The Gone Dead

The Gone Dead

An electrifying first novel from ?a riveting new voice in American fiction? (George Saunders): A young woman returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father?s life and death Billie James?s inheritance isn?t much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who die An electrifying first novel from ?a riveting new voice in American fiction? (George Saunders): A young ...

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Title:The Gone Dead
Author:Chanelle Benz
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0062490699
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:295 pages pages

The Gone Dead Reviews

  • Jan Thullen
    Dec 22, 2018
    Pub date 6/19 (ARC) 4-1/2 ? Billie returns to her birthplace on the Mississippi Delta after 30 years away. After her father, a poet and activist, died in an apparent accidental fall, she lived with her mother, far away from what was left of her father?s family. The fact that she...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jul 11, 2019
    Just ok. I felt there were too many extraneous characters and the plot was not very original. 2.5? Just ok. I felt there were too many extraneous characters and the plot was not very original. 2.5?? ...more ...
  • ☮Karen
    Jul 09, 2019
    3.5 stars. I thought this started out strong with an intriguing hook. When Billie travels to her birthplace in rural Mississippi, where she's inherited her grandmother's house, she learns that the night her father died, she herself was reported missing, a time that she has no recoll...
  • Amy Pickett
    Jul 19, 2019
    The Gone Dead checks so many squares on my personal Book Bingo board -- a mystery from the past that hasn't been satisfactorily solved, a hometown return (especially one involving a rundown, inherited house), multiple perspectives, the "longing and water and ghosts" of the deep South ....
  • Angie
    Jun 16, 2019
    Full review can be found here: https://www.criminalelement.com/book-... ...
  • Rachel Rooney
    Jul 25, 2019
    After her grandmother's death, Billie James returns to the Mississippi Delta to claim her inheritance of $5000 and a shack. It is her first time back since shortly after her father's death when she was 4. While she is there, she starts to look into her father's death. Locals claim it w...
  • Kelli
    Jul 28, 2019
    I spent one long, hot summer in the Mississippi Delta back in the mid-Eighties. My Boston accent and northern roots made it impossible for me to blend in, and the fact that it was less than twenty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King was completely lost on me at the time...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 14, 2019
    A debut novel of history and family in the Mississippi delta. Billie, her father found dead in what was called an accident when she was four, returns to the Delta in what she hopes is a short visit. Her mother recently gone as well, she wants to see, what is basically little more than ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    May 01, 2019
    The Southern mystery with a strong sense of place is not a new genre, but it is a mostly white one. It's wonderful to see Chanelle Benz join the field with THE GONE DEAD, which feels like it belongs with other Mississippi-set modern work from writers like Jesmyn Ward and Kiese Laymon. ...
  • Veronica
    Feb 10, 2019
    I haven't read Chanelle's short story collection but after reading this, I think I need to go back and rectify that. ...
  • Wren
    Jul 28, 2019
    This book started off beautifully, but it just lost steam nearly halfway through. The multiple points of view were interesting at first,but got dry,and lifeless as the story got further along. I think that if the story stuck more with the beautiful,lyrical,harsh descriptions of the Del...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    May 20, 2019
    Billie James returns to the Mississippi Delta after a thirty year absence. After her mother's recent death, she's inherited her father's old home that has set vacant for so long it's little more than a shack. All that Billie knows is that when she was four years old her father Clif...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Jun 04, 2019
    Full review to follow. ...
  • Doreen
    Jul 17, 2019
    This book was a disappointment. I was expecting a mystery with some focus on serious issues, but there is no real mystery, just people not wanting to discuss the past and confront racial injustice. After an absence of three decades, Billie James returns to the Mississippi Delta. She...
  • Linda
    Aug 06, 2019
    C'mon now..... The Gone Dead takes you by the hand and slow walks you through the uneven roads of the Mississippi Delta. At first, you feel a distant beckoning and the weight of the humid air bogging down on you as you near the swampy creeks. And then comes the rapid motion of that ...
  • Sue
    Jun 24, 2019
    I loved this debut novel set in the Delta. I'm a big fan of stories set in this area. It seems like the characters tend to be so different yet similar to many I know. The setting is moody, prejudicial and relations with outsiders can be viewed with suspicion. This is what Billie encoun...
  • Gerry
    Jul 11, 2019
    I'm not sure how I stumbled onto this novel by an author who's new to me, but I'm glad I did. Benz writes well, and develops her characters and story line in realistic fashion. In The Gone Dead, a young Philadelphia woman, born of a white mother and a black father in Mississippi in the...
  • Paris (parisperusing)
    Feb 18, 2019
    If Jesmyn Ward and Gillian Flynn came together on a novel, it would surely look like this. In Chanelle Benz's debut novel, The Gone Dead, one biracial woman's return to the Mississippi Delta threatens to unearth secrets of her father?s life and death which have long since been bur...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Jul 08, 2019
    Read the whole thing in a day because I couldn't put it down. This is a literary mystery set in Mississippi about a woman who returns to her father's hometown to find out the truth about his death. Officially it was ruled an accident, but the reaction of locals (including her own famil...
  • Faith
    Jul 27, 2019
    In 2002 when Billie inherits the house in which her father Clifton died 30 years before, she returns to Mississippi and discovers that his death had not been as straight forward as it appeared. Clifton had been a well known black poet and was divorced from his white wife Pia. Billie wa...
  • Nick Gardner
    Feb 07, 2019
    Chanelle Benz is a literary acrobat. Her writing style can be blunt or flowery. The prose flowed beautifully and this book was perfectly paced, quick to read, easy to understand, while still playing with words and colloquialism. Knowing Benz from her short fiction, I had no idea for ...
  • Ramona Mead
    Aug 03, 2019
    This novel is labeled as a thriller, which I suppose is accurate, though it is so much more. There's a mystery at the center: Billie James returns to the small Mississippi town of her birth, hoping to learn the truth about her father's mysterious death. This is a beautifully written n...
  • Susan
    Jun 29, 2019
    As a white Canadian I often feel woefully ignorant about racism, especially the kind of entrenched hate that grew out of slavery in the American South. Books like this are a real eye opener. The reality is so infuriating and ignorant that it is difficult to comprehend. The Gone Dead is...
  • Chaya Nebel
    May 05, 2019
    This novel is a mix of a mystery/crime novel, with the protagonist trying to solve the mystery of what happened to her father 30 years ago, and an exploration of race in the deep south, with its abiding racism 30 years ago, with lingering effects into the present. It's a little slow mo...
  • Jamie Canaves
    Jul 02, 2019
    Southern Lit With Past Mystery (TW past child abuse/ suicide/ dog harmed?you?ll see it coming and it?s skippable) I took a Southern lit course in college I loved so I gravitated toward this one RUL fast. Billie James returns to Mississippi for the first time since childhood af...
  • Nicole
    Apr 12, 2019
    I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Review to come soon. ...
  • Aria
    May 03, 2019
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Dnf in the middle of p. 28, after trying 3 different times to get through this book. It's bloody awful. Literally from the 1st words I was rearranging these so-called sentences & paragraphs so they might make some...
  • Brenda Scanzillo
    May 10, 2019
    A slowly unwinding Southern mystery, I enjoyed The Gone Dead quite a bit - with some caveats. Benz?s story - Billie, in her 30s, inherits the house where her father died and she went briefly missing when she was four, and starts barking up the wrong white-supremacist tree as comes to...
  • Elizabeth Willis
    Nov 06, 2018
    Just when I leave the South, I'm suddenly in this trend of reading the best Southern fiction I've ever encountered. There's so much brilliance here. ...
  • Angela Greene
    Jul 31, 2019
    An engaging mystery, poignant historical facts, and contemporary relevance- this book has it all. ...