The Last House on the Street

The Last House on the Street

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A community's past sins rise to the surface in New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain's The Last House on the Street when two women, a generation apart, find themselves bound by tragedy and an unsolved, decades-old mystery.


Growing up in the well-to-do town of Round Hill, North Carolina, Ellie Hockley was raised to be a certain type of proper Southern lady. Enrolled in college and all but engaged to a bank manager, Ellie isn't as committed to her expected future as her family believes. She's chosen to spend her summer break as a volunteer helping to register black voters. But as Ellie follows her ideals fighting for the civil rights of the marginalized, her scandalized parents scorn her efforts, and her neighbors reveal their prejudices. And when she loses her heart to a fellow volunteer, Ellie discovers the frightening true nature of the people living in Round Hill.


Architect Kayla Carter and her husband designed a beautiful house for themselves in Round Hill's new development, Shadow Ridge Estates. It was supposed to be a home where they could raise their three-year-old daughter and grow old together. Instead, it's the place where Kayla's husband died in an accident--a fact known to a mysterious woman who warns Kayla against moving in. The woods and lake behind the property are reputed to be haunted, and the new home has been targeted by vandals leaving threatening notes. And Kayla's neighbor Ellie Hockley is harboring long buried secrets about the dark history of the land where her house was built.

Two women. Two stories. Both on a collision course with the truth--no matter what that truth may bring to light--in Diane Chamberlain's riveting, powerful novel about the search for justice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 236 x 33mm | 544g
  • English
  • 125026796X
  • 9781250267962
  • 1,319,715

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The USA Today Bestseller

The Publishers Weekly Bestseller

[A] twisty, riveting ride. --People Magazine, People Pick

One of Marie Claire's Most Eagerly Anticipated of 2022

January Indie Next Pick

When it comes to cozy dramas with a side of suspense, nobody does it better than Diane Chamberlain. -- Marie Claire

"Chamberlain delivers the goods with this affecting and spellbinding account of a community's buried secrets." --Kirkus

"Diane Chamberlain is at her absolute best... Sensitively and unflinchingly told, this novel will make you cry, seethe, swoon and rage. I've loved every book Diane Chamberlain has written, but The Last House on The Street is, without doubt, is her masterpiece." --Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD SISTER

Diane Chamberlain elegantly braids together two stories, set apart by history, to render this taut, edge-of-your-seat tale of two women reckoning with the dark truth of the land they each call home. As compelling as it is important, the novel's focus on the efforts of a group of college students in the South during the Civil Rights movement will no doubt make it a favorite amongst book clubs everywhere. --Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of THE WHISPER NETWORK

A powerful novel of our time, both a searing indictment of racism and the power of humankind and a page-turning thriller. It is a very powerful book. Strong and fierce. --Cathy Kelly, bestselling author of OTHER WOMEN

Chamberlain (Big Lies in a Small Town) delivers the goods with this affecting and spellbinding account of a community's buried secrets. . . . Chamberlain ratchets up the tension with the everpresent mystery of what Ann might be up to, and the dual narratives merge beautifully before an explosive conclusion. This will keep readers enthralled. --Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)

"Diane Chamberlain delivers another riveting, dramatic read sure to be a bestseller." --Woman's World

The sense of imminent danger in both time frames keeps the plots moving and the reader glued to the stories, as the women's lives become increasingly embroiled in the secrets and tragedies of the past. The Last House on the Street is Chamberlain at her very best. Book clubs take note. --Fran Wood

"Timely, topical, and brilliantly compelling."
--Pamela Klinger-Horn, The Valley Bookseller

"Beautifully told."
--Sherry Fritzsche, Bank Square Books

--Laura Harvey, Copper Dog Books

"A rollercoaster of emotions."
--Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books

"[A] page-turner."
--Elizabeth Merritt, Titcombs Bookshop
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About Diane Chamberlain

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the international bestselling author of more than twenty novels including The First Lie, Her Mother's Shadow, The Good Father, and Kiss River. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie.
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21,037 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 43% (9,005)
4 44% (9,341)
3 11% (2,331)
2 1% (270)
1 0% (90)
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