Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

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Expected Publication: October 4th 2016

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

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. (Goodreads)

Note: I downloaded an ARC read now copy of this book from Netgalley. This in now way influences my opinion.

I had this book on my TBR for a while now – so when I saw a read now version of the book on Netgalley, I just had to get it! I mostly enjoyed this book, but there were parts that bugged me a little.

Flynn. I liked Flynn as a character. He seemed from the offset like an honest, good character, who had just made some poor decisions and struggled to come to terms with who he was. I like that the author decided to explore this sort of subject matter in a book like this because it doesn’t often happen. I also like the way that, despite what happened between January and Flynn, he still cared enough to try and find out what happened to her.

January bugged me… a lot. I sympathise with her about what happened to her, and I believe that no one should ever have to go through what she did. However, she was still a horrible horrible person. I thought she was two faced and a character who deliberately tried to make her life hell. The people around her who treated her the way that she did, didn’t help, but she still took things way too far!

I had guessed around 70% of the way through, who had done what they had done and what the ending would be. However, up until that point, my brain was reeling! When some of the facts came out, I literally just sat there with a sort of dumb expression like… what the heck did I just read?!? This is obviously important for a mystery book! Despite the fact that I had guessed what had happened, it in no way dampened the ending of the book! it was so satisfying it is unreal.

The style of writing changed at the beginning of the book. Throughout the first chapter or so, the writing was dry and it felt kind of wrong for me – but by the second chapter the writing style itself had changed. I don’t know if this is just me, or if I am reading things completely wrong, but it definitely changed for me.

I think the plot flowed quite nicely. When there wasn’t one problem to deal with in the January thing, there was another thing in Flynn’s personal life… which kept things moving. Whilst the love interest was cute and I totally ship them, it didn’t distract from the main issue of the book. I also liked the different reactions to Flynn’s confession because it is so true to real life! Some people just sort of deal with it, while others have to get their heads around it, before they can move on. I felt a little sorry for Flynn, but I like the way the author kept it true to real life.

I enjoyed this book overall, with a few minor issues. I look forward to reading more from this author! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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