Book Review: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Posted October 28, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 23 Comments

Book Review: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb RoehrigTitle: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: 336 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Flynn'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.

Book Quotes

“There was a corpse in my neighbor’s front yard.”

“My thoughts splintered as I stumbled up the slope, abject fear making an icy slush of my bloodstream, certainty and denial kicking in simultaneously. I told myself no, no it isn’t, it can’t be, no, but I knew.”

My Thoughts

YA Mystery can be very hit or miss for me, but luckily Last Seen Leaving balanced the two fairly well.

I really enjoyed Caleb Roehrig’s writing style and his characterization of Flynn.

Flynn was a bit of an unreliable narrator. Even though I trusted in him, I didn’t always trust what he was telling us and I think that is because he was so caught up in hiding that he actually ended up hiding from us (the readers) as well.

The book started off with a bang and continued to pick up steam…until it didn’t. The whole middle of the book dragged just a bit while we explored a few minor characters, dodged a few red herrings and mostly learned more about Flynn as he struggled to understand and come to accept himself (These were the pieces n the middle that made it worthwhile.) Luckily the end picked right back up and then we rushed breathlessly to the final pages of the book.

At this point I really could not put it down. There were so many plots and sub-plots, side stories and characters (decoys) that I really was left guessing about what happened to January until the very end.

Flynn’s big secret is a lot easier to suss out.

All in all I feel that Last Seen Leaving really delivered on a few fronts. This book has a lot more meat to it than one might surmise.

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About Caleb Roehrig

Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV—as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television. In the name of earning a paycheck, he has: hung around a frozen cornfield in his underwear, partied with an actual rock-star, chatted with a scandal-plagued politician, and been menaced by a disgruntled ostrich.

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23 responses to “Book Review: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

  1. I love a good YA mystery thriller and even though it lulled a bit towards the middle, it sounds wonderfully written. I’ve found I have issues too with characters who are hiding a secret, it’s difficult for readers to get a real sense of who they are and they end up being unrelatable sadly. I’m still really looking forward to giving this one a try though, hopefully it’s being published in Australia. Wonderful review Melissa, really enjoyed it <3
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    • Melissa

      YA has been iffy for me lately too…I’ve been focusing more on Adult reads and saving YA for when I’m more in the mood.

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