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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu, Anne Greenwood Brown
Published by Albert Whitman and Company on March 1, 2016
Genres: Friendship, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
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Kadence Mulligan's star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren's vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady's boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence… As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself. Lauren slowly unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan and sees that there was more to her than she ever knew. But will she realize she's unknowingly playing a part in an elaborate game to cover up a crime before it's too late?
A missing teen mean girl, a confused best friend teaming up with a boy she should stay away from to find the truth. Sounds mighty familiar doesn’t it (Take the Fall). Girl Last Seen though is a sharper version with a nice modern take. Kadence and Lauren are best friends and rising YouTube stars. Their music videos have found a fanbase and everything seems to be going their way. Then Lauren suffers a severe medical setback and Kadence sets off on her own. Then Kadence disappears after a show and Lauren was the last person to see her. Can she find out the truth while all eyes are looking at her?
Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown crafted an interesting tale in Girl Last Seen. The writing was crisp and there was a nice solid voice, which is sometimes lost when there are co-authors. The plot was different enough with the addition of social media and striving for internet fame. I liked the plot and found the world created very current and real. There was a nice emotional vein running throughout which helped temper my dislike of some of the characters. No one person jumped out as a sympathetic person to latch on to. Even Lauren, who should have been the tie, was at times too weak for me.
Girl Last Seen was an interesting read. There was nice tension and character interplay, but I would not classify it as a thriller, more of a mystery. I also did not like the second twist end. It would have been complete to me with the first twist and a small epilogue. I sometimes think that with the popularity of books like Gone Girl, every author feels like they need to make the end super surprising and twisty, which may not be bad, but is sometimes too much. But even with that, I still enjoyed the read.
Favorite lines – “That’s what hate does. It makes you think it’s all about someone else. But really, it’s only in you, like, feeding on itself. But it’s a fucking parasite. Eating you alive. That’s what it did to me anyway.”
Biggest cliché – But she’s my bestie, she doesn’t wish me harm.
Have you read Girl Last Seen, or added it to your TBR?