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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,931 ratings  ·  518 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.
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 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.
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.
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 ...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
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.
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 ...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
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
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
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.
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 ...more
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.
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
When Beth and Kate Lathrop were teenagers, they suffered a tragedy that left their mother dead and a valuable painting stolen. Now, Beth and Kate are grown, and it seems life is repeating itself when Beth is found murdered and the same painting is once again missing.

A lot of characters and points of view, though the story is primarily from Kate's POV. Kate discovers her sister Beth has been murdered. Conor is the detective working the case, and he has a link to the sister's past. Pete is Beth's
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 ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my Kindle First reads for January, since we were offered two for this month. I really enjoyed it. It has a bit of everything, murder, mystery, romance and plenty of secrets and lies to whet your appetite. I only didn't give it 5* as there wasn't anything extremely "different" about it.I liked Kate and Lulu the most of the quartet of women featured here. The husbands or boyfriends were more bit-players, though what I saw of Pete was more than enough !!! I found myself quite ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
DNF another disappointing Amazon First. Luanne Rice is or miss for me. This was a big miss.
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
Sammie Robinson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Donna Mccabe

This is an enjoyable quick read for mystery book readers. There were few to no surprises with guilt and innocence foreshadowed.
Jackie Underhill
A great read for grieving

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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing storyline, lots of detail

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.
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.
Nan Jacoby
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Randall Moore
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, engrossing read.

Last Day by Luanne Rice is marketed as a mystery thriller. It is that but at its core, it is women’s fiction. The central characters are all women, with the men in their lives mostly peripheral.

The story is primarily concerned with Beth and Kate Lathrop, and Beth’s daughter, Samantha. Rounding out the characters are Lulu and Scotty, Beth and Kate’s lifelong friends.

The story starts out with the pregnant Beth lying in bed with descriptions of her bedroom and the
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The thriller “Last Day” by Luanne Rice is spell-binding. The story is about two sisters, Kate and Beth who live through a devastating crime that killed their mother as teenagers. The sisters thought they had lived through the most horrific days of their lives, yet twenty-three years later tragedy strikes again in their small, seaside Connecticut town.
Central to the novel is the unraveling of the mystery. Detective Conor Reid was on the scene to save Kate and Beth. The tragedy affected him so
RE Reader
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'd give this a solid 4 stars.

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))
~ the complexity of the characters -- no one was clear-cut here, and I appreciated the
Jennifer Schorr
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Last Day” is the story of 4 friends who grew up always intending to stay the best of friends, and in some ways they did. In other ways, as life took them in different directions, they were more like strangers, keeping secrets from each other, only letting certain people know the true details of their lives. Two of the friends were also sisters, who survived a horrific tragedy when they were teenagers, only to have a similar tragedy happen a second time - this time to one of them! Who murdered ...more
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-three novels including CLOUD NINE, BEACH GIRLS, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTER. LAST DAY will be out in February 2020. 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 ...more
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