Last Seen Alive Paperback – 13 Jul 2017
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Just finished Last Seen Alive . . . it's so twisty, turning and grippy. Highly recommend it! (Gilly Macmillan)
Thrillingly tense and twisty, a great read (B A Paris, the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors)
I loved the sense of lurking dread that pervades it all . . . I was absolutely gripped and intrigued (Emma Curtis, bestselling author of One Little Mistake)
Fast-paced and chock-full of twists, Last Seen Alive is both absorbing and gripping. After reading it you'll never dream of a house swap again (Paula Daly, author of The Mistake I Made)
Brilliant. Twisty, exciting yet so very real. (Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But the Truth)
Thrilling . . . superb plotting. I could hardly catch my breath between twists! (Jenny Blackhurst, number 1 bestselling author of Before I Let You In)
I love stories when you're not quite sure who is telling the truth! This one kept me guessing (Jane Corry, author of the Sunday Times bestseller My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters)
A fab and twisty page-turner that kept me guessing (Lucy Clarke, author of Richard and Judy pick The Sea Sisters)
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'Fast-paced and chock-full of twists. After reading it you'll never dream of a house swap again' Paula Daly, author of The Mistake I Made
She can run
Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.
But she can't hide
But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?
Because someone knows her secret
What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby's worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what he did.
'Brilliant. Twisty, exciting yet so very real' Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But the Truth
'As soon as I finished the first page, I knew I wouldn't be able to put this down' Good Housekeeping
'I love stories when you're not quite sure who is telling the truth! This one kept me guessing' Jane Corry, author of the Sunday Times bestseller My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters
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But they’re magical Cornish getaway starts turning sinister when Jamie gets poisoned, a man starts following them and clothing covered in blood starts showing up in the garden. They return home, thankful to be out of the house and back to normality – or are they? Things continue to happen long after they return home; money is stolen and accounts are opened in their name and parcels are being delivered that they never ordered. Then a man shows up dead in their garden. Who is it? Which one of their dark pasts is coming back to mess with them? And which one of them is lying?
I don’t know where to bloody start with this book. I was hooked from the first page; being familiar with Claire’s writing style from The Sisters, I knew I was going to get along with that aspect of the book. It’s incredibly easy to read, the flow is continuous and the language is made for extensively long reading periods in mind. All of that was top notch, pucker, job well done. But what got me is that at face value, this seemed like an eerie, kinda weird story where someone was telling some lies or had irritated someone else. Or maybe the people who’s house they were staying in weren’t entirely who they say they were? Something pretty standard Mystery / Thriller like that.
Nooooooooo. Holy crap, this book gets deep. Really, really deep in twists and turns and lies and deceit coming at you left, right and bloody centre. There was a moment where I was staring blankly at the page because I was so stunned with the twist I didn’t know or believe what I was reading! That never happens to me because (as I’ve said a bajillion times), I’ve read so many Thrillers, it takes a lot to shock me. I honestly don’t know how Claire kept up with her own story. At first the twist was a little confusing; but I think it was meant to be. It did take me a good chapter or 2 to actually get my head around what was going on and I love a book that makes you question your own sanity!
I think Claire’s forte with writing is her endings. I bloody loved the abrupt, questionable ending that makes you continue turning the pages to find out where the next chapter starts only to find it doesn’t. It’s so annoying and frustrating but I love it. It was very similar in style to The Sisters; both books I was left reeling because I don’t know what’s going to happen next (unless Claire writes a sequel) and it’s very much left a lot of questions unanswered and for you to think about after you put the book down. Claire has such a knack for writing Thriller; she encompasses what it takes for a book to be a true Thriller with all the elements you need.
This was the fastest book I’ve read probably all year and will definitely be in my top 10, top 5 books I’ve read in 2017. Which is a huge feat because this year for books has been incredible. I’ve not been completely and utterly and fully engrossed in a book to the point where I need to read it at ever spare second I have in a long time (probably since I read The Sisters actually!) This book is so exciting, so, so exciting; it takes hold and twists you and turns you until you have no idea who to believe, what to think or what on Earth might happen next. Because anything could. Claire knows what makes a good Thriller, she knows what keeps people holding on and Last Seen Alive has all of those elements. Cracking job Claire.
Just how well do you know someone and yes the doubts are there in the relationship has Jamie strayed with Hannah? Just why the stuffed animals and why on earth do a house share? Just kept on giving and giving I felt whilst reading it. On one occasion I did think that maybe Jamie was making her feel as though she was the one with the problem. The daughter of the wealthy couple just what was going on there I kept thinking maybe she might be found in the cellar. No secrets given away as the ending and reasons as to it all just blew me away if honest a very clever read. Something's you can never get away from and this something certainly was not a thing to go lightly.
There are a number of different threads to this plot (which was one of the reasons why I loved it so much) but let me give you the main gist of the story. Libby Hall and her husband, Jamie have recently undergone a terrible loss in their lives but are determined not to let it affect or change their relationship in any way. When they are given an opportunity to do a house swap for a few days, giving up their flat in Bath and taking over another couple's house in Cornwall, they jump at the chance. The house is stunning, the location picturesque and the couple seem to be finally putting their tragedy behind them. However, someone connected to the couple has other ideas. For Libby has huge secrets in her past, things Jamie is completely unaware of and if a certain person has their way and the past is revealed in its full horrific detail they just might not survive it with their marriage intact.
I was seriously not expecting how much I was going to enjoy this novel. At the beginning, I was curious for sure and definitely compelled to keep reading but it is only with the addition of more perspectives and a journey into the past that provide the real twists and turns in the narrative. I'm hesitant to say any more, you really have to read it for yourself to experience the excitement, chills and at times pure confusion which was the effect this novel had on me as a reader. I was actually reading this book on a bookish holiday to Oxford with my sister and fellow blogger, Chrissi Reads and she kept laughing at me as at points when I was reading, I kept making little noises and gasps - I was that invested in the story and the characters. Please believe me when I say that the word "cliffhanger," is not even big enough or accurate enough to describe the immense thrills I had when reaching the end of certain chapters. Personally, I now just want to eat up everything Claire Douglas has written and will write in the future.
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