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The Last Girl to Die: the absolutely jaw-dropping new Scottish crime thriller with an unmissable, shocking twist Kindle Edition
A TIMES CRIME CLUB ⭐STAR PICK⭐ and AMAZON and KINDLE BESTSELLER!
‘Fantastic. Excellent. Incredible. I could not put this one down for the life of me.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review
‘A stunner! Without a doubt, one of the best crime novels of the year!’ – No.1 international bestseller Jeffery Deaver
In search of a new life, seventeen-year-old Adriana Clark’s family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.
Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.
The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?
Beautifully haunting with twists and turns you’ll never see coming, The Last Girl to Die is your next obsession waiting to happen. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and L.J. Ross.
‘Oh my goodness, I absolutely and totally loved this book. Outstanding and compelling, it gave me whiplash from all the twists and turns.’ – million-copy bestseller Angela Marsons
‘An adroit and highly atmospheric mystery.’ – Times Crime Club
‘Fields has a knack of keeping you gripped for hours.’ – The Sun
‘Gloriously dark and twisty.’ – Fabulous
Readers absolutely LOVE The Last Girl to Die!
‘Fantastic. Excellent. Incredible. I could not put this one down for the life of me.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What rollercoaster ride this was. I love it when a book shocks me the way this did.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Breathtaking. Twists and turns galore. I couldn’t put it down, I loved it.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A tense, twisty, phenomenal read!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Haunting. Breathtaking shocks, unforeseen twists, and an emotionally shattering conclusion.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Twisty, unpredictable and kept me guessing the whole time.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Breathtakingly brilliant… The ending left me stunned.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
PRAISE FOR HELEN FIELDS
‘I lost sleep and bit my nails down as the tension ramped up. You have to read this book.’ Carla Kovach
‘Watch out Rebus, McRae and Perez there’s a new detective in the running to become Scotland’s fictional top cop…a real cracker of a page-turner that is truly difficult to put down.’ Scotland Correspondent
‘Compelling, breathtaking and a tense ride from that unbelievable opening scene right to the last word. Brilliant!’ Angela Marsons
‘Deliciously dark and gritty, Perfect Silence will glue your fingers to the page and make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. Another winner from the hugely talented Helen Fields.’ Caroline Mitchell
‘A tightly plotted tale of obsession and manipulation.’ Woman
‘Must read! With nail-biting twists at every turn, [Perfect Remains] will have readers gripped from start to finish.’ Closer
‘Read it in two sittings. I literally had no choice. A fast and enthralling thriller, pitting a new, very human hero against one of the scariest psychos I've yet encountered in crime fiction.’ Sunday Times bestseller, Paul Finch
‘Without doubt, this is one of the best first detective series I have read.’ Woman’s Way Magazine
‘Genuinely chilling.’ Saga Magazine--This text refers to the paperback edition.
the absolutely jaw-dropping new Scottish crime thriller with an unmissable, shocking twist--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B09JLDNHPT
- Publisher : Avon (September 1, 2022)
- Publication date : September 1, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2591 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 376 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,601 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2022
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This was an amazing thriller/mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. There was only one nit picky thing I had about one scenario, but it didn't really detract from the story - more like a "huh?"
This my be one of the best mysteries I've read all year.
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I complemented my reading with its unabridged audiobook edition, narrated by Jaimi Barbakoff and Robin Laing.
Its lead and narrator is Canadian private investigator Sadie Levesque. The parents of missing 17-year-old Adriana Clark hired Sadie five days after she went missing. They are Americans who have only recently moved to the island, and felt that the local police were not overly motivated to find her. Sadie flew to Scotland and began to methodically search Mull for the missing girl.
On the sixth day she discovers Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave. Bizarrely her body has been posed with a seaweed crown placed on her head… as Sadie continues to investigate the island’s secrets are slowly revealed. Then another girl goes missing …. No further details to avoid spoilers.
This was a cracking thriller with plenty of twists. I was delighted that there was an undercurrent of folk horror. There is also a priest stirring up the locals with fears of witchcraft and the like. The ending left me stunned.
With respect to the audiobook, this was my first experience of Jaimi Barbakoff as an a narrator and I felt that she did well, especially with the range of accents of the various characters. Robin Laing, who has been the narrator on Field’s other books, provided the voice of the Island in the occasional chapter.
Overall, I was totally captivated by this atmospheric thriller.
This is not your ordinary murder mystery and it’s all the better for it. Set on the Scottish island of Mull, the story taps into myth and legend and long held belief of the history of the island which is set to lead to some absolutely devastating consequences. Drawn to the island to investigate the disappearance of an American teenager, Sadie Levesque is a Private Investigator used to seeing the worst and best of people, but who is perhaps still unprepared for what she is about to find on the island. Suspicion and animosity - and that’s just from the local police force. What the islanders will make of her intervention in their business … well that is somewhat of a mixed bag too.
I love that this story blends all the hallmarks of your classic PI investigation with something a little more mystical and ethereal. On the face of it we have a missing person investigation that takes a dark and possibly predictable turn. Delving back into the history of the island, Sadie learns that this case may not be so unique, and that there are many things about Mull that have the capacity to surprise and upend any firm beliefs she may have about the many characters she meets. It is one of those stories where it is hard to know who to trust, where conspiracy seems to be around every corner, and even the clients do not appear to be entirely honest. It gets those spider senses tingling and I found myself second guessing the motives of nearly everyone that Sadie met, even, and maybe especially, the police. A conspiracy of silence is perhaps the best way to put it, but as to what people were hiding and why it was very hard to gauge. The author kept motives hidden right until the critical point, leading us as readers down blind alleys, or into darkened dead ended caves as would serve the setting better.
Sadie was a character I warmed to quickly even though she was occasionally aloof, but seeing and hearing the story through her eyes gave us a clear feeling of how it was to be an outsider in such a close knit community. There was one other narrator in the book, an unexpected one at that, but one who held a very unique perspective on the lives, history and behaviour of the inhabitants of Mull. It is a somewhat unique point of view, but it really did fit the style of the story and helped to enhance the atmospheric and sometimes claustrophobic tone.
The setting of Mull was absolutely perfect, although I’’m sure the island and it’s inhabitants are far more welcoming than may have appeared on these pages. Artistic licence in full flow here. But that whole sense of the isolation, of being cut off from the mainland and being beholden to the tides and the weather if ever in need of real help, that whole closeted community vibe and the natural suspicion of outsiders, is something that could only have worked on an island. And the importance of myths and legends in forming the story are really helped by this rugged and sometimes unforgiving landscape.
The book is, beneath everything, a celebration of the strength of spirit of the women of the island, and the overwhelming sense of masculinity and misogyny that still prevails in many communities. That image of the menfolk storming with pitchforks to keep their women safe popped into my head so many times and yet, ironically, it is more often than not, the menfolk that women need to fear. Whether that turns out to be the case in this story … well you’ll have to read to find out. Nothing is ever quite that straight forward.
Cleverly plotted and haunting, this is the kind of story that really captures the imagination, a mix of history, modernity and maybe even mysticism in one neat package.
I will leave no spoilers, the main character for me, was definitely Mull! Unspoilt, rugged, secret carrying Mull!
The human characters were flawed, human and surrounded by the mystery, intrigue and history that comes from thousands of years of island life!
This is a book that provides humour, shock and awe in every chapter! But the last few pages……will stay with me for a long time!!
One last thought, perhaps Hilda had the right idea in living??!!
An American family move to the island of Mull where the daughter goes missing. Canadian Sadie, a private investigator, is employed to help locate the missing teenager. Obviously, the ins and outs of the islanders and American family are brought to life. So far so good……
Then comes the dabbling into witchcraft. Not a favourite subject of mine but will entertain other readers. What I really couldn’t understand was why the author chose the island as a narrator when basically it’s a method of summing up or adding past history so that readers are not confused. I found this a poor idea, particularly at the end of the book where each character’s present situation is outlined.
The book is well written but without any sense of atmosphere. Action could’ve taken place anywhere. The beginning drew me in then the witch bit and island narrator spoiled my interest. The perpetrator was beyond realistic. …… generous 3 stars.