• Last Girl Gone

  • The Laura Chambers Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: J. G. Hetherton
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (17,444 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired from The Boston Globe, her career in shambles, she reluctantly takes a job with the local paper. The work is simple, unimportant, and worst of all, boring - at least until a missing girl turns up dead, the body impeccably clean, dressed to be the picture of innocence.

Years earlier, 10-year-old Patty Finch left home and never made it back. But for the people of Hillsborough, Patty was just the beginning. Child after child disappeared, a reign of terror the town desperately wants to forget. Now that terror has returned to seize another girl. And another. And another.

This is the story Laura's been waiting for - her one last chance to get back onto the front page. She dives deeper into a case that runs colder by the second, only to discover the truth may be far closer to home than she could have ever imagined.

Powerful, intricate, and tense, Last Girl Gone will have you looking over your shoulder long after the last page.

©2018 J. G. Hetherton (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Story is good but

I am halfway through and will write update if I change my mind. Heroine is your a typical reporter, nothing special and one that seems to have no problem screwing over anyone for a story. If I can’t make it through it’s because the main character pisses me off to much to enjoy the story. Also want to punch mother in the face.

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Fantastic

I loved this book, it's a jewel amidst the costume jewelry I'm starting to get used to in crime fiction. Don't let any negative reviews sway you, this is worth your time,!

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could survive only half a chapter

the narration is so bad I just couldn't...
never save on a good narrator!

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Just so far fetched

The only thing good about this audio book was the narrator. The story line was just so unbelievable that it was hard to listen to.

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Implausible Sharp Objects knockoff

I almost ditched this one halfway through. The first half especially seems like a knockoff of Sharp Objects. Author seems to have no real understanding of modern journalism, or how law enforcement should work. The ending is just dumb.

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What’s Ruth the whispering narrator?

The story was good, but the whispering narrator was extremely irritating! Almost stopped listening several times.

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Exciting throughout

I was on the edge of my seat suspecting everyone just to be caught of guard in the end. Fantastic story!!! The narrator was pleasant to listen to, very engaging!

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Just couldn't stick it out with the narrator

The story seemed interesting but the narration was too monotonous. I really tried but couldn't stick it out.

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Worst Book Read This Year

Unbelievable characters and poor narrating made this book hard to finish. All the men are abusive and misogynistic. The therapist is unprofessional. The main character is misunderstood at every turn. Many characters are superfluous. Bad story. Bad writing. Bad narrating.

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on the edge of my chair

hopefully there will be a book two or three. couldn't stop listening! True mystery with plot twists so crazy you never figure it out!

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  • 11-19-21

Game of two half’s

Story not bad - I shan’t be going to North Carolina anytime soon! At first narrator got on my nerves - too dramatic and breathy. Also, at first I had no idea what was going on and found myself not really listening- this was probably because there seemed like too many characters and the story confused me. However it did get better at the end and there was a good twist .

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  • Jean Nellies
  • 02-22-22

mediocre

I was able to guess that the killer was Jasmine about halfway through the book. A bit disappointing.

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  • Leigh
  • 02-21-22

Narration is awful

Narrator is either completely flat or just speaks too fast or in weird parts of sentences. Has strange pauses. Story might have been good but I just couldn’t listen to the narration.

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  • TinaF
  • 02-11-22

Couldn’t finish

I tried very hard to give this a go but whether it was the story or the awful narrator I’m not sure, but I eventually gave up.

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  • DAH Carter
  • 01-23-22

Good twist

Well written, believable characters, great plot. Got this free through my membership and was very pleasantly surprised.

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  • Loola
  • 01-14-22

Intolerable

I couldn’t get past the awful narration. I gave up after an hour. Everything is read in a gasping, breathless voice that I found really difficult to listen to. One to read myself I think.

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  • Fee
  • 12-07-21

Quite entertaining

However, yet another woman who is superior at absolutely every level much more so than any of the actual experts in their own field. That is fairly formulaic and is becoming a bit tiresome. I appreciate it is fiction and this maybe creates more drama but it would be nice, occasionally, not to be shocking, that a woman is good at her job, no frills! At least she didn’t climb on to anyone’s lap!

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  • agatha
  • 11-23-21

intriguing plot

I loved this book , the plot was convoluted enough to keep me guessing the whole way thro .

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  • Debbie Wilson
  • 11-13-21

enjoyed this book

loved this book I normally good at guessing the end but was surprised at the end. Well worth getting the book. the narrator was amazing.

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  • Zofia
  • 08-08-22

Couldn’t finish

The performance was so dreadful, that the only thing worse than how it was read was the main character herself. Just the most unlikeable, miserable character. The unprofessional therapist, the reading out of the digits slowly, the main character acting like a cold asshole - I couldn’t finish it, I was both bored and extremely annoyed.. Can't fully evaluate the story since I didn't finish, hence the three stars.

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  • Kirsty
  • 01-31-22

An intriguing mystery, if somewhat gruesome

I often stop listening to books when the descriptions are just too awful, and while there are some bits of this book I would rather not have etched in my consciousness, the story as a whole hangs together pretty well. I was a bit confused by the actions of one of the law officers who I thought might be the perpetrator - maybe that was intentional by the author, but mostly it was a well constructed mystery.

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  • 03-04-21

Empty

I found the main character a bit heartless and disliked her way of using people and simply didn’t believe in her caring about the victims in the story. I didn’t believe in the psychologist either. The whole thing seemed cardboard. But it kept me listening.