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Review: The Last Good Girl

September 27, 2016

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.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2016 6:40 am

    I think this book would make me too mad!

  2. September 27, 2016 8:10 am

    Missoula was eye-opening and infuriating, but I think you’re right in saying fiction will reach a broader audience.

  3. September 27, 2016 8:26 am

    Sounds like a hard read but relevant. I agree that it is possible for fiction to reach a broader audience.

  4. September 27, 2016 8:54 am

    Interesting that it’s part of a series. Adding it to my TBR list.

  5. September 27, 2016 9:34 am

    Wow. 1 in 5? I had no idea. This sounds like a lot of books that delve into real-life situations without jamming it down our throats. This will definitely go on my TBP list.

  6. September 27, 2016 9:37 am

    Hi Kathy,

    This sounds like an ‘in your face’ approach to what is an escalating and seemingly unstoppable crime, a difficult read but a subject which needs to be addressed.

    It doesn’t really sound as though the books need to be read as part of a series, as although the subject matter is pretty much the same in each of Anna Curtis’s cases, they do appear to be stand alone stories, which is great, as I can now add ‘The Last Good Girl’ to my list.

    Thanks for sharing your excellent review 🙂


  7. bookingmama permalink
    September 27, 2016 10:19 am

    You encouraged me to read this one! Thanks because I loved it!

  8. September 27, 2016 11:20 am

    I love this kind of story, so I’m in! I definitely want to read this one. Thanks for sharing.

  9. September 27, 2016 11:30 am

    This is a very big deal these days. Every year we have to take training here at the university on how to deal with situations that could potentially be a violation of consent. The Brock Turner case frustrates me to no end. I don’t see how he is allowed to walk free after doing what he did. It’s wrong on so many levels.

  10. Patty permalink
    September 27, 2016 8:03 pm

    This book sounds good…I just checked and I have it! Thank God I am reading again!

  11. September 27, 2016 8:57 pm

    I haven’t read any of Allison Leotta’s books, but this sounds like a good one to start with.

  12. September 28, 2016 10:32 am

    Part of the problem on college campuses is that we’re tasked with addressing all sorts of different kinds of sexual harassment and even violation under the same law, which wasn’t really written for enforcing sexual behavior–Title IX.

  13. September 28, 2016 10:36 am

    Rape on campus is too common, and it sounds like these fraternities are encouraging the behavior or at least turning a blind eye to it. I hope that fiction can reach a broader audience. Thanks for the review; this sounds like a good book.

  14. September 28, 2016 6:55 pm

    Three new-to-me words, Kathy. This book will hopefully help to raise awareness of this very serious issue, and instigate change and protection on college campuses (and elsewhere).

  15. September 28, 2016 10:16 pm

    The statistics you mentioned are staggering. They scare me when I think about my oldest granddaughter graduating this year.

  16. September 30, 2016 4:18 pm

    Glad to hear this book works well as a standalone because I’m very eager to read it! An important topic for sure. I’m about to send my teen to college and these statistics terrify me.

  17. Literary Feline permalink
    October 1, 2016 10:21 pm

    This sounds so good! Thank you for your great review, Kathy. I love books like this–and it’s such an important topic to get out there and right about.

  18. October 8, 2016 1:22 am

    The statistics are frightening. I’ll be keeping a look out for this author.

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