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

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Young adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Aw Teen
Source: eARC provided by NetGalley for honest review

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Summary: 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?"


I really enjoyed the way that this book was told. The mystery aspect of it kept me going till the very end. 

After a performance, Kadence went missing, leaving everyone to believe Lauren, her ex-best friend, has something

The characters were very original and complex and we get to see their view of the story from their own perspectives which I really enjoy, especially if it is a mystery. The book was mainly told from 4 different sources: Lauren, her best friend, Jude, the guy that she once bullied, Mason, her best friend, and some video recordings of Kadence herself. However, all these sources are proven to be untrustworthy as you don't know who to trust at all. 

Throughout the book, there were a bunch of twists and turns that you did not even see coming and it just left you guessing who is innnocent or guilty. At some point in the middle, however, I started to lose some interest, especially during the Jude and Lauren scenes because they annoyed the hell out of me. The ending turned out to be very unexpected. In most mystery books, I was able to pan out what is going to happen, but this just left me amazed.

Overall, I thought that this was a great read. I really enjoyed Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown's writing style and I can't wait to read more from them. Make sure to check out this book when it gets released in March!

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