Author: Lisa Unger
Publisher: Park Row
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 394
Date of Publication: October 5, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this riveting thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game, from the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45.
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.
Wren Greenwood should have swiped left. Online dating definitely has its pitfalls and Wren may have fallen into each and every one of them. Pressured by her best friend Jax, they make an online profile for her. Wren is successful in her career as an advice columnist, but not so lucky in love. She swipes right and meets Adam Harper. At first drawn to his profile, then when they meet Wren learns that the connection goes far deeper. But then, Adam disappears. Ghosted her.
The intensity of this book starts early on. Perhaps it is because it is written in first person, so we are looking at things through Wren's eyes. Reading her thoughts. This is especially intense because Adam suddenly disappears and we see how determined Wren is to locate him. In fact, as we read Wren's words, they are rather creepy - you don't get to ghost me.
Wren isn't playing around. Where is Adam? Okay, so she can't find him on her own, so she goes so far as to hire a PI. She will find Adam. However, as soon as her search grows deeper she learns a disturbing fact. Adam isn't who she thought he was. In fact, he has had a different name. He has dated other women, women who hae disappeared. What is going on?
The narrative was disturbing. The facts were disturbing - whether past or present. In fact, Wren was disturbing. How come she didn't let things go? Why did she have to pursue things to the extent in which she did? What layers were surrounding Wren that she had to go so far to look for Adam?
Well, that is where this book takes many a dark turn. In fact, it touches on so many serious issues my head was spinning. To name a few, trauma, PTSD, drug addiction, pyromania, and just so much more. I found this to be a compelling read from start to finish, especially once the title, Last Girl Ghosted, took on real meaning. So, imagine if Wren had swiped left...
Many thanks to Park Row and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Unger's critically acclaimed books have been voted "Best of the Year" or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.