Last Girl Ghosted
Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this utterly original thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game.
She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him—hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. Could it be love?
But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared—profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted.
Maybe it was her fault. She shared too much, too fast. But isn't that always what women think—that they're the ones to blame? Soon she learns there were others. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. She had been looking for a connection, but now she's looking for answers. Chasing a digital trail into his dark past—and hers—she finds herself on a dangerous hunt. And she's not sure whether she's the predator—or the prey.
Awards and Honors
- Tampa Bay Times Best Book of 2021
- USA Today Bestseller
- Amazon Best Books of the Month
- Apple Books Must Listens
- Best New Releases on E!
- New York Post Recommended Read
- KATU ABC Portland's Best Book of The Month
- Goodreads Biggest Mysteries and Thrillers
- LibraryReads Top Books for October 2021
- BookBub Best Mysteries and Thrillers of Fall 2021
- Bustle Best Books of Autumn
- PopSugar Best New Books
- The New School Alumni Bookshelf
- SheReads Best Thrillers of 2021
- Crimereads Most Anticipated Books of 2021
“A five-alarm fire of a situation...the surprises keep coming.”
—The New York Times
"Lisa Unger just keeps getting better at writing irresistible thrillers; this one thrums with tension from its first pages and never lets up… I promise you it will be a dark and wild ride — and you might think long and hard next time you swipe."
—Tampa Bay Times
"Last Girl Ghosted is yet another spine-tingling, whirlwind of a journey for the characters and the reader. No one does psychological thrillers better than Lisa Unger."
—NY Journal of Books
"Unger always ratchets up the tension...But in this book, she spins like Simone Biles—and sticks the landing."
—Kirkus, starred review
"Enthralling... Unger is on a roll."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Unger keeps readers guessing, with revelations that will make them stop and question what they thought they knew."
—Library Journal, starred review
"The genius of Last Girl Ghosted lies in its classic reinvention of the investigative form, swapping the dark noir of back streets for the equally dark world of cyberspace…in a thriller that never lets up."
"Hell hath no fury like a woman led on and ghosted in Unger's fast and furious thriller about a woman who decides to track down the man who went completely M.I.A. after an amazing first date, she discovers a trail of missing girls in his digital wake. It'll make you think twice before the next time you swipe."
"Adam, who Wren Greenwood meets on a dating website, is handsome, educated, shares her love of Rilke and is after a long-term relationship… Just as Wren is ready to commit herself to him, Adam ghosts her… As Wren becomes more involved in a dangerous game, she’s not sure who is hunting whom."
—The Denver Post
"Mystery master Lisa Unger drops an utterly relatable heroine into an all-too-real situation, making for a true pageturner. After whip-smart Wren teams up with a sympathetic private investigator, the action heats up and sparks fly. A dark and brooding thriller with romantic undertones, Last Girl Ghosted is a perfect read for a chilly evening."
"Chilling, twisty, and hard to put down."
"Chilling... You won’t be able to stop turning the pages!"
—Shari Lapena, NYT bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
"Staggering. Unsettling. Vivid and intense. Lisa Unger is our most inventive suspense author, and she's created another fascinating, timely, and searingly good story. Wren Greenwood is one of Unger's most nuanced characters, and her story, her life, her secrets, explode off the page. Clear your calendar and lock the doors. You will not be able to stop reading."
—J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of Her Dark Lies
"With Last Girl Ghosted Lisa Unger proves herself the premiere thriller writer in mining the anxieties and risks of our digital culture. This is a captivating, deeply identifiable and deeply human story that goes far deeper than apps and into the harrowing, complicated experience of being a woman in our online age."
—Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The Turnout
"Brilliant and compelling. Unger writes with compassion and deep psychological insights, giving us a story that is both shocking and wrenchingly emotional. I couldn't put the novel down till I turned the last page, and am haunted by it still."
—Luanne Rice, NYT bestselling author of The Shadow Box
"Fast-paced and twisty, with sumptuous writing that keeps you glued to your seat and characters whose decisions make your heart leap into your throat, this is one heck of a story I won't be forgetting any time soon."
—Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of You Will Remember Me
"A chilling, unforgettably told story about online dating and the dangers it may pose for modern love. With sharp, insightful prose and clever plotting, Unger ratchets up the tension page by page until a gasp-worthy ending you won’t soon forget."
—Christina McDonald, bestselling author of Do No Harm
"An immersive tale of passion and vengeance with a startling ending."
"Lisa Unger continues to impress with the quantity and quality of her work. Last Girl Ghosted is a deeply resonant cautionary tale about dating in a digital age. Equal parts clever and creepy, it’s also imbued with keen psychological insight and hard-won wisdom."
"Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger is an electrifying thriller for the modern age...will be happily devoured by readers with an appetite for titillating murder mysteries crafted with a contemporary spin... A beloved veteran of the mystery and suspense genre is back with a deliciously complex psychological thriller featuring a New York advice columnist and the intriguing online suitor who ghosts her."
"A psychological thriller that could have been directed by Alfred Hitchcock...Lisa Unger drops enough tidbits and red herrings to keep the wheels turning for the armchair detective reader. Last Girl Ghosted is so intricately plotted that this will be no easy task."
"It comes as no surprise why Unger is a bestselling author...this book is not to be missed."
"With twists, reveals, and surprises throughout, readers will be turning pages late into the night, needing to find out what comes next. Perhaps the best advice I can give is to go ahead and plan a spa day when you finish because in Last Girl Ghosted, Unger is going to emotionally wear you out— in the best possible way."
—The Nerd Daily
"A gripping psychological thriller. Anyone who wants to be taken on a roller coaster ride should read a Lisa Unger book. This one explores secrets, obsession, vengeance, and social media...There are so many twists and revelations that the readers’ heads are spinning."
—Mystery & Suspense Magazine
"Will have listeners hanging on every word."
"A creepy storyline that keeps you whipping through pages at a pace almost as alarming as the story you’re reading, Last Girl Ghosted is a must read"
—KATU ABC2 Portland, Anna David
"You have to pick up this 2021 thriller if you’re looking for love, suspense, and a game of cat and mouse."
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