Title: The Last Place You Look
Author: Kristen Lepionka
Published: July 6th 2017
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Genre: Adult, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 334 pages
Source: Paperback borrowed from my boss
Book Blurb (Goodreads):
Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look again at the case.
Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane finds herself drawn to the story of Sarah’s vanishing act, especially when she thinks she’s linked Sarah’s disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that maybe she can save Brad’s life and her own.
With echoes of Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane and the hit podcast Serial, The Last Place You Look is the gripping debut of both a bold new voice and character.
My manager let me borrow this book when he was finished with it because he thought it would be something I would like based on the several bookish conversations we’ve had since I started working there. Crime thrillers are definitely one of my favourite genres to read – something formulaic that I can try to fathom out myself.
My manager had raved about this book so I was curious to see what this one would be like compared to other crime thrillers I’d read. I’ll admit, I loved this book. It was so well thought out. It reminded me a little bit of Jessica Jones – the tough, female P.I. who is just barely keeping things together while she tries to help people and yet somehow just makes it worse.
What I liked about this book was the fact that it felt real. I love it when I can fall straight into a book. As usual, there’s the several different threads – seemingly different cases that intertwine and point towards one conclusion – along with the red herrings that are always present in a crime fiction.
Also present is the big reveal. I thought this one was masterfully done. The pacing is perfect and this is definitely a book you could curl up with a cup of tea and read in a single sitting if you had the time. Perfect read for crime fiction fans.
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