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Last Girl Ghosted

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This was such a good page turner. I definitely didn't know how this story was going to end. If you read Lisa Unger's other books, then you will enjoy this one.
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Unfortunately, I had to DNF this book. The protagonist was incredibly annoying and whiny. I did not like the over-descriptions (not needed with a psychological thriller) or the inner dialogue she had throughout the book. I stopped at 37% because at that point, I was not interested in how the story concluded.

Thank you NetGalley for this review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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I can highly recommend this novel anyone who likes well written mystery or thrillers.  Unger does a great job of writing well developed characters. I found the plot wonderfully believable but filled with twists that kept me reading late into the night!
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After reading Unger’s book “Confessions on the 7:45”, I couldn’t hold back from devouring this book. While definitely different, Unger’s ability to grip her audience managed to carry over.
	
In “Last Girl Ghosted”, Unger depicts the dangers that can arise from online dating apps, terrifying readers about the potential of stalkers, murderers, manipulators, and those who present themselves as normal, yet are anything but.
	
I did enjoy this one, but I kept wishing the main character would stop making stupid decisions. And I don’t even mean the choice to meet up with someone online – that’s how I met my husband. There are other choices made that she even acknowledges as stupid in the moment and could fix, but chooses not to. Additionally, I was able to predict the ending, as the book clearly led there the entire time.
	
This was a good read, but not my favorite thriller or even my favorite by Unger.
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Fast-paced mystery thriller with many layers and an intriguing plot.

When Wren Greenwood takes the advice of her friend, Jax, and sets up an online dating profile on Torch, she never expects much to come of it. Next, she matches with Adam Harper. They have an instant connection, see each other everyday, and Wren is falling hard. Then he stands her up for a dinner date...she’s been ghosted. His last message sounds like something has happened, and she can’t imagine what chasing him down is going to involve, but she can’t leave it alone. No spoilers.

The narrative, told from different points of view in a then and now format, reveals that there have been other girls who were involved with the man Wren knows as Adam — and now they are missing. All have some sort of tragic past that apparently made them vulnerable to this guy. Is he one of those lonely hearts con men, or is there something much deeper involved?

I enjoyed this novel even though I’m not a huge fan of long backstory and flip flopping story lines. If half stars were available, I would rate this 3.5 so rounded it up. I like this author’s writing and, though it seemed there was a lot of repetition of certain points, I was able to read in one sitting as it kept me interested. Lots of characters and the intertwining of current events (the virus, the economy, the internet) made the story more realistic and believable. I’ve never personally done any online dating and I must admit I would not be inclined as I have a very skeptical approach to social media and a love-hate relationship with it. Also extremely wary of “stranger danger” quite probably due to reading books like this! Anyway, this was not your typical revenge story and I think most of Lisa Unger’s fans will appreciate this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for this e-book ARC to read, review, and recommend.
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4.5 stars. I don’t know why I didn’t finish this faster, I loved so very much of this book. I was confused a little by characters in the beginning but then when I figured the story was about Wren and all her ghosts I was hooked. Full of dark secrets and a trip back to The Willows, a small town I have distinct images of, the atmosphere and grip of this is strong. 
Surprising at every turn, even the ending.I’ve enjoyed Laura Unger’s books for years and this is one of the best!
Thank you Park Row and Net Galley for the early copy.
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I absolutely loved diving into the world of online dating.  I am going to age myself by saying I have never swiped left or right.  After this book I am not so sure I would want to!  After the first few chapters, Last Girl Ghosted, had me hook, line, and sinker.  I was completely enthralled and invested in the tragic story of Wren.  A young woman who has been through some of the most horrific and trying times imaginable, brought on by the hands of someone she loved.  She never let this past get her down, she is a survivor, and she uses it for good by helping others during their time of need.  Her friend convinces her to try online dating, it will be fun right?  She matches with someone, who meets all of her requirements.  They hit it off, until the day he disappears.  What happened to him?  Or is it something Wren did to make him ghost her?  

This book will have your heart racing, while chills run down your spine.  You will yell at Wren over and over to stop following this guy down a terrifying rabbit hole.  To stop and think for a minute.  Yes, this is a book for yelling at the characters, just so you are forewarned.  Lisa Unger slowly and masterfully peels back the layers of Wren's past, little by little.  Until she is lying bare before you.  You wonder how anyone could have gone on and lived a life after what she witnessed.  As the past and the present collide seamlessly.  It made me question how well you really know someone, regardless of how you met them.  Or if online dating presents more dangers?  Are the predators lurking beneath a well thought out profile pic and an amazing dating profile, ready for their next conquest? 

If you are looking for a fast paced read, that will keep you whipping through the pages until the end, pick up Last Girl Ghosted.  I did feel like the ending was a little lack luster, however, the rest of the book made up for it.  I also know I will be questioning online dating and keeping better track of my friends who do swipe right.  Thank you to Lisa Unger, Park Row, and NetGalley for this incredibly intoxicating read.
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This was my first Unger book and  was not disappointed! More of a psychological thriller / mystery than straight up thriller. One of my thriller tests are if I read the first couple of chapters, and then skipped to the end could I figure out what happened in the middle, to me that's such a sad waste! Last Girl Ghosted was a wild ride in which I never predicted where this story was going, who was reliable and who wasn't... it pulled me in and glued me to the story all they way till the last pages.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I had seen Lisa's books everywhere and knew that everyone raved about them but I hadn't read one yet. Oh my gosh! This book is sooooo good! 

There was just the right amount of suspense, intrigue, and creepiness to keep me turning the pages with just the right amount of romance and attraction to keep it interesting. But will the good guy, or gal, win in this case? That remains to be seen until the exciting end. 

Like I said, this is the first book by Lisa Unger that I have read. How can that be!? It definitely won't be my last now that I have discovered her. I can't wait for some more intense rides. I highly recommend Last Girl Ghosted for edge-of-your-seat page-turner. If you love thrillers, you will love this one!
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Meet Wren she is the creator of the very successful advice columnist Dear Birdie. This column has given her a comfortable life. A fixer upper home and a steady job and a very close girlfriend Jax, the only thing she’s missing is love. So Jax creates her an account on the popular dating app Torch. Soon Wren finds herself swiping and going on a few dates that never lead anywhere. Until she meets Adam. Adam seems different he’s not posing with his shirt off and he seems to be looking for something more serious. Soon she finds herself with an instant connection with him. They spend many nights together and talk about a future. Then one day Adam sends her a text saying he has to go and he just disappears. She soon uncovers his apartment was an Airbnb and it appears he ghosted her. When a private investigator begins asking questions , and soon tells Wren that the last few woman Adam has been with are missing, and he’s trying to figure out who Adam is and where these woman have gone. Wren soon finds herself realizing Adam may have some odd connection to her past, a past she has buried and even went to the lengths to change who she was so no one would know her identity. Who is this ghost Adam? Wow I was glued to the pages! I highly recommend four stars!!
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𝔹𝕆𝕆𝕂 ℝ𝔼𝕍𝕀𝔼𝕎💫 

I found myself pleasantly surprised with 𝐿𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝐺𝑖𝑟𝑙 𝐺ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 by Lisa Unger. Last year I read 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑓𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 7:45 and found it quite dull, but I gave this author another chance and Im so glad I did!

𝐿𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝐺𝑖𝑟𝑙 𝐺ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 includes a complex multilayer plot and I loved it! The storyline is creative, unique, dark and keeps you on your toes. The plot focusing on online dating and the dangers that come along with this provides a realistic story and will make you think twice before signing up for @tinder 😉

The character development throughout is impressive and although main character Wren makes terrible decisions, all the characters are quite likable. Most of the story is told in a first person narrative, which was a nice change. Lastly, the ending was perfect & that last final twist that the author threw in there is brilliant!

SYNOPSIS: “She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. She fell for him- hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. 

But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared-profiles deleted, phones disconnected. Soon she learns there were other girls. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. She was 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.”

Thank you to @netgalley & @parkrowbooks for the arc!✨

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QOTD: Do you do second chances when it comes to authors? 
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This was a dark, disturbing and twisty one that I really enjoyed! It started out really strong and sucked me in quickly. It is a slow burn and in the middle dragged a bit, but the characters and plot intrigued me and kept me invested. The majority of the book takes place in the present but there are snippets from Wren’s past that eventually tell her full backstory. There were mentions of the start of the Covid-19 pandemic starting but brief comments and nothing in depth or detailed, I don’t think the disease was even mentioned by name. Although parts of this were realistic, it did take a turn toward the implausible at times especially toward the end. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a character driven foreboding and mysterious drama. 4/5⭐️

Thank you to Harlequin, Park Row and NetGalley for this DRC. Last Girl Ghosted is out now!
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This book is not for the faint of heart – or those firmly entrenched in internet dating. The dual time period format gives depth to the main character and keeps you even more engaged. Unger wraps up the loose ends well. A must read for fans of creepy thrillers.
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Great book! Loved the two different timelines. This is my first Lisa Unger book and it will  not be my last. She grabbed you from the first chapter then spit you out at the end. What a ride!!
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This story follows Wren who suffered a trauma in her youth and tends to keep to herself and her best friend but she soon starts dating a man she meets on an app.  After a few months together Wren gets a cryptic text from Adam, the man she has been dating and then no longer hears from him.  Soon after this Wren gets a visit from.  PI named Bailey and it turns out the man she has been seeing is the only link to a few missing women that Bailey has been searching for.  This sends Wren down a path to search for the man she thought she knew and what she discovers is not what she hoped to find.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and the twists it takes.  I also really liked Wren as a character, she was resilient when others may not have been in her situation. My only real critique of this book is that at times I found it repetitive and I also feel like the author left some opportunities to maybe have a more paranormal element to the story.  Thank you Harlequin and Park Row Books for my gifted copy for review.
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As someone who has been in the trenches of online dating, let me assure you-it's tough out there.  You're meeting a stranger and although you are hopefully meeting in a public place, telling a friend where you are going, and going easy on the alcohol, there's still an element of danger lurking...

Wren finally gives in to her friend Jax's pleas to get online and creates a profile on online dating site "Torch."  Soon a tall, dark, and brooding man Adam catches her eye.  They begin a dizzying romance and Wren opens up to him about her past childhood trauma that continues to haunt her in the present day.

After this revelation, Adam disappears.  His profile is deleted.  His phone number is disconnected.  He's completely vanished in thin air and Wren must grasp the notion that the man that she had been falling desperately in love with has ghosted her.

After some digging on her own, Wren realizes that Adam hasn't been honest with her about his name, his address, or his job.  And when investigator Bailey Kirk contacts Wren with a connection between Adam and three women with Torch profiles that have gone missing, Wren must face the darkness in her past and try to resisit  succumbing to Adam and all his darkness in her present.

The novel operates in dual timelines and essentially breaks off into two separate stories.  The one focused on ghosting and the mysterious disappearance of the women who matched with Adam in the present is riveting.  The second story dealing wtih Wren;s childhood trauma was less interesting to me and distracted from the thirller narrative that was unfolding.  

Wren also makes some extremely questionable decisions about her personal life that left me mystified.  I feel like Wren's actions were beneath her own intelligence, especially since she moonlights as "Dear Birdie," a popular advice columnist  known for her sage wisdom-and has probably seen an episode or two of Dateline.

This was my first Lisa Unger book.  I went into it with high hopes and was a bit disappointed.  Some parts were good, but it was just not the great thriller I was seeking.
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This book started out SO strong. I loved the modern day twist on this story and I have always been fascinated by dating apps (I am grateful I was able to meet my husband in a traditional manner). I was very invested in the storyline for a goof 150 pages and then for some reason, I lost complete and total interest. I ADORE Lisa Unger's writing, but unfortunately this one just moved too slow for me. The ending did make up for a bit of the "slow burn," so that was a redeeming quality. Overall, not a terrible book, just not as fast paced as I was looking for.

Actual star rating: 3.5
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Wren has been through it all when it comes to dating and finding The One. When her best friend, Jax, signs her up for online dating site, Torch, Wren is skeptical but gives it a try. She meets Adam, brooding, handsome, confident, Adam and the connection is instant. One date turns into two and three and Wren finally feels she’s found a good thing. So when Adam stands her up for a date and subsequently ghosts her by deleting his Torch page and changing his phone number, Wren is baffled at what went wrong. When an investigation into other women connected to this “Adam” who have gone missing leads Wren to terrible discoveries, the search for who Adam really is intensifies and leaves Wren wondering if anything about their relationship was real.

Loved this one! I’m fairly new to the Lisa Unger world but I know a good thing when I see it. This one kept me interested and captivated. The twists and turns were delightful and I loved learning about Wren’s back story. All the pieces came together in the end and left me hungry for another Lisa Unger masterpiece.

Also, this is the first book I’ve read that touches on the virus and I found myself quite intrigued by it. The mentions were fleeting, along the lines of “I heard this virus is coming, will we be ready for it?” sort of thing and I found myself talking back to the book with a little laugh, like, “Not a chance.” 😆

Anyways, definitely recommend this one!
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I really enjoyed the premise of this book, although at times it did feel a little bit long winded with some parts that I could of done without. That being said it kept me turning pages, and in this era of social media of dating, definitely sent a chill down my spine. It’s a slower burn at parts but overall a really enjoyable thriller with a good ending.
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I've heard good things about this author and was very excited to read this story. The first part of the book had me hook, line and sinker! Then I got to the middle of the book and I felt like the story lost steam and it was pretty much a journey of Wren trying to come to grips with her childhood trauma. The last part of the book did pick of steam and held my attention, but I did feel some type of way about the ending. Overall, I would read another book by this author.
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