The Last Thing She Said
by Rachel Walkley
“Beware of a man named Frederick and his offer of marriage.”
Rose’s granddaughters, Rebecca, Leia and Naomi, have never taken her prophecies seriously. But now that Rose is dead, and Naomi has a new man in her life, should they take heed of this mysterious warning?
Naomi needs to master the art of performing. Rebecca rarely ventures out of her house. She’s afraid of what she might see. As for Rebecca’s twin, everyone admires Leia’s giant brain, but now the genius is on the verge of a breakdown.
Rebecca suspects Naomi’s new boyfriend is hiding something. She begs Leia, now living in the US, to investigate.
Leia’s search takes her to a remote farm in Ohio on the trail of the truth behind a tragic death.
Just who is Ethan? And what isn’t he telling Naomi?
In a story full of drama and mystery, the sisters discover there is more that connects them than they realise, and that only together can they discover exactly what’s behind Rose’s prophecy.
The Last Thing She Said was a great blend of family, mystery, and supernatural elements. It is the story of three very different sisters who will be brought back together because of their grandmother’s premonition from years ago.
The book is told through each of the sisters POVS throughout different periods of time. Each sister is very different from the other. They were compared to chalk, cheese, and chocolate. Rebecca is the mother figure who took care of her sisters after their parents decided to go to the US to live. She is empathetic and sweet, yet she is stronger than even she thinks she is. Leia is her twin who can be hard. She, like Rebecca, is strong. Yet, she is wicked smart, and she is under enormous pressure because of her intelligence. She has never yet discovered who she is exactly. Naomi is the youngest. She is the most vulnerable. She is sweet and innocent, oftentimes, making her naive.
Through each chapter, I learned what each one is struggling with, and their grandmother made a prediction on her deathbed, hence the title, “The Last Thing She Said,” that will force them to face each of those struggles. It may even make them appreciate their differences and maybe even enjoy one another again.
The fourth major character was their grandmother. I loved how the writer brought her back into the story because she really was the driving force in the book. What an amazing woman she was!!!
There were two great bonuses for me….the ending. You will know exactly what I’m talking about when you read the book. The second was the author’s section at the end. It was great to see how her idea developed into this fantastic novel!
Born in the East of England, Rachel has lived in big cities and small villages including London and Bristol, before settling in Cheshire.
For most of her working life, she’s been a scientist and librarian, and her love of creative writing has never ceased even when surrounded by technical reports and impenetrable patents. Among moments of mummy taxi, delving into museum archives, drawing pictures and flute playing, Rachel finds a little time to pen her magical mysteries.
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