The Last One Home by Victoria Helen Stone

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I really enjoyed Jane Doe by this author, so I am happy to be able to pick up another one by her again.

Thank you Lake Union Publishing for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Lauren Abrams wants nothing to do with her damaged mother, whose spurious testimony sent Lauren’s father to prison for murder years ago. After a serial killer’s confession to the crime restored justice, Lauren chose to live with her father and grandmother. Now an adult, Lauren has come home to the Sacramento family estate for good, her mother’s lies be damned…It’s been decades since Donna made her cheating husband pay, but she hasn’t forgotten the past. She knows her estranged daughter has made a terrible mistake by returning to the estate. There’s more to the story of the welcoming old homestead—and her childhood—than Lauren knows. As Lauren settles in, she is haunted by the questions of what really happened with her father, what her mother might be hiding, and what secrets the family ranch holds. It’s getting so dark, Lauren may not be able to see the truth to save her life.

I really liked Jane Doe, felt okay about the next installment False Step, and feel somewhat the same about this one. This is a slow burner, and not something that grabbed my attention. This is more of a family drama read rather than a suspenseful read such as Jane Doe. I think my expectations for this author were put up pretty high after reading such an awesome story like Jane Doe that nothing else by this author is really living up to it for me. Her writing is great, so I can’t fault her for that, but this just wasn’t what I was expecting and had a hard time wanting to finish it.

3/5 Stars

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