Book: Last Seen Alive
Author: Claire Douglas
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published: Penguin, July 13, 2017
She can run
Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.
But she can’t hide
But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?
Because someone knows her secret
What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what he did.
A story of lies and deceit, LAST SEEN ALIVE started with chilling me. And I mean, not being able to read it before bed because it unnerved me. A couple swapped their small apartment for what appeared to be an isolated mansion and then..tension. I’m not one to be scared easily, I watch and enjoy horror movies for crying out loud, but the idea of being so isolated, the feeling of being watched and the helplessness that comes from not being able to make sense of it all really got to me. Being very tired by the time I went to bed aside, I couldn’t face what Libby did at night. Because it can so easily happen to anyone.
The story is told from Libby’s point of view, and from the start we know she’s telling everything but also keeping a lot to herself. All we have to do is wait until the right time comes for her to say her full piece. And in the meantime we’re left with more questions and then some more questions and by the time I was halfway through, I already came up with two or three scenarios myself as to what was going on and how things were going to be resolved.
I really liked Libby’s tone because I knew both to rely on her to tell me the story but also doubt her words. It’s the sweetest challenge to read a character you’re not sure of.
I could almost feel the desperation of the characters, their experiences seeping into my bones. What chilled me at first started unraveling in such a way that it was almost magical. Most definitely one of my favorite psychological thrillers this year, I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
I’m adding five spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
Other titles by Claire Douglas:
- Local Girl Missing
- The Sisters
- The Text