Review: Last Girl Gone by J.G. Hetherton @JGHetherton @crookedlanebks


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.


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.


  1. Frank Frisson · July 16

    I generally enjoy books that mess with my emotions. I agree, it can only be the result of good writing. Great review!

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  2. I love that you couldn’t figure it out! That’s a feat! Lovely review, Melis! 💕

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  3. Mellisa fabulous review!💕

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  4. Pingback: Fiction: Last Girl Gone by J.G. Hetherton – Hillbilly Highways

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