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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last Seen by Rick Mofina

Setting: River Ridge
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: MIRA
Author: Rick Mofina
Release Date: February 27, 2018

Every year, I am on a quest to find that book that stands out. It's a book where I can't guess the outcome. It's a book that makes me struggle to work and not toss it all aside to get back to the story. Last Seen is that book.

Faith Hudson is tired. She's tired of having a husband who is rarely there and even when he is, he's focused on his work as a journalist. She's stunned when Cal agrees to spend the day with her and their son Gage. The carnival is in town, and Gage is determined to prove his friends wrong and go into the house of horrors.

It's in that carnival ride that the Hudson's lives are forever altered. They go in together, but Gage never comes out. The last time Faith saw him was on the spinning platform that leads to the exit tubes. Hours pass with no sign of the nine-year-old boy.

Suspicions flare. Secrets are kept. A marriage is on the verge of being torn apart, while both parents try to cope with their son's disappearance. FBI detectives are determined to find Gage before it's too late, even if that means pushing the Hudson's to their breaking points.

Last Seen is a spiraling mystery that goes down many rabbit holes only to find out it was another red herring. I had my suspicions about what was going on, but it wasn't until the detectives were also at that point. Not being able to unravel the truth in advance was refreshing. I didn't want to stop reading.

I've read one other Rick Mofina novel and liked it. This one I loved. I immediately knew I needed to hunt down his other books involving missing children. The pace, characters, and mystery meshed perfectly leaving a story that seemed ripped right from the headlines and that had me hooked. I won't soon be forgetting this novel.

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