I’m thrilled to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for eerie and thought provoking psychological thriller The Last To Know by Jo Furniss. Thank you to Anne Cater and Lake Union Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this beautifully written and creepy mystery thriller.
About the book:
The Last To Know by Jo Furniss
Available to purchase here: Amazon UK
A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children.
American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.
Then there are the unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.
When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.
As Ellie works to separate rumor from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth
About the author:
After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.
As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.
Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.
The Last To Know by Jo Furniss is an atmospheric and eerie psychological thriller that drew me in from the very first page and didn’t let go until the final page had been turned.
American journalist Rose Kynaston has relocated from Africa to Hurtwood in Shropshire, the childhood home of her husband, Dylan. Moving into a cottage in the grounds of the crumbling Hurtwood House with her husband and young son, Aled, there is a lot for Rose to get used to. Not only does she have to contend with Dylan’s reclusive mother, but also the unwelcome villagers who only whisper the name ‘Kynaston’ as if it is a curse. What is the dreadful thing that happened here twenty years ago? And why does everyone apart from Rose seem to know the secret of Hurtwood House?
When an archaeological dig uncovers human remains on the strange man-made hill where Hurtwood House sits, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan is tasked with the job of solving a cold case that has haunted Hurtwood House for decades. Ellie has been a police officer all her life, following in the footsteps of her father who is now living with dementia. She is determined to get to the bottom of what happened at Hurtwood House all those years ago and will not rest until the truth has been revealed.
Told in alternating chapters by Rose and Ellie, The Last To Know is a creepy and suspense filled mystery thriller that will keep you guessing throughout. The eerie atmosphere of Hurtwood House and the sinister feel of the local area sent shivers down my spine as Ellie slowly began to uncover the truth. Rose tries to do everything she can to protect her family, but how can that even be possible when she is the last to know the truth?
The Last To Know is an eerie and atmospheric story of family secrets and lies that I thoroughly enjoyed. With well developed characters and a mystery filled with intrigue and suspense, this is a thought provoking novel that also touches on the heartbreaking subject of dementia and the effect it has, not only on the sufferer themselves, but also on those around them.
Beautifully written by Jo Furniss, The Last To Know is a well plotted and fast paced psychological thriller that chilled me to the bone. Its atmospheric setting and intriguing storyline kept me reading long into the night, not wanting to put it down until the mystery had been solved and the last page had been turned.
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