Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton
Everyone in Chambers' hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina knows she lost her job at a Boston paper and slunk home. She had been determined to get out of town as soon as possible. Now, she's back living with her verbally abusive mother who makes no secret she doesn't approve of her daughter, her job, or her lifestyle. Laura has to fight for every inch of space at the newspaper, competing with the mayor's son. When two ten-year-old girls go missing in Hillsborough, one body is found. Laura's sleeping with her source for her articles, Deputy Frank Stuart. And, the only one willing to listen to Laura is someone who is being paid, her therapist.
Chambers is lonely, and she knows she's the butt of jokes. But, she's determined to be in on "the missing white girl story" if it breaks state or nationwide. It's the FBI agent, Timinski, who sends her in the right direction, to the retired sheriff and the accounts of ten-year-old girls who went missing thirty years earlier. Laura's convinced she knows where the killer and the missing girl are. While she isn't responsible for the resulting tragedy, she'll never forget what happens. And, then another girl disappears.
Hetherton's Laura Chambers isn't necessarily a likable investigator. But, it's hard not to root for her. As a result of her upbringing, she's desperate for success. And Timinski pushes her to the realization that the people involved are more than a story. They're people.
Last Girl Gone is a compelling story with a shocking climax. Most readers will be as stunned as Laura Chambers, who never saw it coming. This first mystery is an intense, character-driven story. It's going to be fascinating to see how the events of Last Girl Gone change Laura Chambers in future books.
J.G. Hetherton's website is www.jghetherton.com
Last Girl Gone by J.G. Hetherton. Crooked Lane Books, 2018. ISBN 9781683316176 (hardcover), 320p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.