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This pulse-pounding series debut is the next obsession for fans of Julia Keller and David Bell, and readers of unflinching thrillers. Sometimes, the journey home is the most harrowing. And it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired fr This pulse-pounding series debut is the next obsession for fans of Julia Keller and David Bell, and readers of unflinching thrillers. Sometimes, the journey home is the most harrowing. And it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired from the Boston Globe, her career in shambles, she reluctantly takes a job with the local paper. The work is simple, unimportant, and worst of all, boring―at least until a missing girl turns up dead, the body impeccably clean, dressed to be the picture of innocence. Years earlier, ten-year-old Patty Finch left home and never made it back. But for the people of Hillsborough, Patty was just the beginning. Child after child disappeared, a reign of terror the town desperately wants to forget. Now that terror has returned to seize another girl. And another. And another. This is the story Laura’s been waiting for―her one last chance to get back onto the front page. She dives deeper into a case that runs colder by the second, only to discover the truth may be far closer to home than she could have ever imagined. Powerful, intricate, and tense, Last Girl Gone will have you looking over your shoulder long after the last page.


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This pulse-pounding series debut is the next obsession for fans of Julia Keller and David Bell, and readers of unflinching thrillers. Sometimes, the journey home is the most harrowing. And it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired fr This pulse-pounding series debut is the next obsession for fans of Julia Keller and David Bell, and readers of unflinching thrillers. Sometimes, the journey home is the most harrowing. And it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired from the Boston Globe, her career in shambles, she reluctantly takes a job with the local paper. The work is simple, unimportant, and worst of all, boring―at least until a missing girl turns up dead, the body impeccably clean, dressed to be the picture of innocence. Years earlier, ten-year-old Patty Finch left home and never made it back. But for the people of Hillsborough, Patty was just the beginning. Child after child disappeared, a reign of terror the town desperately wants to forget. Now that terror has returned to seize another girl. And another. And another. This is the story Laura’s been waiting for―her one last chance to get back onto the front page. She dives deeper into a case that runs colder by the second, only to discover the truth may be far closer to home than she could have ever imagined. Powerful, intricate, and tense, Last Girl Gone will have you looking over your shoulder long after the last page.

30 review for Last Girl Gone

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    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 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, 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!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    A definite pulse pounder! JG Hetheron has written a nail biter of a thriller set in a small North Carolina town. When journalist Laura Chambers returns back to her roots in NC after failing at a Boston newspaper, she stumbles upon a story that could set her career on fire - in a good way. But what price will she have to pay? This one was a little different than my usual reads - I tend to stick to the psychological variety of thrillers but this was more along the lines of darker crime. And I have t A definite pulse pounder! JG Hetheron has written a nail biter of a thriller set in a small North Carolina town. When journalist Laura Chambers returns back to her roots in NC after failing at a Boston newspaper, she stumbles upon a story that could set her career on fire - in a good way. But what price will she have to pay? This one was a little different than my usual reads - I tend to stick to the psychological variety of thrillers but this was more along the lines of darker crime. And I have to say I’m really glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and read this one. It was fraught with tension and full of terrifying situations that made my palms sweat and my heart pound. Did it make me a bit uncomfortable? Yes. But like I’ve been saying for awhile now - I really think it’s the power of good writing if it can evoke a strong emotional response from you in any manner whether it be fear, anxiety or joy. And this one definitely made me anxious and fearful! I most certainly did not solve this crime. I think my detective shoes are going to have to be retired. And I love it! A big thank you to Crooked Lane for my advance copy. This book is available now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    5 Suspenseful Stars! Absolutely phenomenal! Without a doubt “Last Girl Gone” is one of the best mysteries I’ve read all year. Laura Chambers is a small town reporter. She didn’t used to be. She used to work for the Globe. The Boston Globe. Then her career tanked and just like that she hightailed it back home to Hillsborough, North Carolina to work for her hometown paper. Her days were filled with endless monotony until a young girl goes missing and is found murdered and Laura is the first person 5 Suspenseful Stars! Absolutely phenomenal! Without a doubt “Last Girl Gone” is one of the best mysteries I’ve read all year. Laura Chambers is a small town reporter. She didn’t used to be. She used to work for the Globe. The Boston Globe. Then her career tanked and just like that she hightailed it back home to Hillsborough, North Carolina to work for her hometown paper. Her days were filled with endless monotony until a young girl goes missing and is found murdered and Laura is the first person to write about it. Once Laura does her research she realizes that this isn’t the first time young girls’ bodies have been found in Hillsborough. Laura is sure there is a link. Is she right? She knows this story could put her back on the map, what she doesn’t know is how dangerous it is, for her and everyone else. “Last Girl Gone” by J. G. Hetherton is well written and suspenseful mystery with characters whose lives I was instantaneously drawn into, until I couldn’t get enough. The pacing of this novel is pure perfection and there is absolutely no filler. Every morsel of this story fits together perfectly, with the ending leaving you breathless. I received this ARC from Crooked Lane Books and was so glad I accepted, as it is hands down my favorite of any book they have published so far. Thank you to Ashley at Crooked Lane Books and to J. G. Hetherton for the complimentary copy! Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Amazon on 6.27.18.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - Traveling Sister

    A fantastic debut novel and an exciting start to a new series! I am drawn to books with a journalist as the lead because I think journalists are a great mix of detective and every-day person—and isn’t that all of our dream?? Laura Chambers is the lead character in what has been promised as a new series (they are calling this Laura Chambers #1 so I made the assumption) and she is a truly wonderful lead. She’s bold, uninhibited, vulnerable, driven, and empathetic. Just a truly wonderful mix of trai A fantastic debut novel and an exciting start to a new series! I am drawn to books with a journalist as the lead because I think journalists are a great mix of detective and every-day person—and isn’t that all of our dream?? Laura Chambers is the lead character in what has been promised as a new series (they are calling this Laura Chambers #1 so I made the assumption) and she is a truly wonderful lead. She’s bold, uninhibited, vulnerable, driven, and empathetic. Just a truly wonderful mix of traits and Laura is a character I really connected with. I thought I’d enjoy this book, but it surpassed me expectations! Laura Chambers is down on her luck... Laura is back in her hometown in Hillsborough, North Carolina—a town she hoped she had left behind for good after high school. Working for the local paper is a big setback for Laura’s career—following an incident working for the Boston Globe, Laura had nowhere else to turn. At the local paper, Laura is bored and finds herself stuck with a toxic male journalist coworker, covering tax changes and weather events. Things may be looking up... Laura's career may be taking a turn again when she finds herself in the middle of an intriguing case that has national news written all over it. Two girls have gone missing from Hillsborough, and one has been found murdered. The fate of the two girls is terrifying in its own right, but the town is particularly on edge because it reminds them of a string of girls who went missing—some of whom were found murdered—back in the 1980s. A killer dubbed by the media as The Kid was never located. Is The Kid back? Laura takes her shot... Laura knows that this case is her chance of getting back out of Hillsborough. And she’s lucky to be “seeing” a local deputy—the attractive Frank Stuart. As Laura balances her relationship with Frank and her interest in learning what leads the police find on the case, she struggles to get to the bottom of the case before another girl is taken or murdered. Digging deep into the town archives, Laura finds herself wondering about the connection between the two sets of kidnappings and murders. But before she can get too far, Laura suddenly finds herself to be the target of the Killer’s interest… Can Laura find the killer before she finds herself the next victim?? Reflection I was shocked to learn this is a debut book by this author, because this book is so polished and well-developed. The town of Hillsborough and its residents are very important to the story, and J. G. Hetherton described them so well. The residents love of the local police, their disdain for anyone (such as Laura) who tried to leave, their conviction that what happens in their town is safe, and it is only outsiders that cause problems—all of these tidbits made the book feel so authentic. Laura is in a tough position because the townspeople feel that she has rejected them. By leaving, Laura has shown them that she wants more than what they have settled for in life, and she struggles to reintegrate now that things have gone south in Boston. This is also a book filled with strong females. Though not all of the female characters in this book are likeable or good people, they nevertheless have a theme of strength running through them—where they do not allow themselves to be defined by their relationship to the males in their lives. The male characters really ranged in their presentation. There were the good ol’ boys, the ones trying to make a difference, and the ones who were toxic males. I liked that Hetherton put so much thought into his characters for this book. All of the main and supporting characters had some depth to them. Laura’s mother, for instance, is horrible so much of the time, but then just when you want to write her off she has a moment of truth. She is able to tell Laura something about herself that while tough to hear, is important for Laura to know. I would recommend this book to mystery and thriller lovers. I liked that it was not a police procedural, but still had elements of that genre. I think it will appeal to a variety of readers for that reason. The case itself is also interesting and heartbreaking. As a small trigger-warning, there are a few descriptions of the murders/victims/bodies that suggest at some dark aspects to this killer. Nothing is too graphic in my opinion, but I do want to put that warning out there. Thank you so much to J. G. Hetheron, NetGalley, and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Also see my review here!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The dog that lost the fox is twice as eager to please. Laura Chambers is going back to the familiar. Destination: Hillsborough, North Carolina. Like the above-mentioned dog, Laura seems to have tucked the tail after being fired from the Boston Globe for some unprofessional behavior. With not many options in sight, this once successful investigative journalist takes a job working at the local paper. Smaller towns don't usually avail themselves to big headlines. That may all change when a missing g The dog that lost the fox is twice as eager to please. Laura Chambers is going back to the familiar. Destination: Hillsborough, North Carolina. Like the above-mentioned dog, Laura seems to have tucked the tail after being fired from the Boston Globe for some unprofessional behavior. With not many options in sight, this once successful investigative journalist takes a job working at the local paper. Smaller towns don't usually avail themselves to big headlines. That may all change when a missing girl's body shows up in a field. Laura finds herself on the perimeter of the crime scene. There's quite the bloodhound in our girl Laura as she picks up a clue that has been overlooked by the police farther up the field. Is there a connection to other missing girls over the years in this county? Laura aims to find out. J.G. Hetherton creates his main character of Laura Chambers as more detective-in-the-making who hasn't had the opportunity quite yet to show off her journalistic skills. Laura is very demonstrative and shoots straight from the hip in many, many ways. Hetherton puts her in several situations in which she must override some extremely high levels of testosterone percolating in the newsroom and elsewhere. Laura is hardly one who perches in a nest of warm fuzzies. She's had a rough childhood and returns to live with an obnoxiously overbearing mother. Note to Laura: Hope you purchased a one-way ticket back to Boston, Honey. This is a hard as nails town starting with Mommy Dearest. Hetherton brings in the psychology behind this killer and his possible motives. The crimes are explicit and their descriptions detailed. Some mystery/thrillers like Hetherton ratchet it up a few notches for realism. The ending twists left and then right with a bit of whiplash served. It may or may not satisfy all readers, but it does guarantee a wild bumpy road in the process. From the title, it appears that this is the first book in the Laura Chambers Mysteries. Let's just see what mischief that Hetherton cooks up for Laura in the next one. Perhaps send Mommy to Miami for the winter. Just know.....I'm in. I received a copy of this book through Crooked Lane Publishers for an honest review. My thanks to them and to J.G. Hetherton for the opportunity.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Last Girl Gone by J.G. Hetherton is the first book of the new Laura Chambers Mystery series. Laura Chambers is a journalist that had to return to her hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina to take a job at the small town paper after being first from her job in Boston. With nothing but fluff pieces available Laura is just waiting for something worthwhile to write. Suddenly the small town experiences a tragedy when the body of a young girl is found in a field having been washed and posed and anot Last Girl Gone by J.G. Hetherton is the first book of the new Laura Chambers Mystery series. Laura Chambers is a journalist that had to return to her hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina to take a job at the small town paper after being first from her job in Boston. With nothing but fluff pieces available Laura is just waiting for something worthwhile to write. Suddenly the small town experiences a tragedy when the body of a young girl is found in a field having been washed and posed and another girl has gone missing yet to be found. Laura begs to be able to be the one to write the front page story and is given a deadline to go out and find out more about the girls. Last Girl Gone was one of those books that on the surface will check all the boxes for thriller fans. The writing is solid and easy to read, the characters good, the setting and a crime to draw in readers.But then we come to the pacing which to me was a rather slow burn and that will make some happy but I’m not a huge fan myself. Sure there was action and twists but also areas that drag after a very slow start so in the end this one just turned out to be an OK read for me that lacked the promised “pulse pounding”. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more review please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    It started with the disappearance of a ten-year-old girl 20+ years ago. This little girl had tried 3 times to run away from an abusive home. Something had gone wrong each time, until evidently it worked. She wasn't the last girl to have gone missing over the years. No one knew there was a serial killer roaming their neighborhoods. Present day -- Investigative Journalist Laura Chambers is back in her home town after swearing she'd never be back again. Unfortunately after being fired from her last It started with the disappearance of a ten-year-old girl 20+ years ago. This little girl had tried 3 times to run away from an abusive home. Something had gone wrong each time, until evidently it worked. She wasn't the last girl to have gone missing over the years. No one knew there was a serial killer roaming their neighborhoods. Present day -- Investigative Journalist Laura Chambers is back in her home town after swearing she'd never be back again. Unfortunately after being fired from her last job, she had no where else to go. Now working for the local newspaper, she has hopes of getting back into the 'real' world of reporting. A missing girl turns up dead .. and then another. This is the story Laura’s been waiting for―her one last chance to get back onto the front page. She dives deeper into a case that runs colder by the second, only to discover the truth may be far closer to home than she could have ever imagined. Very well written, this psychological thriller will have you hanging on to every twist and turn. Just when you think you know where it's going, the author yanks you in another direction altogether. Surprises hide behind every dark corner. This is a debut novel, the beginning of what promises to be an exciting series. Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books for the advanced digital copy of this Psychological Thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa In The City 🥂

    First a HUGE round of applause to the author J.G. Hetherton for making me stay up half the night flipping pages like a mad woman while nervously twisting my hair and trying to remember to be quiet when I yelled "omg no way" and "what the what"?!" every few pages! Congrats and Thank you! This was one of those books that I found myself totally immersed in without realizing how invested I had actually become and next thing I know I'm 100 pages in or so and I cannot put it down. Can't stop. Won't st First a HUGE round of applause to the author J.G. Hetherton for making me stay up half the night flipping pages like a mad woman while nervously twisting my hair and trying to remember to be quiet when I yelled "omg no way" and "what the what"?!" every few pages! Congrats and Thank you! This was one of those books that I found myself totally immersed in without realizing how invested I had actually become and next thing I know I'm 100 pages in or so and I cannot put it down. Can't stop. Won't stop. There were twists, darkness, terrible people doing terrible things, missing children, and a journalist who was willing to go the darkest places both physically and emotionally. This was so well written and the characters were super easy to get attached to (or hate!). I loved the development of the friendship between Laura and Rodgers. And I would like to award Laura Chambers with the #BadAssWomen Club star because she is a true B.A.W who will stop at nothing or at no one to get to the truth. She was put down, passed over, laughed at, verbally abused and yet, nothing stopped her from getting to the bottom of the truth that no one else believed. My table of the #BadAssWomen I would love to sit and have wine with is getting bigger and Laura Chambers is an awesome addition! I also have to say the title symmetry with the story...on point! So many meanings in this title! Thank you to #NetGalley and J.G. Hetherton and the publisher #CrookedLaneBooks for the opportunity to read this way early with a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. I wish you success with this book in June because I think it deserves ALL THE STARS!! Friends: PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR for June!!!!

  9. 3 out of 5

    Maureen

    Wow! Great first book in a new series from J.G. Hetherton! This one kept me reading quickly to find out what would happen next. A serial killer has been targeting young girls. The killings began in 1988. Laura Chambers, an investigative journalist, becomes involved in looking for the criminal, who is believed to be still claiming victims now. Many twists and turns and a big surprise close to the end which I never saw coming! Thriller lovers should devour this book.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*

    Really strong. So strong, it reminded me of the first Tracy Crosswhite. The missing pieces are an interesting plot trick... not giving us every scene but then ultimately piecing everything together lengthens suspense in a unique way and encourages stickwithitiveness. 4.25 stars!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Although Laura Chambers escaped her small North Carolina town and her decidedly unmaternal mother, she has to return in disgrace after losing her job at the Boston Globe for some undisclosed trespass. Now working at the tiny local paper, she has to fight for stories against the minimally talented mayor's son. The body of a young girl is discovered in a field, and another is missing. As she ferrets out details of the story, she discovers a clue unnoticed by the police. Her investigation leads to a Although Laura Chambers escaped her small North Carolina town and her decidedly unmaternal mother, she has to return in disgrace after losing her job at the Boston Globe for some undisclosed trespass. Now working at the tiny local paper, she has to fight for stories against the minimally talented mayor's son. The body of a young girl is discovered in a field, and another is missing. As she ferrets out details of the story, she discovers a clue unnoticed by the police. Her investigation leads to another set of missing girls and the policeman who never got over those cases. All-in-all this is an excellent serial killer thriller with some unexpected twists. I'm not sure that I liked or trusted Laura, but the story will keep you turning those pages. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Last Girl Gone by Grant Heatherton is one of those books that hook you before you even realize you were hooked! The characters are interesting and the story is compelling enough that before you know it your halfway through the book and can't stop. Laura, a reporter, is looking for a big story and before she knows it she is involved in finding and proving a serial killer had been taking little girls decades ago and may still be active, but is that all to the story? Nope! Not by a long shot! Thank Last Girl Gone by Grant Heatherton is one of those books that hook you before you even realize you were hooked! The characters are interesting and the story is compelling enough that before you know it your halfway through the book and can't stop. Laura, a reporter, is looking for a big story and before she knows it she is involved in finding and proving a serial killer had been taking little girls decades ago and may still be active, but is that all to the story? Nope! Not by a long shot! Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC book for my honest opinion. I will be looking forward to reading more from this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. I'm always excited to see a new crime series is starting, especially when it's a debut outing for the author. J.G. Hetherton has brought us a new series that follow journalist Laura Chambers. This is a perspective I enjoy for procedurals and crime fiction because we get a civilian perspective without losing out on the investigation. Laura Chambers is an investigative journalist and she is forced to return to Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. I'm always excited to see a new crime series is starting, especially when it's a debut outing for the author. J.G. Hetherton has brought us a new series that follow journalist Laura Chambers. This is a perspective I enjoy for procedurals and crime fiction because we get a civilian perspective without losing out on the investigation. Laura Chambers is an investigative journalist and she is forced to return to her hometown of Hillsborough in North Carolina. She had been fire from her job at the Boston Globe which has ruined her career, so she takes a job at the local paper. One day her boring routine is turned upside down when a missing girl's body is found. As Laura sees her chance to get a front-page story, she dives into this case. She also discovers that years ago something similar had happened. Patty Finch, a local ten year old girl, left her home and never returned. This wasn't an isolated incident either - more girls were turning up missing. Now, it seems that history is repeating itself as more girls continue to disappear. Will Laura be able to find the kidnapper before it's too late? Before more girls go missing, before other bodies turn up, and before the kidnapper disappears. This was a solid start to a new crime series. The pacing was great and kept my attention the entire time. I liked the characters and there was plenty of suspense to go around as Laura began to take on the case on her own. There are some things I'm hoping to learn more about in regards to Laura and her life in future books. I'll definitely be continuing with this one! I give this one 4/5 stars!

  14. 5 out of 5

    KC

    When a defamed reporter reluctantly returns to her southern hometown she stumbles upon a story which could put her career back on track. But as Laura Chambers digs deeper into the case of the abductions and murders of local young girls, she finds herself slowly becoming the killer's pawn. This fast paced mystery is filled with many twists and turns and will keep readers guessing up until its surprising conclusion.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    I didn't want this story to end. Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is looking for her big story. There's a serial killer she's investigating named the Kid. She's working on herself but will stop at nothing to solve a mystery. Laura was fearless even though there was a killer loose. I was scared for her at times.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Slow going at the beginning,but it does pick up, with that said I would like to think netgalley for giving me a chance at reading and reviewing Last Girl Gone in change for my honest y.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Lesa

    When FBI special agent Timinski refers to Laura Chambers as tenacious but naive, he hits the nail on the head. In his debut mystery, Last Girl Gone, author J.G. Hetherton introduces a gutsy investigative reporter, Laura Chambers. She reminds me of James Ziskin's Ellie Stone. Everyone in Chambers' hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina knows she lost her job at a Boston paper and slunk home. She had been determined to get out of town as soon as possible. Now, she's back living with her verbally When FBI special agent Timinski refers to Laura Chambers as tenacious but naive, he hits the nail on the head. In his debut mystery, Last Girl Gone, author J.G. Hetherton introduces a gutsy investigative reporter, Laura Chambers. She reminds me of James Ziskin's Ellie Stone. Everyone in Chambers' hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina knows she lost her job at a Boston paper and slunk home. She had been determined to get out of town as soon as possible. Now, she's back living with her verbally abusive mother who makes no secret she doesn't approve of her daughter, her job, or her lifestyle. Laura has to fight for every inch of space at the newspaper, competing with the mayor's son. When two ten-year-old girls go missing in Hillsborough, one body is found. Laura's sleeping with her source for her articles, Deputy Frank Stuart. And, the only one willing to listen to Laura is someone who is being paid, her therapist. Chambers is lonely, and she knows she's the butt of jokes. But, she's determined to be in on "the missing white girl story" if it breaks state or nationwide. It's the FBI agent, Timinski, who sends her in the right direction, to the retired sheriff and the accounts of ten-year-old girls who went missing thirty years earlier. Laura's convinced she knows where the killer and the missing girl are. While she isn't responsible for the resulting tragedy, she'll never forget what happens. And, then another girl disappears. Hetherton's Laura Chambers isn't necessarily a likable investigator. But, it's hard not to root for her. As a result of her upbringing, she's desperate for success. And Timinski pushes her to the realization that the people involved are more than a story. They're people. Last Girl Gone is a compelling story with a shocking climax. Most readers will be as stunned as Laura Chambers, who never saw it coming. This first mystery is an intense, character-driven story. It's going to be fascinating to see how the events of Last Girl Gone change Laura Chambers in future books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Laura Chambers is back home in Hillsborough, North Carolina, after being fired as an investigative journalist in Boston. She ran afoul of the powerful and her paper let her go rather than being sued. Now she is working for the local paper and dealing with another reporter who is resentful of her previous success and abusive because of it. She is also living back in her childhood home with her emotionally abusive mother and going to therapy to deal with her problems. When a young girl's body is fo Laura Chambers is back home in Hillsborough, North Carolina, after being fired as an investigative journalist in Boston. She ran afoul of the powerful and her paper let her go rather than being sued. Now she is working for the local paper and dealing with another reporter who is resentful of her previous success and abusive because of it. She is also living back in her childhood home with her emotionally abusive mother and going to therapy to deal with her problems. When a young girl's body is found in a field, Laura's first thought is that reporting this could be her chance to get her career back on track and out of Hillsborough. Another young girl is missing and the hunt is on to find her. Laura is sleeping with a police deputy and using him for inside information. Through him she learns the name of the FBI agent who is also working the case and goes to him to share a tip. The FBI agent points her to a previous series of killings of young girls that happened in 1988 which has a number of similarities to the current case. Laura's investigation into the old case leads to a previous police chief who is still haunted by that case and who offers Laura insights. When a clue leads to the possible whereabouts of the second missing girl Laura can't the the police to take her seriously and her FBI contact is unavailable. So she goes to the man she was sleeping with who is going to be fired because the police believe he is the one who shared information with Laura. He is killed while investigating and so is the supposed killer. Laura is hurt. The police and the FBI are eager to mark the case closed and Laura is the pariah who got a police officer killed. Then another girl disappears. This was a fast-paced story with a damaged main character. She has lost her faith in humanity and her own ideals. She is, however, determined to find out what happened to the two girls who are still missing even it it costs her life. There were a number of twists and turns to the story and a surprise that I didn't see coming that made this a compelling story.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Gina

    What an exceptional novel!! I love everything about it!! The suspense was differently there!! I could never have guessed the ending and believe me I tried. All the twist had my head swirling. Then BAM the ending!! Just WOW!!

  20. 3 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Laura Chambers, previously a reporter for the Globe now working for her hometown newspaper is looking for a big story. Before she knows it, she is knee-deep in trying to prove a serial killer that had been killing little girls decades ago could still be active.  This book is slow to pick up, but once it does it takes you on a roller coaster ride and before I knew it, I was sucked in. This was a great crime thriller. The characters were well developed and this book kept me guessing! Thanks to the Laura Chambers, previously a reporter for the Globe now working for her hometown newspaper is looking for a big story. Before she knows it, she is knee-deep in trying to prove a serial killer that had been killing little girls decades ago could still be active.  This book is slow to pick up, but once it does it takes you on a roller coaster ride and before I knew it, I was sucked in. This was a great crime thriller. The characters were well developed and this book kept me guessing! Thanks to the publisher, the author and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book as an ARC. 

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aleasha

    Last Girl Gone is a novel based in a small town where a girl has been found murdered and another missing. Centered around an investigative journalist who runs a thin line between journalist and detective with many problems of her own, brings with it the intricacies of following a serial killer closely, almost too close. Last Girl Gone starts off quite slow and I will admit is hard to get stuck into but all at once turns into a gruesome thrilling novel that you won't put down. Thank you to netgal Last Girl Gone is a novel based in a small town where a girl has been found murdered and another missing. Centered around an investigative journalist who runs a thin line between journalist and detective with many problems of her own, brings with it the intricacies of following a serial killer closely, almost too close. Last Girl Gone starts off quite slow and I will admit is hard to get stuck into but all at once turns into a gruesome thrilling novel that you won't put down. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melody Morris

    Last Girl Gone – J. G. Hetherton I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Laura Chambers is an investigative reporter, who – after a scandalous exclusive and forced retraction in Boston – has returned home to Hillsborough, North Carolina, to lick her wounds. She is able to procure a position with the local newspaper but finds herself limited to ‘small town’ reporting, and competing with the mayors’ son, also a reporter. Then, the first y Last Girl Gone – J. G. Hetherton I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Laura Chambers is an investigative reporter, who – after a scandalous exclusive and forced retraction in Boston – has returned home to Hillsborough, North Carolina, to lick her wounds. She is able to procure a position with the local newspaper but finds herself limited to ‘small town’ reporting, and competing with the mayors’ son, also a reporter. Then, the first young girl disappears and turns up dead. Soon, another is taken. Using her big city skills, and her ‘sometime’ cop lover, Laura is able to deduce that the FBI has been consulted and manages to contact the investigative Special Agent, ‘Tim’ Timinski. While the agent is reluctant to trust her with present information, he refers her back to a similar occurrence thirty years ago – where three young girls had also gone missing and killed, in hopes that re-emerging information with an old case may help. Laura enlists the help of the former investigating deputy of the cold cases, Donald Rodgers, who has never been able to forget the case he couldn’t solve. As she researches those killings, to find new information to keep the story on the front page, she enlists her therapist Jasmine to help her create a profile of the killer, as she researches and speculates that past and present killings may be linked. A cracked code leads to a showdown in a secluded cabin where both a disgraced cop and the suspected killer are killed, and Laura is left injured. The killer is dead, now where is the missing child? As the search continues, Laura discovers more links to past and present, leading her to believe that perhaps the killer isn’t dead at all, but alive and well, searching for the next victim, and that victim may just be Laura herself… I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters are well developed, and the story is full of satisfying twists and turns that I did not see coming. While I can usually identify the protagonist early on, this book kept me guessing right up to the end – and then the end was especially satisfying! Great read!! Hoping to see more soon from Mr. Hetherton!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    This book had a logical plot until the end which seemed contrived. The voice was stark and killing descriptions too gruesome for my taste

  24. 3 out of 5

    Owl._.

    Full of twists and turns. Everytime I thought I had it figured out, something else would happen. I look forward to reading more by this author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Last Girl Gone by J.G. Heatherton Laura Chambers Mystery #1 Debut authors are hit or miss but I do believe J.G. Heatherton has a good future if this, his debut novel, is a sample of what he can do. I have to admit that I did not much like investigative journalist Laura Chambers and how she went about getting her story but will say she was relentless in pursuit of finding facts for her article. She had no trouble using people to get what she wanted and sometimes it did create trouble for her and fo Last Girl Gone by J.G. Heatherton Laura Chambers Mystery #1 Debut authors are hit or miss but I do believe J.G. Heatherton has a good future if this, his debut novel, is a sample of what he can do. I have to admit that I did not much like investigative journalist Laura Chambers and how she went about getting her story but will say she was relentless in pursuit of finding facts for her article. She had no trouble using people to get what she wanted and sometimes it did create trouble for her and for others. At times I found myself skipping ahead trying to find out what would happen but if I had not done so I do believe that the serial murderer would have been a huge surprise. I am a person that reads the end of a book first then find out how the story unravels or is narrated and if it holds my interest then it is deemed a very good story. And, this was a good book though I felt it was a bit slow at times. I am definitely interested in finding out what Laura will do in the future. Will she stay in Hillsborough? Will she go back to the big city? Will she solve another case in town or somewhere nearby? Will she and FBI agent Timinski work together in the future? I guess that since I am curious and have questions that require books in this series the author has done his job in creating a character I am willing to invest more time with. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars BLURB: This pulse-pounding series debut is the next obsession for fans of Julia Keller and David Bell, and readers of unflinching thrillers. Sometimes, the journey home is the most harrowing. And it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired from the Boston Globe, her career in shambles, she reluctantly takes a job with the local paper. The work is simple, unimportant, and worst of all, boring―at least until a missing girl turns up dead, the body impeccably clean, dressed to be the picture of innocence. Years earlier, ten-year-old Patty Finch left home and never made it back. But for the people of Hillsborough, Patty was just the beginning. Child after child disappeared; a reign of terror the town desperately wants to forget. Now that terror has returned to seize another girl. And another. And another. This is the story Laura’s been waiting for―her one last chance to get back onto the front page. She dives deeper into a case that runs colder by the second, only to discover the truth may be far closer to home than she could have ever imagined. Powerful, intricate, and tense, Last Girl Gone will have you looking over your shoulder long after the last page.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Lindsey Gandhi

    Rating - between 4 and 4.5 stars! Last Girl Gone is the series debut for the Laura Chambers Mystery series by J.G. Hetherton. You may read the synopsis for this book and pass it over thinking it's just another mystery/thriller book. I encourage you NOT to do that and actually pick up this book to read. Yes, it's a really good mystery thriller, yes it has the investigative reporter who helps crack the case open, yes it has missing children and even a few casualties, and yes it has the proverbial F Rating - between 4 and 4.5 stars! Last Girl Gone is the series debut for the Laura Chambers Mystery series by J.G. Hetherton. You may read the synopsis for this book and pass it over thinking it's just another mystery/thriller book. I encourage you NOT to do that and actually pick up this book to read. Yes, it's a really good mystery thriller, yes it has the investigative reporter who helps crack the case open, yes it has missing children and even a few casualties, and yes it has the proverbial FBI agent. So what makes this one different and stick out for me? The author has written a fantastic storyline that really keeps you guessing till the end. And just when you think you have it figured out, the author throws in a curve or two to get you off scent. As an avid reader of this genre, there are two things that often happen with mystery/thrillers that annoy me - 1. when the ending is overly predictable and 2. when, as a reader, you figure "who did it" and still have 200 pages left to read in the book. Neither of these happen with Lasrt Girl Gone. The story starts off with an incredible bang that hooks you and the author masterfully navigates the plotline to keep the story intriguing, nail biting and suspenseful. I had a hard time putting this book down. This was an excellent debut novel for this series and I look forward to reading future books from this author. My thanks to J.G. Hetherton and Crooked Lane Publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Suzie Flohr

    At first I found it hard to get into. But in saying that it still kept my interest … It was very easy to read and predict.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Enjoyable mystery/psychological thriller. Kept me reading to the end although I suspected the twist about halfway through. Not sure Laura Chambers, the reporter/amateur sleuth/protagonist, was quite developed well enough to make me want to read any more books with her as the main character.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bergstrand

    I can’t believe this was a debut novel! Last Girl Gone was such a powerful start to what I understand will be a new series. JG Hetherton has done a magnificent job of weaving together a nail biting plot that keeps twisting until the end. Because the final twist was similar to a different book that I read recently; I figure it out. But, that didn’t lessen the effect nor the impact. Thank you to netgalley, Crooked Lanes and JG Hetherton for allowing me to review this book in exchange of an honest r I can’t believe this was a debut novel! Last Girl Gone was such a powerful start to what I understand will be a new series. JG Hetherton has done a magnificent job of weaving together a nail biting plot that keeps twisting until the end. Because the final twist was similar to a different book that I read recently; I figure it out. But, that didn’t lessen the effect nor the impact. Thank you to netgalley, Crooked Lanes and JG Hetherton for allowing me to review this book in exchange of an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I received an advance copy of this through NetGalley. Laura is a reporter who moved back to her small town after problems at her previous job in Boston. When two girls disappear and one is found dead, she wants the story. This got off to a slow start, but eventually I was very wrapped up in it. I didn't like Laura, or most of the other characters, that much, and the one I did like was an unfortunate choice. There were a few twists, one of which I saw coming, others I did not. Overall it was good I received an advance copy of this through NetGalley. Laura is a reporter who moved back to her small town after problems at her previous job in Boston. When two girls disappear and one is found dead, she wants the story. This got off to a slow start, but eventually I was very wrapped up in it. I didn't like Laura, or most of the other characters, that much, and the one I did like was an unfortunate choice. There were a few twists, one of which I saw coming, others I did not. Overall it was good, 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4.

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