Kadence and Lauren are a YouTube sensation. They have posted videos of their musical performances and are getting a lot of hits. Lauren is the writer mostly, and while they are both onstage, Kady is the performer. Lauren gets a throat infection which causes her to not be able to sing, so Kady has gone on as a solo act. This has caused some friction between the two, and even a fight over a boyfriend issue.
When Kady turns up missing after a very successful concert at the coffee show where Lauren works, the suspects are many, but soon the authorities zero-in on Lauren.
Kady is not a nice person. She and Lauren, who followed her lead, have bullied numerous students and caused all kinds of other pain which will slowly be revealed throughout the story. I really didn't like either of these girls, but I don't think we're supposed to. One of the bullied kids has been stalking both Kady and Lauren since they ruined his life.
I enjoyed how there were so many options for suspects, and Anastasiu and Brown kept focusing on different ones. I really didn't know what happened until the very end. I thought it took quite a while to get to the exciting parts of the book. At under 300 pages, it is a very quick read, but somehow I wished for it to move more quickly in parts.
Girl Last Seen is a great who-done-it for teens. Even with my complaints, I can still recommend this to a lot of students. I'm always looking for good mysteries, and the fact that Girl Last Seen deals with a contemporary theme as well as a disappearance makes it a good choice.
Published by AW Teen, March 1, 2016
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
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