Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Publication: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Fiction, Teens
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I picked up Last Seen Leaving with a lot of expectations on how I thought the book was going to go. Author Caleb Roerhig pulled a fast one on me, though, because it was not exactly what I had thought but I enjoyed it. Last Seen Leaving offers a lot of twists and turns, hidden secrets, and multiple story lines.
The story mostly follows Flynn as he tries to find out what happen to his girlfriend January as she is missing. Along the way Flynn learns a lot about himself, his relationships, January’s secrets, and ultimately faces a lot of evils. While I enjoyed the twists and turns, there were a few things I was not thrilled about in this book. One was the way Roerhig left certain story lines hanging. Some of the details didn’t match up or make sense. I felt there were these background story lines that were started, but never wrapped up, or wrapped up in a way that didn’t feel like closure. Also, there were moments when it felt like the story was just being filled with words to make it longer. It didn’t flow as well. The story over all was good, but there were moments it stalled a bit. Then it would jump right back into the suspense. It was those suspense moments that pulled me back in.
Last Seen Leaving is a unique book, as I have not read anything similar. It has a “Gone Girl” vibe to it but definitely stands on it’s own. Even with the hanging story lines and stalled moments, I still thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I will definitely pick up more work from Roerhig as he releases it. I can’t turn away from more truly suspenseful, keeps you on the edge of your seat stories with shocking twists to wrap it up. Four out of five stars for Last Seen Leaving.
Pick up your copy of Last Seen Leaving on October 4th when it releases on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It will also be available in your nearest bookstore. Make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads. Make sure to leave feedback for the author when you are finished!