Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Posted October 11, 2016 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

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last-seen-leavingFlynn’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’m not normally a huge fan of thrillers, but I really enjoyed Caleb Roehrig’s Last Seen Leaving. Here’s what I liked about it:

1. Good pacing. The book is fast-paced and the plot moved swiftly, with plenty of new reveals and twists along the way to keep me interested.

2. Genuine mystery. One of the reasons I don’t like thrillers much is that I’m usually able to guess the final reveal long before it’s revealed, so the book starts to feel sluggish to me, because I’m just like, Get on with it already! But that was NOT the case with Last Seen Leaving. I genuinely could not figure out where it was going, and what would happen. Sure, I suspected the bad guy — but we were meant to suspect him, and the ultimate twist was a real surprise!

3. It was funny! I can’t say that about most thrillers, but Caleb has such an endearing sense of humor and wittiness about him, and that’s conveyed throughout the book in his writing style. The banter and interactions between Flynn and the other characters provided some of my favorite moments.

4. An adorable romance. Though not the main plot of the book, there is a really sweet romance woven into the storyline — and these were just so darn wonderful. Flynn’s still figuring things out for himself as he fumbles along, but oh! I adored this pairing.

Witty, surprisingly romantic, and filled with unexpected twists, Last Seen Leaving is in stores now.

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Sara | Novel Novice
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