Saturday, October 1, 2016

ARC Review: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (October 4, 2016)

Description: Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking question 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.

My Thoughts: This story was a real page-turner for me. I couldn't put it down. Flynn finds out that his girlfriend January is missing when the police come to his door. Their relationship had become strained when her mother married a rising politician and moved January to a swanky private school. When Flynn last saw her in an old abandoned barn that was their place, she pressured him for sex and he refused. Seems Flynn is conflicted about his sexuality. Since he was in eighth grade has wondered if he was gay. He is still in denial when this story begins.

Gay or not, Flynn was in love with January and determined to find out what happened to her. As he begins investigating, he learns that January has been telling different stories depending on who she was talking to. When he meets Kaz at the toy store where January meets, he learns that Kaz is not the guy trying to break up Flynn and January's relationship in hopes that January would turn to him. In fact, Kaz is gay himself.

Flynn has lots of suspects in January's disappearance. He is particularly fond of the idea that it was something her stepfather, the potential senator, did. But if it wasn't him, the senator's deadbeat son with anger management issues makes a good second suspect. Maybe it was even January's mother who looks on January's disappearance as something that happened just to cause her trouble.

Flynn learns a lot about himself as he searches for answers to the question of what happened to January. I thought this was a fast paced thriller that would keep any mystery reader engrossed.

Favorite Quote:
"Ah, young love." The white-haired lady interrupted out banter with a wistful sigh. "So beautiful, and so darn weird."
I got this ARC from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

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