Girl Last Seen

Girl Last Seen Two missing girls Thirteen years apart Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket blu

  • Title: Girl Last Seen
  • Author: Nina Laurin
  • ISBN: 9781455569021
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two missing girls Thirteen years apart.Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket, blue jeans, and pink boots I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can t bring myself to move Olivia Shaw could be my mirroTwo missing girls Thirteen years apart.Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket, blue jeans, and pink boots I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can t bring myself to move Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to thirteen years ago If you have any knowledge of Olivia Shaw s whereabouts or any relevant information, please contact I ve spent a long time peering into the faces of girls on missing posters, wondering which one replaced me in that basement But they were never quite the right age, the right look, the right circumstances Until Olivia Shaw, missing for one week tomorrow Whoever stole me was never found But since I was taken, there hasn t been another girl And now there is.

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    1. *3.5 Stars*Girl Last Seen offers everything I look for in a thriller: mystery, suspense, an untrustworthy cast of characters, a twisty “whodunnit” plot, not to mention that eerily beautiful cover—and yet the way it was all sort of haphazardly pulled together left me slightly underwhelmed. But why not start with the positive: The characters were gritty and uncensored—in fact, so were the elements of the plot—and I love that. If you’re going to create a lost and abused, pill-popping, d [...]

    2. I thought it would be fitting to start my review off with this lovely quote, one that I think carries a lot of weight—“No two persons ever read the same book.” ― Edmund WilsonHere’s to hoping Mr. Wilson’s words ring true—that every other reader has a completely different experience with this book than I did. Or that they find the wherewithal to toss it aside and move on; something my sense of obligation, tied to the review copy I received, just wouldn’t allow me to do. I really m [...]

    3. My reviews can also be seen at: deesradreadsandreviews.wordprI have always been interested in stories about missing people. So of course after reading the description for GIRL LAST SEEN, I knew I had to read it.Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart.Ella/Lainey/Laine has seen many missing posters over the last ten years. She studies them closely. But this recent one is different. The missing girl looks very similar to how Lainey looked 13 years ago. They never caught the man who kidnapped her a [...]

    4. Thrillers are an addiction. Ask anyone. Sometimes they just thrill and sometimes they get under your skin and tie you up for years at a stretch, doing unspeakable things to you and then they let you loose, making you feel like a monster for years and years. Well, it hasn't been years, rather minutes since I finished this book, and I can tell right away that I'm going to stay in a bit of shock. This is a dark one. I love the premise, the connection over many years, but I probably love other kinds [...]

    5. 4.5 First Time's a Charm Stars* * * * 1/2Spoiler FreeEvery once in a while, I will step away from my Romance Addition and read something that reminds me of all the Mystery/Thrillers, Etc. I use to gobble up like M&M's. Nothing could get my heart pumping and brain working into overdrive like a book with an intricate plot for me to figure out before the author gave all of the clues away.When Kristin(KC) posted she was thrilled to have gotten Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin from NetGalley, I chec [...]

    6. Wow,Wow and Wow again,this is a totally riveting twist packed story that I would gladly give far more than five stars if I could and would happily recommend to anyone who enjoys reading a damn good thriller.Ten years ago Ella Santos escaped from the clutches of the monster who had kidnapped and abused her for three years.She has changed her name to Lainey and has tried really hard to get on with her life but the person who kidnapped her has never been caught and Lainey has always known that one [...]

    7. "Normal is something you can fake really well if you try hard enough. You have to start by convincing yourself, and everyone else will follow, like sheep over a cliff."There’s nothing normal about this story. The main character, Lainey, is an unreliable narrator. At times I wondered if she was giving us the whole truth about situations or if we were being manipulated into thinking a certain way. Lainey was taken at the age of 10 and held captive for 3 years. The story begins 10 years after she [...]

    8. I decided to bump the rating up on this to 4 full stars, just because this is the author's debut novel. While this book isn't without it's problems, it is still a very strong start and I have a feeling her second book is going to be even stronger.Here's what I liked:-Ella/Lainey was the best developed character. She drew the short end of the stick in life and has the scars to prove it, both external and internal. -While the plot wasn't necessarily fresh, it did draw me in-I thought the ending pr [...]

    9. Girl Last Seen is the debut book by Nina Laurin and it's an exciting thriller that engrossed me from the moment I started to read the book. One of the reasons for the book to be so darn good is that Laine, the first girl that was taken was so well written that one could really feel her torment through the pages. She may have escaped her tormentor, but she is still not free. And, now another girl, Olivia has gone missing and the girl looks just like her. Is it a coincidence or has the man that to [...]

    10. Ten years ago, 13-year-old Ella was found walking along a road. She had been missing for three years, sexually abused and held captive in a basement. Unable to provide the police with any clues to her captor's identity, no one was ever apprehended for what happened to Ella. Now known as Lainey, she just about manages to scrape by, working two jobs, relying on booze and pills to keep going, and avoiding any meaningful human contact. When a ten-year-old girl disappears from the grounds of her scho [...]

    11. I picked this book up at a new local independent bookstore. While I typically don't read in the child jeopardy genre, this is more YA/Adult--a sort of "what happens later," with the original victim slowly taking matters into her own hands.The entire book is a highly suspenseful, strong debut novel.It appears the author named Nina Laurin is in fact Canadian author Ioulia Zaitchik: I wish her editor/publisher had just kept the Zaitchik name. Perhaps concern about being shelved alphabetically in bo [...]

    12. Wow! What a damn good thriller! About the last 40 pages I couldn't turn them fast enough! Excellent story that grabbed me from the first chapter & left me racing to finish! Honestly hard to believe this is a debut! Thanks to the author and Grand Central publishing for this early copy in exchange for review.

    13. 4.5 Very strong debut, reminded me a little bit of SHARP OBJECTS so if that's your thing, I highly recommend it. Laurin is good at making you care about difficult people--every time I was ready to hate Lainey, something was revealed about her that made me root for her again. I figured out the culprit halfway through, but there's still a nice twist or four down the road.

    14. The description for this book is chilling. This is a dark psychological thriller with plenty of suspense, and I believe this will be one of the most talked about books this year. Nina Laurin has an excellent writing style and descriptive imagery that grabs you from the prologue and never lets go. She taps into the main characters thoughts and shares them as an internal narration throughout the book. The character development is extensive and very well done. I believe this is Laurin's debut thril [...]

    15. "In the books and movies, the broken girl always dies at the end. Sometimes she's allowed one final heroic act, one last snarky line before she goes out. Maybe she sacrifices herself to save the real hero, or maybe her death is just a meaningless accident, an afterthought. But she always dies, because she's too tarnished to live."My first ARC! *sparkle*What makes Girl Last Seen unique in the slew of Girl books is that it's as much a character study as it is a suspense. It's the "psychological" i [...]

    16. Right so stand by for a really subjective review of this book its mostly personal perhaps due to over saturation. SO first of all the rating I give this book in actuality is 2.5* and that is all because the writer has skill. Talented prose building, for anyone new to psychological thrillers (or for those who just love them for whatever reason) a definitely intriguing and page turning story and Nina Laurin has a great eye for characters. But I'm bored of the same old excuses and reasons to move t [...]

    17. Ten years ago a young girl, Ella Santos, escaped her captor and was rescued after being held hostage for three long years. Now Ella has grown up and changed her name to Lainey. Lainey works two jobs and struggles daily with the mental and physical scars her time in captivity left her with. One day they Lainey's worst fear comes to pass when she sees the picture of a missing girl, one that looks exactly like her ten year old self had. Lainey had wondered and watched all these years for her captor [...]

    18. This book broke me.The blurb is vague, infuriatingly so, but it grabs you. And the book itself grips you right from the chilling prologue to that whopper of a twist in the end. I think it was a great choice to make the narration from only Laine's first-person viewpoint; it created an atmosphere of stifling claustrophobia, not too dissimilar from what Laine herself experienced as a kidnap victim when she was a child. This is one of the book's greatest strengths, imho.And I must admit, after being [...]

    19. The damaged girl always dies at the end, because she's too tarnished to live. It's hard to review this one because I don't want to give anything away. The main character, Ella (now known as Lainey) is a survivor: after being the victim of a terrible crime, she was essentially left to fend for herself for over a decade. Then another girl goes missing. she's the same age Lainey was when she was kidnapped, and looks a lot like her Sure enough, the police show up at Lainey's job, and she knows it ca [...]

    20. Lainey was ten when she was taken. She spent three horrible years in her kidnapper's basement, enduring horrible things. Lainey is supposed to be "lucky," since she escaped, but it's hard for her to see it that way sometimes. Her entire life has been formed by that awful period in her life. And now, another girl has gone missing. Olivia Shaw, who looks exactly like Lainey did thirteen years ago. Lainey's kidnapper was never found: the police say because she could never give strong enough evidenc [...]

    21. Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin is a gritty, suspense-laden mystery.In the ten years since her pedophile kidnapper inexplicably freed her, Laine Moreno has never fully recovered from her three year ordeal. Now twenty-three, she holds down two jobs to support herself and she relies on alcohol and drugs to keep her dark memories at bay. Laine comes face to face with her past when ten year old Olivia Shaw goes missing and Detective Sean Ortiz suspects there is a connection between Laine’s still uns [...]

    22. This book opens with the escape of Ella Santos from her captor, who’s held the 13 year old for three years. We next meet her a decade later, where she lives in anonymity under a pseudonym (Lainey) assigned to her many years earlier.We soon learn Ella was the child of a fairly disinterested mother and it took a while for anyone to actually notice that she’d gone missing after her mother was imprisoned. It made it hard therefore, for investigators to understand when and where she was taken. An [...]

    23. ***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.The best thing about this novel is the main character: formerly abused as a girl, the now-woman is depicted incredibly realistic, a drunkard and medication abuser, depressive, chaotic, with relationship issues, totally marked by her past.The plot was interesting, the secondary characters added up to the story, the atmosphere was heavy - exactly like it should be, considering what happene [...]

    24. A great debut thriller from Nina Laurin! Don't miss it!! Nina has a way with words that makes this book impossible to put down. I love a good thriller so this was amazing. Laurin has a way of making this a fast paced read while still giving the reader a chance to indulge and digest the information that is beautifully presented. Ella/Laine is not really a character that you can have sympathy for. Yet there are bits and pieces of a broken girl that you will find yourself dying to understand. The s [...]

    25. Girl last seen, by debut author Nina Laurin, is a deeply disturbing thriller that keeps you on edge as you become lost in a maze of twists, turns and a whole lot of emotion.Laine is at the center of this thrilling book.  Kidnapped at age 10, she’s held captive by a depraved pedophile for 3 years.  10 years later she’s struggling through life trying to cope with the severe trauma she’s suffered; typically through the use of prescription drugs and alcohol. She's utterly destroyed."I've bar [...]

    26. When Ella Santos was 10 years old, she was abducted. She was sexually, physically, and mentally abused for three years until she was released. Her kidnapper was very careful, not giving her enough information that could be used to catch him and still had not be caught. Ella has changed her name to Lainey and has been trying to deal with this for the last 10 years. But one day as she is putting up fliers of missing children she sees a little girl that is 10 years old and looked just like Lainey w [...]

    27. oneblogtwobroads/2017/07Lainey is a woman with so many scars and so much tragedy in her past. She was abducted when she was a child and abused cruelly by a captor that she can’t really remember. When a young girl named Olivia Shaw goes missing, Lainey knows that it has something to do with her abduction, 13 years later! Lainey is such a lost soul but she knows that she needs to do something about Olivia. I don’t want to give a lot of the story away but they have a very deep connection. As sh [...]

    28. Ten years after she was found, Lainey learns that a ten-year-old girl has gone missing. The girl resembles her, so she knows she was taken by the same kidnapper. Lainey was held by him for three years from the time she was ten. However, the police contact Lainey to help them because of her connection to the girl: she's her birth mother. Lainey has to use her unique position to help find Olivia Shaw while also finding her own kidnapper. This is an original thriller with many twists and turns. It [...]

    29. This book actually made me sweat. Like, full on, I’m so scared right now, you’re messing with my head, type of sweat. And I loved it. I was recommending this all over social media and was so highly invested I didn’t want to go to my weekly volleyball game when things started getting realllll twisty towards the end. If you can handle a disturbing thriller, get this one, because it will stick with you. I will say if you can’t handle disturbing situations such as child sexual abuse, you nee [...]

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