Two Days Gone (Ryan DeMarco Series #1)

Two Days Gone (Ryan DeMarco Series #1)

by Randall Silvis

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"[a] chilly suspense novel." — The New York Times Sunday Book Review

"...a suspenseful, literary thriller that will resonate with readers long after the book is finished. A terrific choice for Dennis Lehane fans." — Library Journal, Starred Review

"An absolute gem of literary suspense... told in a smooth, assured, and often haunting voice, Two Days Gone is a terrific read." —Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead

The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.

What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.

DeMarco knows—or thinks he knows—that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?

A masterful new thriller by acclaimed author Randall Silvis, Two Days Gone is a taut, suspenseful story that will break your heart as much as it will haunt your dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492639749
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Ryan DeMarco Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 10,901
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

RANDALL SILVIS is the internationally acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Two Days Gone and the other Ryan DeMarco mysteries. His essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in various online and print magazines. His work has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Two Days Gone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At last i found a writer who knows how to tell a story without taking three pages to describe a room, a town or a bunch of flowers, you want have to skip a page to get back to the good part, because it is all good. Can't wait to read his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story. Great read. Great style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it...Two Days Gone took me in, made me laugh , made me shed a tear, I held my breath.. all the wonderful things that happen when an author takes me for a ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, not your usual crime writing. Many twists, good characters. Only complaint is author seemed to over use his thesaurus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end- a full story. Sometimes, long winded by kept my interest! I bought another book for my Nook by Mr. Silvis. Also bought an Audiobook by Mr. Silvis for our travels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me up late to finish it
wordsandpeace More than 1 year ago
Super suspenseful thriller enriched with a great reflection on the art of writing and the connection between the author and his characters. It’s cold at this time of the year around Lake Wilhelm, northern Pennsylvania. Yet Tom Huston, a famous and popular local novelist is hiding in the woods nearby. Until that day, his family seemed to be perfectly happy. His wife and his three children murdered, Tom was spotted in the street, totally confused, a bloody knife in his hand. Thus begins Tho Days Gone. This psychological thriller goes back and forth between Tom and sergeant Ryan DeMarco, a good friend of his. As in many other books in the same genre, this cop is not doing too well himself. His wife left him after the car accident that cost the life of their young son. So the Hustons’ tragedy hits home and doesn’t help Ryan to do his investigation in a detached way. It may even cause him to make some major and very dangerous mistakes… But his own wounds are also a great source of understanding and compassion. As Ryan tries to figure out what happened to Tom, he discovers his friend’s happiness was far from perfect. He had shadows in his past and for instance major sleep issues, related to the violent death of his parents. Believe it or not, I really enjoyed the character of Tom. As a novelist, he struggles with the fine line between reality and fiction (there are fabulous pages on the topic), sometimes seeing himself as a character in one of his novels. As Ryan goes further into his investigation, we discover many jealousies within the academic world, at the college where Tom was teaching. We meet also a special crowd of characters in a strip club: Tom had spent several evenings in one, as research background for the character of Annabel (based on Lolita) in his upcoming novel – entitled D, with 4 parts, like Two Days Gone itself. But was it the only reason he frequented that type of places? Lolita is only one of many literary references: Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Yeats, Samuel Butler, etc. Some chapters, like 49, were crazy suspenseful! And when you think you are done and you finally know all there was to the story, you are in for more extra twists! The one thing I really didn’t like was the unnecessary multitude of f* words. I’m glad there were not many at the very beginning and the book really grabbed me from the start. Otherwise I would have stopped, like I did with a very famous and supposedly great writer. Feeling assaulted with twenty f* words in the first couple of pages, I decided I would not read his book. If you are great at the art of writing, you should be able to find some variations on the theme. If your characters have such limited vocabulary, no thanks, I’ll go meet other more interesting people.
Iamlilu More than 1 year ago
Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis 4,5 Stars Two Days Gone is a psychological thriller. This is not my usual genre but the synopsis and the premise intrigued me. The story takes place in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania, an area that I am familiar with and therefore a comfort zone which, I think, contributed to how I felt about Sargent Ryan DeMarco and Professor Huston. DeMarco is a detective with multiple personal problems, alcohol abuse and a deteriorating career while Dr. Thomas Huston is a university professor and renowned author. I was totally drawn to Detective DeMarco and Professor Thomas Huston from the start. I got to know the characters slowly with each turning page. What is critical is that both of these men knew each other both professionally and personally. Detective DeMarco knew about crime, motives and he has the investigative and intuitive skills to solve his cases. He was methodical in his methods as he did not jump to conclusions nor did he rule out the obvious. Professor Huston, on the other hand, is a master storyteller of crime, passion and attuned to the fine details of the commission of crime and escape. He researched thoroughly by picking the brain of DeMarco in all aspects of crime and investigation. I guess you could say he learned from the best. This is indeed a cat and mouse game of hide and seek between these two men. DeMarco is faced with the possibility that his friend, is indeed, guilty of the most heinous crime imaginable and he has to find him and bring him to justice. DeMarco reminded me a little bit of Ironsides, Matlock and Columbo all rolled into one with his intuition, deduction and observation skills. Huston is a mastermind of crime, albeit, in books; but his research with DeMarco was thorough and it has paid off as he knows what to expect AND how to avoid capture. The game has begun… The barebones of the characters of DeMarco and Huston are quickly defined and are gradually developed throughout the story giving each character a multi dimensional and layered feel. Much of the this goes on inside their heads…the author put me inside their brain. I knew what they knew…or at least I thought I did. It was uncanny and admittedly, a bit scary and unnerving. The characters are, by far, the driving force of this book. The story is fast paced and I found myself quickly turning each page. References to Edgar Allan Poe and Nabokov’s Lolita added literary flair like icing on a cake. I felt I was brought into the story and actively participated by going back and fourth between DeMarco and Huston. I was in a quandary…in a way, rooting for both DeMarco and Huston. When an author can do that to you, it is phenomenal. The story is filled with false leads, twists and turns that it constantly keeps you on guard and guessing. The ending was totally unexpected…
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
I started this book a bit hesitantly as I'd read it was told from two POVs. I hate books told in alternating POVs so I was blown away when I realized that for a change this aspect didn't annoy the crap out of me. This book is dark, very dark and the viciousness of the murders were very disturbing, however, the story was so darn captivating that I read it in two sittings. I love a book that can keep me guessing until almost the very end. I wasn't sure of Huston's guilt or innocence and keep swinging in first one direction and then another. The police detective, DeMarco was as fascinating and engrossing as Huston. There were so many facets in his personality that I'm not sure which character, Huston or DeMarco, was more fascinating. The secondary characters were as well flushed out as the main characters and you find yourself weighing each to see if one of them could have possibly killed the Huston family. There are several twists and turns in this story that keeps you clutching your book for dear life and unable to go to bed until you read just a bit more. Just one more chapter and then one more till you realize you been up all night. At first, I thought this was a standalone novel but I kept seeing it listed as a Ryan Demarco Mystery so I sure hope we see more of this awesome detective or I'm really going to be disappointed.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Very good character development and a solid plot. I want to read the next in the Ryan Demarco series right now!
MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
Author and Professor Thomas Huston's family has just been found murdered in their own home and Thomas is no where to be found. Naturally, this makes him Detective Ryan DeMarco's number one suspect. DeMarco and Huston have a history together. DeMarco had recently helped Huston develop an understanding of police procedures for the novel he was working on. Now DeMarco can't understand how the man he thought to be a thoughtful, genuine, family man snapped and committed this terrible crime. After turning to Huston's writing journal for clues, DeMarco starts to piece together the mystery of what really happened to Claire Huston and their three children. Notes and rough outlines for his next book guide the Detective on a dangerous journey to uncovering the truth about who Thomas Huston really is, perpetrator or innocent victim. Alternating between DeMarco's investigation and Huston's narrative while on the run Randall Silvis has written a suspense filled story that will keep you guessing until the very last page. "Two Days Gone" may not be for all readers with graphic descriptions of crime scenes, strong language and some violence throughout but fans of thrillers/crime mysteries will find this one hard to put down.
Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
Very good. Recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed, enthralled by every word, will soon seek out more of this author's truly excellent work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will be looking for more by this author! Loved his writing style. Easy yet provoking and relatable characters. Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not stop till finished. Looking forward to reading more from Silvia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storytelling!
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Not as expected. Dense, overwrought with language where it appears the author like academia feel superior to the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I have read this author. Great story.
SarahJoint More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and would highly recommend it. I wasn't aware when I came across it that the author lives and teaches locally. That was intriguing enough, but he also based the novel in the same area. There was just something so neat about recognizing the bars and places mentioned, they're the same establishments I've visited! He described the city perfectly, a "season of surliness prevails" during the six months of bleak gray. While the personal touch added something extra, that's not the reason I rated this book five stars. It's perhaps the most literary mystery novel I've read lately. Beautifully and intelligently written, it deserves each one of those five stars. I usually burn through books in a day or less, but I savored this one. It's not a short read and not one to rush through. Author Thomas Huston is very well known in the small town he teaches in. To his students, he's a supportive and well-liked professor to look up to. To many others around the world, he's an amazing author. To his wife and kids, he's the perfect husband and father... until they're dead. His wife and three children are murdered, and he's fled the scene. He's led a seemingly admirable and successful life. What could possibly drive him to murder? Sergeant Ryan DeMarco doesn't have the perfect life anymore either. Once happy and in love, tragedy has touched him as well. Now he must chase Huston, a man he considered a friend. He's having a hard time wrapping his mind around the idea that Huston is the only suspect in the murder of his entire family and is now on the run. He starts to pour over Huston's notes for his novel in progress, hoping to find clues hidden in the thoughts the author scribbled down. He begins to find out surprising things about his friend that seem very suspicious... but does that make the man a murderer? I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Landmarks, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO. Good. I could NOT put this book down! I enjoy a great thriller novel and this one did not disappoint.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Told from the perspective of two men – one on the run and the other searching for him – the book was filled with suspense, mystery and darkness. Ryan DeMarco is the policeman on the case and also a friend, of sorts, to the man on the run - Thomas Huston . The murder of Huston’s entire family has caused him a bit of disassociation and a great deal of mental trauma – it has also created a target for him that he is intent on finding and also made him into a target. DeMarco spends his time trying to figure out the clues that will determine whether or not Huston was the perpetrator or a victim, too. The novel was long, detailed, and filled with characters, backstories and descriptions. It was a good story but not the best of this genre that I have read. There were a few surprises that made me lift the rating from a three to a four because I do like a book that makes me think or surprises me. My inability to relate to either DeMarco or Huston may have impacted my enjoyment of the book although it was well plotted and crafted. Thank you to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOK Landmarks for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3.5 Stars
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Well liked college professor and famous author Thomas Houston had turned to State Trooper Ryan DeMarco for police procedure for one of his novels The two men had become friends over the course of many meetings on this research. Then Thomas’s in laws go to his house and find their daughter and their three grandchildren one only a baby brutally murdered with Thomas no place to be found. Then it comes to light the last time Thomas was seen was walking down the road with a knife in his hand. So Thomas becomes the main suspect in these horrible murders. Ryan is given the investigation and starts the hunt to find Thomas. But Ryan finds it hard to believe Thomas did this. Ryan believed that Thomas cherished his family and had everything a man could ask for. It shows that Thomas did have his own demons: his mother was murdered while being in a hold up in their own store. Then Thomas's father committed suicide shortly thereafter as he couldn’t live without Thomas’s mother. The memories never really leave Thomas. Ryan understood how one night could tear your life apart when he , his wife, and their son had been in a terrible car accident ten years ago. Ryan and his wife survived but not their child. Ryan’s wife blamed Ryan and left him and was never the same nor was Ryan. One of Thomas’s students - Nathan- gave insight to what Thomas’s new novel was about. It was also proven Thomas didn’t murder his family as he was at work on his new novel. Ryan does look into other suspects while looking for Thomas. While on the run from the police Thomas alternated from the horror of what happened to his family to a shocked distance as he tries to track his course as if he were part of his novel. But Thomas is also desperately looking for food and shelter and someone he can trust. Ryan does find Thomas’s notes on his new novel and Ryan thinks he might know where Thomas is headed. I did enjoy this story a lot even though it was pretty dark. The writing was good. The characters seemed real and you felt like you were there with them. This had a very good plot. Although I will say the story dragged at times but for the most part that wasn’t the case. I didn’t like where Thomas was thinking about the oral sex he would never get again from his wife. Just didn’t really fit him or the story as far as I am concerned. But for the most part I really enjoyed this. I kept coming up with different scenarios and killers but I was wrong so you had to keep reading if only to find out who killed Thomas’s family and why.So i really liked the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.
ReadingGrrl More than 1 year ago
This is a book that keeps you guessing, just when you think you have it figured out you find out more information that leads you down a different path. I can usually always figure out movies or books but this one had me guessing. This is a dark book but the ending left me satisfied. This book alternates between being told by Huston whose family was brutally murdered and DeMarco the broken cop who hasn't been able to move forward since the death of his son. Both of these broken men take us on a very dark and brilliantly written path toward answers, though the answers for each may be different they both find their own sense of peace in the end. Wonderfully done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago