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The Last to See Me

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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 Hippie 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 it was amazing
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
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 u
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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.
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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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
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
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.
MaryannC.Book Fiend
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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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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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.
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
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.
Erika
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.
Laurel Doud
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
The Last to See Me is a ghost story narrated by a ghost. It’s set in a slightly alternate universe where Ghost Hunting is a licensed and bonded profession. (I loved that aspect of it!) Emma Rose Finnis has been dead for a hundred years and now her existence as a spirit is in peril.

The story is lovely. I enjoyed how it built as I read. The tension. The intrigue. The what-happens-next? I really liked how the author juxtaposed the ghost hunter’s assertions with Emma's rebuttals. Some of them were q
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Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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Olga Fry
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
Alix Efaw
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
M Dressler has produced an imaginatively written novel that is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, mystery, and rich language. She smoothly weaves past, present and supernatural into an eerie, yet engaging story about not just a ghost, but a girl fighting for a life of her own... literally.
I read this book in a day and a half. I loved the haunting, cinematic prose. I loved that it was written from Emma Rose Finnis' (the ghost) point of view, and that she was so, very unreliable (albeit cl
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Jane Costantino
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This started out as a good idea. Emma Rose is a ghost. She died 100 years ago. Pratt is a ghost hunter who is trying to exterminate the ghost from the Lambert house which Ellen, the real estate broker , is trying to sell. There is a potential buyer for the house but they are aware of the house being haunted and want the ghost gone. The story goes from present time where Pratt is trying to get the history of the small California village to the history of Emma Rose. I thought the Emma Rose part of ...more
Margo Catts
In The Last to See Me, M. Dressler has given us a deeply human ghost story that asks what haunts us, what connects us to each other, and what gives us the determination to live. Beautifully written and deeply absorbing, this is a mystery that's hard to put down while you're reading, and hard to forget when you're finished.
Jenny
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite original for what could have been just another ghost story.
I liked the way we gradually get an idea of the ghost's history. The idea of having hunters in the future who "clean" an area of unwanted ghostly presences was interesting.
Clare
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I was just not in the right mood to fully appreciate this book. The prose was lovely, and the whole ghost-vs-ghost-hunter-vs-family concept was well-executed. I enjoyed it, but I'm not finding myself lingering over the story the way I might have liked.
Sonia Y
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reminded me of Alias Grace. Chilling and haunting, a solid ghost story.
Lisa Beyersdoerfer
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75
Tanya
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ghost with a vengeance toward a rich family.
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!
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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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“Patient, I flit down to the cove, the beach. I trail the young couples, the lovers who’ve come out of their honeymoon suites, watching them take off their shoes and drag their feet through the waves, holding hands, picking up shells, happy, as if there’s no shadow underneath us all. I wonder that they can’t see love is a kind of ghost, too: a light that can’t be seen but is real, with just as much chance of being snuffed out. I wonder if the living understand how ghostly love is, truly, how hard it is to put your finger on it. Is love the moment when your eyes fly up the lane and you think, wildly, not of the gift of ribbon he’s bringing you, but of the laughing way he’ll give it? Is it love when your feet move faster and the lane seems suddenly twice as long, is it love when eye meets eye, and mouth meets soft mouth, and mouths suddenly become another set of eyes,” 0 likes
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