Friday, June 10, 2016

The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta



Book synopsis(via Goodreads):


In the bestselling tradition of Jodi Picoult and written “in a style that’s as real as it gets (USA TODAY), this ripped-from-the-headlines novel features prosecutor Anna Curtis as she finds herself again at the center of a national story involving a freshman girl at a prestigious university who disappears after filing rape charges against a young man in a powerful fraternity.

Emma, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near Sigma Pi, the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Brooks, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced-together surveillance footage of Emma leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

Anna Curtis is on the case when she discovers the video diary Emma kept over her first few months at college, exposing the history she had with Dylan—and accusing him of rape before she disappeared.

Emma’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emma alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.” Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.



***Many thanks to Net Galley and Touchstone for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for and honest opinion.***

This insomniac's opinion: 


I happened to be reading this, a book about the sexual assault of a young woman, as I came forward very publicly in a Huffington Post article about my own sexual assault 20 years ago{http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-redhead/a-thank-you-letter-to-my-_2_b_9774926.html} I admit that it made reading this rather tough. It was treated the subject very carefully and with respect, thank goodness. I generally don't read books that are numbered and follow the same character each time, but this was really fascinating and I think that I may pick up more!

Rating: 


4 stars. 

Worth staying up all night to read? 


Yes!

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