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Girl Last Seen Audiobook

Girl Last Seen

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Publisher's Summary

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 mirror image, rewound to 13 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, with the right look, in 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.

©2017 Ioulia Zaitchik (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Girl Last Seen hooked me so quickly I might have whiplash. This is a sharp, twisting, intense thriller, the heartbreaking and fast-paced story of a woman who bears the scars of a trip to hell and back but who refuses to be defeated. Don't miss this smashing debut!" (David Bell, best-selling author of Bring Her Home)

"Laurin creates a compelling, vulnerable central character." (Publisher's Weekly)

"Debut novelist Nina Laurin has created a memorable character in complicated, flawed and endearing Laine Moreno. From the very first page, Girl Last Seen jettisons the reader into the life of a crime victim trying to outrun her past. Fast-paced and hard-edged, it is a heart-stopping thriller that had me guessing to the very end." (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound)

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    DobieChuck Colorado 06-22-17
    DobieChuck Colorado 06-22-17 Member Since 2017

    Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule

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    "Uncomfortably Powerful"

    Great read... It'll garner some deserved chatter and accolades... You're hooked from the very first page, and proceed to be reeled in;). The narrative perspective really makes this novel... Through Lane/Ella's eyes and voice you experience a tangled and turbulent life exacerbated by her nightmares coming back to roost... Fantastic pace w/ some deft and unexpected turnabouts... The underlying mystery/mysteries are plotted well, and you'll be given all the clues... Up to you to figure it out, and even if figured out earlier you'll still feel the tension and suspense as the climax comes... Some very uncomfortable subject matter that's delivered w/ realism, sensitivity, and understanding... In the end it's a bit of a story of survival in all its various connotations... Gut punches abound... Narrator fits the voice of the story perfectly imo... Only caviats are that the procedural aspects are a little thin, and a plot point or two took an effort to swallow... Still a great read, finished it in a day w/ room to spare, couldn't put it down... Worth the listen, price/credit, and a bit of thought afterward...

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecka 07-12-17
    Rebecka 07-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Holy....."

    Starts off a bit slow, but once it picks up, you cannot put it down! Just when you think you know what's going on, the plot twists! Great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Avery-Vaughn 06-29-17 Member Since 2016

    I love books!

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    "Omg! Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Girl Last Seen in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, Engrossing, Gritty


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Once I thought I knew what was happening the story twists and turns and left me stunned. I love that in a good story.


    What about Vanessa Johansson’s performance did you like?

    She did not make the characters sound saccharine sweet. If there was an f-bomb, and there were many, she didn't shy away from it. So many times a narrator can ruin the story, Vanessa made it real.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love thrillers because they scare and startle me. This book did this to me and I loved every second of it!


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say this was a great book. It should be turned into a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy 07-15-17
    Brandy 07-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story and well read"

    loved the story kept my interest until the end. very well read by the narrator.

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    Amazon Customer GAITHERSBURG, MD, United States 07-15-17
    Amazon Customer GAITHERSBURG, MD, United States 07-15-17 Member Since 2012
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    "It was alright."

    The main character was so annoying that it raised my blood pressure. How can someone be so stupid? Many twists and turns, probably too many. The narrator did a good job though. The book will have you thinking it is going one way but it ends up totally not how you expected it. That seems to be the trend on these new books. so if you like books like that then I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 06-27-17
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 06-27-17 Member Since 2012

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "Sharp and Addicting"

    I listened to 'Girl Last Seen' in one sitting. I was driving from Houston to Kansas City. I enjoyed the book and it kept me interested and awake.

    Lane is 23 years old and she works in a strip club as a bartender. She has had a very traumatic past, having been a victim of an evil kidnapper who held her hostage for three years. She gave birth to his baby when she was just 13 years old and the baby was taken by the state and adopted by a couple.

    When Lane sees the 'girl missing' photo of 10 year old Olivia, she is stunned. Olivia is her biological daughter, and the fact that she's disappeared at the same age as Lane was taken cannot be a coincidence.

    Together with the detective who worked her case, the adoptive parents of Olivia, and other people in her life Lane tries to help catch the monster who has taken Olivia.. if they are one in the same.

    The plot has unique twists and I liked that the narrator made Lane into a junkie with severe problems, because so often wards of the state have nothing to turn to in life and Lane certainly turned to drugs to dull the pain of the unbearable years she was tortured. The relationships are intricate and the story itself is suspenseful.

    The ending is sort of far fetched but 'Girl Last Seen' is a satisfying read and I enjoyed it.

    -Wendi

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Quinn 07-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't connect"

    The book was good I just didn't connect with characters and didn't get a string enough feel for the connection between the characters either.

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    ange casson 07-18-17
    ange casson 07-18-17
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    "Compelling mystery"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the pacing of the story, it never felt drawn-out or as if there was any "filler". Also, all the loose ends were neatly tied together by the end of the story. I also liked the main character, she was imperfect and sometimes self-destructive, but never seemed stereotypical or like a parody. I think the author did a really good job of capturing how such a horrible early experience would impact someone later in their life, without being exploitative. This story was not graphic or gory.


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    Scott Williams 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story but wasn't a fan of the reader"

    I loved everything about the story, very gripping BUT the readers performance didn't express the book in the right light for me. She was too calm, reserved for a girl that suffered as much as she did.

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    07-13-17
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    "great"

    this was a good listen even if you can figure out the ending. page turner for sure

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