Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, ...more
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Sisters Kate and Beth had survived a tragic ordeal in their teen years but, like so many, that tragedy pushed them apart rather than pulling them together. Kate is closed off from all emotion and Beth has infused her life with love, giving to the community, loving her daughter and caring for her friends. When Beth is murdered, Kate ...more
As a long time fan of Luanne's books, I have come to expect certain things in her writing. A gentleness, a sense of friendships, sisterhood, family & love of art, scenery & nature.
All of those elements were in Last Day, but the added piece was not typical of previous books written by Luanne. There was a mystery, & a "who done it". I flip flopped throughout the book as to the "who" part, but it kept me guessing till almost ...more
I don't enjoy books that are full of a lot of romance and sex. I do read a lot of female writers, primarily thrillers, crime, and mystery authors, and enjoy the good ones as much as any of the male writers I read.
This book is about love, of sibling, friends, and family variety, and that's something that has been a major force in my life, and something I can relate to well. I also love a good mystery, and this one kept me guessing until the end, which I really enjoyed. ...more
What I liked:
~ the relaxed writing style -- everything felt gentle and meandering, and it worked for me
~ the multi-POV -- I almost always prefer books with this approach, so I definitely enjoyed it here (although it was a little jarring when (view spoiler)[Beth suddenly started speaking; that said, I thought using her voice for the final chapter was a nice send-off (hide spoiler)])
~ the complexity of the characters -- no one was clear-cut here, and I appreciated the ...more
Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.
Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on ...more
Sometimes we bottle up grief and hide it away...the main character has been frozen by it for decades... But those who choose to wander through the story of these characters have ample opportunity to exercise their own grief while engaging in the questioning, doubt, and grief of the many individuals involved in this tale.
It is serendipitous that Kate begins resolving her own grief through a symbolic act toward the end, just as the reader utilizes the story to symbolize ...more
I was enthralled and fully engrossed with this novel. I simply couldn't put it down. I felt only too eager to pick up my kindle and read every chance I got. I highly recommend this book. It is actually my first book from this author I know I will have to pick up another of her novels.
The over all storyline was good. I thought that there was a ton of detail in the story that made it easy to visualize the scene but often became a bit excessive. There was enough in the storyline that encouraged me to keep reading but the ending left me with more questions than answers.
This book was beautifully tragic. The scenery descriptions are like poetry, the entire setting is gorgeous. The characters never seem to do what you expect, and that makes it so real. The ending was absolutely a surprise. 100% would recommend.
I'm sure there was a mystery in this story; somewhere. So many words with nothing of importance to say. The back and forth in time, the history of every unneeded detail. It really had some potential to be better than average if only some of the nonsensical and redundant parts were removed.