Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: 4 October, 2016
Genre: Teen, YA, Mystery, Suspense-Thriller
The relationship between Flynn and enigmatic January keeps getting weirder and more strained, but when she goes missing, Flynn is driven to find her. As he uncovers more and more reasons to suspect foul play, he also discovers the awkwardness between them was not simply a result of her baffling secret life, but that his own secrets played a crucial part not just in the failure of their romance, but in her disappearance as well. When her bloody clothes are found in a field, Flynn is forced to face brutal reality. Instead of giving up, it forces him to take desperate new risks to find out the shocking truth.
A tense and suspenseful thriller, good to the end. Definitely early YA, with a sixteen year old protagonist, but anyone can enjoy it because it is obvious the author believes that his audience is mature and intelligent, and he does not patronize.
I enjoyed the mystery as it unfolded, and was surprised by some turns and not surprised by others. The ending was a nice pop of the unexpected. The romance light and sweet. Roerhig is a talented author and this decent book did not seem like the pinnacle of his abilities, so I’ll be keeping an eye on him!
A review copy was received from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.