Girl Last Seen

Girl Last Seen

by Nina Laurin

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Overview

Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart.

An intense psychological thriller for readers of I Am Watching You, The Luckiest Girl Alive, and All the Missing Girls.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455569021
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,173
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.12(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nina Laurin studied Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently lives. She arrived there when she was just twelve years old, and she speaks and reads in Russian, French, and English but writes her novels in English. She wrote her first novel while getting her writing degree, and Girl Last Seen was a bestseller a year later in 2017. The follow-up, What My Sister Knew, came out in summer 2018 to critical acclaim. Nina is fascinated by the darker side of mundane things, and she's always on the lookout for her next twisted book idea. She blogs about books and writing on her own site, thrillerina.wordpress.com.

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Girl Last Seen 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got a little slow in the middle and could have used more connective details to carry us through to the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was insanely gripping. I absolutely loved it. Very realistic point of views from each character. What an incredible first novel by Nina Laurin. I hope there are many more to come after this, such a talented author. I will anxiously await her next book. I found myself reading deep into the late hours of the night just unable to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest for every page!
runnergirl83 More than 1 year ago
Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart. Laine was kidnapped thirteen years ago and escaped. There is presently another young girl missing, who Laine notices looks quite a bit like her. Her kidnapper was never caught, so she suspects that her kidnapper has found a girl who looks like her to replace her. Laine lives in the bad part of the city and works two jobs trying to keep her apartment. She is soon re-connecting with the policeman who found her when she escaped from her kidnapper and she becomes involved in trying to help find the missing girl, Olivia. This book draws you in, you wonder where missing Olivia is and who the kidnapper is. Laine has her issues, but it makes the character more realistic. I don't want to read about perfect characters as nobody is perfect. She has had a hard life, so her having problems is understandable. She makes several poor decisions which is frustrating, but in the end you think maybe she will be okay and able to turn things around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So slow moving like ridibg a bike up a steep hill
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was okay. I really liked certain aspects of the book while I found other aspects less impressive. This book found its way onto my reading schedule largely because the premise of the book was quite intriguing in addition to positive reviews from others. I did find the story to be rather interesting and I am glad that I decided to give it a try. Lainey is a rather tragic character. As a child, Lainey was taken and held captive for three years. She carries a lot of emotional scars from her ordeal in addition to her physical ones. They have never caught her captor. Lainey is really just getting by in her life. She works a couple of entry-level jobs and lives in an apartment she can afford. She uses chemicals to help herself deal with day to day life. Everything changes when Lainey sees a poster for a missing girl. She knows right away that this girl is connected to her case and she knows that the girl is in danger. Lainey feels compelled to help find the girl before it is too late. She finds herself working with the police and even her parents to get to the bottom of what has really happened. I liked the basic story but had a few issues. It seemed like everyone kept crossing boundaries with Lainey. Not only did I hate seeing these things happen to Lainey, but they also didn't always feel authentic to me. It never felt right that Lainey would have been given so much access to a case being actively investigated by the police. She was anything but qualified! I really had a hard time connecting with Lainey or any of the characters. I thought that Vanessa Johansson did a great job with the narration. I think that this was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to her narration work and I really enjoyed the way she read the story. She did a great job with various character voices and added a lot of intensity to the mystery. I do think that a lot of readers might like this one a bit more than I did. I thought it was a compelling mystery with an interesting twist. I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Nina Laurin's work in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In some places, hard to follow but intensely thrilling until the end. Looking forward to seeing the way this author's writing style will blossom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't terrible, but not the best book I've read. Seemed a bit cheesy in certain spots, but otherwise pretty good. Although, I guessed the ending about halfway through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt smooth but kept me interested
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little predictable at times but still ended up being a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. I absolutely loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one book you’ll want to read. Kept me turning the pages and didn’t want to stop until finished the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked in chapter one and loved every chapter. It had good twists to keep you intrigued and the ending was definitely a shock and thrilling! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good suspense novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read. I wish some parts had more details and better developed but overall I recommend
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Laine is working two jobs and trying to support herself and it is revealed early on that she had a hard childhood with a major experience that forever changed who she was. While working one of her jobs, she sees a missing report, but this one seems different from the rest and pulls her in to figure out what happened to this girl. I loved the premise of this story and the first half worked so well for me, but somewhere half way thru I got lost and couldn't really get back into it. There was a big thing about her past and what happened to her and how it happened that I just didn't get nor enjoy. I actually rolled my eyes and got frustrated with the book because I just didn't think it worked with the rest of the story.
K_P_Knupp More than 1 year ago
Holy crap! This book is intense, but in the most amazing way. It's raw and real. You feel and hurt for Laine. You will be angry and begging to know who did it. Who's continuing to do it. It keeps you guessing as you try to piece together the clues. The story stays raw, emotional, and real through and through from beginning to end. The end is exactly how it should be. True horror fills these pages because you can truly put yourself in this character's life. Definitely a must read.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Girl Last Seen is a hauntingly good tale that had me intrigued from the first page, it was suspenseful, dark, and packed with many twists and turns that left me more than a little shocked! When Detective Sean Ortiz walks back into Lainey's life she instantly knows that it isn't for a pleasant visit, she can see it in his face, he's brought trouble with him, trouble that is certain to turn her carefully constructed life upside down. He needs her help finding a missing girl, and he has a hunch that the person who took her all those years ago, is involved. But she isn't so sure she is willing to travel down that road again, she has just now gotten to where she can breath a small sigh of relief, and look over her shoulder a little less. But then again the thought of another little girl suffering the same fate she found herself in all those years ago, makes her want to help... but at what cost? This was my first read from this author and I have to say I am quite impresses with what I found, I was looking for a read that would keep me on the edge of my seat and this one did that for sure! The story line was well crafted, contained lots of emotion and suspense, and it had my thoughts swirling more than once. Highly recommend this one, it's a gripping read, that is sure to have you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath the whole way through!!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Crazy, crazy ending. This one had me very confused at times, due to the main character, Ella/Lainey. She was a very strange bird, but I guess I would be also if I had been abducted and held captive for 13 years. That being said, I enjoyed reading the book. And the ending blew me away. Definitely recommend! Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Aurora-Bs-Book-Blog More than 1 year ago
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 barely been able to leave a mark on my own life." This girl gets no breaks!  Prior to her kidnapping she’s neglected by her junkie mother and after her captivity she’s thrown into an institution becoming a faceless ward of the state.  Being a poor girl with no support and no family to speak of the police didn’t make much effort to find her captor.  She simply isn’t seen as important enough to spend a lot of resources on. She’s doing the best she can but her constant anxieties follow her around like a dark shadow she can’t quite shake without “help”.  Then one day Laine sees a photo of a missing 10 year old girl named Olivia Shaw who seems to bear some resemblance to her.  Her world is suddenly turned upside down as dread begins to seep into her mind.  Is her captor involved or is she just being paranoid? Sean Ortiz, the cop assigned to Olivia’s case, was the one who found Laine 10 years prior.  There is an immense amount of pressure to find Olivia because unlike Laine’s case Olivia’s is high-profile.  He has a hunch that there’s a connection between Olivia’s abduction and Laine’s.  He has no choice but to track down and question Laine, but he’ll have to face some demons of his own when he sees her again. Sean carries around guilt when it comes to Laine.  He’s fully aware that the effort the police put into Laine’s case was minimal and can’t help but feel he let her down.  Now he has to ask her for help to find Olivia and he knows he’s asking a lot.  When Laine sees Sean again she’s overwhelmed but despite her fears she agrees to help bringing her face to face with her past. As the investigation continues Laine is progressively becoming more fragile.  She’s trying to cope with the added anxiety and is growing more paranoid by the day.  Coupled with drugs she’s heading towards a breakdown.  BUT is her paranoia warranted? The author doesn’t hold anything back!  Through Laine’s troubled eyes I see what she sees, felt what she felt and it’s visceral!  The emotion is so honest and messed up.  I not only question the characters motives but Laine’s very account of what she’s experiencing and learning about the case.  Some very uncomfortable questions arise that keep her constantly on edge.  I fell into a downward spiral with her as she struggles with her memories, anxiety, new found obsession with Olivia’s case and cocktail of prescription drugs.  I was so eager to see what happened next! The overall character development is very well done. Laine was endearing and willing to try her best to fight her own fears. Even at her most vulnerable there was a piece of her that just wouldn’t give up.  I could not, however, connect with Sean.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what kind of person he was. In terms of plot, there were minor moments when I felt that parts of the story were moving in an interesting direction and then left hanging without tying up loose ends.  It almost felt like the author wasn't a hundred percent sure which direction to go with the s
JBronder More than 1 year ago
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 when she was abducted. Although she wants to move on she knows she has to do something and although it’s going to be tough, she is going to have to relive her past to save Olivia Shaw. This book is heartbreaking. Lainey goes through hell and back yet has no way to identify her kidnapper. Then she is trying to live with the abuse that was done to her and that her kidnapper is still free. You can’t blame her for turning to drugs, alcohol because all the horrible decisions she has made since then. I wanted to cheer for her as she started hunting the kidnapper down yet then there were times I would get so frustrated at her. This was a great thriller that had me turning the pages and up all night to see what was going to happen next. Lainey may not have been a perfect character but she was willing to fight to save Olivia and herself. I received Girl Last Seen from Grand Central Publishing for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Debut author Nina Laurin has created a stunning dark and gritty thriller. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next, Laurin veers hard left and takes you down an unexpected and intriguing path. The plot is full of twists and sure to keep you turning pages late into the night. Main character Lainey is, first and foremost, a survivor. But the three years she spent suffering under the hands of a sadistic kidnapper left their mark on her, both physically and mentally. Now a young adult, she is appalled to learn that another young girl has gone missing...and that this girl's case bears some remarkable similarities to hers. She's enlisted to help in the hunt for the missing girl and must face hard truths about her own past that threaten to consume her. The effects of Lainey's abuse and resulting PTSD filter into every aspect of her life. She self-medicates her intense anxiety with drugs (prescription and otherwise) and keeps her distance emotionally from those around her. The author handles Lainey's mental state with deft compassion and truth. At no point do you pity Lainey, but you always empathize with her. Lainey is raw and real, and you flinch every time she makes a bad mistake while understanding exactly why she's doing it. GIRL LAST SEEN is character-driven suspense at its finest. You suspect everybody and trust nobody. Exactly what I want in a psychological thriller. Highly recommend. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*