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Last Day

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  37,492 ratings  ·  1,729 reviews
From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss.

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,
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Beth Lathrop is found dead - murdered. Who by? That’s it. Book is in three parts. Two parts too long = approximately 300 pages where I was bored out of my skull. Soooooo much unnecessary detail and I think when dead Beth joined in the narrative that finished me off. The ending was good (actually it wasn’t) and I raised a resounding cheer. I know others loved it so maybe today I’m The Grinch.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book made me healthy, rejuvenated, relaxed, rested, energized because it helped me to fight with my sleep deprivation and gave me an amazing sleep! I was bored to death. Even I started to write my will and reviewed my bucket list when I’m reading it.

The beginning was promising: Beth and Kate, two sisters suffered from a big tragedy that ended with their parents’ death and a valuable paintings’ stealing. A now Beth is dead and the very same painting’s stolen. Then too many characters starte
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great premise and potential, but seriously overwritten, bogged down with redundant details and inconsistent characterizations. The pacing was off, the plot twist inconsistent and an editor's pen needed to do some serious work here. Disappointing. ...more
Murder, Family secrets, infidelity, betrayal, friendship, and a tragic past. This was a who done it with a whole Lot of suspects. What I liked best about this story was the relationship between the sisters and how their past tragedy had ties to the current murder. The bulk of the story is told from the perspective of Kate and while I did like her she wasn’t easy to get to know. This was a story that kept me guessing... Red herrings, miss directions, loads of secrets, and plenty of suspects. The ...more
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

He always thought of his first encounter with a homicide victim as two people meeting. An encounter every bit as important in death as it would have been in life, as revelatory as a conversation— in some ways more so.

She had the feeling she might fall off the world. Everything felt dangerous; she wasn’t sure her skin could hold her bones and blood and heart inside.

She was the crème brûlée of mothers: hard shell on the outside, total mush on the inside.

Every few weeks the morgue
Luanne Rice is a master storyteller and that truly shines in her latest novel, Last Day, the story of four friends, two deaths and the secrets kept hidden to the end.

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
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 20
A woman has been found dead, secrets are revealed, crime is solved. There is very little action in this story, and LOTS of LOTS of reminiscing for the sake of back story, and also feelings. I found it quite tedious to get through. The characters are so shallow that the family drama was just a bunch of annoying whining. Rice completely lost me when she went on and on about the greatness of motherhood. Newsflash: childfree lives are very fulfilling! Ironically, the mom characters in this story are ...more
Alayne Emmett
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a brilliant book so twisty it kept me guessing who did what and to whom all the way to the end. I was racing through it so I could find out who did the murder I guessed two or three times but got it completely wrong.
Dale Harcombe
When Beth and her sister Kate were young they experienced a horror event that shaped their lives and took their mother from them. At the same time a painting called Moonlight was taken. The detective on that case was Conor Reid. Since then he has kept an eye on the two women. Beth went into the art world, running a gallery and raising a daughter with her husband Pete. Kate retreated into herself. Her one great solace was flying. As a pilot she was never happier than in the air. When he same pain ...more
I was really hoping for more from this book. I enjoyed the haunting scene that was described at the beginning of this book which I read using the Look Inside feature and that’s why I chose this book but it’s just downhill from there. I still held out hope for at least an ok procedural but this book really falls apart towards the end, and I saw where it was going so I don’t say that because I was at all surprised. Unfortunately the author chose to have this story play out with multiple POVs which ...more
Lora Barnhart Driscoll
Tripe, even for a free Amazon First book. Plot is unforgivably slow, characters are unlikable, police investigation is completely unbelievable, and the ending is outrageous and unsupported. I could go on, but there is simply nothing redeemable about the book. I gave it one star because it was an utter waste of my time, plus it was personally offensive on several levels.

Its greatest offense is one of my pet peeves: a stalking relationship that is portrayed as heroic or even romantic. A police of
Plenty of mystery and suspense with a touch of supernatural in this fast paced mystery novel of what happened on Beth's last day before she was brutally murdered. Beth and her unborn child seemed to be loved by everyone in this small community... but obviously someone had a reason to kill her. It is up to her big sister, Kate to find out who and why... and hopefully not get in the path of the murderer at the same time.

I like that the book is circular in that in relates to past events. Themes of
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
An expertly crafted story about four friends, two deaths, and the secrets that have anchored them for so long. This was my first Luann Rice novel and I really enjoyed it!

Last Day opened in a very powerful way! It is Beth Lathrop’s last day. Her friends, family, and loved ones wake up expecting her to be alive. Instead, Beth Lathrop, six months pregnant and in her own home, has been murdered in her own bedroom. When her sister Kate finds her, Beth has been dead for several days.

This alone is quit
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this women’s fiction, family drama, mystery thriller read.

This book surprised me with a story full of twists, that had me in a delightfully surprising ending. I loved how Rice was able to write amazingly relatable characters in situations and settings that I enjoyed reading about. Rice wrote with such eloquence that grasped my attention from the beginning.

This was my first Luanne Rice book and I will be picking up more books from her in the future.
Cheryl James
The story started out really good but in between chapters i found myself lost in topics that didn't matter. All in all it was a good book. Many characters and many suspects but at the end of the day it's always the person who you least expect. A friend/love one can be your worst enemy😓 ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this book because my friend always said how much she loved Luann Rice and, as an Amazon First Read, this was a good opportunity to try her work. I am ambivalent about the novel. The location was interesting and well described and the background of the sisters' tragedy was chilling, but the characters didn't seem authentic. Using the Compass Rose device to define the four friends seemed to lock the author into a framework of personalities. Even the police officer investigating Beth's murde ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Luann Rice does what she does best- write about families, sisters, secrets, relationships, with a little mystery thrown in. Personally, I loved reading about locations familiar to me and the nod to a murder that took place here years ago. Definitely recommend.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I look at the sum of the parts, it was Gestalt. The individual parts, however, sometimes left a bit to be desired.

At an art gallery in a small community along the Connecticut shore, Beth Lathrop and her slightly older sister Kate lost their mother - and nearly their own lives - during a robbery at the gallery 23 years ago. Young detective Conor Reid managed to save the girls, but the gruesome circumstances left an imprint on his mind that he could never forget - nor could the sisters; their
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last Day

This is the first book by Luanne Rice I have the pleasure reading. It won’t be the last. Her writing is gorgeous, and she creates intricate scenarios that lead the readers to believe that they know what will happen next and it does not always go that way. This keeps you reading and wanting to know where the story will go. 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘆 is the story of two sisters, one painting, and a repeating event. Kate is devastated when she discovers her sister Beth’s murdered body. A flow of memories assails her
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I gave up on Luanne Rice a long time ago; the novels she released in the 1980s and 1990s with interesting, nuanced characters gradually evolved in the 2000's into shmaltzy melodramas with cardboard heroines and hokey dialogue. But this was a cheap Amazon "First Reads" option so I took a chance again, only to remain woefully unimpressed. There was way too much info-dumping and too many unnecessary details, which made getting through the book a chore. The detective investigating the murder seems t ...more
Holly Mowery
I don't know what happened here, *spoiler alert*. Kindle First selection for January and was hooked from the beginning. Have to admit it was slow at times, but you could never truly nail in on the "who dunnit". I did think of the premise of the possibility of the actual killer but never saw the motive or buildup. Then, boom here we are at the end and we are suppose to believe this? There's no depth as to what motive Scotty had here. I was expecting more to it then what was played out. The last 2 ...more
What a perfect way to kick start my 2020 reading adventure!!

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 the end.

I am
Bitsy Kemper
Sorry to be a downer on this one but I couldn't wait for it to end. The thing with mysteries is they follow a formula. You KNOW the main person of interest isn't guilty--esp if they are a person of interest in chapter 1 or 2 or 4 or 7 or 8 etc... It felt like a waste of time going through all the motions and sidebars when you knew it wasn't going to be any of those people, b/c (not a spoiler alert if you've ever read a single mystery book before) you know it's going to be someone you never expec ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I haven't read a Luanne Rice book in awhile, but I remember her stories about family set on the Northeast coast. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was a mystery/suspense story dealing with a family that has seen their share of tragedy and hardship. Sisters Kate and Beth had been tied up with their mother in the basement of the family art gallery years ago. Their mother died during their confinement and the girls' lives would never be the same. At the same time a painting, Moonlight had ...more
Herman  Morgan III
Best " First Read " Yet !

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. M
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
DNF another disappointing Amazon First. Luanne Rice is or miss for me. This was a big miss.
Nicola Short
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twenty years ago, two sisters and their mother are tied up and left in the basement of their families art gallery. The mother ends up dying in that basement while her two daughters are helpless to help her. Intriguing premise and one that has many twists and turns before you ultimately find out what is going on.
Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Barbara Williams
Over written

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.
Diane Challenor
The story was intriguing. It was half mystery half romance, and it was solidly anchored in the intense love of family and friends. The intensity of the devotion between the characters was a little too much for me, however good plotting overcame my reluctance to connect with all the fuss. I read the story continually over just a few days and I’m glad I did.
Jennifer Schell
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it,

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.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-five novels including LAST DAY, BEACH GIRLS, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTER. THE SHADOW BOX will be out in January 2021. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She lives on the Connecticut sh ...more

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