Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

This debut author will be appearing at NoVA Teen Book Festival on March 11, make sure you mark your calendar!

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Up until last week, January was Flynn's girlfriend. Then they broke up, so it didn't seem weird when we he didn't hear from her for a few days. That is, until he came home to find two police cars in his yard.

January's parents haven't seen her in days. The police think it's just a typical case of a teenager hiding with friends to show her parents she's annoyed with them. But nothing about the situation feels typical to Flynn. When he starts to retrace January's last known steps, it seems that everyone he talks to has a different version of events and none of them match up with what he thought was happening. But, going to the police with his findings may make them look closer at him and the break up that he's been glossing over because it will reveal secrets he won't be able to take back. But, as time passes and January still doesn't appear, how can he leave any lead unfollowed?

Roehrig has a background in TV and film, which gives this page turner a definite cinematic feeling. Last Seen Leaving is a tense mystery complete with red herrings and twists that the reader will not see coming. It might even make you say "Woah!" out loud when riding the bus which could accidentally scare your seatmate (hypothetically, of course).

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