The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda
The Last to Vanish
By Megan Miranda
Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Contemporary, Crime
July 26, 2022
New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda returns with a gripping and propulsive thriller that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed?
Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—rafting and hiking, with access to the Appalachian trail by way of a gorgeous waterfall—and its mysterious history. As the book begins, the string of unsolved disappearances that has haunted the town is once again thrust into the spotlight when journalist Landon West, who was staying at the inn to investigate the story of the vanishing trail, then disappears himself.
Abby has sometimes felt like an outsider within the community, but she’s come to view Cutter’s Pass as her home. When Landon’s brother Trey shows up looking for answers, Abby can’t help but feel the town closing ranks. And she’s still on the outside. When she finds incriminating evidence that may bring them closer to the truth, Abby soon discovers how little she knows about her coworkers, neighbors, and even those closest to her.
Megan Miranda brings her best writing to The Last to Vanish, a riveting thriller filled with taut suspense and shocking twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.
I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to and there happened to be a skip-the-line loan on this one. I heard amazing things about the author but had never read any of her books so I decided to pick it up. The plot intrigued me and I love a good mystery/thriller.
I really enjoyed the narrator and the style of the writing. It immediately had me hooked. I know a good audiobook when I find myself turning it on in other areas of my life where I don't normally listen to audiobooks. I loved these mysterious disappearances from the past that kept getting brought up in this small town that everyone seemed to have a reason to want to hide. The MC Abby provided an interesting perspective since she was relatively new in town.
This story has a slow-burn element to it but it also provides a lot of dark, atmosphere. I almost didn't know where it was headed. It did have a few surprises in store for me but it was a bit predictable in some spots as well. There is a lot of characters in this one and a lot of townspeople I kept getting mixed up a bit. The mystery had me hooked, but the ending left me wanting more.
Overall, a decent audiobook that I would recommend if you like a good mystery/thriller. This one was a 3.5-star read rounded up to 4-stars for me. I will check out some more Megan Miranda books in the future to see if they hold up to this one.