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When Did You See Her Last?

(All the Wrong Questions #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,093 ratings  ·  880 reviews
I should have asked the question "How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?" Instead, I asked the wrong question -- four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.

In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Little Brown
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Bryan Hall
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Of course you can trust me - we read the same books."

I can never get enough of the Snicket world and perspective. He captures so perfectly the child's view of adults as know-nothings who just get in the way, and his characters achieve the right mixture of innocence and world-weariness that define gifted children.

Aside from the trademark Snicket tone, I preferred the plotting of this book to the first in this series, and I enjoyed some added allusions to A Series of Unfortunate Events. This one
Leah Craig
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
‪I am 26 years old, and just now realizing that my sense of humor was very largely developed at age 10 from Lemony Snicket novels
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ASOUE fans
I hate the fact that I read these books right when they come out and then have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR for the next one. *pouts* How can you leave me hanging like that, Snicket?

The only unpleasant thing about this book is that I must wait another whole year to find out what happens next. The writing is witty, the characters are the sort of people that I want to be friends with, and the plot is interesting, in a convoluted way. I love this series because it answers so many questions about 'A Serie
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series is turning out to be super fun! The characters are hilarious and quirky and the plot is mysterious and exciting. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. :) ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Lemony Snicket writes himself as a kid investigator looking into a series of mysteries involving a sinister secret society. The banter is sharp and it involves a lot of word play. The tone is dark but not overbearing. You never feel that the kids are in mortal danger. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience.
C.G. Drews
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dear Mr. Snicket,

Basically if Lemony Snicket writes it, I think it's awesome. Yup, I'm totally biased like that. I looooved When Did You See Her Last? because it contains all of the normal Snicket-awesome flairs, a great mystery, and dumpling soup. I love the random things that get thrown together and end up making sense (?!). I love how we still don't know what S. Theodora stands for. Okay, actually I
Emily Letras
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Though this series is certainly more obtuse than A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm going to keep reading, because I just love Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket's writing style. And I must admit, I enjoyed this book more than Who Could That Be At This Hour. I'm hoping that this series ends up being the prequel series to A Series of Unfortunate Events or that they otherwise dovetail in some way. Here are some of my favorite quotations from this book: "We were more like jigsaw pieces, each of us part ...more
Paul E. Morph
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Lemony goodness. I’m really enjoying this series.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Best Lemony Snicket book so far. In which Lemony shows us himself what he's always hinted at before. Children have to stand up, use their curiosity, find their strength, stop listening to arbitrary adults. If they work smarter and work together children can save the day and fix the world.

p.176 "My father would never do terrible things."
I did not answer. I did not know the man. It seemed to me that every adult did something terrible sooner or later. And every child, I thought, sooner or lat
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book series is sooooo good so far. I'm reading this series with my younger brother and sometimes I read ahead of him because throughout the book there's so many things that make you have even more questions than before. (view spoiler)

Also, I like ALL of the characters. But, I think Moxie is one of my favorites. And *
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
I've finally finished one, guys!!!!! Review to come eventually...

Some time later...

"It's good to know who are the bad guys and who are the good guys," Moxie continued, but I shook my head. "It is often said that people do things because they are goo or evil, but in my experience that is not always the case. . . As far as I could tell, people didn't do things because they were good or evil. They did things because they could not think of what else to do . . ."

I read the first book in this series
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2013
I think the author, Lemony Snicket, may be a villain.

I'm not 98% sure. He says things like "the world is a puzzle and none of us can solve it alone." (I may not have the quote quite right. I listened to it in audiobook, so instead of writing in the book's margins, I was required to repeat aloud what I wanted to remember. Those audible notes turn out to be particularly difficult to access at a later time, such as now, when I'm writing a review of the villainous (possibly) author, Lemony Snicket.
Lea Sprenger
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish someone had told me how hooked I was going to be with this books. Well... I guess is too late now.

Goodbye sleep, welcome Speed.
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
This is almost as good as the first book in the series. Almost. It still has the trademark Snicket manipulation of language, the overall pessimism, and the generally useless if (sometimes) well-meaning adults. But the middle section of the book feels stretched out. This is a 370 page book that probably could have been 300 pages. And since the Big Bad of the series was revealed in the previous book, there's no real suspense. Of course he's involved in this mystery! However, there are mysteries wi ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2019
Anything I say about Snicket's writing won't be enough to completely articulate how much I enjoy his work. I love the way he uses words, I love his quirky and interesting characters and I just wish he had written double the amount of books, so I could read more of him!

This book is part of a mystery series, which is something very intriguing because the way Snicket writes mysteries has you guessing all the time what's going to happen next! Of course, this is a middle grade novel, but I believe it
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series
The mystery continues as Lemony Snicket has another case to solve in spite of his curiously uncurious chaperone, S. Theodora Markson -- after all he is only an apprentice. He is constantly worried about his sister but mostly he is worried about the role Hangfire is playing not only in this town but in Lemony's troubles.
And, of course, will Snicket finally ask the right questions?

I really love these books for the odd humor and characters -- and all the snicket-isms.

“No matter how many slow and c
Very cute. I liked the two bickering police officers. There are a few nods to the Series of Unfortunate Events books. I'm looking forward to the next one. ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"As far as I could tell, people didn’t do things because they were good or evil. They did things because they could not think of what else to do."

"I wondered if this was really where I should be, or if there was another world someplace, less ridiculous and less sad. But I never knew the answer to the question. Perhaps I had been in another world before I was born, and did not remember it, or perhaps I would see another world when I died, which I was in no hurry to do. In the meantime I knew only
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another funny and entertaining read. I love the writing style of Lemony Snicket, even if he gives more questions than answers! I read some other reviews which mentioned that this book (the second in a 4 part series about Lemony Snicket's youth) reveals or at least hints at answers from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Those were lost on me, because I read ASOUE so long ago I can't remember my questions. I'm watching the Netflix series now, so hopefully that will refresh my memory. I recognized a ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
🎉🎉My 175th book for the year, and the one I've completed my Reading Challenge with!🎉🎉

I've written three reviews for this and they have all vanished, so this is my last crack at it. If you're reading this, yay!!! At this point, the effort I'm putting into this is fairly minimal, but I did want to note that I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

My other reviews were better, (I even included a quote!) but I just can't be bothered to type it all out again (on my ph
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
An easy read with some quite memorable quotes and the trademark Snicket style that’s always a delight.
Dan Thompson
I was a little apprehensive about purchasing this sequel to last year's New York Times bestselling, Who Could That Be At This Hour? I was pretty honest about being extremely disappointed by its lacklustre plot and uneven pace. But as a self confessed Lemony Snicket fan, I let bygones be bygones, and decided to give this a go. I knew it was going to be another mystery case set in the rather unusual, extremely run down Stain'd-by-the-Sea, but other than the obviously revealing title "When Did You ...more
Sam Quixote
The adventures of young Lemony Snicket continues in the second All the Wrong Questions book with When Did You See Her Last?, a mystery where a young girl called Cleo Knight appears to have disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Like the first book, Snicket remains in Stain’d-by-the-Sea, the landlocked former prosperous town whose fortune derived from seas of ink now dried up, with his master, S. Theodora Markson (the S. remains a secret). But the game is afoot and Snicket is on the trail!
Matt Raymond
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Compared to the first book in this series, this is a huge improvement. While the first book set up the characters, setting and the expectations (you know, all horrible/terrible things that will inevitably befall the Snickets), the second book explores those set ups and expands them with a noir twist.

The incompetent S. Theodora Markson & Snicket take on a new case in Stain'd by the Sea, this time looking for missing Ink Inc. heiress and genius chemist Chloe Knight. It is alleged she's created a n
I enjoyed this second of four books as it follows Lemony Snicket as he tries to solve several mysteries in the slowly-crumbling town Stain'd-by-the-Sea. As all good detectives know, mysteries can be solved by asking the right questions, and from the book's opening pages, Snicket makes it clear that he has not done so. The mystery that he manages ultimately to solve would be much more easily figured out if he had. The problem about the whereabouts of chemist and rich daughter Cleo Knight is suppo ...more
Michelle Sedai of the Brown Ajah

Not nearly as intriguing or humorous as Who Could That Be at This Hour? but a competant sequal, nevertheless.

Aug. 11, 2018: After reading a ton since I first read this book, it deserves 5*. I was still excited to get to the end, even though I've read it before, and that hasn't been happening so much anymore. My rating average was over 4* back when I first read WDYSHL? in 2013, and it's 3.76* now. This book deserves way more praise than what currently constitutes an average book rating for me
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun second installment of the series, though not as heavy with the elements I loved in the first one, though they are there, i.e., the cab drivers and the "tips" (book recommendations) which, once again, I enjoyed figuring out. Even more than before, the two girls in the life of the almost-13-year old Lemony remind me of the women in hard-boiled detective fiction, a la Dashiell Hammett, though Snicket insists he himself is not a detective. I liked the musings about bullies, both what to do abo ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I definitely feel like A Series of Unfortunate Events is better than this series. However, I also definitely feel like serious fans should read these books too. They are still really good, Lemony Snicket's writing style is just as amazing, and he just excels at creating really unique characters. I definitely have a new theory about a mystery from the original series because of reading this book, and I really love how familiar characters make appearances or are referenced in these. The storyline ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Just reread my review for the first book in this series and feel exactly the same way except that this time I wanna give it 3 stars? It’s silly and for kids but something about it is cozy and familiar. I really wish there was more interweaving with a series of unfortunate events, that would be a lot more exciting for me. Gonna do the next one as an audiobook!
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The story continues with more mystery. And all the wrong questions. I really like this story. It keeps me reading and this time guessing. They way it is written is so different and appealing too.
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:

For All The Wrong Questions:

Other books in the series

All the Wrong Questions (4 books)
  • Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions, #1)
  • Shouldn't You Be in School? (All the Wrong Questions, #3)
  • Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (All the Wrong Questions, #4)

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