Gone begins typically enough for a YA novel – disaffected teen, broken family, one-time hero. But as you read on you realise that things have gone awry in the town where Sam lives. For starters, all the adults have vanished. Not died. Not left. Vanished. And what is the truth behind the break-up of his mother’s second marriage? Gone keeps you guessing and the twists keep coming. There is some violence and the baddies in Gone are just that. Bad to the core. A highly recommended series.