After reading the initial back copy, I was a little hesitant to request Last Seen Leaving, but I’m so glad that I did.
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.
Imagine coming home and finding the police at your house to tell you that your recently ex-girlfriend is missing. The same one who’s been avoiding your calls and texts for a solid week. Because that’s how Flynn’s story starts.
I immediately felt sympathetic toward Flynn, which is a huge bonus. In other mysteries I have reviewed I was thrust out of the story simply because I could not feel for the narrative character. Simply not the case with Flynn who genuinely cares about his missing ex-girlfriend, January.
I loved that we uncovered January’s story slowly. New stepdad, new school, new issues in her relationship, but also many, many lies. You may remember the last mystery I attempted gave me all the back story right up front. Simply not the case with Last Seen Leaving. Seriously, ten out of ten points on the set-up and execution of the plot.
As with all great books, the outward journey is just surface value and the real one takes place within. Last Seen Leaving is also about Flynn’s ability to accept himself. And in order for me to discuss that fully, I simply can’t tell you much about it without spoiling what I think everyone should be reading.
Perhaps the only un-enjoyable thing about Last Seen Leaving, was the constant use of the word “dude.” And also January’s name. Girl has some cruel parents.
I definitely think everyone should give this a try.