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Last Girl Ghosted: A Novel (2021)

by Lisa Unger

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"A five-alarm fire of a situation...the surprises keep coming." --The New York Times   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.… (more)
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Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

“Think twice before you swipe.”

An interesting picture on a dating app

The first date

Fell in love fast and hard…

And then he was gone.

Maybe it's her fault but don't all women say that?
“I moved too fast”
“I shared too much.”
But when she learns later that there were other girls. Girls that disappeared. Now she knows it wasn’t her and she wants answers. Following the digital trail his and hers she finds herself on a dark and dangerous trail. But is she the only one hunting for the truth or is someone else already have her set as their prey?

I don’t know about you but I always enjoy Lisa Ungers books! This one is a dark and disturbing read, especially because of the whole dating app thing I don't know about now but they were very popular a few years ago so to read about something that could actually happen or has happened just adds to the creepy factor! Its character development was great! The book is well written and with Lisa Unger’s own unique writing style and the twists and turns you have a great Mystery/thriller! Happy reading everyone!

Thank you Park Row books for sharing this book with me in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  jacashjoh | Apr 19, 2022 |
Wren Greenwood has been pushed into trying a dating app by her best friend. By day, Wren secretly writes advice columns as Little Birdie - but no one knows this, or do they? When she meets Adam, she feels an instant connection. They do everything together, until suddenly, nothing. Adam ghosts her. As Wren tries to come to terms with this, she begins investigating and discovers that she isn't the first woman he ghosted. An appearance by Jones Cooper and The Hollows area will be familiar to Unger fans.
I enjoyed this, but there were some gaps in the story. Also, women do stupid things in the name of love, but this was a bit dangerous, and very foolish!! ( )
  rmarcin | Mar 14, 2022 |
With the popularity of dating apps, this book seems extremely applicable. Woman meets man through dating app, they have an immediate connection, she falls in love, he disappears... I can absolutely see this happening.

Somewhere between catfishing and jilted lover, when Adam disappears, Wren wants answers. Unfortunately, she only finds herself with more questions and not too many answers. It's the perfect set up for a thriller plot.

I loved the psychologically thrilling storyline, the speed of the book, and the characters. I felt there was plenty going on to keep me entertained and demanding my own answers.

Thank you for allowing me to read this one.
  Jynell | Feb 24, 2022 |
To all appearances, Wren Greenwood would seem to have it all. Her successful “Dear Birdie” advice column and associated blog have garnered so much success that she closed a significantly-lucrative financial deal with the New York Chronicle. Subsequently, the related podcast became a huge success in its own right and now there’s a staff to help Wren with all of it. Financially resourceful, she’s managed to purchase a dilapidated brownstone that she’s spent the last several years fixing up.

But Wren’s romantic life is essentially nonexistent. Cajoled by her best friend, Jax, into putting her profile up on the Torch online dating site, she has a couple of “meh” dates before Adam Harper comes into her life. And just when she’s certain she knows where the relationship is going, Adam stands her up and subsequently vanishes along with his online profile, his social media account, his cellphone number, and his apartment.

Ghosted.

But when a private investigator shows up asking questions about a man who looks very much like Adam and the disappearance of a young woman who’d met him through Torch, Wren sets out to find some answers.

What will Wren discover about the man who ghosted her? And what does her past have to do with what’s happening now?

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This is a dark and disturbing tale filled with secrets, obsessions, and revenge. Anchored by a strong sense of place [and the casual mention of a virus in China to cement the timeline], the story alternates between the present and Wren’s disconcerting, difficult childhood. A glimpse into the lives of the three missing women reveals that each of them, like Wren, survived some horrific tragedy in their childhoods. But the mystery of what happened to them after they met Adam lingers.

At the outset, Wren seems to be managing her life rather well. True, she’s not done much dating before Adam comes into her life, but it’s as if all her insight and common sense abandon her when it comes to that relationship. She continually makes questionable choices [likely to cause a severe case of eye-rolling in the reader]. Her backstory, parceled out in “Then” chapters in the telling of the tale, is complex, compelling, and harrowing.

Less a thriller and more of a powerful meeting-the-challenges-of-life sort of a narrative, the author devotes a significant amount of time to examining the characters’ feelings, leading to a disturbing denouement that is sure to create dissidence among readers. Nevertheless, the issues are authentic, the backstory of Wren’s life nothing short of gut-wrenching.

Eventually, the plot lines come together well enough to tie up the storylines adequately, but many unsettling questions remain. Mental illness, psychological trauma, survivalist living, grief, and family abuse give the narrative an undercurrent of uneasiness, but they don't play into the denouement of the story in any significant way. It's the courage to survive and the dangers of online dating that seem to be the central foci of the narrative, but the dark themes woven throughout the telling of the tale provide much food for contemplation.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jan 8, 2022 |
Wren Greenwood, a successful advice columnist, finds herself a victim of a too common 21st century ploy: the Romance Scam. Lisa Unger introduces the lonely, lovelorn Wren in her latest: Last Girl Ghosted. Although she is capable of dispensing insightful counsel, she feels hypocritical and burdened by taking on the despair of her readers. At her best friend’s urging, she joins a dating app in hope of filling a void in her life with a relationship. Wren is particularly drawn to one profile-the owner of a security company who quotes Rilke. It seems that they are perfectly suited to each other, and Wren quickly finds herself in a romantic whirlwind. She feels safe enough with this man to share some of her closely held secrets about her traumatic childhood. When her paramour disappears without a trace, Wren devotes herself to trying track him down. She learns along the way that the man’s motives were not what she had thought. Wren is tracked down and questioned by Bailey, a private investigator who has been hired for a related case. Their attraction begins to grow as they search for answers together. Wren is conflicted because she still has feelings for the missing stranger, despite his alleged actions. When the search brings Wren and Bailey back to her hometown, she is surrounded by memories of her horrific past. It is difficult for the reader to cheer for Wren when she keeps making bad choices and sabotaging her own efforts. Last Girl Ghosted is a perfect example of a genre blend of Romance/Suspense that unfortunately fails to achieve credible balance. The romantic plot becomes more of a diversion that is both cringe-worthy and trite. Unfortunately, Last Girl Ghosted is a novel with too much romantic foolishness and too little genuine thrills.

Thanks to the author, Park Row and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. ( )
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"A five-alarm fire of a situation...the surprises keep coming." --The New York Times   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.

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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.
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