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Last Seen Leaving

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  379 ratings  ·  59 reviews
"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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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
Todd Glaeser
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,
Vicki G
Sep 19, 2014 Vicki G rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Sep 07, 2007 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
Liz Cee
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
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
Albert Dubreuil
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
Arthur Gibson
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!
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.
Aug 05, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Good psychological read. I didn't like the ending though. The rest of the book was developed well, then it seemed like the author was tired and just wrote the ending quickly to be done. The ending left alot of questions and did not complete the book.
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
Jan 03, 2008 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Intriguing story about a daughter who goes missing.
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
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
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
This was only ok. I had a hard time getting into it but by the middle I was invested enough in Randa, the main character, that I wanted to see how it ended up. I was completely disappointed by the end. There was far too many loose ends and things left not addressed. Honestly, it was almost as if the author was stuck and couldn't figure out how to finish it, so slapped a last "mysterious" chapter on there to try and leave everyone to their own conclusion....without giving sufficient information t ...more
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
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
Melanie Tucker
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Another stunning book by this author; a real page turner; exquisite writing!
The book was all over the place. I had to focus to figure out if I was on the daughter or the mother. And then the end defeated the plot. I don't know what to make of it. What was the point of this book? I thought it was about the mother reuniting with the daughter and the whole journey; but I feel like the book's focus is elsewhere, just couldn't figure out where. I thought for a moment maybe it was character development. But there isn't much there. So I would love to know what did I just read? ...more
Cheryl Battisti
Thought I would love this book but it was rather dull. It started out catching my interest but quickly became hard to go back to.
It left loose ends but I really liked this book.
Sam Reaves
A young woman wrecks her car and is picked up by a stranger headed down the road; she goes with the flow. When her estranged mother finally gets worried, she goes looking for her. The stranger may or may not be a serial killer; the mother may not know how to regain her daughter's trust, but she'll be damned if she'll give up on her. Alienation and tortured love in rootless America, sharply portrayed.
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.
I found this book on Bookbub and chose it because it was set near Pittsburgh. Not my usual type of book, I still kept reading because of its themes of mother-daughter rifts and grief and some mystery as to what was actually going on. I would really give it 3 1/2 stars if I could, but I'll bump it up to four because of its strong descriptions of both place and feelings.
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