Last Things

Last Things

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"Everything I love in a book."--Victoria Schwab, author of #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song

"The kind of taut, atmospheric thriller that gets your heart racing and sets your imagination on fire. Sensational."--Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Furyborn

New York Times-bestselling author Jacqueline West captivates readers with a dark, hypnotic story about the cost of talent--and the evil that lurks just out of sight. Fans of Holly Black and Victoria Schwab will be mesmerized by this gorgeous, magnetic novel.

High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren't only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders's home.

When strange things start happening to Anders, blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn't seem to know the difference between dreams and reality? And how much are they both willing to sacrifice to get what they want?

Told from Anders's and Thea's dual points of view, this exquisitely crafted novel is full of unexpected twists and is for fans of Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest and Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 33mm | 454g
  • English
  • 006287506X
  • 9780062875068
  • 347,231

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Anders Thorson is about to get everything he's ever wanted. His band is on the cusp of making it big. His guitar technique has gone from great to world-class. Songs come to him fully formed, in an exhilarating rush. And Frankie, the most popular girl in their small Minnesota town, is interested in him. He's worked hard for it all. He's earned it. It has nothing to do with that night in the woods.

That's what he tells himself.

Thea Malcolm likes the edges. She hides at the edge of Anders's adoring crowds, where she can see him without being seen. She waits outside his bedroom window, at the edge of the light. She has to keep him safe. Because of that night in the woods.

That's what she tells herself.

But it won't be long before the woods close in around them both.
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Review quote

"West uses evocative language, including song lyrics, to enhance the ominous atmosphere in this updated Faustian thriller; her pitch-perfect depiction of music conjures pulse-pounding concerts and Anders's passion for metal. A dark and lovely saga, ideal for fans of Brenna Yovanoff and Holly Black."--ALA Booklist
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145 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 24% (35)
4 37% (54)
3 26% (38)
2 8% (12)
1 4% (6)
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