Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger #BookReview @launger #Harlequin #ParkRow @BaysideBookReviews #thriller #mystery #suspense #NewRelease

Pub Date 05 Oct 2021
HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada), Park Row
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers


Think twice before you swipe.

Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this riveting thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game, from the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45

She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him—hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. Could it be love?

But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared—profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted.

Maybe it was her fault. She shared too much, too fast. But isn’t that always what women think—that they’re the ones to blame? Soon she learns there were others. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. She had been 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. And she’s not sure whether she’s the predator—or the prey.

Adele’s Review:

I should state right from the beginning that I’m a Lisa Unger super fan and have read all of her books since her first release. So I’m definitely biased when issuing five stars for her novels, though I’ve enjoyed some more than others. Unger’s books are a Master Class in writing, construction, and storytelling. Her five stars are earned on craftsmanship alone, regardless of my personal taste for each book.

Last Girl Ghosted is commentary on our increasing inability to connect with others in real life, one on one, and person to person. As social media grows, our isolation increases. Online, our profiles are curated and filtered and feature the best side of our personal world. Though we might have thousands of followers, we remain detached from them in reality. Our emotional satisfaction wanes as our online visibility widens and our connections with people we’ve never met increases.

Losing touch with others in real life and real time has had a devastating effect on the dating scene. Hookups have replaced courtships, and relationships are often fluid and insubstantial. For many, marriage has become an antiquated ideal. Loneliness is commonplace–not just for the elderly, but the young, too.

Last Girl Ghosted brings us inside a romantic relationship that begins online and seems to have promise, but dissolves when the man disappears without a trace. The story begins in the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic that solidified our loneliness while in national isolation–a brilliant stroke by Unger to set the tone of the book. When the protagonist, Wren, decides to track down the man who left her brokenhearted, the novel plunges deeper into the psychology of who we appear to be and who we are in reality. An outstanding read!

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