Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean with you all.
Title: The Last Thing To Burn
Author: Will Dean
Release Date: 21st January 2021
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Page Count: 256
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A dark and brilliant new standalone thriller from a rising star in the crime genre.
He is her husband. She is his captive.
Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.
She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.
Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn’t like what he sees, she is punished.
For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting…
The Last Thing To Burn was recommended to me on twitter as part of my 12 Challenge, and was the one I was most looking forward to reading. I had heard so many great things about this book, and it certainly lived up to the hype!
The story begins with a woman running, we have no idea where to or where from, or even why, but it’s clear that she is desperate. The woman we later find out is Thanh (also known as Jane). She doesn’t get far before she is discovered, and taken back to the farm house that she is living/trapped in. Immediately this story was intriguing and had me completely hooked. I was invested straight away.
We follow Thanh and her horrific life with Leonard. We get a little of her backstory, which is so heartbreaking. It’s clear that she has never had an easy life, and apart from when she was with her family, she has never had true happiness. She has been through and is still going through things that nobody should ever have to experience, and at times it was extremely difficult to read.
This is a story about survival and strength, and Thanh is has more strength than anyone. The horror that she subjects herself to to keep the people she loves safe is unimaginable. She is determined to get through, and to get out, whatever it takes, and she won’t go down without a fight. I was desperate for her to make her escape, and every time she tried had me so anxious.
There are a few twists towards the end of the book that I never saw coming, and it all comes together in an explosive ending that wraps up the story perfectly. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. It is gripping, intense, and utterly devastating, and I loved it! I can see why this had been hyped up so much, and I can not wait to read more from this author in the future.
I give The Last Thing To Burn a 4.5 star rating!
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