The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda
7/26/22; 336 pages
Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books
The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda is a very highly
recommended excellent thriller. Miranda is one of my favorite
authors and she delivers the goods again!
Abby (Abigail) Lovett arrived in Cutter's Pass, North Carolina,
ten years ago and is now managing The Passage Inn. Cutter's Pass,
an access point to the Appalachian trail, is known as the most
dangerous town in North Carolina based on the several unsolved
disappearances tied to the city. The disappearances include the
Fraternity Four, a group of students in 1997; Alice Kelly in 2012;
Farrah Jordan in 2019; and Landon West in 2022.
Landon West was a journalist who was investigating the disappearances before he became a statistic. Now four months later his brother, Trey, has arrived at the Inn and he has some questions. Abby, who often feels like an outsider, notices all the reactions Trey is getting while looking into his brother's disappearance, which causes her to start looking a bit closer into Landon's disappearance as well as that of the others.
Cutter's Pass may be a picturesque tourist destination
but it is also the most dangerous town in North Carolina and that
moniker helps draw some tourists. It also seems that it might be
true, but Abby can't get any answers and has to search for them.
Then she finds some incriminating evidence and must look closely at
everyone she knows
The writing is exceptional in this suspenseful thriller and
mystery. The narrative is told through five parts of the novel.
Each carefully plotted part focuses on a disappearance, starting with
the most recent. The tension and apprehension build slowly at first but
then it begins to multiply, and accumulate, as Abby uncovers more
information and begins to question everyone around her. How well does
she know her neighbors and friends? The sense of menace and dread will begin to start immediately. There are several shocking twists I didn't see coming at all.
Abby is a great character who will immediately garner your trust and
you will care about her. All the secondary characters are equally
interesting, realistic, and bring different dimensions to the unique
plot. Even the setting, the mountains, hiking trails, and town, bring
something unique to the narrative.
Once you start reading, The Last to Vanish becomes un-put-downable and it exceeded all my expectations. Another winning novel by Megan Miranda!