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The Last to Vanish

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This story surprised me - it's part mystery, part adventure story which was unexpected from this author. The book centers on Abby, working at The Passage Inn in the mountain town of Cutter's Pass, North Carolina. People in the ton take care of their own, but several tourists hiking the Appalachian Trail have disappeared over the last twenty-five years. When the brother of the last hiker to vanish arrives in Cutter's Pass to get some answers, Abby attempts to get some answers of her own. Miranda's writing is a bit slow, but I see that as a mechanism used to build tension. Cutter's Pass is a fairly isolated area surrounded by dangerous hiking trails and rough weather. All in all, this was an enjoyable read for me!

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An average thriller here. Nothing special or noteworthy. Forgettable thrill but a thrill nonetheless while it lasts.

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I’m a fan of Megan Miranda, so I’m always excited when she has a new book out. I loved the mountain cabin setting of this novel. I always appreciate the atmosphere she creates, and this book was no different. Although I did find the story itself a bit underwhelming. I enjoyed reading The Last to Vanish, but I’ve definitely read better by Miranda.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

100% probably my fault, but I was just so zoned out for this book, and it didn’t capture my attention.

I did like the fact that it was split up into parts, but in some ways, that made it more distracting.

I definitely want to try more Megan Miranda, I just think this one wasn’t for me!

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I’ve been a fan of Megan Miranda’s enthralling novels from the beginning. The Last to Vanish will draw you in and keep you perched on the edge of your seat. Run, don’t walk, to grab a copy today!

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This is probably my favorite Megan Miranda book yet! It was so plausible and mysterious. And, I appreciated how all of the loose ends were tied up at the end with a focus on family, justice, and forgiveness.

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This was a fantastic summer read - edge of your seat, characters that you think you know but then start to question, twists and turns and drama and suspense. What more could I ask for?! I wasn't familiar with Miranda's work so I wasn't sure what to expect. She's hooked me though, and I'm starting to work my way through her previous books. A good story, imperfect characters, and writing that pulls you into the story will hook you until the end.

I also appreciated the details and attention paid to the feel as though you are hiking along with people, in the town, analyzing the complicated relationships that make up small towns...all of it makes the mystery and story itself much fuller and able to be visualized as if you're there, not just reading the words on a page.

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This is an excellent thriller. By no means is it groundbreaking or earth shattering but its a lovely (albeit predictable) bit of escapism

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I began reading this. DNF. This one just couldn't keep my interest nor did I seem to care enough about the character to continue reading. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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I really enjoyed the scenery and describing of the hikes on this one, as someone who recently discovered a love of hiking. I also enjoyed getting to be a bit of a detective along with the main character, trying to figure out what happened to each of these hikers who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While I felt like the big reveal was a little disappointing, overall the book kept me intrigued and entertained.

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Awesome setting, strong characters, twisty plot... and a twist at the end that the reader will not see coming! What a terrific ride!

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Read to 40% and then skipped to 80%

I am a huge Megan Miranda fan. I love her thrillers and sadly, I was so bored with this story.

Being in Abby's head is bland. Her inner monologue is vague and while it makes sense at the end, it didn't help to set up the story. There are a lot of characters here and they're all just as bland.

Plot wise...are you getting the theme? Yep, bland. I was intrigued pretty much right from the start, but that quickly faded. I ended up skipping to read the last 20% and that seems to be where the action actually started. Sure, there were things that didn't make sense to me in the reveal, but I didn't care enough to go back.

Overall, it had so much potential, but didn't give off the creepy, tension filled atmosphere I was expecting.

**Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

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Another great read from Megan Miranda. Great twists and turns. Pick this one up!

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. This is my honest review.

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***Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—As the book begins, the string of unsolved disappearances that has haunted the town is once again thrust into the spotlight when journalist Landon West, who was staying at the inn to investigate the story of the vanishing trail, then disappears himself.
When Landon’s brother Trey shows up looking for answers, Abby can’t help but feel the town closing ranks. And she’s still on the outside. When she finds incriminating evidence that may bring them closer to the truth, Abby soon discovers how little she knows about her coworkers, neighbors, and even those closest to her.***

Megan Miranda has a way of dragging you into the story as if you were there too! the first part of this book was a little slow-paced that builds up but the last 2/3 I devoured in one sitting I couldn't put it down! one plot twist was a "WHAT" moment that I didn't see coming and I was suspicious of everyone.
This was another great read by Megan one I will definitely be recommending.

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3.5 / 5 Stars;

I’ve been a fan of Megan Miranda since All the Missing Girls and The Last to Vanish is another fun read from her! Here’s some Spoiler Free Thoughts:

The Good:
The premise is excellent! There is a town where people keep going missing and when a family member of one of the missing comes looking for answers, our MC learns people are hiding more than you’d think.

I also like the characters and motivations of the lead, it’s clear there’s a conflict between the us and them aspect of a small town and that shines right through.

The “Not so Good”:
Without giving too much away, I felt that the reveal was a bit rushed and not fully fleshed out (which granted it is difficult to do in a book like this).

It was really really slow to start. It should have grabbed readers from the very beginning with the initial scene but I found the first half of the book to be tedious and really slow to progress. I almost DNFed it multiple times which was not great.

The realism factor could have used some work. The fact that seven people can go missing in a woods and the FBI or forms authorities are not involved seemed far fetched to me. In reality the situation would have no longer been so closed and would have needed more scrutiny than the “sweep it under the rug” tactic the townspeople utilize.

Overall I found The Last to Vanish an interesting read and it will be a great fit for any fans of small town crime and Megan Miranda.

Thank you to Netgalley and Marysue Rucci Books/Scribner Publishing for the advanced read of The Last to Vanish in exchange for an honest review.

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Megan never disappoints. I look forward all her novels every summer when they are released. Great twists and turns

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THE LAST TO VANISH landed on my Top 5 for the month of July, a creepy and atmospheric tale set in a small, tight-knit town in the NC mountains. Miranda is a clever master of surprise, dropping clues and changing course, constantly keeping the reader on their toes until the mystery is solved. I couldn't put this one down.

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Ever since the fraternity four went missing in the woods, the small town of Cutter’s Pass, NC started getting more tourism. They even renames the local bar to “The Last Stop”.Some people continued to disappear after staying at the Passage Inn and going hiking. Abby has been an employee at the inn for a while when the brother of the most recent hiker who disappears shows up to investigate. It was an okay read. I liked the setting and atmosphere, but it wasn’t a book that I couldn’t wait return to.

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Loved this title - Megan Miranda is definitely carving out a niche for herself. Excellent follow up.

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I was so excited to pick up The Last To Vanish!

The best thing about this book, and what I was looking forward to - the atmosphere. Cutter's Pass set in-between mountains. Dark, isolated, chilly... what a great read to get you in the mood for any spooky season!

My reaction to the actual book though is mixed. Although I loved the atmosphere and the main character, Abby - I found that I was slightly bored about halfway through. There was a lot of build up that I kept losing focus on what we were actually waiting to discover. At one point, there were so many extreme coincidences, It just felt forced.

I read about 60% on my kindle and then decided to switch over to the audiobook once the book was released.

Overall, not my favorite Megan Miranda novel.

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