Two Days Gone

Two Days Gone

A literary page-turner about a beloved college professor accused of murdering his entire family, and one small-town cop's dangerous search for answers.Thomas Huston, a beloved professor and bestselling author, is something of a local hero in the small Pennsylvania college town where he lives and teaches. So when Huston's wife and children are found brutally murdered in the...

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Title:Two Days Gone
Author:Randall Silvis
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ISBN:1492639737
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:394 pages

Two Days Gone Reviews

  • Meredith
    Dec 13, 2016

    There’s a darkness that pervades

    . Not only in the horrible events that occur--a man’s family is brutally murdered, but also in the characters and the setting of northwestern Pennsylvania.. The water is dark, the woods hide a murderer, and a grayness fills the sky eliminating all signs of warmth and color. The author’s use of descriptive details and imagery brought the dark, eerie setting alive and transported me into this book, which was not a comfortable place to be.

    Thomas Huston,

    There’s a darkness that pervades

    . Not only in the horrible events that occur--a man’s family is brutally murdered, but also in the characters and the setting of northwestern Pennsylvania.. The water is dark, the woods hide a murderer, and a grayness fills the sky eliminating all signs of warmth and color. The author’s use of descriptive details and imagery brought the dark, eerie setting alive and transported me into this book, which was not a comfortable place to be.

    Thomas Huston, renowned author and college professor, was living the perfect life: “The perfect family. The perfect life”, all destroyed in an instant: “All gone now. Snap your fingers five times, that’s how long it took. Five soft taps on the door. Five steel-edged scrapes across the tender flesh of night.” Huston’s wife, two sons, and daughter have been murdered and the “perfect man” has fled from the scene of the crime, hiding out in the woods.

    The community is in shock. No one believed that this perfect man was capable of committing such a crime. Why would the man who was living the perfect life kill his family? Sergeant Ryan DeMarco, who is battling his own demons, also is in a state of disbelief that Huston could do such a thing. The two men formed a bond when Huston was doing research for a book. DeMarco leads the investigation, trying to uncover the reason why this crime occurred.

    Two Days Gone is more of a character study of Huston and DeMarco, and the focus is on events that tie them together vs. the mystery of whether or not Huston killed his family.

    This was a really interesting reading experience for me. At times, I felt like I had to force myself to to continue reading. There was something about it that I wasn’t connecting with and I felt like the darkness was pushing me away. Now that I have finished, I feel differently. This book and characters have stayed with me, and I continue to think about DeMarco and Huston.

    I would definitely recommend

    --the characters are complex, the sentences are finely crafted, and DeMarco is a likable main character. Just be prepared for the darkness.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Esil
    Dec 04, 2016

    3.75 stars. I agree with a few other GR reviewers that Two Days Gone starts off really strong but then loses a bit of momentum. But I thought it came together pretty well in the end. Two Days Gone starts with the murder of a mother and her three children. Set in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, it is told from the point of view of the children's father -- a bestselling author and English professor -- and the police officer charged with solving the case. Both are interesting troubled men. I

    3.75 stars. I agree with a few other GR reviewers that Two Days Gone starts off really strong but then loses a bit of momentum. But I thought it came together pretty well in the end. Two Days Gone starts with the murder of a mother and her three children. Set in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, it is told from the point of view of the children's father -- a bestselling author and English professor -- and the police officer charged with solving the case. Both are interesting troubled men. I won't say much more to avoid spoilers, but I will emphasize again that the set up is really strong. This is very much a literary mystery/thriller. Silvis is an excellent writer, and he throws in plenty of good literary references. The characters are interesting, and his take on relationships is not simplistic. The story deflated for me toward the middle when it took a few turns that felt quite ordinary and the plot line got a bit slack, but then the end picked up again with a good twist and satisfying closure. Two Days Gone makes for a good read and I would be happy to try Silvis' next book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

  • Taryn
    Dec 22, 2016

    I'm beginning to think that I have a bias against books centered around college professors! (See also:

    ,

    ) I didn't dislike

    . I just couldn't get into it. The writing was lovely, but the story and characters were just okay for me.

    Tom Huston's wife and three young children were stabbed to death and he's on the run. Could the beloved college professor and bestselling author have slaughtered his family? Sergeant Ryan DeMarco leads the se

    I'm beginning to think that I have a bias against books centered around college professors! (See also:

    ,

    ) I didn't dislike

    . I just couldn't get into it. The writing was lovely, but the story and characters were just okay for me.

    Tom Huston's wife and three young children were stabbed to death and he's on the run. Could the beloved college professor and bestselling author have slaughtered his family? Sergeant Ryan DeMarco leads the search for the missing professor. Perhaps Tom’s latest manuscript holds the answers to this mystery? The investigation takes DeMarco from the campus of Tom's university to seedy strip clubs.

    calls this book a

    , so I'm assuming it will eventually be part of a series. DeMarco is the character we spend the most time with. He was the inspiration for one of Tom's fictional characters, so they had previously become acquainted during Tom's research. DeMarco is disdainful of academics, but he immediately identified with Tom despite their many differences. He is shocked when the picture perfect Huston family is found murdered, presumably by Tom's hand.

    The banter between DeMarco and his boss (his former subordinate) at the station was sometimes amusing, but I felt like I'd missed an earlier book in a series. I liked DeMarco most when he was doing fieldwork because the investigative interviews allowed me to know Tom from different perspectives. The two worlds that Tom was traveling between couldn't have been more different: (1) a university campus filled with grudges and professors fighting to make a name for themselves & (2) the strip club with tight-lipped employees who would rather stay off the grid.

    DeMarco suffers from a lonely and empty home life.

    He and his wife Laraine separated after the tragic death of their only child. Laraine lives in a cottage where she entertains random lovers. DeMarco sits outside her home and watches, occasionally becoming one of his wife's nighttime visitors. (Their story would have been right at home in Roxane Gay's

    !)

    When we first encounter Tom Huston, he has just disposed of a large knife and is on the run.

    He decides to contact the mysterious Annabel, the only person who can help him piece together what happened.

    The death of Tom's entire family was objectively horrifying, but I never got a real sense of Tom as a family man so

    The humanizing parts where there (victim intros and the Huston/DeMarco interviews), but I wasn't completely sold--maybe because the family was just a little too perfect. At round 75% there’s a picture of family life which gave me inklings of emotion, but it was already too late.

    She felt more like wish fulfillment than a real-life person. The most interesting thing about her was that she and Tom used to spend nights in abandoned buildings,

    I was rolling my eyes by the time she murmurs

    Since what makes a character and their relationships compelling differs for everyone, I'm going to end with links to two positive reviews from

    and

    .

  • Ashley
    Dec 08, 2016

    It's rare that I come across a book I enjoy reading simply because of the way the author has strung together words as much as I did this one. I found myself pausing to appreciate a sentence more than once, and I have to admit that I am envious of the author's talent.

    Thrillers are one of my favorite genres; so, it wasn't surprising that a story with a mysterious synopsis would capture my attention. I really enjoyed the way the book was told from two points of view: the professor accused of murde

    It's rare that I come across a book I enjoy reading simply because of the way the author has strung together words as much as I did this one. I found myself pausing to appreciate a sentence more than once, and I have to admit that I am envious of the author's talent.

    Thrillers are one of my favorite genres; so, it wasn't surprising that a story with a mysterious synopsis would capture my attention. I really enjoyed the way the book was told from two points of view: the professor accused of murder and the detective hunting him down. I always feel this makes plot lines more interesting because the back and forth keeps the momentum going and keeps me turning the pages.

    This story was very enjoyable and entertaining for the majority of the book. Somewhere around three-fourths of the way through, however, it started to drag for me a bit. The book could have ended a little sooner for my personal tastes. I felt the ending was too long and a bit contrived. Overall, however, this was a very enjoyable read, and I will be looking for more books from this author in the future.

    I would like to thank Randall Silvis, Sourcebooks Landmark, and NetGalley for providing me with an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cheri
    Aug 10, 2016

    ! NOW AVAILABLE !

    In writing a novel, writers may research different places, people, professions. While working on his best-seller, Thomas Huston had conferred with state trooper Ryan DeMarco about legal aspects, criminal behavior and related topics. They became friendly over the course of many of these meetings,. Ryan DeMarco can’t quite make himself believe that Huston has killed his family, this family DeMarco believed he so cherished. He had everything, why would he do that? And where is Tho

    ! NOW AVAILABLE !

    In writing a novel, writers may research different places, people, professions. While working on his best-seller, Thomas Huston had conferred with state trooper Ryan DeMarco about legal aspects, criminal behavior and related topics. They became friendly over the course of many of these meetings,. Ryan DeMarco can’t quite make himself believe that Huston has killed his family, this family DeMarco believed he so cherished. He had everything, why would he do that? And where is Thomas?

    Huston’s been working on a new novel, which may or may not hold some clues to his state of mind, give DeMarco something to probe, but are there answers there? Huston’s also a college professor with students and co-workers. Student affair? Professional jealousy? And where is the novel he was working on?

    Thomas Huston is a man with his own demons, though, his mother brutally murdered during a holdup in their little store, his father, unable to live without her, with the memories, takes his own life soon thereafter. As happy or content as he may be now, these memories never really leave.

    “He understood how a single event could shred a privileged life, leave it tattered and flapping in the black gales of night.”

    Ryan DeMarco also has his own demons, his son and wife gone – a tragic car accident which both Ryan and his wife survived, only to lose the one thing that tethered them to each other. This haunts him still.

    A student of Huston’s, Nathan, is helpful in giving insights into what Huston’s new novel-in-progress was about, a Lolita-like character merged with Poe’s Annabelle Lee who is young and hopeful, an exotic dancer? Perhaps. In the name of research Huston went in search of the one to build his Annabelle from. And, also in the name of research, DeMarco follows in an attempt to find a girl who Huston might have viewed as his muse.

    There were parts of “Two Days Gone” which I loved, but there was so much of this that I “knew” from fairly early on in the story to take some of the thrill out, but by this point in the story there were enough other avenues involved that kept my attention. I enjoyed the various forks in the road taken. I was entertained. The writing was atmospheric, the prose often lovely.

    Pub Date: 1 Jan 2017

    Many thanks to Source Books Landmark, NetGalley, and to Randall Silvis for providing me with an advanced copy.

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Aug 22, 2016

    Frankly, I thought that Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvas, was of two minds and that the author couldn't decide which one he was choosing to write with, in what became a rambling affair of a novel.

    The lyrical introduction and breadth of character ascribed to both Professor and novelist Tom Huston and the defeated detective Ryan DeMarco grabbed me by the throat as soon as I opened the book. I forgave awkward dialogue in the police station with the useless character of boss Bowen since I was so in

    Frankly, I thought that Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvas, was of two minds and that the author couldn't decide which one he was choosing to write with, in what became a rambling affair of a novel.

    The lyrical introduction and breadth of character ascribed to both Professor and novelist Tom Huston and the defeated detective Ryan DeMarco grabbed me by the throat as soon as I opened the book. I forgave awkward dialogue in the police station with the useless character of boss Bowen since I was so intent on pursuing the ravaging mystery and intense depths of the first two men.

    Bereft, Huston runs from police. Alternating between agony over the murder of his family and a shocked psychological distance where he tracks his course as if he is the protagonist in one of his novels, it is Tom's intent to find the woman who will point to the murderer. The prose is dark and dramatic, heart rending. I, meanwhile, am thinking that I've been introduced to a virtuoso storyteller, similar to my favourite famous Southern writers, those who bend words and wring emotions.

    Full stop.

    " He wanted Claire’s body against him again, wanted her breasts crushed against his chest, wanted his dick in her mouth, wanted to taste her pussy and to feel her body rocking against him wave after wave. He wanted all of it and he would never have any of it ever again. Only a man like Thomas Huston deserved those things. Who he was now, he did not know."

    I did not know this character either. He had nothing to do with the desperate man who had just a paragraph prior been bleeding his pain through the page. He wanted HIS DICK SUCKED?

    Randall Silvis' characters and I suffered a parting of the ways from that point on. From depth, the novel dived into sleeze, stripper joints, lap dances and hookers displacing earlier nuance, instead meant to approximate the noir grittiness of a hard line detective oeuvre. The promising beginning was beguiling, not sustained and Silvis could not bring himself to give us a good dose of Southern redemption for those most fragile heroes. I tiredly read the conclusion, and thought, "Who cares?" Randall Silvis, you shouldn't have shown me that you could write like a genius, and then mid-book give up your pen to a publisher's flack.

    The hard landing after such a heady lift off as I began Two Days Gone may have predisposed my review to be a bit harsher than it should have been, but I really was disappointed.

    ARC from NetGalley, SourceLandmark Publishing Jan. 2017

  • Liz
    Dec 01, 2016

    A college professor supposedly snaps and kills his entire family before taking off on the lam. Ryan's DeMarco, the state trooper searching for him, is a recent friend, having helped the professor with research on his most recent published novel. The mystery dwells on the man hunt with flashbacks to each man’s life. It's well written but at times I wished it were faster paced. The author gives in depth descriptions of each man’s mental state. When Thomas is on the run, he writes “something had ha

    A college professor supposedly snaps and kills his entire family before taking off on the lam. Ryan's DeMarco, the state trooper searching for him, is a recent friend, having helped the professor with research on his most recent published novel. The mystery dwells on the man hunt with flashbacks to each man’s life. It's well written but at times I wished it were faster paced. The author gives in depth descriptions of each man’s mental state. When Thomas is on the run, he writes “something had happened to his concept of time. Time had been shattered and broken, some of the pieces melted together, others wholly lost. Ten minutes might carry the pain of a month, two days nothing more than a sliver of glass in the corner of his eye”. Thomas’s confused mental state makes for some difficult reading. And Thomas is so detached, it's hard to feel sympathy for him. Or would I have liked him more if his novel in progress wasn't so pretentious?

    DeMarco is also a wounded soul. His young son died in a car accident and that event caused the failure of his marriage. As he tries to understand what might have caused his friend to murder his entire family, he flashes back on his own life. His search for Thomas is an odd one, concentrating on Thomas’s new work in progress. He's a well written character and all my interest lay with him.

    The book finishes with a strong ending. My thanks to netgalley and Surcebooks Landmark for an advance copy of this book

  • Norma
    Dec 13, 2016

    I have never read anything by RANDALL SILVIS before and I thought that TWO DAYS GONE was a fairly good murder mystery/thriller with aspects of it written like a literary fiction novel. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and the narrative throughout this story as it was very interesting and entertaining, which is actually what made me appreciate this book so much more.

    The story was told in two different points of view that of Thomas Huston a writer and professor who was accused of murder

    I have never read anything by RANDALL SILVIS before and I thought that TWO DAYS GONE was a fairly good murder mystery/thriller with aspects of it written like a literary fiction novel. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and the narrative throughout this story as it was very interesting and entertaining, which is actually what made me appreciate this book so much more.

    The story was told in two different points of view that of Thomas Huston a writer and professor who was accused of murder and Detective Ryan DeMarco who was tracking him down. I actually really enjoyed both of these characters; they were funny, witty, and a bit sarcastic with each of them dealing with their own personal struggles.

    The story unravels slowly as we follow along with Detective DeMarco's investigation, learning all the different facts and sides of the people involved. You can't help but feel for Huston that there must be a reasonable explanation for his actions.

    It was an interesting, enjoyable, steady-paced, quick and easy read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!!

    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.

  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 08, 2017

    3.5 A wife and mother, three children found murdered. Suspect, husband, college professor, successful author. Things seemed perfect in their lives, happy,, complete as a family, could there be a hidden darkness to the man? Is he capable of this horrific act?

    DiMarco, a man marred by his own private sadness, is given the case. The professor was a friend and he is not convinced by his guilt. In alternating narratives we hear from DiMarco, learning his tragic back story in the process, and the suspe

    3.5 A wife and mother, three children found murdered. Suspect, husband, college professor, successful author. Things seemed perfect in their lives, happy,, complete as a family, could there be a hidden darkness to the man? Is he capable of this horrific act?

    DiMarco, a man marred by his own private sadness, is given the case. The professor was a friend and he is not convinced by his guilt. In alternating narratives we hear from DiMarco, learning his tragic back story in the process, and the suspected killer, now on the run.

    Starts out strong, but then there was some dialogue that seemed out of place, not fitting the circumstances and the author almost lost me there. DiMarco saved it for me, I just loved his character, this police officer that needs all the answers, asks questions, follows his own rules, but a bit deeper than the regular renegade officer. Along the way we are privy to some of the artistic elements of putting together a book, thought processes. There is an underlying sadness to many of the characters and the tone of the book is often melancholy.

    So the strength of a character made this an better read for me than I initially expected, along with a few plot twists. Appreciated the end, and DiMarco's realizations and actions taken in his personal life.

    ARC from Librarything.

  • Kaceey
    Mar 27, 2017

    A grisly murder of an entire family. Now the husband, a best-selling author is on the run. Is it even conceivable that he’s responsible for this horrid crime? Is he running because of guilt? Or is he tagged as the next victim?

    Thomas Huston is a College Professor and best-selling author. His wife and three children are discovered dead in their home from vicious, devastating knife wounds. Huston himself is nowhere to be found. Hiding out.

    Detective DeMarco, a friend and confidant is in charge of t

    A grisly murder of an entire family. Now the husband, a best-selling author is on the run. Is it even conceivable that he’s responsible for this horrid crime? Is he running because of guilt? Or is he tagged as the next victim?

    Thomas Huston is a College Professor and best-selling author. His wife and three children are discovered dead in their home from vicious, devastating knife wounds. Huston himself is nowhere to be found. Hiding out.

    Detective DeMarco, a friend and confidant is in charge of the investigation. He is obliged to follow the clues where ever they may lead… even if that points to his old friend Huston. To aid in the investigation, DeMarco cleverly uses excerpts from Huston's own novels to get in the mind of Huston...either a killer or the last victim.

    When does a novel become reality? Where do the lines blur between the written word and an author’s brutal reality?

    “Had the writer become the character?”

    It is heavyhearted. Even borderline depressing. Can a thriller actually be depressing? The characters are all sad and tragic souls, all fighting their own personal demons. Searching for redemption and perhaps a second chance at anything resembling a normal life. Certainly not a book to rush through. It's a slow read that builds in tension. A well-executed dark thriller.