Book Review: Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton

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Starting off this review by saying it’s right around 4.5 stars for this one… Everyone once in a while, a writer truly catches you off guard with either a story arc or a plot twist. It’s especially powerful when it’s a new writer you’ve not experienced before. And that’s what happened when I picked up Last Girl Gone: A Laura Chambers Mystery by J.G. Hetherton after it was provided to me earlier this year by the publisher, Crooked Lane.


Laura Chambers, a reporter who’s been fired from a big-time Boston paper for doing something bad, is the main character in this suspense thriller series. Eventually we find out what happened, and all I have to say is… yikes, we better revisit that story as it doesn’t feel like it’s quite over yet. She returns home to a North Carolina town where she has been working at a local paper for about a month. She’s being treated poorly by a real jerk of a colleague, has a horrific mother, and now a serial killer is fascinated by her reporting. But it doesn’t start there… we open with a young girl being kidnapped nearly 40 years earlier, then we figure out we’re decades forward in Laura’s story. It’s connected somehow, but it takes 2/3 of the book to get there. And when it does, you’ll definitely enjoy the connection. But trust me, that’s only the beginning!

For some reason, this book really talked to me. I felt Laura’s pain given how everyone treats her (tho she can give back with full force). Writing quality is strong. I’m not sure how much I particularly like Laura yet–or understand why she is still living at home / tolerates her mother (other than money)–but I’m hoping it’ll get fleshed out in the next book in the series. The book has a bit of everything and quickly pulls you into the action. It also ends with a bang and a very twisted story. It’s the perfect genre with an out-there-over-the-cliff-edge plot, yet I totally see it happening in a weird sorta way one day.

I look forward to reading more from the author. He builds creepy characters and creates rousing suspense, especially when Laura goes after the killer basically on her own. And the title is such a play on words — always like seeing that when the book is over and being analyzed. Kudos and thanks to Crooked Lanes for sending me this book. Definite spot-on read for me!


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


21 thoughts on “Book Review: Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton

    Phantom Paper said:
    April 25, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    I hate when people go after the killer on their own, that’s so dangerous!!

    Intriguing story though! Thumbs up for the review😁

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 25, 2018 at 1:26 PM

      Thanks. It was very intriguing. But definitely could be foolish on your own to investigate.

      Liked by 1 person

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    April 25, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Well Jay I can understand why you love it so much! Based on your description of the character and what happened to her you must have gotten the same feeling I got while reading Father Figure 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 25, 2018 at 2:21 PM

      Hi Sophie! It’s been forever. I haven’t been online much the last few days. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing such an awesome statement! It was wicked plot and I loved it.


    Laura sounds like someone I could definitely emphasize with, although I’d never chase after a killer on my own. This definitely sounds like my kind of book. Awesome review Jay!😊

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    April 26, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    I love a creepy read with a lot of build up!! I hope there isn’t TOO much left hanging, as we’ve said before TOO much left unsolved in a first novel can sometimes be a deterrent! But, it sounds like this had just enough to leave you wanting more, which is good!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 26, 2018 at 9:28 AM

      Exactly. And it’s a series, so I think it’s good to have a little bit open to keep us coming back.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    April 26, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    I felt like so much happened just in the first three or four lines of your review! Must have been quite a ride.

    Liked by 1 person

    robbiesinspiration said:
    April 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    This book sounds like an excellent read, Jay. Laura is my sister’s name.

    Liked by 1 person

    Carrie said:
    April 26, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Great review Jay! I believe I have a copy of this one on my shelf as well so it’s always good to see a positive review to make me look forward to reading. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Great review Jay. You hooked me with your plot description. It sounds different enough to get me to request it. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    May 10, 2018 at 9:21 PM

    Intriguing review. I was hooked at the first three sentences .

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