By Kelly Braffet

REVIEWED BY FRANCINE PROSE

NOVEL

Why would someone want to disappear and start a whole new life? And what happens to those left behind? Those questions are at the center of Braffet’s deft second novel, Last Seen Leaving. Years before, Anne Cassidy’s husband, Nick, a pilot, went missing during a flight over Central America. And now her daughter Miranda has survived a car crash and taken off with her mysterious rescuer for a town where she lives under an assumed name. Anne’s frantic search and lessons about the perils of ignorance keep the plot moving along. Some of the novel’s loose ends are tied up a bit too neatly and not entirely plausibly, but Braffet has a gift for creating an atmosphere of suspicion—and suspense.

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