Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin @NinaLaurinBooks @MulhollandUK

About this book…

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

Lainey Moreno was abducted when she was ten years old. She managed to escape, but so did her kidnapper. Now, thirteen years later, he has struck again. 
Lainey knows her memories could help the police find Olivia Shaw and the man who took her. The problem is, she’s spent over a decade doing everything she can to forget.

It’s time for Lainey to confront her past and discover the truth about what happened all those years ago. But can she do it in time to save Olivia? Or has her luck finally run out?

My review…

I read The Starter Wife recently and realised whilst reading it that I had found one of MY authors!! As bookworms, we all know that feeling don’t we? That gradual inkling whilst reading a book that you’ve found an author who gives you goosebumps with their writing, plotting, characters etc and make you want to devour every single word that they’ve ever put out there! Weirdly enough, although The Starter Wife was Nina Laurins third book, it was only her first to be released here in the UK and so I knew I needed to read her previous two as soon as physically possible. Mulholland Books have now (THANKFULLY!!) printed her debut novel Girl Last Seen which is out tomorrow here in the UK and having just read it I can report that it is absolutely BRILLIANT and has shot onto my favourite books of the year list! I JUST LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!

Lainey Moreno was abducted when she was just 10 years old and held for 3 years at the hands of a vicious paedophile. The opening pages detail her escape and I defy any not to be moved to tears by her bravery as she fights to rejoin society once again after her horrific ordeal. She has tried to wipe it from her memory over the years but her mental scars, just like those that physically adorn her body, are difficult to ignore. For years she has known that whoever took her may well strike again so when she sees a missing poster for Olivia Shaw, and notices a number of similarities, she just knows that her nightmare is about to start over again…

I can’t begin to tell you just how much this book affected me. It was a tough read at times because what happened to Lainey can’t be explained away with a sweep of glitter and happiness-she was violated by a monster and those scenes are very difficult to read. But it’s the character of Lainey who takes this book to the next level for me. Nina Laurin completely dissects her and then puts her back together again as she helps to solve the mystery of the missing girl. Lainey isn’t easy to like but that’s because she doesn’t want you to like her! She lies, she’s an addict and she makes very VERY bad decisions but I understood her reactions completely and she brought out every single maternal feeling in my body because underneath all of that she was still that frightened 10 year old girl.

Girl Last Seen is a shocking and addictive read with some incredible twists that I did not see coming. It made me angry, it made me sad but it gave me a heroine that I took to my heart and I will find it hard to forget. I know she’s fictional but whilst reading Girl Last Seen she became as real to me as my own daughters and I wanted to be able to speak to her to know how she’s doing now! Those last few pages made me cry. They weren’t the ones I had been expecting but they were perfect.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I’ve now sourced a copy of her second book What My Sister Knew from a secondhand bookshop and have already preordered her next book A Woman Alone to be published by Mulholland in July 2020..and I’m now off to stalk the publicist to beg for an ARC as soon as one becomes available. Wish me luck!

Meet 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,

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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