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3.5 

The Last Word

By Taylor Adams
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After posting a negative review of a horror novel, a woman staying at an isolated beach house begins to wonder if the author is a little touchy—or very, very dangerous—in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense and terror from the critically acclaimed author of No Exit and Hairpin Bridge.

Emma Carpenter lives in isolation with her golden retriever Laika, house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast. Her only human contact is her enigmatic old neighbor, Deek, and (via text) the house’s owner, Jules.

One day, she reads a poorly written—but gruesome—horror novel by the author H. G. Kane, and posts a one-star review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night. To Emma, this can’t just be a coincidence. It was strange enough for this author to bicker with her online about a lousy review; could he be stalking her, too?

As Emma digs into Kane’s life and work, she learns he has published sixteen other novels, all similarly sadistic tales of stalking and murder. But who is he? How did he find her? And what else is he capable of?

Displaying his trademark command of rapid-fire pacing, unnerving atmosphere, and razor-sharp characterization, Taylor Adams once again delivers a diabolically disturbing—and deadly—game of cat and mouse.

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2011 Reviews

3.5
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SuspensefulTwistyBad writingUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This was so good! Such a fast paced story, I couldn’t put it down! I like Taylor Adams’ writing, it’s really gripping, almost like a movie, not a page goes to waste. I feel like there’s a certain formula to these books but I’m here for it! And let’s face it, it’s always a good time. Also, can’t not mention space dog, Laika. I love it when authors-and filmmakers for that matter- include dogs in their stories and-yes, possible spoilers but not really because we all want to know this c’mon- and let them survive! I actually checked this one spoiler before I started reading, to prepare myself :) Anyway, with a twisty fast paced plot and a main character to root for, what more could you ask? Highly recommended!”
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“This book was truly a once in a lifetime read, the kind of book you wish so desperately to forget just so you can experience it for the first time all over again. Taylor Adams has such a way with perfectly describing every tiny detail that it felt as if I was watching a movie in my head. I live for overwhelming plot twists and this book has plenty. This was such a fun read, so beyond creative, a masterpiece. My Nana and I are reading this at the same time and I pray she feels the same about this book as I do.”
Multi-layered charactersAddictiveFast-pacedSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictable

About Taylor Adams

Taylor Adams is the author of several acclaimed thrillers including Hairpin Bridge and No Exit. No Exit has been published in 32 languages and was recently released as a Hulu Original film. Adams lives in Washington State.

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