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The Last One Home by Victoria Helen Stone

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A razor-sharp novel of suspense about the lies families tell―and those we choose to believe―by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Jane Doe.

Lauren Abrams wants nothing to do with her damaged mother, whose spurious testimony sent Lauren’s father to prison for murder years ago. After a serial killer’s confession to the crime restored justice, Lauren chose to live with her father and grandmother. Now an adult, Lauren has come home to the Sacramento family estate for good, her mother’s lies be damned…

It’s been decades since Donna made her cheating boyfriend pay, but she hasn’t forgotten the past. She knows her estranged daughter has made a terrible mistake by returning to the estate. There’s more to the story of the welcoming old homestead―and her childhood―than Lauren knows.

As Lauren settles in, she is haunted by the questions of what really happened with her father, what her mother might be hiding, and what secrets the family ranch holds. It’s getting so dark, Lauren may not be able to see the truth to save her life.

 

Condition: New

Paperback, Published March 30, 2021 by Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 1542014425

3 reviews for The Last One Home by Victoria Helen Stone

  1. Tali Leonard

    “The Last One Home” is my first novel by Victoria Helen Stone.

    I would say it is more of a family drama than a thriller. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

    After a breakup, Lauren heads to her family’s home to help her grandmother, who just had a stroke. After arriving, she is surprised that her grandmother is giving her the house and electing to stay at a nursing home. Against her Mother’s objection, Lauren accepts the offer and starts rehabbing the house. The longer she stays, the longer the secrets become revealed.

    The book got off to a slow start following two characters, Lauren in the present and her Mother, Donna in the past. The book
    alternates between the timelines, building characters and providing details.

    Eventually, the two time periods intertwine and the action begins to ramp up. We find out that there are several secrets. Once the story began to take shape, questions started to get answered and I was just flipping pages. The buildup could of been shortened a drop so the action started sooner.

    “The Last One Home” is a very light mystery.

    s a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  2. Blondethrillerbooklover

    I loved this book so much! It’s so complex and the characters are so 3 dimensional, so real. I was sad when the book was over. I wanted to stay in the story and continue following their lives.
    I really, really love this author’s writing style. She is a master at capturing personality traits- how they would authentically manifest in a situation ✨
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    Lauren has been estranged from her mother, Donna, for years. Lauren remains resentful to her mother for the lies she told all those years ago to send her father to prison.
    When Donna was pregnant with Lauren, she testified that Lauren’s father admitted to murdering a woman and he was convicted.

    Later, a convicted serial killer confessed to killing that woman and Lauren’s father was exonerated. Donna was considered a woman scorned, out for revenge. Lauren was furious at her mother and chose to go live with her father. Her father was her hero and gave her the life she dreamed of.

    Now, Lauren is an adult. Her grandmother has just had a stroke and Lauren returns to the old home where she lived with her father and grandmother. Slowly, old secrets come to light….

  3. Chandra

    I LIKED IT.

    Normally when I read a book with a dual time line, I tend to prefer one storyline over the other one. I kept going back and forth between being really invested in Lauren, to being even more interested in Donna… and then a couple of scenes later, I’d be riveted to the other!

    This is a slow burn of a domestic suspense/drama that really just fit into what I needed to read right now. If you’ve only read the author’s Jane Doe’s series so far, then don’t expect this to be as fast paced and “thrilling”. If you want to compare this to any of her other works, I’d say it has a bit of that False Step feel – a slow/moderate burn that may seem predictable but also may surprise you. I had an inkling on one part that turned correct and put a bit of a smirk on my face. Not gonna say why because spoilers.

    Both Lauren and Donna could be shake worthy at times, but I did appreciate how it all came together at the end. This bow tie I didn’t mind so much. As for Michael, I’d like to extend both my middle fingers out to him too. *wink*
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    compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.
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