Last Seen Leaving - Caleb Roehrig

Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

This was certainly an intriguing tale that went in directions I did not expect. It was pretty brutal at times, but Roehrig did manage to examine some intense themes throughout the narrative, including rape culture, murder, intimidation, and dirty politics.

Flynn in particular was a deeply flawed but interesting character, trying to hide is sexuality even when he knew deep down how he felt about other guys. I kind of expected a relationship to develop eventually, but not quite how it actually happened in the book. Kaz, a co-worker of Flynn's missing ex-girlfriend, is super hot and definitely takes Flynn by surprise with his own revelations.

To me, the characters and their various interactions and relationships were the most intriguing component of the novel, but the murder mystery and political intrigue certainly held their own as the plot moved forward. I didn't put the twist together entirely, but there were certainly a good amount of clues to lead in the right direction, including some of the red herrings.

A swift, disturbing, and delightfully queer narrative for fans of Cale Dietrich's Love Interest and Tim Floreen's Tattoo Atlas.



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