I’m excited to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for stunning standalone thriller The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean. Thank you to Jenny Platt and Hodder & Stoughton for giving me the opportunity to read and review this outstanding book.
About the book:
The LastThing to Burn is the highly anticipated first standalone thriller from bestselling author and rising star Will Dean.
Unrelentingly tense and heart-poundingly atmospheric, The Last Thing to Burn is a chilling and thought-provoking exploration of human survival and life on the fringes of society.
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 …
About the author:
WILL DEAN grew up in the East Midlands and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying Law at the LSE and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden where he built a house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.
His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. The second Tuva Moodyson mystery, Red Snow, was published in January 2019 and won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019.
The Last Thing to Burn is his first standalone novel and his first book with Hodder.
The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean is a stunning edge of your seat read that had me gripped from beginning to end. Finding the words to do this remarkable book justice is certainly no easy feat. It’s a dark and disturbing tale that had me holding my breath countless times, not wanting to carry on reading but unable to tear myself away as I raced through the pages, desperate to find out what was going to happen next.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot as to do so would take away from the impact of simply experiencing it for yourself. But I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever loathed an antagonist more than I loathe the one in this book. He is utterly terrifying in every way, seemingly not possessing even the tiniest scrap of humanity.
The tension is palpable, the fear so real you can feel your heart pounding in your chest as you turn the pages. Will Dean’s writing is mesmerising, his ability to bring this devastating and all too easy to believe scenario so vividly to life is simply astounding.
The Last Thing to Burn isn’t an easy read by any means and, as brilliant as it is, is so much more than just an atmospheric thriller that is guaranteed make your blood run cold. It’s also a story about the resilience of the human spirit and how, even in the darkest and most horrifying of times, you can somehow find the strength from deep within yourself to keep on going. To do everything in your power to survive.
I honestly can’t recommend The Last Thing to Burn highly enough. An outstanding read that I know will stay with me for a long time to come. Simply stunning!
The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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