Jun 26, 2017

Book Review: Girl Last Seen

Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart.
Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday. She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket, blue jeans, and pink boots.

I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can't bring myself to move. Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to thirteen years ago.

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I've spent a long time peering into the faces of girls on missing posters, wondering which one replaced me in that basement. But they were never quite the right age, the right look, the right circumstances. Until Olivia Shaw, missing for one week tomorrow.

Whoever stole me was never found. But since I was taken, there hasn't been another girl.

And now there is.

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There are times when you want to escape reality where all the rough edges are smoothed and there are other times when you want those edges.  GIRL LAST SEEN is a mystery where all the rough edges were left in place.  

Set in Seattle where gray skies and drizzle are the norm, this gritty mystery will keep you entranced.  The main character is an addict who had been kidnapped and held by a pedophile when she was just a child.  Lainey managed to escape but now she feels responsible for Olivia who had just been kidnapped.  

I really enjoyed this book.  It's gritty and does a wonderful job of showing the life of an addict without the rose colored glasses that we so often reach for.   While I have never been an addict, I have had friends and family members who have struggled with that disease and I appreciated being able to see through their eyes for a bit.

I really think that my readers who enjoy gritty mysteries will enjoy GIRL LAST SEEN.  I probably wouldn't recommend it for younger readers because there are scenes of drug use, violence as well as using sex to pay for drugs.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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