Last Day, Luanne Rice

2.5 a snails pace doesn’t win the race stars!!


Last Day

Kindle Edition, First edition, 402 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
Original Title
Last Day
Edition Language

From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss.

Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.

Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run. When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu.

Reid immediately suspects Beth’s husband, whose affair is a poorly kept secret. He has an airtight alibi—but he also has a motive, and the evidence seems to point to him. Kate and Reid, along with the sisters’ closest childhood friends, struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight?

Twenty years ago, Reid vowed to protect Beth and Kate—and he’s failed. Now solving the case is turning into an obsession . .


My Review…

Holy slow batman, and information dump galore.  This book is in three parts with so many POV’s I didn’t even know who I was reading half the time.  A friend of mine said I just had to read this, and we usually love the same books, but I normally don’t read mystery books because I figure them out within the first couple chapters and it’s kind of boring.  I thought though why not just see where it goes… that was so long for nothing.

It all starts with a murder and of course after Beth is murdered a bunch of secrets start to unravel from there. I was hoping from the beginning we would only get the sister’s POV and the cop (Reid) however we get everyone who Beth had ever talked to.  I’m surprised we didn’t get a perspective from the dog at one point. There is so much reminiscing and going back in time with everyone that there isn’t really any “real” police work being done.  All lead and such just happen to fall out of the woodwork. I just didn’t care about any of these people whatsoever, there was no depth given to anyone.  No time to build a bond with anyone in this whole book because there was so many of them.

Would I try another book by this author, maybe I’m not sure because I don’t tend to read mystery to often.  If you had one to suggest maybe I would.


About the Author…

Luanne RiceLuanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-three novels including CLOUD NINE, BEACH GIRLS, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTER. LAST DAY will be out in February 2020. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She lives on the Connecticut shoreline.

One thought on “Last Day, Luanne Rice

  1. “Holy slow batman, and information dump galore.” has me cringing.

    Mysteries? I think you should try Karen White’s books. They’re more women’s fiction, but have great writing and mysteries.


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