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The Only One Left

By Riley Sager
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Publisher Description


Named a summer book to watch by The Washington Post, Boston Globe, USA Today, Oprah, Paste, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, and Nerd Daily

"Propulsive ... a dizzying Gothic whodunit."
New York Times Book Review

Bestselling author Riley Sager returns with a Gothic chiller about a young caregiver assigned to work for a woman accused of a Lizzie Borden-like massacre decades earlier.

At seventeen, Lenora Hope
Hung her sister with a rope

Now reduced to a schoolyard chant, the Hope family murders shocked the Maine coast one bloody night in 1929. While most people assume seventeen-year-old Lenora was responsible, the police were never able to prove it. Other than her denial after the killings, she has never spoken publicly about that night, nor has she set foot outside Hope’s End, the cliffside mansion where the massacre occurred.

Stabbed her father with a knife
Took her mother’s happy life

It’s now 1983, and home-health aide Kit McDeere arrives at a decaying Hope’s End to care for Lenora after her previous nurse fled in the middle of the night. In her seventies and confined to a wheelchair, Lenora was rendered mute by a series of strokes and can only communicate with Kit by tapping out sentences on an old typewriter. One night, Lenora uses it to make a tantalizing offer—I want to tell you everything.

“It wasn’t me,” Lenora said
But she’s the only one not dead
As Kit helps Lenora write about the events leading to the Hope family massacre, it becomes clear there’s more to the tale than people know. But when new details about her predecessor’s departure come to light, Kit starts to suspect Lenora might not be telling the complete truth—and that the seemingly harmless woman in her care could be far more dangerous than she first thought.

699 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“I just finished and I didn’t mind the ending one bit. I will read other Riley Sager books in the future. Really liked his writing style and all the twists and turns.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readSuspensefulTwistyDark settingDarkSelf-harmViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I loved this one! It was addicting and the twists kept coming. There are a few moments I could pick apart … but I’m not going to because I wanted a thrill ride and I got one. Sager remains an auto but author for me!”
Believable charactersAddictiveDark settingDark
Red Angry Face“This was Sager’s second and last chance for me. I liked the first half and thought I would enjoy the whole story but then it just got too redundant and ridiculous. Everything that was revealed or happened in the last quarter of the book made me roll my eyes. I give two stars only because even though I hated the end, I was drawn in by the descriptive writing for a while.”
Descriptive writing
Thinking Face“Was highly recommended to read this book. I personally thought that it was a little slow in the beginning it only really picked up for me towards the end of the book. The plot twist was unpredictable, and the only reason the book got very good towards the end. If you like Gothic thrillers, this book is for you.”
Likable charactersMulti-layered characters
Thumbs Up“Meh, not good or bad, kinda predictable honestly. I wasn’t really impressed with the plot twists and it was kinda lacking for me at the end. I’m also not a huge fan of “thriller” so it was my bad 💀 but overall it’s well written and if you like thrillers this one could be good”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingHomophobiaMisogynyUnsatisfying plot

About Riley Sager

Riley Sager is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, most recently The Only One Left and The House Across the Lake. A native of Pennsylvania, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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