The Last to Know

The Last to Know

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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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Lake Union Publishing
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1542006538
  • 9781542006538
  • 57,808

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"The Last to Know crackles with atmosphere and looming menace. From the get go, Jo builds a world of authentic characters beset by past trauma, ancient folklore, and deadly secrets, and cleverly keeps the tension building to the very last page. I devoured it in one thrilling, spine-tingling weekend. Five stars from me!" --Amy McLellan, author of Remember Me

"A big house, a small town, a dark past, and a whole lot of secrets--all woven seamlessly together with Jo Furniss's beautiful and evocative writing style. I raced through The Last to Know, from the edge-of-seat opening to the very satisfying ending. Highly recommended!" --Andrea Mara, author of the Irish Times bestseller The Sleeper Lies

"I loved this atmospheric and suspenseful tale of family secrets and lies. It is beautifully written and is set in a memorably eerie location that really jumps from the page. I couldn't put it down!" --Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice

"The Last to Know is a beautifully written novel of psychological suspense charged with intrigue and emotion. Another gem from the very talented Jo Furniss." --Victoria Selman, author of Snakes and Ladders

"I love Jo Furniss. I have devoured every one of her books, and The Last to Know is her best yet. This time around, Furniss uses her elegantly devastating command of language to draw readers into a misty English village where residents are haunted both by ghostly legends and the very real reckonings owed to them by their own pasts. At turns heartbreaking and harrowing, [this book] evokes the stylish turns and insightful characterizations of modern masters of suspense Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena." --Amber Cowie, author of Loss Lake

"These characters jump off the page, their lives and past dredged up, detailed without being overbearing. And the story...expertly told. It dragged me along, never letting up until it all clicked into place during a thrilling finale. This deserves to be big!" --James Delargy, author of 55

"The Last to Know is a tale of secrets and lies and how your past can creep into your present. Jo Furniss writes beautifully and hauntingly. A gripping and evocative book." --Alice Clark-Platts, author of The Flower Girls

"The Last to Know is one of the best kinds of novels: secrets to unravel, a dark past to be explored, bodies buried, and characters you want to trust but don't know if you dare. You will race through this tightly plotted novel with its dark secrets, just waiting to ignite." --Rachael Blok, author of The Scorched Earth and Under the Ice

"An intriguing page-turner filled with unspoken secrets, old scores to settle, and all set against the backdrop of a small English town where everyone has a long memory and won't be quick to forgive. Clever and complex, this book will keep you reading into the night." --Imogen Clark, bestselling author of Postcards From a Stranger

"A quaint village. A decrepit house. A decades old mystery. All the elements you need for a compelling suspense that investigates whether you truly know the people you love, and whether you ever can. Sure to thrill Furniss's fans." --Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of I'll Never Tell and You Can't Catch Me

"The atmosphere of The Last to Know is intensity itself. A book in which a landscape is elevated to the status of a major character is a rare thing, but Furniss pulls this off with enviable finesse. Powerful, assured writing fires up the engines of this juggernaut of a plot from the very first page. I fell for Rose and Ellie in a big way!" --Kate Simants, award-winning author of A Ruined Girl and Lock Me In
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807 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 26% (208)
4 41% (329)
3 27% (221)
2 5% (38)
1 1% (11)
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