, twin brother, famous artist dad. She is schizophrenic so the flashbacks are all about episodes, her fits.

  • Tom
    2019-04-18 02:31

    Could not care less about the characters. The mother could haunt a house. The sister was so annoying. Don't bother with these people. You wouldn't want to ride on an elevator with them. Why would you waste time reading about them?

  • Hank
    2019-04-21 06:20

    This is Ed McBain's pen name. An intriguing novel pertaining to the mentally ill. It's does a good job in looking at different points of view of all the main characters. I found my self really empathizing with what the loved ones and acquaintances of the mentally ill go through.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-21 00:28

    Don't bother!

  • Betsy
    2019-04-22 06:31

    This was a quick read. The story was ok. It was kind of sad and real look at the way mental illness impacts the dynamics of a family.

  • Timothy
    2019-04-14 07:24

    A dysfunctional family, a missing sister, and man begins to understand himself. Trite. Yes. Not his best work. The only interesting character was not even in the book !

  • Al Stoess
    2019-04-04 06:05

    Hunter writes strange book. I wondered if it were a true story.

  • Bill
    2019-04-18 00:35


  • Germany
    2019-03-29 00:35

    Short and simple. I worked with patients like this in nursing school very sad. But the book really didn't DO anything. There was no plot per se but mildly entertaining and very short.

  • Jeannie Tremblay
    2019-03-30 00:10

    Good in terms of a family coming to grips with the fact that their daughter/sister "has issues", but I would have liked them to delve further into why she was the way she was.

  • Pat
    2019-04-15 01:34

    A glimpse into a family dealing with the heartbreak of mental illnesss. Andrew's twin sister, Annie, is a schizophrenic; he struggles to understand and to integrate her into the family.

  • JimJustice
    2019-03-29 01:20

    Ah yes. The ability to write narrative is Hunter's greatest asset. The Book ends on the top of a building; crazy.

  • Bill
    2019-04-17 03:18

    This book was on a list of books that I read before 2005. So, I am adding it to my read books on GoodReads.

  • Amy Hutto
    2019-03-31 23:05

    This book was so sad. For anyone that has ever suffered mental illness, think twice before reading this,