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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ARC Review: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig


Please Note:  I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This does not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From GoodReads):
Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

I must say that usually I do not read mystery novels.  I often find them too predictable and cheesy.  But after I read The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins, I've been much more enthusiastic about this genre.  I found Last Seen Leaving, by Caleb Roehrig to be fun, suspenseful and, once I started it, I could not put it down.

What I Liked:
Characters:  Flynn and January are high school sophomores who have finally taken their long friendship to the next level.  But their new romantic relationship has a host of problems:  January transfers to a new school and seems to be distancing herself from Flynn.  When he tries to make plans with her, she makes excuses that she must work, or has play practice.  When they do get together, they fight.

I love how there are so many things happening all at once in this book.  January's complicated family and social life are slowly revealed as she goes missing.  Flynn also is pressured into a major life change once his girlfriend goes missing and the police start asking him tough questions.

As the book progresses, we see many people who didn't like January at all such as her politician step-father, creepy step-brother, and her new classmates.  But could any of these people actually have wanted to harm her?  

I love how Flynn, feeling guilty for being a terrible boyfriend, starts his own quest to see what happened to January.  Did she run away?  Was she kidnapped?  Murdered?  As her boyfriend, Flynn is in a unique position to know more than the police and find connections they may have missed.  But is Flynn also a suspect?

The twists and turns in this book made me so invested in the outcome that at times I had to put the book down and breath because the suspense was unbearable.  


Once I calmed down, I immediately dove back in to see what had happened.

What I didn't Like: 


If you love mystery and suspense, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.  It was a quick read that I couldn't put down with an ending that was riveting.  I hope this author writes more books soon so I can devour them as well.




Release Date:  October 4th, 2016

Genre:  YA Mystery

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  ARC E-book

Recommendation:  A fast-paced mystery with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.  If you enjoy this genre, you will love it.
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1 comment :

  1. I read this last week after seeing the author on a Fierce Reads tour panel. I was really impressed--I DO read a lot of mysteries & thrillers but usually find YA books in that genre to be merely okay. This one was terrific, both in the plot itself and in creating characters I got really invested in.


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