Title: The Last Real Girl (The Disappearance of Charlotte Walters #1)
Author: L.C. Warman
Narrator: Brooke Myers
17-year-old Reese first moved to the wealthy, lakeshore town of St. Clair over
five years ago, she never expected someone like Charlotte Walters to take her
under her wing. Charlotte is everything that Reese is not: rich, gorgeous, and
carefree, living with her enigmatic older brother and her parents in a mansion
at the top of the lake.
But when senior year starts, everything seems off. Reese notices that Charlotte’s older brother Aiden keeps coming back from college to hang around on weekends, stoic and grim. And Charlotte’s parents seem more distracted, almost lost. Meanwhile, Charlotte keeps insisting to Reese that nothing is wrong, and decides to host a Halloween party with the theme of “missing girls.”
That night, at the party, Charlotte goes missing.
Everyone who attended becomes an instant suspect, from Charlotte’s brother (who argued with Charlotte earlier that night), to Charlotte’s field hockey teammate (who wasn’t invited to the party in the first place), to Reese herself (who was the last person to see Charlotte alive, out near the lake).
With the clock ticking, Reese must unravel what happened to her best friend, and dig through the layers of secrets protecting people in St. Clair. Because now, being the quiet sidekick won’t cut it. And maybe only an outsider to St. Clair can truly confront all of the town’s dark mysteries.
THE LAST REAL GIRL is the first novel in the YA mystery trilogy “The Disappearance of Charlotte Walters.” The complete trilogy includes:
- THE LAST REAL GIRL (Book 1)
- THE LAST REAL CRIME (Book 2)
- THE LAST REAL SECRET (Book 3)
So much suspense, mystery, and wonder.
This story had a very real Pretty Little Liars vibe to it. With the disappearance of Charlotte Walters, everyone finds that trust is impossible. Especially her best friend, Reese. There are plenty of suspects, but the deeper she digs, the more Reese begins to wonder just how well she knew her friend.
The characterization was broad and very wonderfully done. I loved how each character had a uniqueness in them, and yet, at the same time, the angst that all of them felt was the same. While it answered a lot of questions, the book left it open to transition well into the next book in the series which I am looking forward to reading.
Also, the narration was absolutely perfect for the character.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.