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.