“He must’ve gotten too close.
The truth is −he’d written, frustratingly unfinished.
The truth is, I wanted to finish that sentence for him now.
The truth is, you can’t make too much noise when you come to Cutter’s Pass.
You can’t let it know what you’re looking for. What you know.”
Up in the mountains of North Carolina lies Cutter’s Pass, a small tourist town with a big secret. Starting with the Fraternity Four, people have a habit of occasionally disappearing in Cutter’s Pass. Are these disappearances simply accidents related to the dangers of mountaineering and hiking or is it something else, or someone else who is responsible? A new visitor in town means the case of Landon West, the last to vanish in Cutter’s Pass, is brought to the focus once again, making residents ill-at-east. Enter inn manger Abby, a resident of Cutter’s Pass for 10 years, who hovers between being a local or an out-of-towner depending on who you ask. With the arrival of the new visitor and against everyone’s advice Abby starts to investigate: Landon, Farrah, Alice, and the Fraternity Four trying to find what no one else could find. As she looks at each case and gets closer to the truth she will have to choose, once and for all if she an insider or an outsider.
Just enough thrills without too many chills. Megan Miranda’s latest kept me turning the page, following along with Abby as she pieced together the mystery of Cutter’s Pass. Abby is a likeable heroine and the sole narrator of the story. While many in Cutter’s Pass don’t trust her entirely, she seems to be a reliable narrator but one who has as many secrets as the rest of the characters in The Last to Vanish. With Abby as our guide, the book progresses with each disappearance starting with Landon West and working backwards 25 years to the first of the disappearances, the Fraternity Four. What I really liked is how Cutter’s Pass is not just a setting in a book, but is another main character in the story, witnessing everything, but revealing nothing. The pacing of the book is on the slower side, but I found this to be a positive because it matched the moody atmosphere and tension, adding to the overall mystery.
Thank you, Simon and Schuster Canada for the ARC in return for an honest review.