Title: The Last Place You Look
Author: Kristen Lepionka
Star: 5 out of 5
Roxane is a P/I and very messy character she has a drinking problem. She is trying to figure out two relationships one with a man her father (passed away) former partner and a girlfriend she has called on many times to help out in a pinch. Now she is asked to help prove that Brad Stockten didn't kill his girlfriend parents 15 years ago.
The mystery builds at a perfect speed as well as the character development of Roxane which readers will struggle with as she drinks her way though different bottles dealing with the death of her father and life as a PI. Money is tight so she takes a case she doesn't at first believe in but soon she finds herself trying to find the truth.
As things are relieved readers will not be shocked but it doesn't matter because the author has you believing in the characters finding readers struggling along side with the decisions each characters makes. The characters are flawed and not even close to being perfect specimens of life. Which will have readers hooked until the end of the story that will keep readers satisfied.
This is a great debut novel and a up and coming author I plan to follow.
Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy.
Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton - black and from the wrong side of the tracks - was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look again at the case.
Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane finds herself drawn to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, especially when she thinks she's linked Sarah's disappearance to one of her father's unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that maybe she can save Brad's life and her own.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 13th 2017 by Minotaur Books
About The Author:
Kristen Lepionka grew up mostly in her local public library, where she could be found in the adult mystery section well before she was out of middle school. Her writing has been selected for Shotgun Honey, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Grift, and Black Elephant. She is also the editor of Betty Fedora, a semi-annual journal that publishes feminist crime fiction and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.