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THE LAST TO SEE HER – Courtney Evan Tate (Releasing December 15th, 2020)
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Courtney Evan Tate’s The Last to See Her (MIRA; 12/29) is a twisty, fast-paced domestic suspense about sisters, secrets and betrayal–for fans of B.A. Paris and Riley Sager.
Genevieve, a writer, is about to finalize her divorce from her cheating husband Todd. So when her sister Meg, an ambitious physician, has a convention to attend in New York City, she invites Gen along to celebrate her return to single life. It will be a perfect sisters’ getaway in the big city! But things go awry when, on their first evening at the hotel, Gen decides to take a late night walk and disappears without a trace. Eventually she is officially declared a missing person.
Suspicion soon falls on her sister Meg, who was the last person to see her.
Through twists and turns, it is revealed that Meg has been sleeping with her brother-in-law Todd… And then there is a question of a newly purchased insurance policy that just has just gone into effect before Gen’s disappearance. Both Todd and Meg deny any knowledge of it.
But has an actual crime been committed? Can it be proven? And if so, who is really the guilty one?
Chandra’s Thoughts: 3/5 stars
SO MANY MIXED FEELINGS. In a way, I’m in awe at how many balls were juggled here without dropping one. And yet, I’m also bamboozled with a love/hate feeling about this one. I have a feeling this is going to be quite a divisive read amongst readers and I’m ALWAYS here for that! So when it comes down to it, I have to split the difference with this one because I honestly don’t know which way to turn. Does this make me a method reviewer? 😉 (It only makes sense if you know, but even if you do, it probably still doesn’t….)
I literally had to press my hands to my forehead at the 65% mark because really? REALLY? C’mon….. I understand marriages falling apart. I understand infidelity. I understand insecurity. I even understand hiding a past that’s really not necessary but why not for the sake of drama and hey, we’re all human so we all have our *things* other people may not understand that. But couple allllll of that with ***** being able to do ******. Um… This one just got too convoluted at the end. I was so into this for it to take that many left turns at Albuquerque. I will say that I didn’t *quite* expect one part… mainly because it doesn’t seem feasible but I am a sucker for suspending reality. This is fiction after all. 😉
Despite having these issues, my eyes didn’t get stuck in the back of my head from rolling them…. instead, I found that this was written in a compelling way that even while I was shouting “C’MON”, I still couldn’t keep my eyes off the pages. The pacing and succinct way the author brings this story to us is very addictive. And helloooooo, DRAMA – I love it. This is definitely heavy on the domestic and less so on any thrillery/suspense you may anticipate. So grab your popcorn and adult beverage of choice and sit yourself done for some family “fun”. 😏
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
I’m so torn on this one because I loved how crazy it was but things started to get a little convoluted towards the end. There’s something about Tate’s writing that just sucks you in from the beginning. No matter the story, I’ve always found myself completely captivated by any of her books I’ve picked up (either under Tate or Cole).
I don’t want to get into too much detail and risk spoiling some of the surprises in store, but I was loving it up until the 75% mark and then it started losing me a bit. There was so much going on and a lot to try and tie together at the end for us. I can’t say that Gen was a favorite character of mine and it was a little difficult to try and connect with her.
If this synopsis sounds interesting to you, then I definitely recommend picking it up because Tate’s writing is amazing. I will continue to check out what she releases to see what crazy thrillers she comes up with next