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The Last to See Me

(The Last Ghost #1)

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For fans of Lauren Oliver and Kazuo Ishiguro, a sophisticated, literary ghost story that reminds us the past is never, ever forgotten.

In a small logging town along the coast of northern California, young Emma Rose Finnis was born and died. Now, no one remembers her hardworking life and her grand dreams--but she remembers. She remembers everything. Emma Rose still walks the
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Skyhorse
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Diane S ☔
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gothic in tone, a ghost story told with a new twist, and given a modern interpretation. Emma Rose Finnis has been dead for a long while, but she still walks this Earth. The Lambry house and the Lambreys themselves is her favored haunt. She has reasons, big reasons, but now the last known Lambry has died, the house up for sale. A rich couple has come to see the house, want to buy and gut it, make it their own. Emma, angered reveals her presence causing a terrifying ordeal for the couple. A hunter ...more
Heidi The Reader
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Last to See Me is a fascinating story set in a world where ghosts are real and if they're hanging around, they can bring down property values.

So, if you find you have an unruly poltergeist in your closet, you call a hunter to put them into the "eternal sleep."

The tale is told from Emma, a ghost's, point of view.

"My hearing is so much finer than when I walked alive and with a heartbeat. It's something I've had a century to ponder: how much does the beating heart of one creature drown out the
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Cindy Burnett
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once I started this book, I could not put it down. The haunting tale is told through the eyes of a ghost, Emma Rose Finnis, who has haunted the same mansion and its environs on the coast of Northern California for the past century. As the house is being prepared to be sold, a ghost hunter is employed to ferret out Emma Rose and end her haunting forever. Refusing to leave, Emma Rose takes the ghost hunter, Phillip Pratt, on a game of cat and mouse that builds up to the final heart-pounding strugg ...more
emma
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
For what is a ghost, what is a ghost, except a voice in your head you should pay attention to, but don’t?


3.25 stars.

I’m not usually one for books about ghosts, but this one managed to draw me in somehow—it didn’t hurt that it has a pretty cover, and a main character with the same name as me. Still, I wasn’t entirely sure what I would be getting until I started the book.

This is a strange story. Written from the perspective of a ghost, it follows the life of Emma Rose Finnis—the events leading
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Sylvain Reynard
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very unusual book.
It's a paranormal/suspense novel, written first person by a ghost. But somehow that description falls wonderfully short of the character herself.
The author has woven together history, loss, and family secrets against the backdrop of a small but beautiful town and its equally beautiful Lambrey house. The narration is lyrical and the story is a page turner.
Recommended.
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Jeanette
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This may be only the second or third time I've ever given a 5 star in this genre. And it was one I picked myself randomly. Completely unknown author to me, also unknown for any reviews or reactions or recommendations, just from the back cover detail and the cover itself- my serendipity fiction pick of the month. I'm shocked. I really am. This process has resulted in some very low starred and abomination picks. No more so than in the last few seasons. I'm lucky if I get a 3 star. What a turnaroun ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Last to See Me by M. Dressler is a different kind of haunted house books with it being the ghost herself that is telling the tale. Emma Rose Finnis died a century ago, but she doesn't plan on leaving the place soon. Not even when an experienced ghost hunter arrives to clean the house and make it ghost free. No, she will do anything to stay...

The Last to See Me is an interesting ghost story, a bittersweet story about a young girl that grew up in a small village, but never got the chance to ge
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Lauren Stoolfire
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't say I've ever read a ghost story quite like this before, but this literary paranormal tale is beautifully and lyrically told. I loved both the sections of Emma's past during WWI and the present day battle with the ghost hunter. The ending is a little difficult to figure out, but if what I think happened (view spoiler) happened, I'm very happy with the outcome of Emma and Pratt's battle. By the way, in my mind Pratt wore a lot of flannel! I couldn't help but t ...more
Alma Katsu
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I commented to a bookseller that while I love ghost stories, it's hard to find one that's good and original, and she pressed THE LAST TO SEE ME in my hands. I'm glad she did! It's told largely from the point of a view of the ghost, which might seem gimmicky or trite in a less accomplisher author's hands, but M. Dressler succeeds convincingly. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be a ghost, you'll get the chance reading THE LAST TO SEE ME . ...more
Colleen Fauchelle
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
There is a house on the hill over looking a village and the ocean. The house has belonged to the Lambry family for over 100 years. It is up for sale and Ellen is showing people round the house but they are scared out of their wits when a ghost turns up. They want the house but not until the Ghost is gone for good.

Pratt is our ghost hunter and together he and Ellen will track down who it is and get rid of it. Emma Rose has been a ghost for 100 years and we follow her in the telling of this story,
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Jennifer
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an unexpected delight to read. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. I loved going back and forth with Emma's story, from the past to the present. Even if ghost stories aren't your thing, this was just so...good. Its not a scary story, not terribly sad, but not exactly uplifting either. I loved the writing and will definitely read more by this author. ...more
Molly
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE LAST TO SEE ME

This is a beautiful ghost story. Not spooky ghosts or horror ghosts, but instead a ghost with a history. It's about a life filled with dreams and ambitions left unfinished.

Spanning about a hundred years, it has both a gothic and a modern feel to it. Set along the Northern California coast in a town called Benito, the estate of the Lambry family, wealthy lumber barons, is up for sale. But it appears to have an otherworldly essence who opposes this.

The writing is beautiful, creat
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Sheila
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, read-in-2020
3 stars--I liked the book. The only reason I gave this 3 stars instead of 4 is there was an animal death (not graphic) that I felt was unnecessary, or even confusing to the plot, and I had to reread the ending to figure out what happened.

I read a lot of ghost stories, but I've never read one like this! It's hard to be original in such a time-tested genre, but the world of ghosts and ghost hunters Dressler created is something I haven't seen before.

Characters were vivid and interesting, and it l
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Aristotle
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This house is clean.
Well maybe not.

"There is no death. There is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness."

This is a well told ghost story set in a small northern California town. Dark, moody, and at times sad. The book was shrouded in a thick blanket of fog that must be read carefully or you will get lost and end up falling off a cliff to be bashed up against the rocks. Or will Emma push you?

Emma Rose Finnis has been dead for a long while, but she still walks this Earth. She haun
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Carol
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's an atmospheric and beautifully written story. I ask you...who doesn’t like a good ghost story with a twist? In this particular story there are several twists as well as some really nasty turns. If you add a tragic love story...a blood-thirsty rose bush... the ghost of a beautiful young girl who is struggling to remain "alive" in the only home she has ever known...you have the makings of a first rate series that should please any ghost story enthusiast. A great beginning. I'm looking forward ...more
Erika  *and her little dog too*
I was really enjoying this book. It was a solid 4 stars for me... until the end. I have no idea what happened. I’m so confused. I have so many questions. It’s like the author just suddenly got tired of writing it and decided she better just go ahead and bring it to a quick and confusing conclusion.
MaryannC. Book Freak
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Haunting, fascinating read of a ghost bent on outwitting the ghost hunter hired to purge her from the home of the family she once served.


























Fiona
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What is a ghost, except a voice in your head you should pay attention to, but don't?

This was fantastic - a surprisingly touching story about a slightly alternate world, where ghosts will sometimes roam and the living desperately put them down to avoid confronting their inevitable mortality.

It's told from the point of view of a ghost, one who has managed to elude (so far) all previous "cleanings" that have kept her seaside home town ghost free. But a new ghost hunter is soon on his way - and his
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Kimberly
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
An extremely imaginative tale with beautiful writing. (I mean, like BEAUTIFUL writing!) The ending was rushed and pretty confusing. Not in a let-me-fill-in-the-end sort of way, but in a way that felt like the author just needed to wrap it up. And, I felt like the final battle kinda petered out.
Jennifer
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so different than others I’ve read. I found it a bit slow at times but overall it was quite interesting and I enjoyed it. To give a description would give too much away, but it is about society and love and ghosts...
Lesley Kay
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Quaint, spooky ghost story with a foggy California coastal setting. Beautifully written, subtly haunting. It's what I wanted "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" to be. ...more
Linda Lipko
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
This is a well-written ghost story. Without over dramatization, the author tells a tale from the perspective of Emma Rose finnis, who died 100 years ago. With dreams of having a good life, a grand life, employed by the wealthiest family, she continues to haunt the Lambry mansion. Her dreams did not rise to the level of the least satisfaction.

Stubbornly, she holds fast to her right to live specturally in the many rooms of the mansion. But, alas the town has proclaimed that it will be cleaned of a
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Susan
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This started out eerily similar to Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace." Set in the early 1900's a young Irish girl with no family support works as a maid and eventually finds herself in a bit of a situation. I won't ruin this for you if you haven't read "Alias Grace" but this leads her needing to flee. The basic story is essentially the same except it takes place in a Northern California logging town and not in Toronto. Even the voice of the main character Emma sounds like the titular Grace. I felt ...more
Olga Gamer
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Last to See Me" is a riveting, fascinating ghost story focusing on the life and the death of a young Emma Rose Finnis. For nearly a hundred years, she's been haunting the grounds of the Lambry house. After the owner's death, Alice, the house is put on the market and a couple wants to purchase it and gut it. Emma, refusing to let them make the property their own, scares them with an attack, prompting them to contact a ghost hunter. From then on, it becomes a game of cat and mouse: the hunter ...more
Lucy Takeda
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found the book enthralling—-until the end, when I went, “ What just happened?!”
Emma worked as a maid 100 years ago in a small logging town. She catches the eye of the son of a wealthy family, who offer her a better paying job out at the lighthouse. Quint is a determined young man who rides his horse out to visit once or twice a week, no matter what his folks say.
A hundred years later, the town is fading away, and the remaining family members decide to sell the mansion the wealthy family lived
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Joey Fruth
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This only lost a star because some of the scenes played, in my mind, like Hollywood shock factor.

This is a ghost story not totally new and unique, but written in a way that is unique and beautiful. Not necessarily the perspective, but the language and prose Dressler uses are poetic, haunting, and atmospheric. A handful of times, we lose that thread of atmospheric for the sake of those Hollywood moments I mentioned. But the first couple lines capture the author's voice and style in such a way tha
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Lynda
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Discovered this book & author by accident on Facebook when a few posted about going to a reading of this book by the author at our local Indie book store Scuppernong. The author is a creative writing professor at Guilford College. I absolutely fell in love with this ghost story! Told from the viewpoint of the ghost, the reader is taken thru twists & turns that have you saying "Wow! Really? Let me read that again". This ghost has wit, spunk and perseverance. Great read! ...more
Laurie
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did like this story,short at 270 pages.I liked the concept of the ghost telling her story as she is hunted down by a ghost hunter.The town of Benito is ridding itself of ghosts. It seemed disconnected in spots and confusing at times. After finishing the ending,I had to go back and re-read the last 2 chapters,thought I had missed something, I had not. It takes place in Northern California,and goes back and forth from current day to Victorian times.A good read.
Rosemary
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A different ghost story and magic system set up in a universe very close to our own, but not quite us. Or maybe more us than we want to admit. The narrator is very unreliable, as well as dead, so look for the clues between the lines of this nicely spooky puzzler.
Kathleen Torney
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ghost story but so much more...you are reminded how the past and present are melded. The happenings of the past still influence our lives today.
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M Dressler's work has been praised by the New York Times as "splendid" and by Library Journal as the writing of a "natural-born storyteller." Her stories and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, the Washington Post, and many other journals and magazines. She always knew she would one day write a book about a ghost. "Characters," she's written, "they come to you. It's very stran ...more

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