Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Flynn gets a text from his girl asking him to meet her.  Since she started at a different school, they hadn't seen much of each other so he's anxious to catch up with her.  When they meet they to a place where they look at stars.  She doesn't want to do that, though.  She wants him to go into the old barn with her.  He does, they snuggle and then she suggests sex.  They had both agreed they'd wait, but she's changed her mind.  He says no, she tells him to get out.  He's a confused young man.  He tries to want to but can't.  He also can't admit why.  So he just leaves...

Feiwel and Friends sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

The next time he hears January's name is from the cops.  It seems that she has disappeared.  They ask when he saw her last and if anything unusual happened.  He says no.  She did want to make love but he wasn't going to mention that.  They know he's holding something back.

Things start going to pieces when they do a search and find her bloody clothing.  It's beginning to appear she may have come to harm.  It also opens another can of worms.  Her blood shows she was pregnant.  Flynn says it can't be true, she was a virgin.  DNA doesn't lie.  When he thinks back, he remembers she said she wanted him to be her first one.  So if she hadn't chosen to sleep with someone, he decides she must have been raped.

She's his very best friend and he doesn't want to give up hope.  He keeps looking and checking out the men in her life.  She seems to have been very confused herself.  She was bad talking everyone around her.  He meets a boy at the toy store she worked at that he thought might have been a competitor.  Kaz tells him no, he's gay.  And here's another complication in Flynn's life.

Then another young woman dies. Flynn had been talking to her and he knew what it meant.  But how to prove it?  And is January really dead?

This was interesting mystery with bad boys in more than one place.  The sex issues were mentioned but weren't overwhelming.  The ending is good even if there isn't the closure parents might have hoped for.  It looks like Flynn might have potential as an investigator!

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