Gone For Good Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Gone For Good

Years ago, Will Klein's girlfriend is found raped and murdered. Will's brother, Ken, is the main suspect. Ken disappears and Will presumes he is dead.
Click here to see the rest of this review

Ten years later, the brothers' mother is dying and in some of her last words to Will, she says that Ken is alive. Will and his girlfriend find a recent photo of Ken when they are going through his mother's belongings. Will is shocked, happy, angry, and confused.

Will's girlfriend disappears and he begins to find out that she isn't who he thinks she is. Will is questioning everything. He finds that she is living under an assumed name and ties her to his brother, Ken, who appears to be alive after all. Will and friend, "Square", begin to unravel the secrets. He tracks his girlfriend to what he thinks is her parents' house. Her mother doesn't want to discuss her and says that she hasn't been a part of the family for years. Will receives notification that his girlfriend is dead and goes to the funeral. To his surprise, his girlfriend is not the person in the coffin. The person who died is the person who's name she had assumed. Square has ties to some people who are able to lead them closer to the truth. Will's finds out that his girlfriend and his brother do know each other.
The review of this Book prepared by Allison

Will Klein's brother disappears after apparently murdering Will's ex-girlfriend. A year later, the new woman in Will's life also disappears; on the same day that Will finds evidence that his brother is still alive. Will's efforts to find the truth behind this bizarre series of events lead him into conflict with both the FBI and organized crime.
The review of this Book prepared by Stephen Coombs

Delacorte, May 2002, 23.95, 342 pp.
ISBN 0385335584

    Will and Ken were brothers who were also the best of friends. Will's first true love was the girl next door, Julie Miller, and they went together for years until one day she unexpectedly broke up with him. Almost a year later, the police theorize that after having sex with Julie, Ken killed her and ran away. For eleven years, Will and his family have every reason to believe that Ken is dead.

    On his mother's deathbed, she informs Will that Ken is still alive. After her death, he finds a recently taken picture of Ken. He confides in his live in-lover Shelia who seems very happy to him but then she leaves a cryptic note and slips away quickly into the night. Will is determined to find out all he can about his brother and Shelia but the more he uncovers, the more he realizes he didn't know those two people at all.

    Harlan Coben has written one of the most suspenseful novels of the year. GONE FOR GOOD has more layers than an onion and as each one is ripped away, the readers learns the truth is not black and white and that good and evil wear many similar guises. After the reader finishes this exciting novel, the audience will ponder all the philosophical questions Mr. Coben cleverly interwove into the story line.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Chapter Analysis of Gone For Good

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 46.7%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 13.3% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Gone For Good

Harlan Coben Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian