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Last Act

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  2,091 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
It was only a high school play - Until death walked on stage.

Melanie was the new girl in town, a little lonely, a little bored. The she auditioned for the school paly and won the starring role. Suddenly she had a whole gang of exciting friends. But these friends shared something that Melanie did not know, something from the past. Something so terrible that none of them wou
Paperback, 226 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Simon Pulse (first published 1988)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Pike again visits the typical small-town, high school teenage angst of a young female itching to fit in with her peers. From the beginning where the lead-up is focused primarily on character introduction to the semi-unrealistic ending, the story is a bit slower than some of his other stuff, a little less interesting, but still enjoyable. Plot-wise, it's a straight-out mystery, devoid of supernatural or science-fiction elements. The mystery itself is a decent enough one, where I had an idea of wh ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had already read Last Act once before, and it was honestly better the second time I read it. The book is about a high-school drama club putting on a play about a murder. The main character, Melanie, is approached by the director of this play. Melanie was chosen to play the lead. All seemed to be going well for her: she had people actually talking to her, good grades, and the drama club. That is, until a friend was shot, and all fingers pointed at Melanie. To guarantee her freedom, Melanie mus ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Annie rated it it was amazing
I recently re-read several Christopher Pike books, and Last Act is really the only one that I thought was just as good as when I read it as an 11 year old. It's a solid murder mystery with interesting characters and a likable protagonist.
Kisses A
Apr 19, 2015 Kisses A rated it it was amazing
Was Awesome!!!!I liked how all the parts came together in the end...
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

Pike again visits the typical small-town, high school teenage angst of a young female itching to fit in with her peers. From the beginning where the lead-up is focused primarily on character introduction to the semi-unrealistic ending, the story is a bit slower than some of his other stuff, a little less interesting, but still enjoyable. Plot-wise, it's a straight-out mystery, devoid of supernatural or science-fiction elements. The mystery itself is a decent enough one, where I had an idea of wh
"It's a mystery. Sort of. The audience knows who the villain is, but the characters don't."

Eighteen-year-old Melanie Martin is new to Careville, Iowa, and feels out of place at her new high school. All of that changes though when she is encouraged to tryout for a part in the school play "Final Chance" by the director, Susan Trels, and lands one of the leading roles. Part of her reason for joining though was because of Marc Hall, the brooding ex-football player she has a crush on and who seems to
May 18, 2011 Djmlog103 rated it liked it
Recommended to Djmlog103 by: Aruna Chandrasekara
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Christopher Fulbright
Jul 31, 2012 Christopher Fulbright rated it really liked it
In LAST ACT, the main character Melanie is the new girl in town, having a hard time making friends. Finally, as she starts to be accepted by her classmates, she gets invited by her new friend Susan to act in her play. The play sets the stage for a whole series of events that really keep you guessing until the end -- at least, it kept *me* guessing until the end. There's a large number of people to consider as suspects, and as in any good who-done-it mystery, they all have pretty good reasons for ...more
Demi Dimatera
Mar 16, 2013 Demi Dimatera rated it liked it
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Tazzie Dee
Sep 04, 2016 Tazzie Dee rated it liked it
After her parent’s divorce, Melanie Martin moved to Careville with her father. She was enrolled into a new school and felt like the schools outcast. But that changed after she auditioned for the school play, Final Chance. She wins the starring role and she is suddenly surrounded with new friends and a possible new love interest. But on the opening night, something goes distrastly wrong and someone ends up dead. And the police come to arrest Melanie. Just what on earth happened? Will Melanie prov ...more
Daisy J
Dec 26, 2009 Daisy J rated it liked it
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Jul 25, 2012 Sweekruti rated it it was amazing
It is one of the best books of Pike .The way the main character gets caught and the way she recreates the whole murder scene through the play. The play fits the characters in real life so well that it is almost surreal.The story revolves around love triangles and murders based on those triangles.An awesome detective ,a loving accomplice and the back stabbing of the accomplice ,weird character who knew the dangers of this play and actually knew the murderer .The protagonists misfortune and luck a ...more
Sophie Sinato
Aug 02, 2015 Sophie Sinato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secondo me questo è il giallo meglio riuscito a Christopher Pike, e credo che tanta parte la giochi la recita.
Melanie è la nuova arrivata nel liceo di una piccola cittadina e, naturalmente, è l'oggetto della curiosità di tutti; timida, si nasconde nei suoi libri fino a quando la solare, popolare ed estroversa Susan la coinvolge nelle recita scolastica di fine anno. Recita con delitto, in quanto il finto omicidio recitato da Melanie esce dal palco e diventa reale: è stata Melanie? E perché? O chi
Melanie is the new kid in town, lonely and desperate for friends. She is asked to play the lead in the school drama club's play about a murder. During the play one of the characters is shoot with real bullets instead of the blanks that were supposed to be used. Melanie was the hooter in the play and, of course, everyone suspects her. This book kept putting me to sleep. Every time a character opened their mouth is was a giant info dump. Nothing really happened, just characters sharing their murde ...more
Oct 13, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing
i loved christopher pike books in jr. high/high school. loved being scared out of my mind, i guess it was one of the few thrills that aren't taboo at that age. (which fits in with my theory of why kids like roller coasters more than adults.) i read tons of them, even the ones about vampires, and i was ambivaletnt to opposed to stories about vampires. but this is the one that i read multiple times because it was so clever (to me, at the time. probably still.) and freaky and totally enthralling.

Jeff Powers
Aug 26, 2014 Jeff Powers rated it liked it
I have been reading a number of these old Pike novels lately. They are often quite hit or miss, and my selection of the books is more determined by what I can find in the thrift stores than what is actually recommended. I was surprised by this book. It was a straight up, well thought out mystery. Though many plot points are a bit simplified or come a little two easily, it was still well put together. With added detail and grittier characters this easily could have been a lengthy adult thriller. ...more
Soobie's heartbroken
Too bad I still remembered some details of my first read. I guess I was a kid back then and Pike was my favorite author. Finding a new translations of his books on the shelves was always a pleasure. My kid-me loved all the blood and gore...

I actually enjoyed Last Act even now. Of course, it was an easy read but the plot was built in a good way. I don't like Melanie at the beginning but when she starts her own investigation she becomes somehow a stronger figures who can stand up for herself.

Of co
This was one of my favorite Christopher Pikes, probably because it didn't feature quite as much gruesome horror as most of them. It's more of a whodunit than a horror story. There's a play in which one of the characters has to shoot someone. During rehearsals, they put blanks in the gun. Unfortunately, on the night of the performance, someone replaces the blanks with real bullets... *ominous music*

(Made even more awesome by the fact that I played the murderer in my eighth-grade production of "Mu
Tori S
Sep 08, 2011 Tori S rated it liked it
A nice little who-dunnit. Going back over some Christopher Pikes in an attempt to recapture my youth. Actually, just wanted some nice easy reads after a harrowing few weeks and these fit the bill perfectly. This one fared a little better than the other two (two stars apiece) The first half builds to an act of murder and the second half is a run to find who committed it by our unfortunate scapegoat.

I think I might have had my fill of Mr Pike for the time being. I have a bagful by my bedside cabin
Sep 14, 2009 Cristine rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
A great little murder mystery. I read it once before while I was in junior high and loved it then too.

Melanie is new at school and feeling pretty invisible. But when one of the most popular girls in school invites her to try out for a part in the school's play, she's ecstatic, especially since Marc, a handsome and brooding athlete, will also star in the play.

But what Melanie doesn't know, is that everyone seems to be hiding secrets, and what is supposed to be a pretend murder becomes very real
Jan 17, 2008 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: home-library
This is the first of the Christopher Pike books that was actually worth anything at all. The main thing I liked is that there was some kind of literary conceit -- the general plot followed the structure of the play performed in the novel -- and FINALLY some of the characters were a little more believable. Not all of them, but some of them. I DID have a hard time suspending my disbelief about a number of things (uh, no advisor for the play whatsoever, huh? With firearms?), but whatever. Christoph ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Act might not be the best book ever written, but it is some top-notch Christopher Pike. It has it all: girls that seem mean but are actually nice; girls that seem nice but are actually evil; hot boys that don't seem to like the protagonist as much as she likes them, but end up falling in love with her; and murder! Unrealistic crazy high school murder plots! But that, my friends, is why we love Christopher Pike. And this story of unrequited love and a high school play that turns deadly is cl ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
What can I say, this was the fist novel I ever read in middle school (I'm 25 now!). I bought it at a book fair one year and I just couldn't put it down! I was dying to see what would happen next all the time! I was constantly on the edge of my seat, I think a few times my jaw unhinged itself. But I must say this was a great read and worth all five stars!
This was one of my favorite "mystery" book when I was a teenager, along with another Spike's book, Weekend. The intrigue, and especially the setting (a sort of Mise en Abyme if I can say) makes this story very engrossing. Nice little page turner.
Meredith Milstead
Jun 20, 2007 Meredith Milstead rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-favorites
I put this in my 'teen favorites' b/c of the author, but I actually didn't read it until I was in college. It was during the time I worked in the library and this book was in a lost-and-found I read it to pass the time.
This was always one of my faves by Pike when I was younger and it holds up pretty well as I've gotten older. It's been awhile, but I still remember most of the action. It's always nice, though to have a few little surprises to find as you're reading along.
Mar 22, 2015 Emma rated it it was ok
I didn't really like it. I think Christopher Pike books and R.L Stine's Fear street books are written in the same style. Whatever the plot is, it always comes down to murder. That's my opinion though. No offence to anyone.
Jan 05, 2009 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, love, drama, teen
Okay, so maybe it's not an "amazing" book, but it was the first Christopher Pike book I ever read and it's what jump started me on him in the first place. I remember this story really rekindling my love of reading.
Nov 09, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it
I read this book as teenager and then ordered it from Powell's last year to re-read. It was actually as good as I remembered it. While the central whodunit was, I think, implausibly clever, the book itself is so spot-on with the way a teenager in high school might feel about things.
May 12, 2015 Chloe added it
I think this is the book I am remembering. If it is, there is a scene in which the protagonist calls the Library of Congress to find out if (spoiler) the director changed the script of the school play in order to make murder easier.
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

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McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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