INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“This eerie thriller…can stand next to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Stephen King’s The Shining.” —Booklist (starred review)
New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda returns with a gripping and propulsive thriller that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed?
Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—rafting and hiking, with access to the Appalachian trail by way of a gorgeous waterfall—and its mysterious history. As the book begins, the string of unsolved disappearances that has haunted the town is once again thrust into the spotlight when journalist Landon West, who was staying at the inn to investigate the story of the vanishing trail, then disappears himself.
Abby has sometimes felt like an outsider within the community, but she’s come to view Cutter’s Pass as her home. When Landon’s brother Trey shows up looking for answers, Abby can’t help but feel the town closing ranks. And she’s still on the outside. When she finds incriminating evidence that may bring them closer to the truth, Abby soon discovers how little she knows about her coworkers, neighbors, and even those closest to her.
Megan Miranda brings her best writing to The Last to Vanish, a riveting thriller filled with taut suspense and shocking twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Take a trip to Cutter’s Pass, a bucolic Appalachian town with a dark secret. Megan Miranda’s atmospheric thriller revolves around hotel manager Abby Lovett, who’s always felt the series of unsolved disappearances that have plagued her hometown were pure coincidence. But when journalist Landon West—the brother of the last person to disappear—discovers new information, Abby becomes obsessed with learning the truth. With her descriptive prose, Miranda creates a sense of something’s-off foreboding that makes even the town itself start to feel like a suspect. This is the kind of creepy small-town mystery that makes you want to keep reading into the night.
In this superb thriller from bestseller Miranda (Such a Quiet Place), Cutter's Pass, known as "the most dangerous town in North Carolina" because of a string of missing persons cases over the years, has been a refuge for the past decade for Abby Lovett. Abby loves her position as manager of the upscale Passage Inn, though the mountain resort town's permanent residents still treat her as an outsider. She has never been frightened by the urban legend surrounding the disappearances, the most recent being that of journalist Landon West, who came to Cutter's Pass to write about those who were lost without a trace before vanishing himself. Four months later, Landon's brother, Trey, arrives, determined to get some answers. Trey's questions stir up the town sheriff, the local tavern's owners, and a young man who leads ghost tours, making Abby feel even more like an outsider because she's constantly left out of conversations and others don't take her questions seriously. The tension rises after Abby discovers what may be a key piece of evidence. Evocative descriptions of such activities as hiking and rafting contain an underlying sense of dread, and realistic characters match the tight plotting. Miranda is writing at the top of her game. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM.
The Last to Vanish
This was a good story, but a little slow and boring in places. It reminded me of Secrets and Lies, The Lottery, and Deliverance, with all the dysfunctional inbreeding in very small towns were residents are secretive, suspicious, distrust outsiders, and make the rules as they go along. After reading this, I would not want to settle in a very small town where everyone knows everyone’s business, with the cruelty of lies and deception normalized.
Well written, great plot with lots of twists and turns. Couldn’t put it down!
Tough to put down, but lame giveaway about midway
(No spoiler here). This was an impossible to put down mystery thriller, with unsettling overtones. Well written and engaging.
My criticism is that there is a disclosure midway through that really was clumsily introduced, as in, “really, now you tell us?”. It was as if someone was trying to open a safe for half a book, and then discloses, “…oh, by the way, I had the key all along…”