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Last Seen Alone

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I have been a huge fan of Laura Griffin for a long time - I bought and read her Tracers series for years. After a long break, I picked this book up. And was greatly disappointed. 
The plot is simple to follow - feels very cookie cutter, predictable progression. 
Though I liked the characters - it just did not hold my attention.
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Vanessa Adams’ car is abandoned by the side of the road; her purse, car keys, and wallet left inside. She’s nowhere to be seen, but there’s blood…

Homicide Detective Brandon Reynolds is called in to investigate, and he’s got a bad feeling. One of the clues left in the car is attorney Leigh Larson’s card and so he tracks her down eager to find some answers.

Leigh, an attorney specializing in cases of sexual harassment, revenge porn, stalkers, and more, had one meeting with Vanessa, but she left an impression. Leigh suspected there was more to her story than Vanessa told her and starts looking into it more closely after Brandon questions her about the case. Brandon is less than thrilled with Leigh’s involvement, but as they’re working toward the same goal: finding Vanessa, they form a reluctant partnership.  

Last Seen Alone was an addictive read! From page one I was sucked into the mystery of Vanessa’s disappearance, following the trail of clues, and interviewing the suspects. Brandon doesn’t completely trust Leigh’s motives at first and doesn’t want her in danger. But as they investigate, they get to know each other, crossing paths as they get down to the bottom of the story, albeit at different angles. 

There’s a definite immediate attraction that neither Brandon nor Leigh welcomes, but it’s irresistible anyhow. Even though they were a bit adversarial at first, they had chemistry!  I loved getting to know these two and what made them tick. There was more of a back story for Leigh, the reason she was so passionate fighting for her clients, and I really admired her. The dirtbags she went after deserved some reckoning! I’m sad to say that some of the situations are very true-to-life.

With Last Seen Alone, Laura Griffin combined mystery, police procedural and romance in just the right amounts making for a captivating read! 

I alternately read an e-copy and listened to the audio version of Last Seen Alone. Cynthia Farrell is a new-to-me narrator, and it took a bit to get used to her matter-of-fact reading style, but the more I listened, the more I settled in and enjoyed.  I listened at my 1.5x normal speed.
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Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin 
Contemporary romantic suspense. Stand-alone. 
A woman is missing and Detective Brandon Reynolds has records that Leigh Larson is her attorney. Leigh can’t tell Brandon much since it was weeks since she talked to the woman, plus as an attorney, there is the confidentiality rules she has to follow. 

A fast paced and suspenseful novel first for the missing woman and then the reason behind her disappearance. Romance elements between Brandon and Leigh are passionate even though they don’t work together. I think Leigh was reckless in her investigation mostly because she’s an attorney, not a private investigator. She put herself in danger needlessly. But that’s what makes up the suspense typical of this author - the danger the heroine stirs up. 
Plenty of twists and turns from beginning to end to keep the reader following. 

🎧 I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Cynthia Farrell. She did a wonderful job with the voices of Brandon and Leigh as well as a few other characters. The emotions of suspense, fear and passion were clearly voiced and intense at the right times. The clear enunciation was a bit slow for me so I listened to most of the performance at my usual 1.25 speed. 

I received a copy of this from NetGalley and DreamscapeMedia.
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Thank you to Laura Griffin, Dreamscape Media, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review the audio version of Last Seen Alone.

Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. Leigh recently met a woman names Vanessa who was interested in hiring her but now now Vanessa is missing. Cue the hunky detective Brandon Reynolds who is investigating Vanessa's disappearance. 

The narration for this audiobook was good and there was one decent romance scene. Other than that, this whole story was essentially a "Great Value" Gone Girl where none of the characters were interesting and they seemingly can't help but make poor choices at every single turn. The fact that at least 3 of the characters weren't charges with obstruction of justice was insane. I know that this is a fiction book but I was annoyed at pretty much every character except for Vanessa's sister. 

If you're a fan of this author, by all means pick it up. You probably already know what you're getting yourself into. Otherwise, just go and re-read Gone Girl instead.
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Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin was a mystery thriller with a romance thrown into the story. 
The two main characters Leigh a lawyer and Brandon the detective but are looking for the same missing girl. Leigh was hired to be her attorney and paid the retainer fee and she hadn't heard from her since. She knows there's more then what seems going on. Brandon and his partner are trying to see is she just missing or has the case turned into a homicide? 

They aren't working together and he keeps trying to tell her to stay out of the case but she won't leave it alone. Turns out they need each other more then one way. But because she has gotten herself involved and asking to many questions she gets attacked at work. Is it because of the case is it a random break in? These are all the questions Brandon has to ask and find out. The more they go down the rabbit hole the more things that start to come out.  

There are a lot of twists and turns in this one and there is a slow burn romance in this story.
my only complaint is i felt the ending was a little rushed. AS soon as she finds out some things everything just started rushing ahead without it feeling more flushed out. But who doesn't love a good creepy missing person story. The story started out with a bang and keep you hooked.

Thanks to NetGalley/,Berkley publishing for a  copy of the Audio Arc in exchange for my honest review.
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I loved the setting of this story. It mentioned Texas and Austin area and I loved it. Leigh is a lawyer who helps with a missing person case and falls right in the arms of a local detective. It was very fast paced and I love books like that.
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I really enjoyed this  book! 

I love Griffin's characters, they are deep enough to be real but she doesn't bog down the book with lengthy overt descriptions. This book was a quick read and it held my interest and the twist surprised me. 

My only criticism is that the romance scenes get a little length and I don't need that, especially because I find it kind of awkward to listen to. If I wanted to listen to lengthy sex scenes I'd read erotica. That being said, it wasn't crazy over the top and it was mostly tasteful!
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This was intriguing and fast-paced with lots of twists. I didn’t enjoy the romance aspect and the detailed descriptions of intimacy, but that’s just me. The narrator was ok but I felt that her depiction of male voices was off: kind of forced and jarring. Overall an ok read.
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Interesting but somewhat not really my cup of tea. A mystery thriller crime. Loved the story line but the voice actor of the guy detective just ruined the book for me.  Well written. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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I enjoy Laura Griffins work so I was thrilled to listen to her newest audiobook. 

I really enjoyed Last Seen Alone. The writing was well done. I've not read anything I'd classify as romantic suspense before and this seemed to fit the bill. The plot wasn't overly original but I still enjoyed it.

The narrator did an excellent job as well.
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I had high expectations upon requesting this read from NetGalley, and was more disappointed than I am when I am declined a book by NetGalley.  I can't get my time back to be spent on a good read, and I know they are out there.  

A seasoned attorney falls for a seasoned detective.  Yippee.  How unbelievably unrealistic is this?  The cheesy  dialogue is proof positive this is not plausible.  The story was just lame and is lower in content than a B movie.  

Kudos for pointing out keeping a journal when strange things start happening. 

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Vanessa Adams is the woman the reader meets at the beginning. The last we see of her she is running through woods. Her car’s found, her body’s not; however, there is a lot of blood in the woods. The police can’t consider this a homicide without a body, but all signs point that way.  Defense attorney Leigh Larson is the one person that might have some answers but because of her relationship with the young woman gets mired in the investigation to the point of making herself a target.  Testing proves the blood belongs to Vanessa Adams but no body is found. Even though technically there is no homicide, Brandon and Antonio continue to work this case. Brandon tracks down Leigh Larson, an attorney who represents women stalked and harassed online by exes. She had met Vanessa once but only becomes her attorney when she received a retainer check by mail the day after Vanessa disappeared. Brandon and Leigh work individually to learn Vanessa's fate but sparingly share details with the other. Regardless of the trust issues between Brandon and Leigh, a romance develops. Brandon only feels more protective of Leigh after she is assaulted by someone with probable connections to Vanessa. He tries to persuade Leigh to stop her investigation but Leigh won't stop until she finds Vanessa or what happened to Vanessa. I did struggle to like Vanessa. out victim, if I'm honest. She was kind of her own worst enemy. There are plenty of layers to the story and I was kept very engaged.  This story is intense with the real-world issues faced today by many women of stalking and revenge when relationships fail.

Thank you NetGalley, Dreamscape Media and Berkeley Publishing for the  ARC.
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Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin was a book I could not put down. I listened to it in one day. I have only read one other Laura Griffin book. I will be checking out her other works.
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I’ve read romance novels, and I’ve read suspense novels but “romantic suspense?” I never knew the sub-genre existed! I know, shame on me for that one! For someone who may find traditional “thrillers” or crime novels to be too intense, this is the perfect option. Last Seen Alone does offer insights into criminal law, with drawn out suspense. There was no gore and minimal violence. What Last Seen Alone does have is relationships, romance and even steam!

Going in to this novel I was expecting a thriller, which was my own fault for not knowing what I was about to consume! I found the second half of the novel to pick up the pace. If you want more than just the budding romance, stick with it!

I enjoyed this title via audiobook. The narration was slow, making it easy to consume in 1.5x speed, which I always enjoy. The narration was very straightforward.

I would have preferred less romance and more of the mystery — I regretfully did not connect with the leading lady. :( But this was a pleasant audiobook listen and perfect for someone transitioning into suspense, mysteries and eventually thrillers.
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Brief Synopsis: Vanessa Adams is missing.   Her car is found abandoned on a desolate road.  The passenger door was left open and blood smears are present.  This is an unusual crime scene for homicide detective Brandon Reynolds.  Prior to her disappearance, Vanessa retained a lawyer (Leigh Larson) who specializes in extreme domestic situations.  Neither the detective nor the lawyer have any clues as to what had been troubling Vanessa, but they must work together to solve the case.

Thoughts: The characters in this story are realistic and the storyline is mostly believable.  The sexual tension that builds between the main characters in a week’s time is a bit cringeworthy.  But the one aspect that kept me from loving this book is that I didn’t like Leigh’s character.  In fact, I found her annoying.  Her actions didn’t seem overly believable, especially layering in that she’s an attorney.  She consistently went rogue and inserted herself into police matters.  More to that point, she was never physically prepared for the situations she KNOWINGLY put herself in.

Thank you to Laura Griffin, Dreamscape Media, and NetGalley for an audio copy of this book. I thought Cynthia Farrell did a good job with the narration, though I didn’t overly love the “voice” of Brandon’s character.  Overall this was a good, non-gruesome investigative mystery.
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An abandoned car and a missing woman lead Detective Brandon Reynolds and Attorney Leigh Larson to meet each other... the missing woman Vanessa Adams wanted to hire Leigh for some unspecified reason which prompts Leigh to involve herself in the investigation into the disappearance. So what happened to Vanessa? And what was she hiding? 

I didn’t much like Brandon and sometimes it felt like Leigh was making good points that he was just ignoring for no good reason. Was she doing a little too much? Yes but a lot of the time he did seem rather unreasonable. I don’t claim to know what the dynamics between cops and lawyers is like but Brandon was just difficult. They were both rather difficult. Leigh’s past was rather obvious but her too stupid to live tendencies were what annoyed me about her. If someone already attacked you why would you go putting yourself in danger? Repeatedly? I can just assume that real lawyers don’t do any of this nonsense that she engaged in.

It was an ok book and the narration was ok. The downside of having only the audiobook is that I can’t skim through the boring parts so that I can find out what happens in the end. I did want to know what happened to Vanessa and how it would all play out but it was a struggle to keep going the characters just weren’t likable enough for me to truly care. It wasn’t a bad book it was just ok.
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Laura Griffin delivers a fast paced mystery novel with a little romance sprinkled throughout. It all begins when detective Brandon Reynolds crosses paths with Leigh Larson, an attorney representing sexual extortion and online abuse. Reynolds is searching for a missing woman, Vanessa, who he believes to be Leigh’s client. Once Leigh realizes Vanessa may be in trouble, she decides to launch her own investigation. As her and Brandon’s searches begin crossing, they start spending more time together and quickly fall for one another. When Leigh’s involvement in the case puts her life in danger, Brandon is the one who comes to her rescue. The book was well written, and wasted no time getting right down to the mystery. I enjoyed the book and all of the twists that came along kept me guessing.
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Despite the lower rating I will say I really enjoyed this Last Seen Alone.  I would recommend this as an easy read, though.  The entire case and even the romance plot were painfully predictable but the writing was good and I still found myself enjoying the story. You are not going to find anything original here or overly surprising but its enjoyable still.   The narrator did an excellent job as well.
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Laura Griffin never disappoints! This book was action packed. I held my interest and kept me engaged the whole way thought. If you want a great detective, who done it and where are they well, read this!! 

The narrator was fabulous! She did an excellent job keeping the characters separated, it was extremely easy to follow along. Even at double speed.
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