I’m always on the lookout for a good YA mystery thriller so when I saw the announcement for this blogtour I was very curious. Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn releases next week and the blog tour started yesterday. Thanks to the publisher and The Fantastic Flying Book Club I got to read an eArc of this one. Today I have my review for you all, so let’s see if it’s a new favorite.About the Book
Last Girl Lied To
by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Release date: April 16th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Something made him angry that night.
Something made her cry.
Something made Trixie disappear.
What if it was all the same thing?
Fiona claims she doesn’t remember anything about the night her best friend left a party early and walked into the ocean. But the truth is, she wishes she could forget.
Trixie’s disappearance is ruled a suicide, but Fiona starts to believe that Trixie isn’t really dead. Piecing together the trail of a girl who doesn’t want to be found leads her to Jasper, Trixie’s former friend with benefits, and Beau—the boy who turned Fiona down, who loved someone else, who might be happy Trixie is gone.
The closer Fiona gets to finding out what happened, and the closer she gets to Jasper and Beau, the more she realizes that the girl she knew better than anyone may have been a carefully constructed lie—and she might have been waiting to disappear the entire time.
Told in alternating chapters between the past and the present, Last Girl Lied To is a gripping emotional thriller.
The main mystery in this YA novel is whether Trixie actually committed suicide or if she simply wanted to disappear (as her best friend Fiona thinks). But there were a lot of smaller mysteries throughout the story as well. All of these were slowly revealed in short chapters. Especially the chapters about the past were super short. This made for a super quick read. The alternating chapters between past and present really worked for me. I was so compelled to just keep on reading and reading. The writing style was also very engaging.
While I thought it was a pretty fast read, the story isn’t action-packed or fast-paced at all. Most of the story is about Fiona and her as a character. I really enjoyed the mystery part of it all and I just wanted to know what happened. Along the way we learn more and more about Fiona, Trixie, Jasper, Beau, and Toby and all that happened in the past year or so. For me the ending was satisfying, it was just twisted enough to be rewarding! I was hoping for an ending like this, and while it wasn’t my favorite ending to a thriller I did really like it.
Apart from the mystery element this story was about the characters, and oh my were they flawed! Every single one of the characters in Last Girl Lied To was flawed and I honestly didn’t like most of them. I think Fiona, Trixie, Jasper, and Beau are important to talk about. Out of all of them I liked Beau the most, even though he was so so broken. He is dealing with his grief in a very unhealthy way but I liked his development.
Jasper had such a creepy vibe over him and I was immediately put off by him. I didn’t like or trust him at all. But his storyline was definitely interesting! I do have to say I was very annoyed by the fact that Fiona judged Trixie for using Jasper, and than she proceeds to do the exact same thing!
Trixie started out as a bit of a generic YA mystery character. I liked that she wasn’t the popular girl at school but she did seem quite mean. Her relationship with Fiona was pretty toxic in my opinion. We get to know Trixie through flashbacks and to be honest, she’s a pretty bad friend to Fiona. I did like some of the revelations shown in the very last chapters, it showed that she is just another flawed human.
And then we had Fiona, our main character. She started off super bland and she annoyed me so much haha. Fiona is the kind of person that just let’s life happen to here instead of taking charge and live her life. She just does whatever people want her to do and never stops to think what she herself likes to do. It was this side of her that I really hated. But I also liked that she was persistent and super loyal. She really sold her self short. I liked that she developed during the story and that she wasn’t ‘fixed’ by having a guy loving her. So on the one hand I really disliked Fiona, but I also appreciate her and think she made for a good main character!
All in all I really enjoyed this story and especially the ending. I flew through it, mostly because of the engaging writing style and short chapters. The characters were very flawed but that also made them real. Last Girl Lied To is definitely a recommended read if you like YA mysteries or contemporaries with a mystery element!
Today is the second day of the blog tour and there will be other bloggers posting about Last Girl Lied To all week! You can find the schedule for the blog tour here. The schedule will be updated with links.
Links to the book
About the author
Laurie Elizabeth (L.E.) Flynn is the author of Firstsand the upcoming psychological thriller Last Girl Lied To, along with an untitled thriller to follow in 2020. She is also the author of Wattpad featured series The Boys Tell All. Her other short fiction has been named a finalist for the John Kenneth Gailbraith Literary Award.
Flynn is a former model who worked in Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. She now lives in London, Ontario, with her husband, daughter, and the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua. When she’s not writing about unlikable girls, you can likely find her hiking in the woods with her family, perusing thrift stores for vintage dresses, or binging reality TV.
There is a giveaway for Last Girl Lied To going on! You can participate here.
A very enjoyable YA mystery with a satisfying ending. Definitely one I would recommend! What are some of your favorite YA mysteries? Let me know in the comments.