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.
Three and a half stars: A suspenseful mystery blended with an excellent coming of age story.
Flynn is stunned when he sees a police car in his driveway. Why are the police at his house? The police inform Flynn that his girlfriend, January, has been missing for several days. When was the last time he saw her? How was her mood? Flynn struggles to tell the police what happened that night. How can he be honest with the cops if he isn't completely honest with himself? Flynn quickly finds himself immersed in trying to find out what happened to January. The further he digs, the more he realizes that perhaps he wasn't the only one hiding things. Will Flynn find the truth about what happened to January?
What I Liked:
- Last Seen Leaving is a hard book to review without giving away too much. I will say that I loved the way the author handled the subject matter. This book blends a successful mystery with a coming of age story as a young man grapples with losing his friend and the truth about himself.
- Even though I was invested in the disappearance of January in the beginning, surprisingly, I quickly found myself enjoying the story line of Flynn coming to terms with his identity issues. I loved this story line so much. I liked seeing how everyone treated Flynn once he told the truth. I loved the positivity and the support he received from his parents and his friends. Yes, there were some hard moments, but it all worked out in the end. I thought the author did a wonderful job with the subject matter, and I so appreciated that it was handled in a positive way.
- The main story line regarding January's disappearance was well done. The more Flynn digs, he realizes that he didn't know January as well as he thought. January had lots of secrets and she wasn't honest with everyone around her. It was a bit confounding to learn that no one really knew January, but it did add to the suspense. There are lots of suspects and some big surprises. I admit, I was completely stunned by the final twist at the end.
- I loved that this book had a strong focus on family and friendships. Flynn's parents were wonderful. They stood by him and supported him through everything. I loved how understanding and positive they were. Flynn's friends, Micah and Tianna are also terrific. Micah has a few shaky moments, but he comes around. I especially enjoyed the friendship that Flynn formed with Kaz, even after they got off to a rocky start. I loved the positivity surrounding Flynn, if only January had had the same support system.
- The end was a shocker. Just when you think the dust has settled, there is a twist that I didn't see coming. I totally wasn't expecting that. After the final stunning reveal, everything is done up. No cliffhanger or nagging questions.
And The Not So Much:
- The reason I notched down my rating was because things started toeing the unbelievable line. Toward the end, the story begins reading like a cozy mystery. You get one of those story lines where the police are suddenly inept and unable to track down the culprit, and the case is suddenly solved by a bumbling amateur. That is what goes down in this one. I found it strained believability to have a fifteen year old crack the case and miss clues that the police should have looked into. It ruined the story for me. There were also a few things that seemed too convenient, like the text he gets at the end just at that moment. It was too far fetched.
- I also struggled a bit with the age of Flynn and January. They were supposedly fifteen, but they didn't come across as fifteen years old. They seemed older, more like seventeen or eighteen.
- I didn't like that I didn't have a clear picture of January. The more Flynn learns about her after she disappears the less he knows her. Plenty of sordid and ugly details come out, and the more I learned about her, the less I liked her. I wasn't sure who she was. By the end, I didn't like her much at all, which was a bad thing because I didn't care so much what happened to her. I wish she had been a more sympathetic character.
Last Seen Leaving is a book I would recommend because I loved the coming of age story, and the mystery. Flynn is a terrific main character who is struggling to comes to terms with his identity as he scrambles to learn the truth about January's disappearance. I liked the positivity and the strong focus on family and friends. This is a book to try if you want a good mystery. My only complaint is that the mystery was a bit unbelievable, but still worth reading.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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