Review: The Last Good Girl
After freshman Emily Shapiro is raped at a fraternity party, she’s frustrated by the way the university and her father, its president, have treated her. She falls into a funk but works hard to get her act together. Emily goes missing after meeting a friend at a bar and the last person to see her is Dylan Highsmith, the young man she’s accused of rape. Dylan comes from a wealthy, politically connected family who will do anything to protect him.
Federal prosecutor Anna Curtis is brought in to solve Emily’s case and she discovers some horrible things about Dylan’s fraternity and the school’s efforts to cover up crimes. She suspects Dylan in Emily’s disappearance but it’s hard to prove anything without a body.
After reading Missoula by Jon Krakauer and following the Brock Turner case, I’ve become very aware of what a serious problem rape is on college campuses – one in five women will be raped while they attend college – so I was happy to see Allison Leotta address the issue in her newest book, The Last Good Girl because I think fiction will reach a broader audience. The Last Good Girl is the fifth book in the Anna Curtis series but I had no problems diving in and catching up with Anna’s personal life. As a matter of fact, I was engrossed in this book from the very start.
Anna Curtis is a fantastic character – she’s strong, smart, driven, and passionate about justice. I have a feeling Leotta got all the details of her job just right since she’s a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor herself. I thought the mystery and the investigation were solid and I didn’t see the twists or the ending coming.
If you’re looking for a smart, well written mystery/thriller, look no further than The Last Good Girl. I thought it was terrific and plan to look for more of the Anna Curtis books to read.