Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig


Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Review by Lauren

source: copy from BEA16; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryFlynn'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.


Review: When researching the authors/books that would be at Book Expo America in May, I came across Caleb Roehrig's novel, Last Seen Leaving. It comes two things that I absolutely love - LGBT+ characters and a mystery! After reading this one, I can definitely say you should check it out. The mystery of January's disappearance is perfect for the fall season, though you can enjoy it at any time.

I think it's fairly obvious from the summary that Flynn is gay. That's the "truth about himself" that the official summary talks about. Therefore, when his girlfriend January goes missing, there is a lot that Flynn can't talk about concerning their relationship and the last night they spent together. Don't worry, the secret doesn't stay hidden for too long, so there shouldn't be any yelling of "OMG, Flynn, tell someone!" It's actually after Flynn finally comes out that things get really interesting.

Last Seen Leaving is full of little twists and turns that I loved. Whether you guess a culprit or not, you're bound to be surprised by something in this novel. I loved the character of Flynn. He's scared about coming out, but then he's also determined to do right by January now that she's gone. He wants to know what happened to her and most of the things he does to find answers is understandable, since I know that this is something that people are often bothered by in teen mysteries.

What I really loved about this book is that it's more than just a who done it or a murder mystery. Yes, there is all of that, but it's also about growing up and learning to understand why people do the things they do. Again, I highly recommend this one and I can't wait for more by this author!

13 comments:

Kindlemom said...

Glad there was more to this than just a mystery but that either way, it was well done.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Sounds like a great thriller, and I am glad it's more than that.

Naomi Hop said...

Sounds like this one captivated you from start to finish! Good to see all the twists kept you hooked!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Love the cover!

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

I loved this one. I loved that it was more than a mystery and we get to learn a lot about Flynn. I loved him!! Great review!

Karen said...

I don't usually like mysteries but it sounds like there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Nicole Hewitt said...

I have this one on my shelf and I really need to pick it up. Mysteries by themselves aren't usually enough to hold my interest, so I love that there's a lot more to it.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Farrah @ Fairyburger said...

The synopsis sounds really interesting! Definitely adding this to my to-read list! :]

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

Oh nice! Sounds like it's really done well. I'm definitely interested in it.

Jennifer Humphries said...

This sounds interesting. glad to hear you liked it. The cover artwork is really neat.

Shannon/ It Starts at Midnight said...

Oh yay, I love that you enjoyed this one! I am pretty particular about mysteries, but the fact that you said that this is so much MORE than that has me sold! Plus the author seemed SO fun and nice when I met him so that makes me extra excited! Fabulous review!

La La in the Library said...

Mysteries are not my thing, but this one sounds great. Thankscfor sharing your thoughts. :)

Wendy said...

I really enjoyed this one. I'm usually not that enthused about YA mysteries, but this was darker, funnier, and twistier than most.