The Last One Home by Victoria Helen Stone
.PDF, 266 pages
Expected Publication: March 30th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
About the Book:
Lauren Abrams wants nothing to do with her damaged mother, whose spurious testimony sent Lauren’s father to prison for murder years ago. After a serial killer’s confession to the crime restored justice, Lauren chose to live with her father and grandmother. Now an adult, Lauren has come home to the Sacramento family estate for good, her mother’s lies be damned. It’s been decades since Donna made her cheating boyfriend pay, but she hasn’t forgotten the past. She knows her estranged daughter has made a terrible mistake by returning to the estate. There’s more to the story of the welcoming old homestead—and her childhood—than Lauren knows. As Lauren settles in, she is haunted by the questions of what really happened with her father, what her mother might be hiding, and what secrets the family ranch holds. It’s getting so dark, Lauren may not be able to see the truth to save her life.
I really enjoyed this book but I think it deserves more than the 3.49 rating, although I can understand why. This author wrote Jane Doe and it was wildly successful and while The Last One Home has a mystery to be solved I would not call this a thriller, it is more of a domestic drama. The book is in my favourite format....two timelines from two points of view. While some readers don't like this style I LOVED it, it was like two stories in one with a climax that converges the two at the end. And what a satisfying conclusion it was!
I love Victoria Helen Stone's writing style and slow burns always keep me guessing. I read this in two sittings...it would have been one but this girl was busy the last couple days. I honestly believe this book deserves four stars because I didn't see the twists and I loved the writing...but if you're looking for a fast paced thriller this isn't it. Don't go looking for a Jane Doe type read...take this book for what it is...a solid piece of fiction with wonderful writing and a few surprises.
Thank you NetGalley, Victoria Helen Stone and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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