The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean @willrdean @AtriaBooks #suspense

Kaceey’s Review:

The Last Thing To Burn

Absolutely unputdownable!

From page one I was pulled in and finished this amazing read in only a couple of sittings!

Her captor calls her Jane.  That is not her real name but in her seven years of captivity it has become the name the monster uses to address her with.  She will never accept this name.  Nor will she ever accept her fate as his prisoner.  

But now it’s more than just  “Jane’s” freedom on the line.  She has a child to think of.  And maybe more casualties of her captor.  

My heart was thumping from beginning to end. You could feel “Jane’s” fear, loathing and frustration.  Her courage and will to survive showed in every step she took.  The author did an amazing job to bring the characters to life.

I have read a few similar books with a similar premise of women being held captive.  There was something about this book felt so different.  I felt like I was trapped in the cabin with “Jane”. 

I had seen so much hype for this book so I went in with a bit of trepidation that once again I would be let down.  Not a chance! One of the best reads so far for 2021. Highly recommend!

A buddy read with Susanne.

Thank you to Maudee Genao at Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC to read and review.

Susanne’s Review:

Nary a moment goes by that “Jane” does not plan for her captor’s death…

Upon being the victim of human trafficking, we learn why.

 “Jane” whose real name is Thanh Dao has been held captive by Lenn for seven (7) long years. Originally from Vietnam, she now resides in a farmhouse somewhere in England. Held against her will.

Thanh Dao and her sister Kim-Ly originally traveled to England with the promise of employment.  Kim-Ly, she is told, is working at a Nail Salon in Manchester and so “Jane” stays, to keep her sister safe.  

After years in captivity, Jane finds herself in a bind. She is pregnant and keeping her child safe is, of course, of the utmost importance. Lenn has taken everything away from her, but he will not take her baby.

Dark, harrowing, powerful, taut, and terrifying, “The Last Thing to Burn” by Will Dean is an incredible character-driven suspense novel that is all-consuming.  

As soon as I started reading this dastardly tale, that flame inside of me ignited and I was all in.  Pulse-pounding in desperation, I quickly flipped each page, anxious to find out what would happen next. Horrified, petrified, and hopeful all at the same time. 

A thrilling, captivating, character-driven novel that delves into extremely difficult subjects, “The Last Thing to Burn” knocked my socks off and I think it will do the same for you as well.  This is yet another brilliant read that will most certainly appear on my Goodreads best-of-list for 2021.

Another buddy read with Kaceey that gave us much to discuss.

Thank you to Maudee Genao at Atria Books for the galley and NetGalley for the e-arc.

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