Woman Last Seen by Adele Parks, 4 Stars

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmom to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband, Mark, says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman Daan and vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamorous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

Detective Clements knows that people disappear all the time—far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run toward and others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds. Their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the detective believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

Advanced Praise for Woman Last Seen

“Chilling, gripping and entirely unputdownable” —  New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell

My Review:

It took me a little while to get into Woman Last Seen. Sure, Leigh’s story is interesting. She’s a married mother of two who has kind of been “the other woman” in her completely normal relationship the whole times she’s been in it. Thing is, her husband’s first wife (and biological mother to their boys) died of cancer. She was a saint that everyone loved and now Leigh doesn’t quite fit, no matter what.

Kai lives a totally different kind of life. She’s gorgeous and was successful before she got married, but decided to give it all up to cater to her gorgeous, rich husband. She is away a lot taking care of her elderly mother, but she really has given up a lot of her identity for her husband. Still, she seems okay with it.

And that was okay, but I have to tell you that somewhere in the first third of the book, things got really interesting. And from that point forward, I hated putting Women Last Seen down. I can’t tell you much, just that this one is a keeper. If you love all things The Woman In the Window, Gone Girl, Girl On a Train and the thousands of books that followed, Woman Last Seen rises to the top in the category.

Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is available now! Get your copy.

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