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RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is the author of seven novels, including the critically-acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series. The third novel in the series, Trail of Echoes, was published this past May and received a coveted Kirkus Star. A featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed ‘Crime in the City’ series, Rachel has also served as a mentor in AWP’s Writer to Writer Program and is currently on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Use these discussion questions to guide your next meeting.


Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.


What are the really small things that tell a lot about a person’s psychology and personality? Select one character and describe their personality.

Does the average person put on a fake personality? How can you tell if people are genuine?

Does Isabel want to be found? Why or why not?


And Now She's Gone

“Smart, razor-sharp....Full of wry, dark humor, this nuanced tale of two extraordinary women is un-put-downable.”

―Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“Smart, packed with dialogue that sings on the page, Hall’s novel turns the tables on our expectations at every turn, bringing us closer to truth than if it were forced on us in school.”

―Walter Mosley


“A fierce PI running from her own dark past chases a missing woman around buzzy LA. Breathlessly suspenseful, as glamorous as the city itself, And Now She’s Gone should be at the top of your must-read list.”

―Michele Campbell, bestselling author of A Stranger on the Beach.


“One of crime fiction’s leading writers at her very best. The final twist that will make you want to immediately turn back to page one and read it all over again. And Now She's Gone is a perfect blend of PI novel and psychological suspense that will have readers wanting more.”

―Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Award-winning author of Hollywood Homicide and Hollywood Ending


“Sharp, witty and perfectly paced, And Now She’s Gone is one hell of a read!”

―Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before


“Hall once again proves to be an accomplished maestro who has composed a symphony of increasing tension and near unbearable suspense. Rachel brilliantly reveals the bone and soul of our shared humanity and the struggle to contain the nightmares of human faults and failings. I am a fan, pure and simple.”

―Stephen Mack Jones, award-winning author of the August Snow thrillers