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. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
5/5 stars, enthralled
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig is thought-provoking, beautiful, heartbreaking, and a rollercoaster ride of fiction, both emotionally and mentally. The book takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, along with discovery of other people, the secrets they keep and the darkness that lies within them. My only grievance is that the characters are so young. Fifteen is usually a turn-off when I'm reading YA, and a lot of the internal dialogue was insightful and verbose, unlike what I'd expect of a teenage boy, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.
Roehrig did an excellent job of shaping a character that was not only complex, but intriguingly so when it came to January. She is never actually in the story, only developed through memories, but that doesn't matter. I ached for this girl, wanted her to be found, to be all right, and that's quite the feat to accomplish when she never truly graces the pages outside of Flynn's mind. As for Flynn himself, he is annoyingly likable and determined. I was cheering for both him and January throughout the whole story despite predictable twists and turns. I NEEDED them to prevail in the end. I needed everything to be okay.
But speaking of predictable twists and turns, I use that phrase lightly. While I did call the reveal near the end very early on while reading, I never fully committed to my guess until just before it was revealed. I willingly and gladly succumbed to many false leads, just as the author intended me to, but I enjoyed the ride regardless. The ending left my emotions so confused (am I happy? am I sad?) but, once again, it doesn't matter. All these feelings are great to have because what I just read, what I feel like I experienced, was such a complex thing.
Overall, it's a dark, suspenseful, hold-your-breath-and-can't-put-it-down kind of read that I highly recommend.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig will be published October 4, 2016.