The Last Word was so, so good. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. Buttt given the nature of the story, I wouldn’t say anything else because this guy wrote a whole thriller centered around someone giving an author a bad review. I’m just kidding though I absolutely loved this one. So, let’s get to my review.
Emma Carpenter lives in isolation with her golden retriever Laika, house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast. Her only human contact is her enigmatic old neighbor, Deek, and (via text) the house’s owner, Jules.
One day, she reads a poorly written–but gruesome–horror novel by the author H. G. Kane, and posts a one-star review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night. To Emma, this can’t just be a coincidence. It was strange enough for this author to bicker with her online about a lousy review; could he be stalking her, too?
As Emma digs into Kane’s life and work, she learns he has published sixteen other novels, all similarly sadistic tales of stalking and murder. But who is he? How did he find her? And what else is he capable of.
My Thoughts on The Last Word
The Last Word was the best thriller that I have read in quite some time. It had a unique premise that struck my interest from the very start. Set on Strand Beach, the atmosphere felt oppressive. Emma had no escape route. And I could feel the isolation creeping in.
After a few chapters of establishing the backstory, and the setting, the action took off. There were twists and turns around every corner that kept me hooked until the very end. And while it’s technically a thriller there were some horror elements that were executed really well. This book creeped me out. I totally recommend giving this a read.
My Rating: 5/5