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Last Girl Ghosted

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This is a very dark story about a girl that has lived through a difficult childhood and is trying to put it behind her until she meets a man on a dating site then her past starts to catch up with her in a very unpleasant way. Dark and disturbing with a few twists along the way.
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Loved it, really good fast paced thriller full of twists and turns and had me racing through it to get to the end!! Will look out for more from the author…
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I really enjoyed this book, about a woman after her boyfriend ghosts her and removes all of his social media accounts. 

This book follows Wren who has a tragic past and cannot let go the idea that something is wrong. The story did not go where I thought it would and I could not put it down. 

I finished this book in 1 sitting and would definitely recommend it.
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I've never read anything else by this author, and tbh I probably wont in future either. The beginning of this book was fantastic, so gripping and exciting, but it lost its way and ended up as just another forgettable thriller with an underwhelming ending.
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Thank you for providing me with an advance review copy of this book. Enjoyed reading, would recommend....
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A brilliant psychological thriller that left me breathless. I savoured every single word of it. 

Excellent prose and characterisation. I really believed in these people and cared for them. Absolutely loved Wren and Jax and all the dating scenes. 

The plotting was just meticulous and I never saw the twists coming. 

Highly Recommended
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This started out being a fast paced thriller with Wren falling for a weird guy from the dating app. I was thinking there would be more of a suspense but when the book went into the past, it felt off and I didn't feel the connect that I felt in the first half. I felt there could have been more of the intrigue that it began with. Ending was quite unbelievable too. An okay read.
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This is a book about online dating. This book was fast paced. I loved the storyline but I found it to be a bit over the top. I just didnt feel that thrill factor.
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this was different for me and I LOVED it! the constant tension, who will kill who...who will die...who will be found out and of course the inevitable love story to end with, really good read!
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Wow, from start to finish WOW. This story is the definition of a page-turner. Could not put it down. I so wanted happiness for Wren after reading about her back story, which is just devastating. So many twists!~
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Many thanks to NetGalley and HQStories for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a not the first book for me with this author. Anyway it wasn't a bad story but it wasn't a great one either. It's a bit longer and not enough suspense, less characters, less plots. Actually I really like the author's writing, but I feel like in this particular one she tried to make it too complex by adding the multiple storylines. The beginning was good, but later it gets a bit of weird and boring. All in all an ok read but not there are better ones out there by this author.
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Wren hat seit dem College keine größere Beziehung mehr gehabt, sie hat Probleme zu vertrauen. Ihre Freundin Jax nötigt sie zu Dates über die App Torcher. Beim dritten Mann scheint tatsächlich etwas Besonderes in der Luft zu liegen, aber sie macht sich nicht zu viel Hoffnung, dass er sie am nächsten Abend wirklich zum vereinbarten Essen abholen wird. Anders als ihre Freundin sucht sie nicht nach einfachen One-Night-Stands, will sich nicht nur mit einer Reihe von fremden Männern amüsieren. 
Dann springt die Geschichte um 3 Monate weiter, sie und Adam haben sich fast täglich gesehen, viel unternommen, haben lange Gespräche geführt, sind intim miteinander. Ihren Freundinnen geht das alles zu schnell, sie sollte doch einfach mal Spaß haben und sich nicht gleich so feste binden. Aber Wren ist glücklich, will den neuen Mann in ihrem Leben noch besser kennenlernen, an einer festen Beziehung arbeiten. Aber beide halten sich mit Informationen übereinander noch zurück, haben sich ihren Freunden gegenseitig noch nicht vorgestellt. 
Man denkt als Leser derweil immer mal wieder über den geheimnisvollen Prolog nach, der anscheinend mit der Erzählung bislang nichts zu tun hat und fragt sich als Leser, wo die Autorin einen wohl hin führen wird. 
Und dann eines Nachts gesteht sie Adam ihr großes Geheimnis und fragt sich direkt danach, ob sie ihn je wiedersehen wird. Dann wird plötzlich die Verbindung zum Prolog klar und es beginnen in gewisser Weise Nachforschungen. Ab da wir die Erzählung durch kurze Zwischenkapitel ergänzt, die Wrens Kindheitsgeschichte erzählen.
Bei Dreiviertel des Buches könnte dann eigentlich schon der Show Down kommen, aber die Geschichte hat noch einige Wendungen zu bieten und bleibt auf hohem Niveau spannend und mitreißend bis zum Schluss. 
Der Roman bearbeitet mit dem Thema ghosting eine ganz brandaktuelle Angelegenheit. Auch das Thema Dating Apps ist sehr zeitgemäß.
Die Idee mit der Beratungskolumne dear birdy finde ich sehr interessant, so antwortet Wren sich quasi mit ihren eigenen Tipps. 
Die Protagonisten sind sehr interessant und nachvollziehbar. Am Ende wird alles gründlich aufgeklärt und es gibt einen Ausblick auf die Zukunft.
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I don’t know why I waited so long to read this! Absolutely amazing!! I loved the different stories and enjoyed so much the writing and the storyline, very creepy but I would definitely recommend this to all my friends
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Opted to listen to the audiobook, via Borrowbox.

Details 
Read by: Vivienne Leheny
Unabridged


The narrator 
I don't have much thoughts on the voice acting. It was fine, sounded a bit weird on the speed I was listening to it on though.

The Story
Reading the synopsis had me excited all over again, especially as I recently watched The Tinder Swindler and was hoping for a really gripping thriller based on online dating.

This was quite a bit of fun. It was fast paced in some ways but there was lots of different layers, sometimes bordering (or completely subjecting to) over-complexity, which made it a grounded story that was relatable and believable to current day fears and experiences.

In saying this, I think the author was trying to keep current by having moments mentioning world problems such as the rise of covid, but if anything, it didn't serve much purpose and potentially dated it a little more than it needed to be. It was relevant and current enough to discuss the dangers of online dating/Internet safety and did well with these themes, but I think we should have stayed on topic because it did go overkill with the themes, some of which were not handled as well as others and just felt, once again, like things were just being thrown in to be relevant to today's readers. 
Some themes and thoughts on how well they were processed are as follows:
-"dooms day" family - this was actually a fascinating concept and I wanted more of the "then" portions. It was reminiscent of the non fiction "Educated" by Tara Westover.
-Constant mention of "he's old, and pudgey (I'm very much paraphrasing here), it's something he would say being stuck in his time. It's not appropriate now but I smile and let it slide". - A few times was enough to have me thinking "yes, we love an aware mc", but after constant mentions it just felt too try hard to be a part of the woke culture. I think one mention and even a challenge would have been satisfying, but it was just constantly bought up and left... What was the point?
-Rewilding - I wanted more of this! The conversations, paired with some of the more life skills based ethos of the dooms day preparations, were something that I enjoyed learning about and think would have been great to explore more of.
-Bitcoin

I found some threads to be confusing... I think it's because I missed a few crucial points where I had a lapse in concentration (e.g. the initial reveal of Wren's history). Often it felt like they were lots of other stories smooshed into one and I was confused as to who was who when we got more in depth with the connections of the other women.

I don't understand why Wren was so hooked on this guy... Maybe she saw a lot of her family in him, but wouldn't that be a sign to maybe avoid him..?
The ending was not a favourite.
So, I had some problems with this one, but despite that, it was a sound thriller that I'd still recommend if you like the sound of it.
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A twisty, immersive, compelling thriller that was a one-sitting, page turning read for me! Lisa Unger is brilliant.
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I don’t even know what to think of this book. After my download didn’t work, I went out and bought this book because it sounded so good I wanted to get my hands on it. 

It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. The plot was very different than what I imagined. Maybe that’s on me. 

It kept me interested enough, and wanting to read to finish it, but the overall plot was just okay. Not very twisty, quite predictable actually. Very long and drawn out. I found myself confused how there were so many chapters left over still. 

Overall, a big meh, from me
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Wren Greenwood, a journalist / podcaster, finds Adam through a dating site. She falls in love with him, but after a few months he disappears from her life, leaving Wren to assume she has been ghosted.

But then she discovers Adam might have something to do with the disappearance of several missing women.

Wren has to face her own dark past in her search for the truth. 

A tense, well-crafted thriller and one that is timely in our digital age.

This is the second book I have read by Lisa Unger, having devoured Confessions on the 7:45 in one weekend. I'm now a firm fan!

Highly recommended.
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Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

Wren has had a traumatic past but she has moved on to have a good life. Wren has wiped her past away in the online world, but Wren's past haunts her dreams and never really leaves her. Wren writes an advice column named Dear Birdie for people needing more than a Dear Abby, needing to write about darker problems; her life experiences allow her to be honest and understanding  in her answers, maybe even harsh sometimes.  Wren's best friend, Jax convonces to sign up for an online dating site, Torch and she has a few hookups but then meets Adam. he catches her attention and is everything that she is looking for.  The time she spends with Adam has her falling for him, and she feels comfortable enough to tell him her secrets.  The day after she confesses her horrible past to him, he vanishes with only a text that something came up and he has to leave.  Wren is devastated.  

The next thing Wren knows, a private detectrive, Bailey Kirk, is on her doorstep about a missing girl, one that is linked to a man who looks very much like Adam.  Wren discovers through the PI that three women, all with troubled pasts have gone missing, along with all of their money and all had hooked up with "Adam" on Torch.

As Wren tries to get to the bottom of the mystery, she is contacted by an anonyous text, could it be Adam. should she follow the voice in her head and get help or should she follow her heart and go after Adam.  Wren decides she needs to go home to the same town where her past became a tragedy, back to the Hollows.

This was a slow burner but one that had enough action to keep me interested.  The character development was well done and the story had a satisfying ending.  I like the way this author tells a story and I enjoyed this book over a stromy weekend,. Great read.
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Wow, the beginning of this book hooked me in, but I found it hard to keep up with. I think the main reason for this was because we (the reader) we’re referred to as ‘you’ making us Adam, the man Wren has been ghosted by. It was a unique twist and element but I didn’t like it. 

I enjoyed the flashbacks to the past and learning about Wren’s past. It was almost as interesting as the actual story! Unfortunately, the confusion was too much for me and it dampened my enjoyment of the story. However, I loved the authors writing so I would still love to check out their future works. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and author for a chance to read and review this book.
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I loved reading Last Girl Ghosted with its complex and absorbing plot. In a storyline that included some very dark themes including PTSD and guilt, I was mesmerised from start to finish. My first book by Lisa Unger, I was mightily impressed and I know I will be reading more from this talented author. A very worthy five-star novel.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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