REVIEW: Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown


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Revenge. Murder. Mystery. This thrilling 260-page book will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout all of its crazy twists and turns. The suspense will have you staying up until the wee hours of the morning, and even then, you’ll still want more.

From the publisher:

“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?”

Twisted is definitely an ideal word for this story. Dark, twisted genius. The plot was beautifully executed with cuts between chapters that were perfectly placed. The characters narrating the story also add huge amounts of depth to the plot that made me love it even more. There are 4 POVs: Kadence, Lauren, Jude and Mason.

Kadence: She was in a word: twisted. She was such a manipulative force that it’s hard to believe what was really hiding underneath her glamorous exterior. Whenever her POV came up, I always thought: Okay. Here’s another missing puzzle piece, but really, I should’ve been thinking: Oh. There goes another piece of the puzzle. Even though she is missing throughout the book, the authors fit her POV in through YouTube videos, which I thought was so clever.

Lauren: This character goes through a roller coaster of emotions and you’re with her every step of the way; and it’s an amazing ride. You can’t help but feel sorry for her, while feeling oddly suspicious of her. I love her development through her relationship with Jude and even Kadence and even Mason. Each page with her always kept me at the edge of my seat.

Jude: I love the in-depth story we get with Jude and how his story weaves into the plot, and how much of his troubles came from it. This is one character’s POV that I loved to read because it was so real and believable.

Mason: Mason, Mason, Mason. I thought I knew him. But I didn’t.

I love how in each character’s questioning with the sheriff, they mention how similar it is to a crime television show because that is exactly what it is. It made the characters feel more real to read them saying this and made me connect with them more as people and not as fictional characters. Also, those tape recordings of the interviews with the sheriff were pretty awesome too. I felt like a detective reading this novel, and loved every minute of it. The suspense throughout this book had me dying to know everything

However, some chapters were extremely slow because of all of the character building that was taking place. Some chapters didn’t even move the plot along because they were just about a character’s back story that wasn’t essential to the plot. I feel like there should have been a more effective way to introduce the back stories of characters rather than blocking out a whole section of the plot to do so.

This story was a huge puzzle and little by little it was pieced together. The only criticism I have is from its pacing at some points. Other than that, this book is the perfect read if you’re craving a delicious, dark mystery, a wild chase and a bittersweet ending that will leave you wanting more.

Great read

  • Plot: Amazing plot that kept me on my toes the entire time. It was executed beautifully and in the best way possible. However, it’s not the most original plot, and I felt like the plot was constantly being pushed aside for character development.
  • Writing Style: The POVs were written exceptionally well, especially between the characters, to match the writing with their personality. However, it was more ‘telling me’ than ‘showing me’.
  • Characters: Beautifully written characters with true depth and are so real.
  • Theme: A very blunt theme of appearance and what hides under the mask of beauty or fame. Loved it!
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