Book Review for THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU by Emily Arsenault
THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU by Emily Arsenault
William Morrow Paperbacks
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A smart, intricate, and multi-layered suspense which will keep you guessing until the end.
THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU is one of those books where you think you are heading down one path and then something happens to make you question everything you already know. To say this story kept me on my toes would be an understatement.
What I truly enjoyed was the author's writing. The way she built the layers of the narrative kept it moving forward in a way I wasn't expecting. When I started the book, I found I easily came to believe who was to blame. I fell into the carefully created trap Arsenault set for me. However, soon came the realization things were not quite what they seem. For me, this is where the book gets interesting.
In THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU, Arsenault gives her readers flawed characters set in a world where truth is manipulated. This richly tense suspense novel will have you questioning everything while still giving a conclusion which seems so apparent once you have finished. I couldn't have thought the book would end the way it did, but I can't see it shaking out any other way.
This is the first book I read by the author and I have a feeling I will be reading more in the future.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
From the acclaimed author of The Evening Spider and The Broken Teaglass comes this psychological thriller about the murder of a psychologist in a quiet New England town and his former patient whose unreliable thread will keep readers guessing until the shocking end.
I hear myself whispering. Not again. Not again.
Why did I ever come back here? Surely because of you. Because I thought of something I’d always meant to tell you. Because you were the only one I ever really wanted to tell it to…
Therapist Dr. Mark Fabian is dead—bludgeoned in his office.
But that doesn’t stop former patient Nadine Raines from talking to him—in her head. Why did she come back to her hometown after so many years away? Everyone here thinks she’s crazy. And she has to admit—they might have good reason to think so. She committed a shockingly violent act when she was sixteen, and has never really been able to explain that dark impulse—even to Fabian. Now that Fabian’s dead, why is she still trying?
Meanwhile, as Detective Henry Peacher investigates Fabian’s death, he discovers that shortly before he died, Fabian pulled the files of two former patients. One was of Nadine Raines, one of Henry’s former high school classmates. Henry still remembers the disturbing attack on a teacher that marked Nadine as a deeply troubled teen.
More shockingly, the other file was of Johnny Streeter, who is now serving a life sentence for a mass shooting five years ago. The shooting devastated the town and everyone—including Henry, who is uncomfortable with the “hero” status the tragedy afforded him—is ready to move on. But the appearance of his file brings up new questions. Maybe there is a decades-old connection between Nadine and Streeter. And maybe that somehow explains what Nadine is doing in Fabian’s office nearly twenty years after being his patient. Or how Fabian ended up dead two days after her return. Or why Nadine has fled town once again.
But as Nadine and Henry head toward a confrontation, both will discover that the secrets of people’s hearts are rarely simple, and—even in the hidden depths of a psychologist’s files—rarely as they appear.
About the Author: Emily Arsenault is also the author of The Broken Teaglass and In Search of the Rose Notes. She has worked as a lexicographer, an English teacher, and a Peace Corps volunteer in rural South Africa. She now lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, with her husband.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 24, 2018)
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