by Sara Shepard
Published by Hot Key Books (Allen & Unwin)
Publication Date: September 2018
Australian RRP: $16.99
“At first, the mystery they’re tasked with seems to have nothing to do with Aerin or her kidnapper. But as Seneca, Maddox and Madison hit the Jersey Shore to gather clues, they begin to uncover the true background of the killer and the horrors that shaped him into who he is. The scavenger hunt leads them to the family of a recently kidnapped boy and dark secrets they could never have seen coming.”
When the first book, The Amateurs, came out in 2016 I was hooked on the story. I loved that a group of young adults from an online site (Case Not Closed) solved crimes the police had given up on. It was really exciting that they all came together in real life to solve a crime and then ended up being involved in something much larger that also bonded them. The follow-up sequel again was a really engrossing and addictive book so I can’t believe how long it took for me to pick this one up. I actually totally forgot about it in between packing up my bookshelves three times during moves but I wish I had gotten to it sooner because I couldn’t put it down.
I feel like the effort to solve the mystery in this final book was a whole lot easier for the group because it seemed like the villain actually wanted to be caught. They don’t know anything real about him at the start of the book, other than a few details picked up along the way, they only know the lies he’s told their group while posing as a friend. However, now that it’s out in the open that he’s the bad guy he wants Seneca to know everything about his dark background. He kind of just gives it away to her but I also think she’s the only one that would’ve made any connection with the clues he was giving her because of a connection they have to each other revealed later in the book.
This book was a really quick and fun read for me and brought out everything I love in a good book. I was compelled to learn more about the characters, I didn’t want to put it down and I was driven to find out the mystery behind the villain. It made me really giddy when I was reading it and I audibly gasped because it was so suspenseful and then the big reveals were triumphant to read. This series was great all together with each book and I loved the way it ended.
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending a copy of this book for review. Last Seen is available in-store and online in Australia.
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