Dead Gone by Luca Veste

Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by ellen

The kids all had things to do this past weekend so I was able to spend some quiet time reading Dead Gone by Luca Veste. Luca Veste isn’t an author I was familiar with. But I love crime dramas so I decided to check this book out. 

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In Dead Gone by Luca Veste detectives are forced to delve into the darkest channels of psychological research in an attempt to understand the motives of the madman.Dead Gone by Luca Veste

Detectives David Murphy and Laura Rossi are charged with the investigation of the murder of a student at the City of Liverpool University. Attached to her body is a letter from her killer. It details a famous unethical psychological experiment―an experiment that the killer had replicated on the victim, resulting in her death.

Convinced at first that the murderer is someone close to the victim, Murphy and Rossi dismiss the letter as a bid to throw them off the scent. But, they find more bodies with attached letters. 

When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the university, the detectives realize they’re chasing a killer unlike any they’ve hunted before. He doesn’t just want his victims’ bodies, but their minds as well. They rush to prevent any more deaths. And, they are forced to delve into the darkest channels of psychological research in an attempt to understand the madman’s motives.

My thoughts:

There is a serial killer loose in Liverpool who is targeting people who have ties to the University. When he leaves their bodies to be found, he leaves a note along with them to let the detectives know that he is conducting psychological experiments. With each note, he talks about famous unethical experiments that our government did like MK Ultra and Unit 731.  Detectives Murphy and Rossi are trying to piece together the clues and find the killer before he kills any more people.

When I was in college, I had a psychology major so I found this book particularly fascinating. I was already aware of a number of the unethical experiments our government and others have performed in the past. And, it was a fascinating tie-in to how we think. I love the way the author ties in the letters from the killer. There are real articles from noted psychologists and the story. It made for a book I could not put down.

Buy DEAD GONE a gripping crime thriller full of twists today. I highly recommend this book.

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