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"When Anne finally reaches out to her daughter, nobody has seen or heard from Miranda for months, and Anne begins a frantic search. As she uncovers the details of the life her daughter left behind, she also begins to excavate their shared past and reexamine her own choices. Meanwhile, Miranda is living under an assumed name in a Virginia beach town, where a number of young ...more
Published 2006 by Headline Review
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Kim
Jun 06, 2009 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sonia
Sep 24, 2014 Sonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story! As soon as I finished the prologue, I was hooked. I love mysteries and stories that keep me guessing until the very end and this one totally delivered a surprising punch. I wasn't sure what to expect since this is my first Kelly Braffet novel and I must say she has amazing talent! She kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting more and gave plenty of details and backstory which helped to keep the reader informed and interested and knew just when and where to place those details. Just ...more
Albert Dubreuil
Feb 09, 2014 Albert Dubreuil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story with rich, well-developed characters. I've read some reviews about this book in which readers complained about a lack of answers to the plot's questions, and that complaint annoys me.

If I could ask Kelly Braffet to add another 50 pages to this book, I'd want even more of the background and experiences for the main characters. That's what Braffet does best and that's why I'm reading her books. I don't need a Scooby-Doo Epilogue that explains to me who the bad guy was and ho
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Karen
Sep 07, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Ms. Braffet's story of a mother searching for her missing daughter is compelling. An NPR review aptly called this book "3 novels in one" and I think that is true. A quick, gut punch read, you will not soon forget the mother/daughter dysfunction in Last Seen Leaving.
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Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-fiction
Now she was older and she no longer looked for magic.

i don't even know what to make of this, i feel like a little kid trying to process it all. it's certainly not an optimistic book and i'm not sure what the message is supposed to be. but it has to be said, the writing is seriously SPECTACULAR, it left me breathless... but the material was a little too strong, i don't know, i think i should have waited till i was older.

some similarities i found in Kelly's other books, because i'm bored:

Last Seen Leaving by Kelly Braffet: "Some
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Liz Cee
Oct 06, 2013 Liz Cee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Braffet is one of my newest favorite authors.

Miranda's mother discovers her twenty-something daughter is missing so she travels to her last known residence and looks for her. Her quest seems to raise more questions than answers and she finds herself trying to solve the mystery that is her estranged daughter's life. We are treated to a vivid back-story which is at times heartbreaking.

I don't want to talk too much about the plot because I think you'll enjoy this more the less you know going
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Rita
Feb 28, 2009 Rita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indifferent
Eh. It was all right. I skimmed a lot of it, but the characters were unique enough and the plot was intriguing enough for me to plod through it to the end, which I thought was going to disappoint, but then pulled itself up at the very end. There were still a lot of loose ends, as per the intention of the book, and I don't like that. Not a big fan of the intentional loose end technique, where all sorts of questions were brought up and then left unanswered and we're supposed to go, "OOoh, but isn' ...more
Shawn Leslie Dixon
From the very beginning this thing sucked me in (starting anew is a theme I do enjoy).
It was thrilling and naturalistic in the selfish characters that become enwrapped by their troubles.
The pacing of the story felt right on, characters traits received proper attention, nothing fell through the crack (other than the purposeful question lingering, of course). It was witty at times, harsh at others. The drama and thrills mounted nicely and the finale offered up some warm and fuzzies.
Also, the lin
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Todd Glaeser
Aug 03, 2013 Todd Glaeser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a number of points in this book when I thought I knew what was going to happen, who people were or were pretending to be, but I was consistently wrong. In a good way.

After finishing this book, I was reminded of this quote - "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."-- Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Unfortunately, for all of us, and for almost all of the characters in this book,
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Vicki G
Oct 08, 2010 Vicki G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who wants a good read
Recommended to Vicki by: Juli
This is undoubtedly the most painful book I've ever read, b/c almost all of it's true about my relationship w/ my daughter since her dad was murdered.
Before it happened, there was a light of love in her eyes. She was more like him than me. But after I told her we have to stop looking for him, b/c they're considering him dead, the light fell out of her eyes and has never returned.
No so-called human being should be able to do something that causes that reaction in another person.
Nikki
Oct 12, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-in-2013
I like this book for the reasons that other people don't like it: because the main character doesn't give a damn about anything but herself, because it's ambiguous and the ending isn't tied up with a pretty bow. Life is messy and sometimes unresolved.
Maddy
Nov 21, 2009 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Anne Cassidy
SERIES: Standalone
RATING: 3.25

Twenty years ago, Anne Cassidy lost her husband, Nick, in an unexplained airplane crash. Nick was a pilot for Western Mountain Airlines., which had a small fleet of planes. Nick was never able to speak of his assignments and was gone for long periods of time. Anne always assumed that he was working for some kind of government agency, such as the CIA. However, it's possible that he was employed by mercenaries and engaged in some dangerous mis
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Mar 16, 2016 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dustin Crazy little brown owl by: Danell
I liked Josie and Jack better.

Some Favorite Parts:

It had been years since Anne had eaten meat, but she remembered what it was like to hold a dead thing in her hands.
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Then she went home and threw up.
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When she was a little girl this kind of weather had made her think of movies where something fantastic happens to somebody hopeless: lonely girls and fat boys and daydreamers, who venture out in stormy weather and find the door in the hedge, the magic ring in the gutter, the lost key to the
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Arthur Gibson
Apr 17, 2014 Arthur Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Braffet is one of those rare authors whose characters get into your gut and then run around like Wolverine drunk at a pinata party. They are brilliantly real and at times cause discomfort. In Last Seen Leaving, there is so much back-thought and introspection by the characters that you can find yourself re-living and re-evaluating your own life right along with them. A very enjoyable read, thought provoking, and enjoyable. This book will enjoy a "well-used" for years to come. Great job!
Bbmarie
May 05, 2013 Bbmarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an excellent book. I sat down and finished in about 2 two-hour sittings. I remember thinking it would be too short, but it was paced perfectly. I really liked the way the author told both the mother and daughter's stories, with flashbacks to past(which I usually don't like)but it laid the story out just right. I will definitely be seeking out more books by Kelly Braffet.
Elizabeth
Apr 09, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like mystereis, don't mind cussing, and are a little bored
Shelves: my-books-read
This book is "okay." It had a little too much cussing for me. It was a little sad that a family could be so torn apart from each other. I still don't understand the ending, and would like to know exactly what happened. It was entertaining, but I was hoping for a little more near the end. I wouldn't recommend it or read it again.
Sarah Beaudoin
I thought I'd enjoy Last Seen Leaving but overall the entire book was pretty dull to me. The story about a young woman's disappearance sounds interesting, but with unsympathetic characters, slow pacing, and almost no climax, the narrative just seemed to drag.
Charlie
Feb 13, 2014 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stunning book by this author; a real page turner; exquisite writing!
Kim
Jul 20, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Danell
Apr 23, 2016 Danell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-16
Great book!
Chantal
Jan 03, 2009 Chantal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing story about a daughter who goes missing.
Melissa
Apr 25, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: The New Yorker
Elegantly written. I often hope for tidy endings with detailed explanations, but I am glad that didn't happen here.
Yuckamashe
Oct 30, 2014 Yuckamashe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Kelly Braffet . She wrote one of my favorite books Josie and Jack. I liked this book too. It was a little slower paced. It had a creepy vibe which I enjoy.
Licia
Nov 17, 2016 Licia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Katie Tatton
Huh. I read this book on a recommendation from Elizabeth, and I'm not sure what I think of it. Last Seen Leaving is the story of an estranged mother and her daughter who has come up missing. The mother treks across the country to do her own investigation while the daughter drifts away from her former lives once again. The reader is aware the entire time that the daughter is alive, but the mother is not. Enter George, who either is genuinely philanthropic towards the deadended Miranda or really c ...more
Josie
Apr 25, 2011 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb made it sound like this was going to be a thriller! (No one knows Miranda is missing. [...] Maybe George, her highway rescuer, is unconnected to rumors of a serial killer stalking young women. Maybe her mother will find her in time. Maybe not.) It really wasn't, but that's okay, because it was even better. I don't know why I liked this book so much since it sort of meandered along and left a whole bunch of unresolved questions at the end. But even though it's nothing special, I think i ...more
Naomi
Jul 16, 2016 Naomi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember why I added Last Seen Leaving to my "to read" pile, but I saw it on my Amazon wish list and gave it a whirl. As a summer read, it did the job of being quick and somewhat of a page turner. As a novel, it left me a little dissatisfied and underwhelmed.

From the outset, the author hooked me with a young woman making what most people would consider a bad decision by stepping into the car of a strange man. The story itself revolves around this young woman, her mother, and the emotion
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Jane
Dec 30, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated on how many stars to give this book. The characters weren't all that likable and there were so many unanswered questions at the end. Just the fact that it left me thinking this much made me opt for that fourth star.

Anne works at a New Age bookstore called the Infinite Void. She has been trying to find some meaning in her life for twenty years after the disappearance of her pilot husband, Nick. She never really knew what his flights to Central America were for and she was never able to
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Joanne
Sep 30, 2009 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Annie! She lost her pilot husband in a flying “accident” and his employer is vague with details; her relationship with her daughter Miranda is strained since his death and now she cannot get in touch with Miranda and she is worried that she may be missing too! While Annie is into new age spiritualism, Miranda is more of a free spirit with her tattoos and ever-changing rainbow of hair color. The book is the story of Annie’s loss, her search for Miranda and Miranda’s new life in VA where a se ...more
Delma
Aug 04, 2014 Delma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. Miranda Cassidy wrecks her car one night on the way home from a bar, she seizes the accident as an opportunity to reinvent her life. Hitching a ride with a mysterious stranger, she finds quick work and a fresh start hundreds of miles away in an oceanside vacation town. She doesn’t look back, figuring no one is going to miss her. But when her mother finds no forwarding address, she senses something terrible has happened. The memory of the tragic disappearance of Miranda’s father year ...more
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