Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2022
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Scribner through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Even after a decade in her small North Carolina mountain town, Abby Lovett feels like an outsider. Known for its outdoor recreation, Cutter’s Pass also has a history of mysterious disappearances, seven in the last 25 years. When a man arrives looking for his missing brother, the town closes ranks and Abigail learns how much she doesn’t know about her friends and coworkers.
Megan Miranda’s latest thriller gets five stars for its setting, but only three for its story. Cutter’s Pass makes for an excellent atmospheric town but the supporting characters lack depth and complexity. A slow-build mystery, The Last to Vanish takes its time getting to the action, hoping the tension will keep you engaged. Which means you’ll either love this moody thriller or you will find that it drags too much for your mood.
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.
About Megan Miranda
Megan Miranda is the author of the thrillers All the Missing Girls, The Last to Vanish, Such a Quiet Place, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest, and The Girl From Widow Hills. She has also written several young adult books, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in North Carolina. Visit the author’s website →