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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.The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta
Published by Touchstone on May 3, 2016
Genres: Family Life, Suspense, Women's Fiction
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In the bestselling tradition of Jodi Picoult and written “in a style that’s as real as it gets (USA TODAY), this ripped-from-the-headlines novel features prosecutor Anna Curtis as she finds herself again at the center of a national story involving a freshman girl at a prestigious university who disappears after filing rape charges against a young man in a powerful fraternity.
Emma, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near Sigma Pi, the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Brooks, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced-together surveillance footage of Emma leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.
Anna Curtis is on the case when she discovers the video diary Emma kept over her first few months at college, exposing the history she had with Dylan—and accusing him of rape before she disappeared.
Emma’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emma alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.” Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.
I don’t generally like getting into a series at any point after book one. I like to have a grounding in the character and the history of them. I was unaware that The Last Good Girl was part of a series when I requested it. I loved the synopsis and was intrigued on how the story would play out and did not look to see what else the author had done. I can happily say that I was not disappointed by Allison Leotta and her series, even though I came in at number five.
The plot of The Last Good Girl was very much a Law and Order type “from the headlines” story. It worked well as I think everyone is familiar with the very public cases of rape on college campuses from the last few years. The writing of Allison Leotta was, for the most part, gripping. When she spoke of the characters, their emotions and feelings, it was as if I was there with them. unfortunately a few procedural parts were very dry and I would find myself skimming past them. The pacing was very fast and constantly rolled forward. There were a few less than perfect spots where the action bounced around but they did not distract from the whole. The world built was vast. I was a little lost at some points as I think most of the build-up was done in the previous books, but I was able to catch up quickly. The characters were an area I had some trouble with. Since this is book five, the recurring faces were nit well introduced and I had to guess a bit at their connections. The new characters were very well developed, but for the most part unlikable, but they were supposed to be so it was fine. The emotions were great. Between the main story line of the girl who was assaulted and Anna and her sisters love lives, it packed some real depth in.
While I was confused by some of the details in the book, as they came from books one through four, I still very much enjoyed the read. The Last Good Girl was twisty and deep and kept my attention the entire read. Allison Leotta has crafted a vast and interesting world in her Anna Curtis series and I am now going to go back and find the others as I really want to know what happened to bring Anna and those around her to this point. Sometimes jumping into the middle works and sometimes it doesn’t and this is one where the majority of the read was successful as Anna was such a strong character and the plot worked well as a standalone.
Favorite lines – I’m so sick of being a good girl. These ridiculous expectations. Be sweet, be polite. Play well with others. Don’t complain. Laugh at ‘boys being boys.’ Don’t ruin anyone’s life, even if they ruined yours. Go along, be easy, be nice. Always, always, be nice. God, we’re so trained up, from the moment we can talk. Make everyone else happy. Smile and laugh and fucking take it.”
Biggest cliché – But I’m rich and or powerful, I should get my way.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge