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Long Time Gone

By Charlie Donlea

An Exhilarating and Captivating Story



Sloan Hastings is excited to be starting her fellowship in forensic pathology.  Her first research assignment was on forensic and investigative genealogy. One of her first tasks is to understand how genealogy databases work in solving crimes.  To enhance her knowledge, she submits her own DNA for testing.  She knew she was adopted as a baby, and she adores her adoptive parents, but what happens next changes everything. She and her birth parents had disappeared 29 years earlier, so where are her parents now?


LONG TIME GONE is the perfect book to dive into and tune out everything happening around you.  Have you ever wondered what would happen if you sent your DNA for testing? Sloan got more than she bargained for after submitting hers.  The story was both exhilarating and captivating.

Author, Charlie Donlea’s writing cleverly weaves an intricate tale of the events of the past with Sloan‘s actions following her DNA discovery as she races to solve the mystery of what happened to her birth family. Sloan’s character is smart, courageous, and delightful, and you can’t help but cheer her on.

As a photographer, I was a little dismayed that the author left out the explanation of the need to develop 35mm film into negatives before developing photos.  But other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  My favorite part was the ending, I simply could not put the book down.

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher    Kensington Books

Published   May 21, 2024

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