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Last Girl Ghosted

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Wren Greenwood seems to have it all: a blog, a successful column, a best friend she adores, her own house, and a boyfriend she loves.  Then her boyfriend breaks up with her and drops off the grid.  A pretty hard blow for anyone, but then a stranger comes to her house looking for him.  He exposes a whole different side of her boyfriend she had no clue about, a side that somehow links to her tragic childhood and drudges up the past.
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“Modern dating. Let’s be honest. It sucks. Is there anything more awkward, more nervous-making than waiting for a person you’ve only seen online to show up in the flesh?”

Last Girl Ghosted tells the story of Wren and Adam. Neither are who they say they are. After meeting on the Tinder-esque dating app, Torch, and starting a relationship, Adam simply disappears one night after a brief apology over text. She later finds out that this isn’t the first time Adam has done this, but she is the first one to not disappear along with him.

I found the first half of this book really interesting and engaging. The second half fell a little flat, and the ending was disappointing, but overall it was a decent read. There were a few reveals that I think were meant to be surprising twists but weren’t surprising at all, but the writing was good enough that I can overlook it. Something that I found really interesting is that this is the first book that I’ve read so far where the pandemic shows up. It doesn’t play a key role in the plot, but it was interesting to see the characters comment on news of the virus, that some countries were starting to close their borders, and that they noticed people around them starting to wear masks. At one point, the main character’s financial advisor is trying to get in touch with her about her investment portfolio because they’re worried about the stock market.

Last Girl Ghosted will be released on October 5, 2021. I received an ARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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It started out as a 5⭐️…..so what went wrong? 

Wren Greenwood is better at giving advice than she is at following it.

 In fact, she is secretly, “Dear Birdie” a popular advice columnist, who dishes out words of wisdom on a regular basis, encouraging others to take chances and search for love, even though she isn’t good about seeking it for herself. 

Her best friend, Jax, encourages her to try a dating APP, TORCH, and she is surprised when after a couple of MISSES, she meets Adam, and begins to fall in love. 

A lot of Wren’s inner monologue resonated with me, as Lisa Unger has a way of articulating her thoughts, which often has me nodding my head in agreement, and highlighting  certain passages. 

One night, in her lover Adam’s arms, she tells him something that she has never told anyone. 
In the light of morning, she feels regretful and exposed. But, Adam seems unperturbed as he leaves. 

AND THEN HE GHOSTS HER. 

At this point I am completely engaged, and feeling 5⭐️

This is around the 50% point, and the book now shifts to the PAST. 
NOTHING about these chapters resonated with me and this is where I began to lose interest. 
Dropping quickly to 4⭐️ territory. 

As the narrative continues what happens does not seems probable AT ALL. 
In addition, the prose becomes SAPPY. And, maybe even a bit PREACHY.  
And, now I am at a 3⭐️ rating. 

Sigh.

Still, I really LOVED the first half, and although this isn’t MY favorite by the author, I will be eagerly watching for her next book. Despite the fact that this didn’t quite work for ME  a couple of friends loved it-which is what is great about books-we all feel things differently!

 It may turn out to be a favorite for YOU! 

AVAILABLE October 5, 2021! 

Thank you to Park Row for the gifted copy provided through NetGalley. It was my pleasure to offer a candid review!
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Date reviewed/posted: July 10, 2021
Publication date: October 5, 2021

When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle!

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

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.

Lisa Unger is such an incredible author - this has thrills, chills and a stark underlying message: be careful online. Yes, I met my hubby online but he may be an exception to the rule given that I met him on Goodreads.  The story is tense and tight and wonderful: I read it in one fell swoop and was kind of dizzy at times as I kept holding my breath.  

I will highly recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books down by the Thames!

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube  Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 📱 📱 📱 📱 📱
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In the world of online dating, ghosting someone isn’t the worst thing that could happen. 

Wren is a very successful advice columnist who has everything she needs in life: money, a gorgeous house, amazing friends. The only thing that eludes her is love. So when her best friend, Jax, makes a profile for her on the hot new app, Torch (think Tinder), she grudgingly starts swiping. 

Soon, she meets Adam. His profile stands out because he’s not a tanned jock flexing his muscles and showing his bare chest. She meets him and feels an instant connection...one that is mutual...or is it?

All of a sudden, Adam has disappeared after leaving her a cryptic goodbye message. Wren has been ghosted. 

Wren isn’t going to let him go just like that. She decides to take matters into her own hands to find him, and quickly learns that he isn’t who he seemed. In fact, there were other women before her who might’ve dated him...and they were never seen again. Wren, along with a PI, are determined to get answers, but…

She’s not sure whether she’s the predator - or the prey. 
This book starts out strong, and I was immediately sucked into Wren’s world. Lisa Unger is a fantastic author whose way with words could make a squirrel stop and pay attention. I was eager to find out why Adam ghosted Wren, and what their backstories were. 

🚧OUTLIER ALERT🚧

However, I just didn’t love this one like I’d hoped. My interest started dwindling about halfway through the story, and I didn’t find the direction it went in to be particularly compelling. The suspense started to ramp up again towards the end, but I’ll be honest...I thought everything about the conclusion was corny (dialogue, the characters and their actions, the climax, and especially the epilogue). 🙄

Although I won’t actively recommend this particular book, I do recommend Lisa Unger as an author and look forward to her future releases. Also, I am in the minority here, so please make sure to read the other reviews with many stellar ratings. 

2.5 stars

My sincere thanks to Park Row for providing me with a widget through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Expected Publication Date: 10/5/21. 

Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com
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I hardly know where to begin. I loved the pluck and determination of the main character, even in the face of danger and difficulty. This book kept me riveted to my seat (really!) and the author does a fabulous job of keeping the suspense suspenseful, reality based and believable. 

I heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense novel.

And, please, give this author another book contract! I can't wait to read whatever she writes next!
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I’ve read a few Lisa Unger books but this by far is my favorite! This cover drew me in and didn’t disappoint at all!! Wren Greenwood has joined a digital dating site, she meets Adam and they start a “relationship” for about three months. For three months they see each other and become more involved. When Adam doesn’t show up for their special date Wren is devastated. Wren becomes determined to find out what happened to Adam only to find out there are other women in his life that have disappeared along with him and that he may not be who he appears to be.

This is one of those books that definitely fits perfectly in the times, with its utilizing online dating to make a brilliant thriller!  It grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let go until I finished!  This was fast paced, tense and unique!  Lots of fun twisty turns, thrilling thrills, chilling chills, tension, and gasp worthy shocks!  I enjoyed going through this story with Wren as she is a great character.  A must read for those who are fans of Unger’s previous books, as she just gets better and better with each book, or just fans of thrillers!  Many thanks to Edelweiss, Netgalley, Park Row and Lisa Unger for my complimentary e-ARC in exchange for my thoughts.
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The premise of Lisa Unger's new thriller, Last Girl I Ghosted, is both relevant and timely in today's world of online dating. Wren Greenfield has many secrets, so its no surprise that when she meets Adam Harper on the dating app, Torch, she discovers he has dark secrets of his own...but are uncovering Adam's secrets worth risking her life?

This novel is a great pick for someone that likes suspense on the tamer side. Fans of Ruth Ware, Liane Moriarty, Gillian Flynn and Riley Sager may be left wanting something a little darker.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin & Park Row for sharing this digital review copy, in exchange for my honest opinions.

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This was my first novel by Lisa Unger and she did not disappoint.
Wren Greenwood is a young woman with a past that she is trying to hide. Her best friend Jax has encouraged Wren to go on a dating app called torch. 
Ladies and gentlemen, this novel should make everyone be aware that people are not always what they seem to be in the beginning. 
My suggestion is to read Last girl Ghosted if you want a fast paced thriller.
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Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger was everything that I expected from this author, and much, much more.  This is a multi-layered plot that delivers even more than its tantalizing premise would suggest.  Fans of Ms Unger, both old and new, will not be disappointed.

Wren Greenwood runs a successful podcast doling out advice, but has drawn into herself of late.  Encouraged by her friend to put herself out there, Wren turns to a dating app and meets Adam.  The two quickly become close, and Wren marvels that she has found someone with whom she she can connect.  But just as she begins to contemplate a future together, Adam fails to turn up at a restaurant, and Wren finds herself ghosted when Adam fails to respond to her texts.  When an investigator later suggests that Adam has been linked to the case of missing woman Mia Thorpe, Wren knows that she must find answers for herself, entering into a dangerous game where she is unsure if she is the hunter or the hunted.  

This is a cat and mouse thriller that is chilling in its vision of an online dating scenario gone wrong.  You will not want to ghost this one.

Many thanks to NetGalley and HARLEQUIN - Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for an ARC.
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How can one book be both thrilling and heartbreaking?!?! Wren is a girl with a past who put it all behind her and moved on with her life. But when her new boyfriend ghosts her and it turns out he may have some secrets in his past too, she may not be able to live with what she finds out.

I tore through this book, dying to find out about Wren’s past, where her boyfriend vanished to, absolutely everything. This was thrilling and by the end I was terrified and devastated all at once. This was a roller coaster of emotion. Very good cautionary tale about how much of ourselves we share with the world.

I received an ARC from NetGalley, but my opinions are all mine.
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3.5 stars | | 
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book.... The author's POV seemed to confuse me at times where I wasn't sure if it was in first person or third. I think the reason I feel so ambivalent about Last Girl Ghosted has much to do with Wren, the MC. I was so frustrated by her decisions and yet I still felt for her. I can understand the effects that trauma can have  on a person for years after the fact, but she just seemed to make bad decision after bad decision. 

While she was meticulous about some aspects of her life, others she was naive. 
I liked Bailey's character and felt like he didn't get enough credit - but then the relationship between he and Wren seemed to progress (at least on his part) at a particularly fast pace. In my opinion, the "Robin" character didn't add to the story and really hurt Wren's credibility. It took me a while to even figure out if she was real or imagined. 

Overall, Last Girl Ghosted was interesting, and at times suspenseful - but because I didn't love the main character, I had a hard time investing in the story. 

Thank you to NetGalley and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for the ARC of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Oh, this was so suspenseful!

I really l liked our main character and simply loved her friends.  

I do think we should have spent a little more time on our main character getting to know this mysterious guy – it would make every that happens later have so much more impact – but I was still into it and curious to know what was really going on!

It’s a fast read and the suspense keeps building to a very satisfying conclusion.

Enjoyed this one!

*ARC via Net Galley
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3.5, rounded up. 
Last Girl Ghosted is another well-written but forgettable entry in an oversaturated genre, though it’s not for lack of trying. There’s a lot going on here, which I found confusing at times, but it helps the pacing. Wren Greenwood is an interesting and fully developed protagonist, and she’s what really propels the story and kept me reading, even while the plot felt oh-so-familiar. I’d recommend this book to avid fans of mystery-thrillers, but there’s nothing here I’ll be talking about tomorrow.
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So good!  I was in a reading slump, and Last Girl Ghosted yanked me right out.  Wren is leading a storybook life, carved out of childhood trauma.  But when a casual hookup on a dating sight threatens everything she has, will she be able to reclaim everything?  I don’t want to give anything away, see for yourself!
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Last Girl Ghosted opens with a prologue about a woman named Mia Thorpe. We then meet Wren, a woman who meets a man named Adam from a dating app. Adam isn't Wren's usual type, but they hit it off and enter into a relationship. When Adam suddenly ghosts Wren and seemingly drops off the face of the earth, Wren is hurt and confused - until a Private Investigator turns up looking for Adam in relation to the disappearance of Mia Thorpe. Wren realises she didn't really know Adam at all - but did he know her? Wren is faced with a dilemma. Do nothing, and hope Adam comes back and isn't involved with Mia's disappearance; or confront her past and try to uncover all she can about who Adam really is and what happened to Mia Thorpe. 

I liked this a lot. Wren's past was revealed slowly but not in a drip-feeding way - it worked well with the plot and with the PI element. Subtle early pandemic references added an element of tension to the story (because we all know how that worked out) and little details like the name of the instagram filter used by one of the women added another level to their characters. Adam, ironically, was the least interesting part of the book for me. I couldn't have cared less who he was, I just wanted Wren's backstory and more of the current investigation with Bailey. 

I really liked this one.
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Wren Greenwood is an advice columnist, and her column "Dear Birdie" has been so popular, it has turned into a well-paying, sponsored podcast as well.

Wren's best friend Jax pushes her to try a dating app to provide something more in her life besides work. Surprisingly, one of her matches has all the qualities Wren has been looking for in a partner, not simply a hookup. She and Adam seem to fit together, and for a few months, Wren and Adam seem to be developing a long term relationship. Then he fails to show up at a restaurant where they were to meet and doesn't respond to her texts.

When a detective shows up at her door with information about "Adam," Wren is forced to reexamine their relationship. Could Adam really be responsible for the disappearance of at least two young women?

Wren joins the detective in the search for the man who has a great deal to hide and may not be through with Wren.

Interesting premise in this new world where people find themselves isolated and use dating apps to try and find relationships.

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Suspense. Oct. 5, 2021. Print length: 352 pages.
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Sometimes you start a novel expecting one thing - and you get that, but also much more. There were many layers to this story and characters I came to care so much about; it definitely didn't feel like a quick read at all, but it was worth the journey. 
Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the advance copy to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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This book is great! Would definitely recommend. Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Wren Greenwood survived a horrible childhood trauma and has done her best to bury her past by creating a new life for herself. Her jobs keep her busy and she has Jax, her best friend who believes it’s time for Wren to get dating and sets her up on a dating app. Wren meets Adam through the popular dating site and falls hard for him. Just as she begins to reveal herself, Adam disappears and she thinks it was because of her, but then she finds out there have been other girls who have met the same man through the app and they have all disappeared. Wren wants to know more and begins working with an investigator who is looking into the disappearances. This is a really good dark, emotional thriller. I enjoyed going through this story with Wren as she is a great character.
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