I am always looking to add a new crime series to my repertoire so I was thrilled to discover The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka. This novel, the first book featuring private detective, Roxane Weary, followed Brad Stockton, a boy from a rough neighbourhood, who sits on death row after being convicted of murdering the parents of his girlfriend, Sarah Cook. Sarah disappeared that night and was never seen again. Now, as his execution approaches, his sister hires PI Roxanne Weary to try and find Sarah. Reeling from her own personal tragedies, Roxanne finds herself drawn into the investigation when she sees parallels between Sarah and one of her own father’s investigations into that of an unsolved murder. With time running out and danger lurking around every corner, Roxanne must use all of her resources to try and find out the truth.
I felt so conflicted as I made my way through this novel; part of me was really enjoying the wild ride I was being brought on and the other part of me found it all incredibly confusing. I struggled to keep the characters separated and to keep track of who was who but I really enjoyed the general feeling of the text. Lepionka did a fantastic job at keeping her reader continuously guessing.
I really liked Roxanne and am glad that this book will not be the last of her; I was amused with her unconventional methods and her sassy attitude. I also loved the softer side of her in relation to her father and her unresolved family issues. It made her feel more human and I enjoy a bit of humanity in my crime fiction.
I really enjoyed this debut and am hoping that Lepionka will only continue to become cleaner in her execution since I really did enjoy the general delivery of this novel. I’ll be waiting for book two!