Last Girl Ghosted

- Lisa Unger

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Think twice before you swipe.

She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him—hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. Could it be love?

But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared—profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted.

Maybe it was her fault. She shared too much, too fast. But isn’t that always what women think—that they’re the ones to blame? Soon she learns there were others. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. She had been looking for a connection, but now she’s looking for answers. Chasing a digital trail into his dark past—and hers—she finds herself on a dangerous hunt. And she’s not sure whether she’s the predator—or the prey.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and HQ Fiction for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
solid, good read:
4/5
An incredible balance of predictability and surprise, Last Girl Ghosted lulled me into thinking I knew what would happen next, only to be blindsided. It happened so many times, and I fell a little more in love with this book and its ability to misdirect and surprise each time.

There were some critical insights into privacy, identity, and the internet. Most of us are so used to social media as a constant presence we forget that it can be used against us. Not only can others access our information, but the image they present can be false or misleading.

There are a few small reasons why this wasn’t five stars for me, but the biggest factor is the annoying “I need to prove myself by putting myself in harm’s way” trope. It’s a fucking dangerous precedent that only works in books (and tv/movies), and if this were a true story, Wren would have died in a million different ways (as would several others in this book). The “I’m a strong, independent woman who can take care of herself” commentary did get a little preachy at times, but the rest of the story made up for it. I am always here for a strong female protagonist, but I’d rather this strength developed through actions, not buzzwords and speeches. Finally, a few too many coincidences betrayed an otherwise well-planned and well-written narrative.
Wren waking up in the body bag was a step too far. Considering how meticulous everything was up until this point, it seems less like a killer unravelling and more like an author trying to get out of a tricky dead-end.

 

I enjoyed how Last Girl Ghosted was written, with the past and present-day storylines adding different perspectives to the same story. The past was heartbreaking, with a heavy, looming sense of doom and fear. As more time passed, it only got darker and more terrible, and the present timeline seemed to follow suit by becoming more thrilling. It felt like Wren was playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with everyone in her life. I thoroughly Last Girl Ghosted and would highly recommend it as one of my favourite 2021 thrillers.

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