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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  923 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Two survivors, one terrible truth.

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 woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly reve
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Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 6th 2015 by Hot Key Books (first published August 1st 2015)
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Ben Alderson
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A roller coaster of lies, betrayal, dark beliefs and suspicion.

I can not believe what I have just read.
I have had chills down my spine whilst reading this novel. Claire is a master at creating atmosphere that leaks of the page and seeps into the world of the reader during the reading experience!

INCREDIBLE
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
Another deadly party book-- I burn, I pine, they perish
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Young Adult Thriller | Mystery and Suspense

The Last Witness by Claire McFall is a young adult thriller book with a KILLER ENDING! I’m telling you, that ending was so unexpected and GENIOUS that I pushed my rating an entire star because of it! I was initially going to give this book 3 stars (which I’ll explain below) but that huge twist at the end changed my mind. Kudos to the author for ending it that way because it was PERFECT. I know m
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Bee
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This was such an addicting plot line!
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

Truth time, mystery/thrillers are so impossible to review, like how do I even!? I feel like anything I say is going to spoil stuff! There's even a book that I want to compare it to, but even that would be too much info. I think there's a discussion post in here somewhere, actually. I digress.

So, what kind of non-spoilery stuff can we talk about? Hm. Let's see.

• The location is aweso
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Rebecca Plaza
5 friends go camping in the Scottish hills and are killed off by??? an awakened demon or one of the survivors? For readers that love the twist and turns.
QHuong(BookSpy)
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF

It couldn't be worse. Super boring. Lack of events. Definitely not thrilling at all.
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Sacha
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review updated on 1/6/20...

I teach writing at a College, so I truly hate giving less-than-positive feedback to a published author. It's painful. But this book has a lot of issues and was extremely challenging to even finish. I appreciate the ARC, but I will definitely not be recommending it. Here's why:

Two stars

The concept for this work is interesting: a young woman goes camping with several of her friends over her love interest's birthday weekend. While there, the characters experience varying
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
Not as exciting as I hoped but I was not expecting that ending. RTC!
Sammi
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review, 2020
Reeling!! What. Even. Happened
thebookfox
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Oooo! A nice solid 4 star read for me :D

Video review: https://youtu.be/j1EnE_cRS4A
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Alaina Maxam
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE STORIESS THAT GRIPS YOU UNTIL THE VERY END. WITH A SURPRISE ENDING. WELL WORTH READING
Aimee
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOW THAT IS AN ENDING!
Mel
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heather, her best friend Emma, her love interest Dougie, good friend, Martin, and Darren, Emma's boyfriend, take off on a camping trip on the coast of Scotland. While hiking, three of the teens discover and investigate a cairns. After finding a broach, things start to go downhill.
Whoa! This was good! A few twists and more twists. Story line was believable, just needed more details about what actually happened.
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Domini Phillips-Perkins ~Bookish Friends Reviews~
I really enjoyed The Last Witness by Claire McFall. What should have been a get away for five friends at the beach turns in to a suspense filled paranormal nightmare.

When Heather and her friend's Emma, Dougie, Martin and Darren make camp on the beach at Black Cairn Point it quickly becomes apparent that some of them have other thoughts in mind. Finding that Emma and boyfriend Darren wanted to take sometime alone the others set out for castle ruins Dougie had told them about. What they find there
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Felicia Spence
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so short! Like, really really short. The benefit of this, is that it was never boring or slow and I finished it in record time. It was kind of nice to read such a quick book. Solid 4 stars for me. I really did like it. This book has a great setting. Just like every good slasher, our book takes place during a teenage camping trip in the middle of no where. Do cell phones work? Of course not. Is their vehicle reliable??? Hell No! Enjoyable read!!
Chris Bowles
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a gripping tale that takes you from innocence to the heart of darkness. It carries you along with the question 'what happened out there?' Monsters? Murder? Both? Highly recommended. ...more
Aidan Reid
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm. Few holes in this one. Not bad though.
Christine
Ending felt a bit rushed...
Reagan Forry
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book a four-star rating because the overall plot was interesting and different. Four friends go camping for Douggie’s birthday but things don’t go as planned. Slowly each of them goes missing. As you are reading it starts super slow, nothing super interesting happened until the middle of the book or even a little bit later on approximately page 160. After the first person goes missing things start to speed up, in the remaining pages things happen one after another which is good and i ...more
Kate
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
The Last Witness is a YA thriller that is part psychological and part supernatural. It read a bit like The Ruins meets the Scottish wilderness. 5 teenagers on a camping trip to celebrate one friend's birthday, tensions between them, and a possible cursed brooch found at a burial ground? Fast forward to a year later, when there's only one friend left standing. Is she crazy, like her doctors think, or did something stalk the campers, something not human? I particularly liked the ending! ...more
Sandy O'Brien
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
6 friends go camping
3 never came back
2 survived
1 knows the truth
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Imagine going camping with your friends
EXCEPT it is the camping trip that nightmares are made of.
The Last Witness is a mystery thriller that will have you staying up way past your bedtime to find out what happened to Heather & her friends.
I would highly recommend to readers that love books with an earth-shattering plot twist.
😱
Arianna  Mclaughlin (arianna.reads)
3.5

The Last Witness by Claire McFall is a young adult thriller book with a killer ending. McFall does a fantastic job creating the physical environment of the book and its creepy vibes.

It's a slower read in general and the ending does feel a little fast and left me with many unanswered questions, but it was also so fun and surprising and gave me the gasp I love when reading this genre.

I look forward to reading more by the author!
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Ava Orofino
Wow, over a month later, and I have finished.

Supernatural mysteries are always something I enjoy, but I wasn’t really all that thrilled with the book itself. The plot was interesting and the end, although a bit confusing, was phenomenal, but it felt like it dragged on and on.

But, fantastic book, nonetheless!
Clare
Not enough to grip me I'm afraid. ...more
Keelin Rita
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I recommend reading this one in the dark for a good, proper, scare.
J
This was an interesting book with a twisted ending.
Elizabeth
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy and haunting. I loved it. I love possibly evil psychiatrist trope. I love only one survivor trope. I love possibly supernatural forces trope. Very good.
Ginger Mcclintick
First time reading Claire Mcfall will be reading more this book was a page turner and it was a very good book.
Becky Bowman
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had a little bit of everything mystery, scary, tiny bit of romance and a good ending!
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