Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 1, 2020
Format: eARC, Paperback
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"A suspenseful thriller that will leave readers guessing until the end." - Kirkus Reviews
A group of friends awaken a malevolent spirit bent on revenge in this haunting thriller from award-winning author Claire McFall
Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have awoken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to seek deadly revenge.
One year later, Heather knows she was very lucky to escape Black Cairn Point, but she is still waiting for Dougie to wake up from his coma. If he doesn't, how will she prove her sanity—and her innocence?
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Oh my word. I freaking loved this book. This was a trip right up my alley. I don’t read a lot of thrillers but I definitely want to read more now. I am all for stories about campers that go missing because of something in the woods.
Note: I do want to say that I did originally receive this and start reading it as an ARC. Due to health stuff, I didn’t finish it prior to publication and ended up buying the paperback.
The Last Witness is told through varying chapters labeled “then” and “now.” In the now chapters, our main character is in some sort of asylum or mental institution. We’re never really told what exactly it is, but it’s clear that the patients there are all unfortunately suffering from some sort of mental ailment. During these chapters, Heather’s psychiatrist is trying to get her to agree with his own version of events. She intern covers her own version of events in the other chapters and I really liked the contrast.
I did not want to put this book down, especially after I got about a third of the way into it. I love how the disappearances and various mysterious events weren’t rushed at all. I’ve read a lot of books that rush through these types of moments and I really dislike that. McFall took just the right amount of time between and with each event to really set up the atmosphere. Nothing was rushed or dragged on unnecessarily.
The last 50 or so pages are quite a ride and I WAS HERE FOR IT. The last few pages left me stunned and just stuttering in shock. I’ll be checking out what else McFall has written. Definitely grab this book and give it a try, it’s worth your time!