Review: Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagán

Title: Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties
Author: Camille Pagan
Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: Feb 27, 2018


At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.

On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s become invisible to the world—and to herself.

Maggie cautiously begins to rebuild her life with a trip to Rome, a new career, and even a rebound romance. But when a fresh crisis strikes and an uncertain future looms, she must decide: How much will she risk to remain the woman she’s just become?


Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties is a fresh reminder that just because something is comfortable, it doesn’t mean it’s right for you. We meet Maggie at a time of change – her husband has left her and she’s single and alone for the first time in a long time. How do you pick yourself back up after something like that? It’s so easy to become complacent and put your identity in the things that are important to you (your husband, your children), but sometimes you need to make sure that you’re taken care of too.

It’s an age old story of reinvention, love, friendship, and the fact that being in the right place at the right time can change everything. Travel, find love, do what makes you happy – now that I’m saying that, maybe this book is just right for the new year since it’s the time of reevaluation and inspiration!

While the story was well written, and the characters were relatable enough, there was just something missing for me in the book. Maybe it’s the way it all fell into place so easily at the end there, or maybe it was the fact that I couldn’t fully invest myself in the characters and their troubles. Either way, I found myself leaving this book with a sense of meh-ness instead of awe, or joy. I would say this is a great read if you’re looking for something kind of quick and light (ish). But, if you don’t want to be bogged down by someone else’s troubles, this book probably isn’t for you.

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 3/5
World Building: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Pacing: 2/5
Overall: 2/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.78/5

eARC obtained via Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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