Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now seventeen himself, on her own, running a gallery, managing her sister’s art career, and looking after their volatile mother—all the while trying not to resent the limited choices life has given her.

Then a quirk of fate and a faulty elevator bring Jane into contact with Tom, Alexandra’s husband, who has some shocking news. Alexandra disappeared from a south Dublin suburb months ago, and Tom has been searching fruitlessly for her. Jane offers to help, as do the elevator’s other passengers—Jane’s brilliant but self-absorbed sister, Elle, and Leslie Sheehan, a reclusive web designer who’s ready to step back into the world again. And as Jane quickly realizes, Tom isn’t the only one among them who’s looking for something . . . or traveling toward unexpected revelations about love, life, and what it means to let go, in every sense.

In this insightful and irresistible novel, by turns profound, poignant, and laugh- out-loud funny, acclaimed Irish writer Anna McPartlin tells a story of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and the ones we create for ourselves, and of the hope and strength that remain when we find the courage to leave the past behind at last.


Ok , after reading the blurb and the front cover , I thought the book would be intriguing and haunting (not the ghost kind) and mysterious.. but yes a big but !!! to me the experience was nothing like that. It was a long, exhausting read with 368 pages and not at all a page-turner. I even was tempted to put it down and not finish it, but because it is a blogtour and I have taken the book from the publisher, it is my duty to finish the book and write a review.

The book had it’s possibilites.. missing Alexandra, Toms’ frantic search for his wife, the three live women of the story somehow connected to Alexandra – their talent and personalities interwined…it could have been a powerful and emotional storyline..but it was not , at least to me. I didn’t find it interesting that the story depended on fate and coincidenses..yes, there is fate but real life is more than that…

This book was not for me, may be it is for you, so before buying borrow …

Thanks to Sarah @ Simon & Schuster for this review copy.


Title: Alexandra, Gone
Author: Anna McPartlin
Publisher: Downtown Press
Publication Date: April 13,2010
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 978-1439123331
Genre: Fiction