The Last Prom

A Misty Night Story

Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 10/03/2022
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Reviewed by Jill Rey for Readers' Favorite

The Last Prom: A Misty Night Story by Miles Cornelius is set in the 1980s as a California high school is nearing the end of the school year, prepping for the prom. The account begins with the bullying of a quiet and introverted senior, Homer, who is looking forward to his first, and last prom. As bullying is not tolerated, a suspension follows, kicking off a trail of revenge and the sudden disappearances of several connected individuals.

Chapter after chapter, just as characters are being developed and readers are getting to know them, they suddenly begin to go missing. In The Last Prom, Miles Cornelius uses his talents to lead readers confidently toward a prime suspect, only to completely blow their minds with the final reveal. The scene is well set with nostalgic 1980s vibes of Walkmans, VCRs, and payphones seeping into an otherwise engaging plot. Jumping from character to character, readers are kept on their toes throughout as they work out the motivation behind each disappearance and connect it to the lead suspect.

The narrator of this audiobook, D. Michael Fleming, did an average job of keeping the story flowing. Given the substantial number of characters and disappearances occurring throughout the plot, the unique voices of each character in the dialogue could have been more distinct. The point of view flipped from person to person depending on the chapter, leaving Fleming with the difficult task of keeping readers grounded via differing dialects. However, the suspense and thrills are not lost on readers as Fleming and Cornelius shock us, just as the prom is beginning to light up. Fast-paced, laced with a puzzling string of disappearances, The Last Prom is a creepy, yet enticing read. Just watch over your shoulder for a pair of black gloves as they may be coming for you next.