Saturday 10 September 2022

Book Review: The Last Girl to Die by Helen Fields

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In search of a new life, sixteen-year-old Adriana Clark’s family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.

Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.

The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?

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Evocative and unsettling, The Last Girl to Die is an outstanding new mystery thriller novel. 

It is set on the atmospheric Isle of Mull, an island off the Scottish coast. This remote community is fiercely protective of its own, with strong local traditions and an inherent distrust of outsiders. When private investigator Sadie arrives on Mull ready to help find a missing teenager, it isn't long before events start to spiral out of control. Faced with hostile locals and unexplainable complications, the stakes get ever higher for Sadie. Is she out of her depth?

Sadie is resourceful and quick-thinking, dedicated to finding answers for her clients by any means possible. She is an excellent investigator who isn't afraid to bend the rules a little if it will get her closer to the answers she seeks. Sadie is also a great character, written with a purpose and vivacity that really bring her to life.

The island is a character in its own right, within the pages of this book. Mull is ancient and all-seeing, yet it is also profoundly affected by the events transpiring on the island. This adds a timeless, almost ethereal air to the story. It gives a sense of things that have been unchanged long before us and will remain unchanged long after we are gone.

This is an excellent story, packed with twists and turns - and oh, that ending will undoubtedly leave you reeling! The Last Girl to Die is a brilliant read and in my opinion, it is also Helen Fields' best book to date.

Rating: 5 stars

The Last Girl to Die is available to buy now.

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