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The Last Kid Left

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A family secret turns deadly in this powerful study of how far we go to protect those we love

Nineteen-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. is driving drunk through New Jersey on his way to Mexico. The dead bodies of Toussaint’s doctor and his wife lie in the backseat. When Nick crashes the car, police chief Martin Krug becomes involved in the case. Despite an easy murder confession
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by MCD
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Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the secluded town of Eagle Mount, New Jersey, Chief of Police Martin Krug answered a call. Tequila drinking, nineteen year old Nick Toussaint Jr. had crashed his truck. He confessed to the murders of the two dead bodies in the trunk. Taken into police custody, Nick wrote and signed a confession. Martin found Nick's story implausible, containing many inconsistencies. How could Nick,scrawny with a pronounced limp, have overpowered the victims stabbing Dr. Ashburn, strangling his wife and then l ...more
Renita D'Silva
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Haunting and beautiful
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction
Nick Toussaint gets in a car accident while driving drunk. Police find two dead bodies in his trunk, and, later, Nick confesses to the murders. It seems like an open and shut case, but police chief Martin Krug senses that something is off. Over time, he has to unravel the mysteries surrounding Nick---and Nick's girlfriend, Emily, who is clearly not what she seems.

I don't read many whodunit novels. But I decided to take a chance on this one, because it sounded interesting. I wish I had read some
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
gonna give this one a proper review I think, so stay tuned.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
There's a line on the second to last page of the book that sums it all up for me..."God you must be so bored by now." Yes. Yes, I am. ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
did anyone else read "the last kid left" (bc i'll bet someone on here told me to read it only reason i read anything) and welp that is one of the worst books i've ever read like so bad it's hilarious. i might reread it several times. if i had a girlfriend she would leave me bc i would not stop reading passages of it out loud to her. the wish the cops would come back so i could read to them. (sorry, I mean that would make more sense if I mentioned the police were here when I woke up. so i'm uh me ...more
Chelsea Marie
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, arc, kindle, dnf

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After five days of trying, I could not get into this book. My rule is usually to give a book 100 pages before giving it a DNF, but I just could not get there with this book. I was not very enamored by the writing style and language. The shifting perspectives were erratic and confusing, and often hard to keep up with. I found all of the characters to be hard to related to and illogical. After the
Jennifer Struss
Nov 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I can't remember where I read the recommendation for this book, I wish I'd read some of these reviews before I started the stupid thing. There's a week I won't get back. It felt like the author was writing the same kind of dreck he was trying to criticize. I laughed when Leela couldn't get her story published at the end. It seemed to underline the conclusion that I'd just wasted a lot of time reading the whole book. ...more
Christine Heng
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the overall story. There were parts that just had too much information and I tended to scan through those quick to get to the meat of the book.
Wasn’t very interesting to me. A 19 year old is found to have two bodies in his trunk after a car accident. The young man confessed but there is a matter of romancing the sheriff’s daughter and sex abuse. Everything gets on social media.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book, 2017
I didn’t connect with the characters nor did I find the storyline interesting
Winthrop Smith
There was a book buried here

Not the book that was published, or how the author chose to tell the story. What the reader ends up with is hints, peeks, of that amazing book, crowded out by stereotypes tweaked for the times. The worn out law enforcement officer. The new breed of reporters. New Englanders. Peer pressure. Sexting. If only....
Zachary Houle
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
It all begins with a car crash. Nineteen-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. has totalled his vehicle in New Jersey by driving into a neon cowgirl sign off the highway, while being loaded up with liquor. When the cops find him, however, he has two bodies in the back that belong to a well-known New Hampshire doctor and his wife. One of the cops, Martin Krug, just two weeks away from retirement, takes Nick’s confession — but he doesn’t believe it. Soon, Martin finds himself in New Hampshire on the defense ...more
Jeff Raymond
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a low tolerance for murder mysteries and for literary fiction a lot of the time, so a book that effectively does both? I took a flier on this mostly because Jeff VanderMeer recommended it on Twitter, and I’m honestly glad that I spent some time with this.

There are a few aspects to this story – the kid implicated in the murder of two people, the teen girl embarking on a webcam career, and the small town stuff that invariably goes along with such a circus. The book is deliberate in unravel
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is about a small town and three main characters. The premise is good, murder in a small town, with one of the main characters being the sheriff, Nick who confesses to a double murder and Emily, his girlfriend. Too many other characters are introduced at various times which muddles down the story. This is a book that will hold your interest in some areas, and had me skipping pages or flipping back to remember what a certain character did or said. A character will appear in the reading a ...more
Linda Chavers
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Becky Motew
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Lots of plot lines here and all of them interesting, but maybe a few too many for one book. The author says he worked on it for six years so maybe that's why each character is so fleshed out and surrounded with backstory. Even Rob, the surfer dude with the horror movie manuscript, is depicted in great detail.

I confess I don't know what the title means. Does it refer to a schoolyard game where one is the last to be picked for a team? Or is "left" a verb? Maybe as soon as I post this, it
Diane Mitschke
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I listened to the audio version of this novel after hearing a review on NPR that made it sound like an interesting summer read. I found it frustrating and hard to follow for the first half of the book, as each short chapter focuses on a different character, and the story doesn't really come together until the half-way point. While several of the characters were interesting, there are long stretches that are pretty boring, and the pacing of the book just felt off for me. I was hoping for a plot t ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I struggled through the audio version of this book. 12 CD's. Could have covered everything in about six. Fast forwarded a lot. For some reason once I start a book on CD while traveling I have a hard time not seeing it through. This one ended midway through for me. Could have saved a lot of time stopping then. The rest was just more of the same delving into the sad lives of those caught up in the 'case' with an attempt to link in to the internet driven media craze. ...more
Alex Rogers
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm, I think there is an absolute ripper of a conventional thriller novel in there, but unfortunately obscured by a whole host of diversion and fluff, extraneous characters etc. Felt like this was self published, and at the very least could have benefitted from a whole lot more editing. I really enjoyed long passages, and then would get thrown by some meandering sideshow that felt like it didn't really belong in the book at all. ...more
Otis Hanby
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This could have been a 5 star if it was not written to allude that the reader was already familiar to all that was happening. This style of writing frustrates me. I don't mind imagery, but the start of almost every segment was communicated as if you already knew the back story. I wanted to love this book more than I did. ...more
Mike Randall
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Loved the first two books, especially the first, but this one just didn't feel like a tight story. There were too many storylines that weren't given enough depth, and some that didn't seem necessary at all given the book's resolution. ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who had trouble with this book. I didn't finish it. There's too much going on and it throws my ADD into hypergear. Who? What? When? Where? Why? Wait...who, again? It might be a good book for some, but it just wasn't my kind of writing. ...more
Christina Rause
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Not exactly what I expected from the description but still a good murder mystery with some life and coming of age stories at various stages of life for the many characters. I enjoyed the book but it was a bit long winded at times.
Michelle Becker
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
NPR, this was, unfortunately, not one of your better recommendations. It could've been a good book but it fell short on many levels: actual story, character development, plot. I read/skimmed after about page 20 hoping that I'd miss something but it just got worse and worse. ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set predominantly in NH, this novel tells the story of a murder from the perspective of a teenage boy and girl, a young reporter, and a semi retired police chief. What was interesting to me about this book was the way in which it tackled the concept of innocence.
Kim Schulze
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
It was good, but the ending was kind of blah to me. And there was one section with footnotes that was kind of annoying. Oh, and it's fine to change narrators (a lot, in this case), but me found meself having to read ahead to see who the heck is narrating this bit. ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was so hard to get through it took me months. I had to keep coming back to it after talking myself back into reading it. I couldn't get into the characters and the progression of the story felt incredibly slow. ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I found the pace to be a little slow, and I skimmed a good bit of it. There were no earth-shattering reveals, and sadly, no unexpected twist at the very end. Really well written, though.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Boring. Couldn't get into it. ...more
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Rosecrans Baldwin's latest book, Everything Now, is forthcoming in June 2021 from MCD x FSG (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He is a frequent contributor to GQ, and a co-founder of the online zine TMN, host of the Tournament of Books. He lives in Los Angeles. ...more

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