Standalone Sunday | Last Seen Leaving


Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that spotlights a standalone novel that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊

25036310.jpgFlynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

– Goodreads Synopsis(x)



I’m running out of standalone novels that I’ve read and haven’t reviewed so this week won’t be a mini review like normal but more of a short recommendation. This book has been on my mind the past few weeks so I figured Standalone Sunday would be the perfect excuse to recommend it.

Last Seen Leaving was my first venture into the YA mystery/thriller genre. I’m someone who has always been more into watching mystery/thriller rather than reading it. I don’t think I’ve had any book surprise me quite like this one did. There were times when I thought I knew what was happening only to be proven completely wrong. I can’t even count the amount of times where I gasped or my jaw dropped. I loved it and it made for an incredible reading experience. However, this book is also more than just a mystery novel. It’s really two stories in one – the mystery of January’s disappearance and Flynn coming to terms with his sexuality. I love how much it explored Flynn’s journey separate from the events as well as within them. Overall this book is an addictive story full of mystery, suspense, and a journey of self-discovery. I highly recommend it to anyone who is even the least bit intrigued!

“There was a corpse in my neighbor’s front yard.”

The first line of this book will always be my favorite. You can check out my full review for Last Seen Leaving here.

Have you read Last Seen Leaving? Did you like it? If you participate in Standalone Sunday be sure to link me to your post so I can see it. 😊





26 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday | Last Seen Leaving

  1. I have this book on my to-read list for this month, and my to-review list for next! I can’t wait to get started, I think it was on your blog I first saw this book and you who then recommended it to me and I think again it was talking to you that convinced me to move it up my to-read list and try and get started on it as soon as possible. Basically you’ve been a huge factor in my decision to read this book! 😀
    I can’t wait to get started. I need to read more mystery books like this and more diverse books so this is very much a two birds one stone book for me. Plus is sounds amazing and I’ve heard plenty of great things so I’m sure I’ll love it as well. I think I said in the comments for your actual review that that first line really kind of hooks me on the book already.
    Great pick for this week Melissa! 😀 ❤

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    • Awwww yay! Recommending books is probably one of my favorites parts of blogging so I’m happy that I could convince you to move it up your list and give it a read. I feel like we’ve talked about it a few times and I so can’t wait to see what you end up thinking about it. 😁
      I need to read more mystery books and more diverse books too. I have a few on my list that I hope to get around to this year. But, yes, Last Seen Leaving was so good. I hope you enjoy it! And yes the first line for this book takes the prize for the perfect hook. It’s so unexpected and makes your curious.
      Thanks so much, Beth!! ♥😊

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      • It’s probably my favourite part of book blogging as well when it comes down to it. And I definitely can’t wait to give this book a try. We’ve talked about this one so much I kind of associate it with you, the same way I do TBS series! 😀
        I’ll be sure to let you know when I’m finished so we can discuss it more but I’m pretty much already hooked so I’m sure I’ll love it as well.
        That’s all right! 😀 ❤

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  2. Haven’t heard of this book before but I love reading murder mysteries/thrillers even though I don’t read them that often. The premise sounds really interesting, especially since it touches on two different topics. I love it when authors manage to tell more than one story within a story! I’m already hooked on this one. Definitely got to add it to my TBR! Thanks for sharing this one, Melissa! 😀

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    • Yay! I’m glad I could get you to add it to your TBR, Azia. 😁
      One of my favorite aspects of it was the fact that it told two different stories in one. It’s definitely great when an author can do that. Plus, it’s great for people who aren’t huge thriller fans because it also has that YA contemporary feel. 😊

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  3. I’ve been wanting to read this book since way before it was published! Still haven’t yet! I’m pretty sure it’s an own voices book, isn’t it? And I love mystery/thrillers, so I just know I’ll love it! Thanks for the recommendation and reminding me I need to read this one! 🙂

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    • You so should! It’s probably one of my top reads from last year, I loved it so much. And yeah, I think it is an own voices book.
      No problem and I hope you enjoy it whenever you get to reading. Though since you love mystery/thrillers I think you will. 😁♥

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  5. I like the sound of this book. Great choice Melissa! It’s definitely tough to find Standalones nowadays considering series and duologies are everywhere. Do you watch or read CBS 48 hours mysteries? I used to read/watch a lot of those. I do enjoy reading a few thrillers here and there even though I do get scared haha.. luckily when I switch over to reading contemporary, my paranoia evaporates haha..

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  6. I remember when you read this one & how much you loved it, which was the sole motivator for buying a copy at NYC Comiccon this past October. I think I’ll pick this one up as a palette cleanser from all of the fantasy I’ve been reading lately 😉

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    • It really was so good! It made me realize that I need to give thrillers a chance more often lol. And I definitely can’t wait to read more from him too. I keep checking to see if he’ll be publishing anything new soon but haven’t seen anything.


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