The Last Time She Saw Him

The Last Time She Saw Him

Jane Haseldine / Jul 19, 2019

The Last Time She Saw Him In Jane Haseldine s gripping and brilliantly crafted debut a reporter searching for her kidnapped son must untangle the connection to her brother s long ago disappearance Julia Gooden remembers nothi

  • Title: The Last Time She Saw Him
  • Author: Jane Haseldine
  • ISBN: 9781496704054
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Jane Haseldine s gripping and brilliantly crafted debut, a reporter searching for her kidnapped son must untangle the connection to her brother s long ago disappearance.Julia Gooden remembers nothing about the worst night of her life Thirty years ago, her nine year old brother Ben the person who promised he would always protect her was abducted from the room they shareIn Jane Haseldine s gripping and brilliantly crafted debut, a reporter searching for her kidnapped son must untangle the connection to her brother s long ago disappearance.Julia Gooden remembers nothing about the worst night of her life Thirty years ago, her nine year old brother Ben the person who promised he would always protect her was abducted from the room they shared Try as she might to recall any clue or detail, there is a black hole where Julia s memories of that terrible event should be.Now a crime reporter at a Detroit newspaper, Julia tries to give others the closure she s never found But guilt and grief over Ben s disappearance have left her fearful that whoever took her brother is going to come back Nowhere seems safe not the city, not the suburbs, not even the secluded lake town where she plans to raise her children And then, on the anniversary of Ben s disappearance, Julia s worst fears are realized when her two year old son, Will, is snatched from his bed.Convinced that the crimes are related, Julia tries to piece together memories from her final day with Ben Are the sudden reminders of her brother clues that will lead her to her son s abductor, or merely coincidence Julia knows she has hours at best to find Will alive, but the deeper she digs, the personal and terrifying the battle becomes, and an undying promise may be her only hope of saving herself and her son.

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      • Jane Haseldine

        Jane Haseldine writes the Julia Gooden mystery series for Kensington Publishing, including The Last Time She Saw Him, Duplicity, and Worth Killing For, which will be published in March 2018 Jane is a journalist, former crime reporter and also worked as a deputy director of communications for a governor Jane lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.


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    1. This was a strong start to a new series featuring a relatable female character. I’ve always adored stories with a lead who is a reporter; it gives a different perspective of crime fiction than that of an officer in law enforcement. The author was kind enough to put this one on my radar and I’ve been eyeing it on my shelf until I was able to squeeze it in my timeline. I’m so glad I did, as it was well worth my time and energy. If you don’t have a copy of this one yet, don’t worry; they [...]


    2. This is a story that revolves around a historical child abduction mirrored and connected to one that occurs in the present day. Julia Gooden is an experienced and able crime reporter, separated from her husband, David. She has 2 children, Logan and Will. When Julia was 7 years old, her beloved brother, Ben was abducted and never found. She cannot remember what happened that night and has been plagued by guilt and fear ever since. It is the reason she is obsessively over protective with her two s [...]


    3. So, this book made me a bit paranoid, which IMO is a sign of well-written suspense! THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM is Jane Haseldine's debut novel, and also a fantastic start to the Julia Gooden Mystery series.Julia is the mother of two young boys and a crime reporter in Detroit. In 1977, her 9-year old brother Ben was kidnapped, seemingly gone without a trace. Because of Ben's mysterious disappearance, Julia is extremely overprotective of her own children, to the point where it's put a strain on her [...]


    4. This is a five star thriller with a one star ending.I was caught up in the story of crime reporter Julia Gooden and loved this fast paced read. The story opens with Julia’s marriage on the rocks thanks in part to her overprotective nature towards her two sons. She had good reason to be suspicious of her surroundings and the people in her life as thirty years before her nine year old brother disappeared from the bed next to hers in the room they shared. He was never found again. She was seven a [...]


    5. I would give this novel a 3.5 if that was possible on .This was a very well written and suspenseful debut novel. I must admit that for me it was a bit of a slow starter. Julia Gooden works for a Detroit newspaper as a journalist. She is recently separated from her husband and has two little boys. Julia is a super-mom and is very protective of her children. Her marriage has gotten derailed partly due to her obsessive protective nature towards the boys. She won’t even allow them to go to a party [...]


    6. Look out Kinsey Millhone and Lindsey Boxer there is a new heroine in town,Julia Gooden,a Journalist who works the crime beat in Detroit,married to David who is a lawyer and she's mum to two boys Will and Logan.She's gutsy,tough,stubborn,has a bad attitude at times and when she is following a lead she never gives up no matter where it leads her.She is also very protective of her children,a bit too overprotective at times but then considering the fact that her brother Ben was kidnapped thirty year [...]


    7. Thirty years ago crime reporter, Julia Gooden’s brother was abducted from the room they shared. Ben has never been found and the case was never solved. Julia’s entire life has been wrapped around guilt she’s always felt because she does not remember anything of that night.Now married, although separated, she has two young sons of her own. She’s what most people would call over-protective. The boys are always in her sight always. She knows firsthand of the danger that is all around and wh [...]


    8. A really good mystery connecting the past with the present. Loved the character Julia. Anxious to read the next in this series!


    9. Hard to believe this is Jane Haseldine's first book!The plot is one that always makes me nervous. Missing children is -I believe- the worst thing that can happen to a parent or a family. And in this book, it happens twice.Julia Gooden's brother went missing when she was a young girl. Now, many years later, she tries to lead a normal life. She's a crime reporter and writer, she's married and the mother of two boys. But she lives in fear of something happening to her sons. After dealing with these [...]


    10. This debut novel initially got my attention in part because the main character, Julia Gooden, is a crime reporter at a Detroit newspaper. Although I rarely found myself on the crime beat (except perhaps following up on an errant local politician), I spent much of my career as a journalist/newspaper editor. Besides that, the place I hail from, like Detroit, has suffered the effects of a failing industrial base. Add that to an intriguing description, and I was doubly delighted to receive an advanc [...]


    11. Original review can be found at kristineandterri/2** I received an advanced readers copy from Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**Thirty years after Julia's brother disappeared without a trace, her son was taken from right under her nose. With the discovery of an arrowhead under both beds, all signs suggested that the two cases were related. Using her skills as a crime reporter and her desperation to get her son back, Julia stopped at nothing to get the answers [...]


    12. Julia is a successful crime reporter with two young children. As a child, her older brother was kidnapped from their bedroom and never found with the culprit never brought to justice. She remains obsessed with this tragedy, continuing to call the police assigned to that case and looking for new leads. This obsession and how over protective she is with her own children contributed to her marriage breaking down and separation from her husband. When a young boy is taken that reminds her slightly of [...]


    13. This is a strong start to a new series. The lead character is Julia Goodwin, a journalist in Detroit. I enjoyed seeing crime from her perspective instead of a detective. Haseldine was able to weave past and present smoothly, the story held tight and finished strongly. A kidnapping whodunnit. I will definitely read the next book in this series.


    14. I read an advanced reader copy and this is a suspenseful, emotional and at times gritty thriller/suspense. I loved it. The central character is a crime reporter in Detroit. She's as tough and passionate as the city she works in. She's haunted by her brothers disappearance 30 years before and on the 30th anniversary of that event her young son is also taken. What follows is equal parts thrill and emotion. This author knows how to write with pace and intensity. I can't wait for more from the Julia [...]



    15. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Have you ever watched a pilot episode of a TV show and thought to yourself, hmm, I really like the premise and some parts of the plot are terrific but this acting is just not very good? That's kind of how I feel about this book. It's a really good mystery (clearly a favorite genre of mine) with just the right amount of red herrings and I didn't mind that I figured out the culprit halfway through [...]


    16. This book is a gripping and exciting suspense thriller. Julia Gooden is one of my favorite characters I've read in a mystery book. She is a great mom but is still devastated over the disappearance of her brother so she is very protective of her children. This book follows Julia as she uses her instincts as a reporter to track down and investigate the people who are involved in the crimes of this story. I also liked Detective Navarro and the many surprising twists were really good. All leading to [...]


    17. When Julia was a child, her brother was abducted from their bedroom never to be seen again. Julia grew up to become a crime reporter, marry an attorney and be the over protective mother of two young boys. On the anniversary of her brother's abduction, her youngest son is also kidnapped. The story follows the kidnapping and is compelling. The reader will end up engrossed in what happens next and will continue reading long after common sense says to slow down. All in all, it is excellent reading w [...]


    18. Past and present collide when a child abduction from the past seems connected to one that occurs now. Julia Gooden is a crime reporter whose brother was abducted when she was just 7 years old and who has never been found. She is now married with 2 children of her own and her life has been influenced by her past putting a strain on her marriage. Then her son is abducted. Is there a connection between the two disappearances? Page turner. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the c [...]


    19. Julia Gooden remembers nothing about the worst night of her life. Thirty years ago, her nine-year-old brother Ben—the person who promised he would always protect her—was abducted from the room they shared. Try as she might to recall any clue or detail, there is a black hole where Julia’s memories of that terrible event should be.Now a crime reporter at a Detroit newspaper, Julia tries to give others the closure she’s never found. But guilt and grief over Ben’s disappearance have left h [...]


    20. Full review coming on release day to Brooke Blogs.The Last Time She Saw Him is the debut book for author Jane Haseldine and is the first in the Julia Gooden series. I was instantly pulled into this story. This is a book that I stayed up late to finish in just one night (not something I do very often). Ms. Haseldine does an incredible job of weaving intricate plot details with characters you feel for to create a heart-pounding thriller. Julia is a crime reporter in Detroit, MI. Her older brother' [...]


    21. Kensington Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Last Time She Saw Him, in exchange for an honest review.Thirty years ago, Julia Gooden's nine year old brother Ben was abducted from their bedroom. Now working as a crime reporter for a newspaper in Detroit, Julia tries to help others get the closure they need, the closure she never got. On the anniversary of her brother's disappearance, Julia's worst fears are realized when her two year old son is taken. When it is reveal [...]


    22. The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine is an exciting mystery book that I really enjoyed. Julia Gooden is a crime reporter in Detroit who specializes in missing children stories. 30 years ago when she was just a child her beloved brother was kidnapped out of their house in the middle of the night, and was never seen again. Julia is the mother of two sons ages two and eight who is separated from her husband primarily because he believes she is too protective of their children. This book has [...]


    23. This one hooked me right from the start and kept the suspense going right through to the end. Julia Gooden is a crime reporter from Detroit, married with two children- Logan and Will. She is an extremely overprotective mother, never letting the children out of her sight and always paranoid for their safety. When she was 7 her 9 year old brother Ben was kidnapped and never found, and Julia has never recovered from this life shattering event and feels like there was something she should have done [...]


    24. On 4/1/16, I received the book The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine for free through First Reads. I first want to say I really wanted this book due to the storyline and this being the first book from the author. I love to find new authors. This book about Julia Gooden was very hard to read. The author writes very wooden like, and reading this I could not even visualize the story happening as I read like usual with the characters. The book just did not hold my interest, but I did finish i [...]


    25. Jane Haseldine might be a newbie author, but her first book shines like a veteran author. The Last Time She Saw Him was a page turning read. It reminded me of Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places," only exceptionally better. The descriptions of characters and surrounds makes one feel apart of the story line. The story had emotion and suspense in a well-rounded package. Looking forward to the next book.


    26. A great mystery & thriller with a likable main character, Julia, who has a rough background - her beloved brother was kidnapped when she was just 7 years old. The case was never solved and now she faces a mother's worst nightmare- the disappearance of her son. A fast paced and well written mystery.


    27. I was drawn to the premise of this book but did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The style of writing did not go into the depth of the characters as much as I would have liked. The end of the story was more graphic than suspenseful. The style of writing did not solidify my connection with the characters. For this reason I am rating this book 2.


    28. Jane Haseldines debut novel is a fantastic start to the Julia Gooden Mystery Series.It started of a bit slow but soon gathered pace.Julia Goodens brothers was abducted from the same room they stared and has never been found, and to make matters worse she does not remember anything of that night. Now she has 2 boys of her own but she lives in fear of something happening to her sons.Julia grew up to be a crime reporter and on the anniversary of her brother the worse thing happens her youngest son [...]


    29. Julia's brother disappeared 30 years ago and now someone has taken her 2 year old son. She investigates and lots of action happens, could not put down at the end!


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