book review

The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Publication Date: July 26, 2022

Publisher: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books

Pages: 323

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 4/5

This is a slow moving mystery about all the disappearances in the town of Cutter’s Pass, North Carolina over the last twenty years. Our protagonist, Abigail, works at a popular inn near the Appalachian where she is forced to once again examine the disappearances when the brother of the most recent missing person comes to investigate. Following the breadcrumbs that are slowly revealed leaves Abigail questioning everything and everyone she thought she knew.

Miranda writes some of the best atmospheric mysteries. I instantly felt transported to Cutter’s Pass and The Passage Inn. I also really enjoyed (for the first three quarters) the slow unraveling of the mystery. Miranda brilliantly formatted this book into different sections that helped steer the direction of the story. Also for how intriguing the mystery was, this is also a story about Abigail and how she fits into the close knit community of Cutter’s Pass. Which was a plus for me since I enjoyed Abigail and watching her trying to fit the pieces she was uncovering together.

Like I mentioned above, I really enjoyed the majority of this mystery. And while I think the resolution of the mystery makes sense I also wanted there to be more. I have no issues with the pacing of this story because I was so immersed in this world that Miranda created. However, everything seems to come together at the same time and doesn’t quite have the payoff I was hoping for. I’m such a lover of mysteries that I rarely feel let down by one since my favorite part is seeing how everything comes together. And this one had too many leftover strings of plot for me to feel fully satisfied.

This leisurely paced mystery won’t be for everyone. But if you are looking for something that will transport you to a beautiful setting with an engaging story than this might be one you want to pick up.

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