REVIEW: The Last Place You Look (Roxanne Weary #1) by Kristen Lepionka

Blurb:  Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look again at the case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane finds herself drawn to the story of Sarah’s vanishing act, especially when she thinks she’s linked Sarah’s disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that maybe she can save Brad’s life and her own.

 

Review:  4 STARS ****

What a brilliant debut by Kristen Lepinoka! ‘The Last Place You Look’ is totally addictive, I read it in one day! Whilst the material is brilliant and twisty, the tale of Roxane Weary, a private detective, is an easy read and will pull you right in from the beginning.

Roxane is approached by the sister of Brad Stockton – a man on death row, asking her if she will look into his case one last time before his death approaches. The sister, Danielle, believes with everything in her that her brother did not kill his girlfriends parents in a brutal double murder. As Roxane begins to look into Brad’s case, things begin to not add up and Roxane feels a sense of foreboding, as if she is being followed or watched.

I love these kind of crime fiction books, that delve into past cases and dig things up that were otherwise lost. I won’t spoil the ending or give away anything in regards to whether Brad did or did not do anything, but I will say that this novel is delightfully twisty, with a complex lead character and addictive writing.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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