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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Review: The Last One Home by Victoria Helen Stone

The Last One Home
by Victoria Helen Stone

Thanks so much to Lake Union Publishind for this review copy and for setting up my Instagram Live with the author!  We can a blast chatting back and forth.  If you missed it, it's saved under my Lives tab.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: March 30, 2021
302 Pages
Genres: Domestic Suspense

A razor-sharp novel of suspense about the lies families tell—and those we choose to believe—by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Jane Doe.

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.

My Review:


Normally when I read a book with a dual time line, I tend to prefer one storyline over the other one. I kept going back and forth between being really invested in Lauren, to being even more interested in Donna... and then a couple of scenes later, I'd be riveted to the other!

This is a slow burn of a domestic suspense/drama that really just fit into what I needed to read right now. If you've only read the author's Jane Doe's series so far, then don't expect this to be as fast paced and "thrilling". If you want to compare this to any of her other works, I'd say it has a bit of that False Step feel - a slow/moderate burn that may seem predictable but also may surprise you. I had an inkling on one part that turned correct and put a bit of a smirk on my face. Not gonna say why because spoilers.

Both Lauren and Donna could be shake worthy at times, but I did appreciate how it all came together at the end. This bow tie I didn't mind so much. As for Michael, I'd like to extend both my middle fingers out to him too. *wink*


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