Last Day
From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss.Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run. When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu.Reid immediately suspects Beth’s husband, whose affair is a poorly kept secret. He has an airtight alibi—but he also has a motive, and the evidence seems to point to him. Kate and Reid, along with the sisters’ closest childhood friends, struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight?Twenty years ago, Reid vowed to protect Beth and Kate—and he’s failed. Now solving the case is turning into an obsession . . .

Last Day Details

TitleLast Day
Author
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
ISBN-139781542018203
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Suspense

Last Day Review

  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Beth Lathrop is found dead - murdered. Who by? That’s it. Book is in three parts. Two parts too long = approximately 300 pages where I was bored out of my skull. Soooooo much unnecessary detail and I think when dead Beth joined in the narrative that finished me off. The ending was good (actually it wasn’t) and I raised a resounding cheer. I know others loved it so maybe today I’m The Grinch.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    Luann Rice does what she does best- write about families, sisters, secrets, relationships, with a little mystery thrown in. Personally, I loved reading about locations familiar to me and the nod to a murder that took place here years ago. Definitely recommend.
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  • Bonnye Reed
    January 1, 1970
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    What a perfect way to kick start my 2020 reading adventure!! As a long time fan of Luanne's books, I have come to expect certain things in her writing. A gentleness, a sense of friendships, sisterhood, family & love of art, scenery & nature. All of those elements were in Last Day, but the added piece was not typical of previous books written by Luanne. There was a mystery, & a "who done it". I flip flopped throughout the book as to the "who" part, but it kept me guessing till almost What a perfect way to kick start my 2020 reading adventure!! As a long time fan of Luanne's books, I have come to expect certain things in her writing. A gentleness, a sense of friendships, sisterhood, family & love of art, scenery & nature. All of those elements were in Last Day, but the added piece was not typical of previous books written by Luanne. There was a mystery, & a "who done it". I flip flopped throughout the book as to the "who" part, but it kept me guessing till almost the end.I am not a huge fan of the current rage of psychological thrillers, this was not one of those books. This was still the beautifully written book I would expect from Luanne, but with the hint of other deeper issues. Still love of family, women being there for each other & sisterhood & close bonds to "home"....Thank you again Luanne !!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I gave up on Luanne Rice a long time ago; the novels she released in the 1980s and 1990s with interesting, nuanced characters gradually evolved in the 2000's into shmaltzy melodramas with cardboard heroines and hokey dialogue. But this was a cheap Amazon "First Reads" option so I took a chance again, only to remain woefully unimpressed. There was way too much info-dumping and too many unnecessary details, which made getting through the book a chore. The detective investigating the murder seems I gave up on Luanne Rice a long time ago; the novels she released in the 1980s and 1990s with interesting, nuanced characters gradually evolved in the 2000's into shmaltzy melodramas with cardboard heroines and hokey dialogue. But this was a cheap Amazon "First Reads" option so I took a chance again, only to remain woefully unimpressed. There was way too much info-dumping and too many unnecessary details, which made getting through the book a chore. The detective investigating the murder seems to have an unhealthy obsession with the dead woman's sister based on another tragedy that happened in their lives 20 years ago, but nobody thinks it's strange that he is fixated on a woman who was a teenager when he first met her. There are other inconsistencies and behaviors that make the characters feel very unrealistic. And as for the ending....well, I don't want to spoil anything but I will say it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me and felt like it came out of nowhere. Sorry, but I'll continue to pass on this author. I still recommend her earlier books such as Angels All Over Town and Summer Light though.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    I was really hoping for more from this book. I enjoyed the haunting scene that was described at the beginning of this book which I read using the Look Inside feature and that’s why I chose this book but it’s just downhill from there. I still held out hope for at least an ok procedural but this book really falls apart towards the end, and I saw where it was going so I don’t say that because I was at all surprised. Unfortunately the author chose to have this story play out with multiple POVs which I was really hoping for more from this book. I enjoyed the haunting scene that was described at the beginning of this book which I read using the Look Inside feature and that’s why I chose this book but it’s just downhill from there. I still held out hope for at least an ok procedural but this book really falls apart towards the end, and I saw where it was going so I don’t say that because I was at all surprised. Unfortunately the author chose to have this story play out with multiple POVs which do nothing to serve the story but instead make this much less interesting. It was far better served in the beginning with the POVs left to the grieving sister Kate and the detective Owen on the case. As the POVs shift between friends and family of the deceased Beth we don’t actually learn anything but instead the author’s trying to draw out the reveal of the killer by leaving different ideas for the reader. Unfortunately most of the people are not at all compelling and again it doesn’t serve the story. If I finish a book I usually consider it an ok read and rate is 3 stars so I’m usually a pretty generous reviewer but this book is a mess! 1 Star for me is usually a book I couldn’t finish so this 2 star review is probably still too generous for this book. I may have read this for free with Amazon First Reads but it’s still not worth your time so I’d recommend strongly that you choose a different book.
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  • Lynda Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of my Kindle First reads for January, since we were offered two for this month. I really enjoyed it. It has a bit of everything, murder, mystery, romance and plenty of secrets and lies to whet your appetite. I only didn't give it 5* as there wasn't anything extremely "different" about it.I liked Kate and Lulu the most of the quartet of women featured here. The husbands or boyfriends were more bit-players, though what I saw of Pete was more than enough !!! I found myself quite This was one of my Kindle First reads for January, since we were offered two for this month. I really enjoyed it. It has a bit of everything, murder, mystery, romance and plenty of secrets and lies to whet your appetite. I only didn't give it 5* as there wasn't anything extremely "different" about it.I liked Kate and Lulu the most of the quartet of women featured here. The husbands or boyfriends were more bit-players, though what I saw of Pete was more than enough !!! I found myself quite snivelly a couple of times as well.....I did like this expression, "You have to have your head in the clouds to shoot for the stars." I looked up the artwork mentioned and must say I loved the Rembrandt van Rijn one. I couldn't find Fifth Avenue in December but did see Fifth Avenue in Winter so wondered if that was what she meant. I did need to re-recall who all the characters were upon opening this up each time as there are quite a few to remember.It's pretty far-fetched that a policeman wouldn't know what Mensa was though there were hardly any mistakes-she wrote confidants and not confidantes and needed a hyphen in summer silent and visitors needs an apostrophe and that was it so pretty good going.I was shocked to read what an established author Luanne Rice already is as I'd never come across anything by her before, though I'd definitely read another by her.
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  • Bonnie Meche
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story about friendships and tragedy and - ultimately - betrayal. It begins with the ugly murder of Beth, sister of Kate and one of a group of four friends who spend their lives together and swear never-ending loyalty. While everyone, including the police detective who has a long history with the victim, wants to believe that the husband - a flamboyant womanizer - is guilty, the story goes much deeper, and the investigation proceeds to provide plenty of red herrings, disturbing leads, This is a story about friendships and tragedy and - ultimately - betrayal. It begins with the ugly murder of Beth, sister of Kate and one of a group of four friends who spend their lives together and swear never-ending loyalty. While everyone, including the police detective who has a long history with the victim, wants to believe that the husband - a flamboyant womanizer - is guilty, the story goes much deeper, and the investigation proceeds to provide plenty of red herrings, disturbing leads, and a huge amount of psychological misadventure, involving a colorful cast and a lot of artistic references, given the involvement of the primary family with an upscale museum. It is entertaining to follow the primary protagonists - Kate and the detective - work their way through residual trauma to find romance, but that is very much peripheral to the ultimate story of love and faith destroyed in a totally unexpected way. Slightly heavy on misdirection, it is nevertheless a good read with a satisfactory conclusion, rating four very bright stars.
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  • (not your)
    January 1, 1970
    So foolishly I read a few reviews of Last Day after choosing it from Amazon's January First Reads program and accidently found out who the killer is. This of course skewed my point of view while reading; still it was a pretty good story. Being very close with my own sister I appreciated the realistic portrayal of both the closeness AND the distance between Beth and Kate. I also enjoyed the detail Rice took in describing the family's gallery and the art world and took to Google more than once to So foolishly I read a few reviews of Last Day after choosing it from Amazon's January First Reads program and accidently found out who the killer is. This of course skewed my point of view while reading; still it was a pretty good story. Being very close with my own sister I appreciated the realistic portrayal of both the closeness AND the distance between Beth and Kate. I also enjoyed the detail Rice took in describing the family's gallery and the art world and took to Google more than once to look up an artist or painting. Pete the husband was a perfect creep and detective Conor seemed almost too good to be true except for the stalkerish vibe. Accidently knowing the killer's identity gave me a unique perspective and I did worry how things were gonna wrap up the closer I got to the obvious end of the book (95-96%). But wrap up it did, albeit in a forced, 'really?' kinda way. This is gonna make a great Lifetime movie.
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  • Herman Morgan III
    January 1, 1970
    Best " First Read " Yet ! I don't enjoy books that are full of a lot of romance and sex. I do read a lot of female writers, primarily thrillers, crime, and mystery authors, and enjoy the good ones as much as any of the male writers I read.This book is about love, of sibling, friends, and family variety, and that's something that has been a major force in my life, and something I can relate to well. I also love a good mystery, and this one kept me guessing until the end, which I really enjoyed. Best " First Read " Yet ! I don't enjoy books that are full of a lot of romance and sex. I do read a lot of female writers, primarily thrillers, crime, and mystery authors, and enjoy the good ones as much as any of the male writers I read.This book is about love, of sibling, friends, and family variety, and that's something that has been a major force in my life, and something I can relate to well. I also love a good mystery, and this one kept me guessing until the end, which I really enjoyed. Ms Rice writes great characters, makes you see, smell, and taste the story's locale, and weaves a spell that I couldn't break away from until I fell asleep, then woke and turned my Kindle back on to finish the final chapters. You can't ask more from a good book than that. I'll be reading more Luanne Rice novels.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book because my friend always said how much she loved Luann Rice and, as an Amazon First Read, this was a good opportunity to try her work. I am ambivalent about the novel. The location was interesting and well described and the background of the sisters' tragedy was chilling, but the characters didn't seem authentic. Using the Compass Rose device to define the four friends seemed to lock the author into a framework of personalities. Even the police officer investigating Beth's I read this book because my friend always said how much she loved Luann Rice and, as an Amazon First Read, this was a good opportunity to try her work. I am ambivalent about the novel. The location was interesting and well described and the background of the sisters' tragedy was chilling, but the characters didn't seem authentic. Using the Compass Rose device to define the four friends seemed to lock the author into a framework of personalities. Even the police officer investigating Beth's murder was bland. I didn't feel any passion in the adult characters although Ms. Rice gave the teenaged Samantha a complex persona.I was looking for more character development and hoped the mystery of the murderer would be enough to recommend this book, but it wasn't. The ending was disappointing and colored my overall satisfaction with this novel and this author.
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    Luanne Rice is a master storyteller and that truly shines in her latest novel, Last Day, the story of four friends, two deaths and the secrets kept hidden to the end.Sisters Kate and Beth had survived a tragic ordeal in their teen years but, like so many, that tragedy pushed them apart rather than pulling them together. Kate is closed off from all emotion and Beth has infused her life with love, giving to the community, loving her daughter and caring for her friends. When Beth is murdered, Kate Luanne Rice is a master storyteller and that truly shines in her latest novel, Last Day, the story of four friends, two deaths and the secrets kept hidden to the end.Sisters Kate and Beth had survived a tragic ordeal in their teen years but, like so many, that tragedy pushed them apart rather than pulling them together. Kate is closed off from all emotion and Beth has infused her life with love, giving to the community, loving her daughter and caring for her friends. When Beth is murdered, Kate digs in to find the answers to her sister's murder. What she finds instead are layers of secrets.While I was a bit disappointed in the ending, the overall story is brilliantly told. Last Day was my January selection for Amazon First Reads and will be available on February 1st.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I was not impressed with this too-long book. There was so much extra detail that wasn't necessary or relevant to the story. Many times, the detail or flashbacks are competely off track, and detract from the flow of the story. Toward the end, Beth narrates a bit and it's ridiculous! The first passage of her narration could have been eliminated without affecting anything. The second could have been narrated from Kate's or Colin's point of view. As for the author throwing possible guilt to I was not impressed with this too-long book. There was so much extra detail that wasn't necessary or relevant to the story. Many times, the detail or flashbacks are competely off track, and detract from the flow of the story. Toward the end, Beth narrates a bit and it's ridiculous! The first passage of her narration could have been eliminated without affecting anything. The second could have been narrated from Kate's or Colin's point of view. As for the author throwing possible guilt to different characters, it wasn't done well. The murderer was pretty clear early on and all the red herrings didn't change my mind. They were just distracting and made me roll my eyes even more.
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  • Shanna
    January 1, 1970
    A woman has been found dead, secrets are revealed, crime is solved. There is very little action in this story, and LOTS of LOTS of reminiscing for the sake of back story, and also feelings. I found it quite tedious to get through. The characters are so shallow that the family drama was just a bunch of annoying whining. Rice completely lost me when she went on and on about the greatness of motherhood. Newsflash: childfree lives are very fulfilling! Ironically, the mom characters in this story are A woman has been found dead, secrets are revealed, crime is solved. There is very little action in this story, and LOTS of LOTS of reminiscing for the sake of back story, and also feelings. I found it quite tedious to get through. The characters are so shallow that the family drama was just a bunch of annoying whining. Rice completely lost me when she went on and on about the greatness of motherhood. Newsflash: childfree lives are very fulfilling! Ironically, the mom characters in this story are the unhappy screw-ups. The mystery is solved through a twist, as most are, but it seemed to be thrown in just to be a surprise, leaving an implausible and unsatisfying ending.
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  • Sammie Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run. When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Last Day. Luanne Rice is at her best when she can create compelling relationships and family drama and this book does exactly that. The novel includes so many important themes - family, betrayal, loss, friendship, love and overcoming tragedy. Being from Southeastern Connecticut, I also love how many references the author makes to the area - people, places, landmarks, etc. Last Day is a quick, compelling read that will make you cry, bring you hope and keep you thinking long after I really enjoyed Last Day. Luanne Rice is at her best when she can create compelling relationships and family drama and this book does exactly that. The novel includes so many important themes - family, betrayal, loss, friendship, love and overcoming tragedy. Being from Southeastern Connecticut, I also love how many references the author makes to the area - people, places, landmarks, etc. Last Day is a quick, compelling read that will make you cry, bring you hope and keep you thinking long after you finish.
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  • Jackie Underhill
    January 1, 1970
    A great read for grievingSometimes we bottle up grief and hide it away...the main character has been frozen by it for decades... But those who choose to wander through the story of these characters have ample opportunity to exercise their own grief while engaging in the questioning, doubt, and grief of the many individuals involved in this tale.It is serendipitous that Kate begins resolving her own grief through a symbolic act toward the end, just as the reader utilizes the story to symbolize A great read for grievingSometimes we bottle up grief and hide it away...the main character has been frozen by it for decades... But those who choose to wander through the story of these characters have ample opportunity to exercise their own grief while engaging in the questioning, doubt, and grief of the many individuals involved in this tale.It is serendipitous that Kate begins resolving her own grief through a symbolic act toward the end, just as the reader utilizes the story to symbolize his/her own grief and move toward catharsis...
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  • Mrs Rowen Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Kept me hookedI enjoyed this book - my first by Luanne Rice - and found her style engaging. She creates vivid images and I found the characters and their struggles believable. For me, the ending felt a little rushed and having learned so much about the characters through the course of the book, I would have liked a little more on the 'reveal' (trying not to give anything away!) I was pleased to learn that Last Day was one of many books by Rice and I will certainly pick up some more.
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  • Wendy Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I got this as an Amazon first read and jolly glad I am too. A taught psychological drama, it kept me reading from the first page to the last. The characters are well drawn and insight into their psyche is reeled out slowly helping the tension build throughout the book. I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was and then changing my mind. I felt for the main character, Kate, and found myself rooting for her at every turn. A complete. Character, I truly wanted her transformation. This character I got this as an Amazon first read and jolly glad I am too. A taught psychological drama, it kept me reading from the first page to the last. The characters are well drawn and insight into their psyche is reeled out slowly helping the tension build throughout the book. I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was and then changing my mind. I felt for the main character, Kate, and found myself rooting for her at every turn. A complete. Character, I truly wanted her transformation. This character driven suspense is a smash and the writer, a true wordsmith, is to be applauded.
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Spoilers - Amazon First Read - Release date 1/2/2020. Rating 3.5 stars Well crafted story and characters. It was a good read trying to work out the killer. Was slightly disappointed with the ending, whilst I thought it was a good twist who it was, the motivation of the murderer and why such a brutal murder just didn’t ring true. I think it could also could have benefited from an epilogue with Nicola and Pete booted from the house and Sam living with her Aunt. With Kate finally finding love and Spoilers - Amazon First Read - Release date 1/2/2020. Rating 3.5 stars Well crafted story and characters. It was a good read trying to work out the killer. Was slightly disappointed with the ending, whilst I thought it was a good twist who it was, the motivation of the murderer and why such a brutal murder just didn’t ring true. I think it could also could have benefited from an epilogue with Nicola and Pete booted from the house and Sam living with her Aunt. With Kate finally finding love and Sam eventually taking over the gallery with the assistance of Kate.
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  • Katheleen Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Best mystery I have read in a long time.I read mysteries a lot that my favorite genre of books. This one had me reading until all hours of the morning as I could not figure out who the murderer was in this story. It was not until the last chapter that one found out "whodunnit" it. I like to thank it's because this author's writing is just that good and not because I just can't figure out what might be right in front of my nose! I would recommend this book to any reader who's interested and a Best mystery I have read in a long time.I read mysteries a lot that my favorite genre of books. This one had me reading until all hours of the morning as I could not figure out who the murderer was in this story. It was not until the last chapter that one found out "whodunnit" it. I like to thank it's because this author's writing is just that good and not because I just can't figure out what might be right in front of my nose! I would recommend this book to any reader who's interested and a "can't put the book down it's so good"!
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  • Julie Griffith Buckley
    January 1, 1970
    Breathtaking!I started reading Last Day and couldn't stop! The tale of Beth's life before and after her death, as well as that of her mother, her sister, her daughter and her closest friends, is captivating. As her death is investigated, buried secrets are revealed, characters develop in unexpected ways, and after many twists and turns, Beth's killer is discovered. Rice delivers a tightly woven plot and explore her characters beautifully. Highly recommended!
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    A puzzle The main story didn't gel .no one with any sense would have stayed with the ghastly Pete and what awful people they were .did the author do a cut and paste of a few stories .however l enjoyed the scenery .there was no possible motive for poor fat scotty to kill poor rich girl Beth .lot of loose ends .why did Kate Havel be a pilot when she was clearly deranged.the whole lot of them need sticking in a bag and shaking .do people really pay for this drivel....
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    In "Last Day" a small town Connecticut police detective is drawn into a baffling homicide case involving members of a prominent local family and their circle of tightly knit but complicated friends. Mourning the brutal loss of an admired young wife and mother, the detective and the townspeople agonize over who among them could be responsible for this horrendous crime. Only until nearly all possibilities are eliminated does the stunning truth reveal itself. This is a good mystery.
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  • Brenda S
    January 1, 1970
    Last DayHate, love, so close together, separated by but a mere line. How sad to think someone you thought was a best friend could resort to lashing out with envy and hate to kill you. Such a Greek tragedy. Enjoyed this book so much wrapped in such beauty of art , stories filled with prose, beauty and love.Loved the characters, the twists and turns. Beautifully written, wickedly executed.
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    This book started out very promising, I was hooked.... but about half way in I just wanted it to end. I thought there was too much mystery added on mystery, so much angst and narrowed eyes.Then, at the end I just didn't get any closure on why things happened, it all seemed like the author just wanted to wrap it up, so she thru some reasons in there and quit. Luanne Rice is one of my favorite authors
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  • Deborah A Giannotti
    January 1, 1970
    Page TurnerI have this book four stars because it has an intriguing plot, captured one instantly, and is an entertaining read. From the moment the story begins, you want to find out who has committed this horrid act of violence and why. There were conversations among the children that did not ring true to me, with a far to mature and sophisticated dialogue. I recommend to all who enjoy a solid mystery.
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  • Marilyn Stein
    January 1, 1970
    Although it was a dark book, I liked it a lot until about the last 50 pages. It kept you thinking it could be almost any one of the characters that could be the murderer It just turned weird with one of the dead taking over a couple chapters and telling about her time being dead and the steps that happened in her death. Who the murderer turned out to be was unbelievable. With a very lame explanation as to why. I wouldn't encourage anyone to read this.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Intriguing storyline, lots of detailThe over all storyline was good. I thought that there was a ton of detail in the story that made it easy to visualize the scene but often became a bit excessive. There was enough in the storyline that encouraged me to keep reading but the ending left me with more questions than answers.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    4 friends, 2 sisters, and secrets. AND waaaaay too much attention to detail given to the descriptions of the town and various other locations in the book but not nearly enough given to the characters. I didn't guess "who dunnit" but only because it was so wildly out of left field and made no sense. I'm glad I didnt pay for this book.
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