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The Last to Vanish

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Cutter's Edge in North Carolina is a mountain resort with the ominous reputation as the place where people have gone missing over the last twenty-five years. Abby has been working at Cutter's Edge for a decade, as a hotel manager, and living in employee quarters on the property. The resort owner Celeste and her late husband built the resort, and leaves the running of the hotel over to Abby and another employee Georgia.
Abby becomes embroiled in trying to solve the numerous disappearances near the mountains behind the resort, and from the tiny town close by. There are many twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages.

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I love Megan Miranda’s books but this one seemed different to me, a little slower to the action and much more focused on the
setting and literally setting the scene for the action. None of this made it a bad read, it was still an intense ending, just a seemingly divergent style! Culver Pass has always been made up of the “us” and the “them”. Those who were born there and who lived there when the first 4 hikers went missing, and the outsiders who came later when the three other hikers went missing. Abby was somewhere in between, after 10 years she was an outside insider, included but not totally. When Trey West appears looking for more information about his missing brother the town’s secrets, and the secrets of those who live there, come to light and it certainly isn’t pretty! An engaging read that has a shocking ending!

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Small town secrets and plot twists you won’t see coming, Megan Miranda does not disappoint. Abby Lovett manages the passage Inn in North Carolina’s Cutter’s Pass, where for years,tourists tend to mysteriously vanish, including the journalist investigating the disappearances. Recommended for fans of slow-building mysteries with turns and twists. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. #NetGalley #TheLastToVanish

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One of Miranda’s best books in my opinion. And that praise doesn’t come lightly- All The Missing Girls holds a dear place in my heart. This book absolutely builds on the suspense before handing you a whopper of a conclusion.

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Initial reaction : hhdjajrjcowmkapgbiamc 😳

I LOVED this book! It's been a while since a thriller has left me so satisfied 😭

A rustic inn. The Appalachian Trail. A string of mysterious disappearances. A small town full of secrets.


This is my favorite Megan Miranda so far by a long shot and one of my most anticipated 2022 reads and it did not disappoint. 👏

There are so many twists and red herrings that even if you piece together one of the puzzles, you'll still be shocked by so many more!

My heart was racing for the last 25% of this one and not only because I was reading it while on the treadmill 😂

Thank you so so much to @scribnerbooks and @netgalley for sending me this one and to @meganlmiranda for writing such a wonderful book 🎊

Do yourselves a favor and pre-order this one! It's out on July 26th!

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Abby Lovett, manager of the Passage Inn, has lived for 10 years in North Carolina’s “most dangerous” town, Cutter’s Pass — a hop-on/hop-off point for the Appalachian Trail — that unfortunately got its bad rep for occurrences in which tourists seem to disappear into the woods without a trace. Four camping buddies went missing together 25 years ago, and then 10 years ago Alice Kelly disappeared, followed by Farrah Jordan 3 years ago and, the last to vanish, 4 months ago, Landon West, who was a journalist investigating the previous disappearances. West’s brother Trey has checked into Abby’s Inn, into the same cabin abandoned by his brother. And Trey’s queries put into motion yet another investigation about all 7 missing people.

Abby still isn’t quite an “insider” in this small town — and everyone else is divided into locals who were present during all the disappearances or just the latter few. Abby arrived just after Alice disappeared, but she is slowly discovering that all of the missing, including the original four, might not just have the woods and the Shallow Fall Trail in common, but also her inn seems to play a central role.

After a slow build up, “Last to Vanish” actually turns into a fast-paced thriller with a twisty turn of events that totally surprised me. And I love thrillers that get me engaged to the end. 4 stars! Megan Miranda has another novel to be proud of.

Thank you to Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review!

Literary Pet Peeve Checklist:
Green Eyes (only 2% of the real world, yet it seems like 90% of all fictional females): YES Celeste, the inn’s owner, has striking green eyes.
Horticultural Faux Pas (plants out of season or growing zones, like daffodils in autumn or bougainvillea in Alaska): YES Blooming rhododendron get a mention during the search for Landon in April; usually this bush doesn’t Bloomingdale North Carolina until June.
There goes a Tesla (in present day books, someone owns an electric vehicle): NO Probably not a lot of superchargers in rural North Carolina.

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Megan Miranda is such a talented writer. This is the story of Cutter’s Pass where people keep disappearing and Abby is who caught in the middle of it all. I loved Abby’s character and how she keeps digging to find answers. I wasn’t able to predict the ending, which I always love!

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The Last to Vanish was an atmospheric read that had me wishing for summer and a cabin at the lake!

The beginning was a little slow, but once it picked up I was invested and read this one within 24 hours.

I did find the reveal of the Fraternity Four mystery a little underwhelming, but the ending came together nicely and wasn’t rushed.

This was my first read from Megan Miranda, but I look forward to digging into her back list. Thank you to Scribner Books and NetGalley for the gifted eARC in exchange for this honest review.

The Last to Vanish hits shelves 7/27/2022!

Overall rating: 3.5 ★s, rounded up to 4 for Goodreads

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Megan Miranda does not disappoint in this new novel!! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and you'll find it hard to put the book down once you start it. Highly recommend!!

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3.8, rounded. This is a great read for someone, but didn't spark for me in the way Miranda's other books have. I'll not be deterred, however.

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