The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

*Book of the Month Club Selection*Indie Next Pick“Hugely entertaining… The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is full of delight. Though Ms. Jacobs’s writing has echoes of Thomas Pynchon, Nathanael West and J.D. Salinger, her terrific book displays in abundance a magic all its own.” —The Wall Street Journal The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased gr...

Details The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

TitleThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

  • Fran
    Mathematical genius and patriarch of the dysfunctional Severy family has died of apparent suicide by electrocution. The Severy family of geniuses is undone by Isaac Severy's sudden death. Adopted granddaughter Hazel receives a letter, dated before his death, asking her to perform a daunting task. Isaac entrusts her with a cryptic assignment. She is asked to safely deliver his final equation to a trusted colleague whose favorite pattern is herring...
  • Diane S ☔
    When I first started reading this, it seemed as if was going to be a treasure hunt of a novel. The treasure belonging to a highly touted mathametician, and the treasure a brilliant equation, which many seek. When Isaac died under suspicious circumstances his granddaughter is left a letter containing clues as to where this equation is, and also to whom he wants it given.But....this is not exactly a treasure hunt, it is also or maybe more about a f...
  • Maxwell
    This book totally surprised me. I was expecting a fun, lighthearted adventure/mystery story—which it definitely was—but also got a novel about death and the universe and family. The main characters (because the story focuses on more than just Hazel like the blurb leads you to believe) are flawed and complex and relatable. I particularly liked Philip's storyline, though I loved Hazel and Gregory too. And the mystery aspect of this novel defini...
  • Leslie Ray
    This book begins with an intriguing opening line, "On the morning he was to die, the old man woke early and set about making breakfast". The book did not fail to deliver and I found myself not wanting to put it down but yet wanting to make it last as long as possible. A famous mathematician, Isaac Severy, is found dead, but leaves a cryptic note to his granddaughter Hazel with instructions regarding the last equation he was working on. This equat...
  • Karen
    “Three will die. I am the first.” A spark is lit in struggling bookseller Hazel’s life after she receives a surprising and mysterious posthumous letter from her mathematician genius grandfather Isaac. Isaac is thought to have committed suicide in his Jacuzzi with Christmas lights wrapped around him yet his breakfast table was set for two.Isaac’s letter to Hazel is cryptic. “Know that I am offf (spelling is correct. hmmm, first clue?) so...
  • Cindy Burnett
    3.5-4 starsThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy is an entertaining read. I majored in math in college and loved that aspect of the book. Hazel is a likeable if somewhat naïve protagonist, and her hunt for her grandfather’s secret last equation kept me reading. I waited a few days to write my review because I was not sure how I felt about the ending; two aspects troubled me a bit: the location of the equation and the identity of the vigilante. Sad...
  • Nova Jacobs
    Gotta love Goodreads for letting me rate my own book. It’s been such a thrilling launch. Much appreciation to all the Book of the Month Club members who chose Isaac Severy (and are posting such gorgeous pictures!), and to all the readers out there who took a chance on the Severy family. Thank you!
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is a delightfully fresh literary mystery. It was just the thing to get me out of a the little slump I'd been in. I wasn't in the mood for something terribly heavy or terribly morbid. I'm always up for quirky characters. No matter that the quirkiest character was deceased prior to Chapter One. (Of an apparent suicide. In a hot tub. With a string of Ch...
  • Touchstone Books
    Mr. Penumbra? A.J. Fikry? Eleanor Oliphant? If any of these names make your heart do a whimsical little flip, you're going to want to get acquainted with ISAAC SEVERY. So much love for this fantastic debut novel!
  • Jessica
    I got this because I saw it described as an adult Westing Game.It's not. This was a huge letdown. It was messy and anti-climactic. I didn't enjoy it very much at all.
  • Sue Em
    Hazel Severy has been set on a quest by her recently deceased grandfather, Isaac Severy, a renown mathematician. His letter to her stresses secrecy and suspicion of everyone else within the family and without. This charming narrative poses puzzles and clues to help her solve find his last equation and deliver it safely to his only trusted friend. Even without a facility for numbers, I found the puzzles interesting and the book enjoyable.Thanks to...
  • Faith
    This book was not at all what I was expecting. I thought there would be a mystery but instead it was primarily about Isaac's large dysfunctional family. It wasn't what I was looking for. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is a clever, witty, and fun novel from Nova Jacobs.When Isaac Severy, patriarch of the rather eccentric Severy family, is found dead of an apparent suicide, it is up to Severy's adopted granddaughter, Hazel, to untangle the clues he has left behind. Severy is a world-renowned, brilliant mathematician who leaves a cryptic note for Hazel that leads her on a chase to solve when the next murder will take place.Jacobs...
  • Bookishfolk
    3.5 stars. I am the polar opposite of a mathematical person, but when I read the premise of this book, I was sucked in and knew I had to read it! Mystery, family drama and secrets, clues for the character (and for us as readers), wittiness with a side of bookstore owner?! Yes please! I enjoyed this book, was sucked into the world and was rapidly flipping pages to find out the ending. And Book of the Month?! Yay!
  • Rebecca
    I received an ARC of this novel from Touchstone Books via my position as a bookseller for Barnes & Noble. I picked it up mostly because the back blurb name drops Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore which I absolutely adore. Let me say up front that that comparison is wonderfully apt. If you love that or Robin Sloan's other novel, you'll fall right in love with the Severy family.This book has everything: plot twists, family drama, mathematics, storyl...
  • Christie
    1.5/5To call this book the "adult Westing game" is a farce, and is truly a disservice to both books. The Westing Game was probably my favorite, most-read book as a child. I believe it just appeared one day in my little library and I read it back to front a million times. It was great because it had a mystery and the clues were included in the book-- you could unravel the mystery through deduction or by solving anagrams or puzzles.This book preten...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    4.5 rounding up. Imagine my surprise when I had just left the library placing a hold for a Nancy drew book, I read them all too many decades ago to share, but I loved the thrill of those mysteries and wanted to see what I think of one as adult now. I had no idea what this book was about, must have seen on goodreads, I just queued up at the library and as usual jump in blind. I was INSTANTLY smitten, it felt like Nancy drew all over again. It is a...
  • Lindsey
    I am a self-proclaimed math nerd and I do love the subject, though I feel a bit inadequately compared to the characters in this novel. For these reasons, it made me love this book even more. However, taking that out of the equation (ha, see what I did there), I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery, the way this family all tied together, and I couldn't wait to see how everything would turn out. This book kept me intrigued from the very beginning...
  • Stephanie Cowart
    Wow! I can’t believe this is a debut novel! Really great premise and the delivery was spot on. Several characters and perspectives done really well. Highly recommended!!
  • Ali Edwards
    This one took a long time to hook me - not sure if that was due to my sporadic reading this month or the story itself. I almost moved on 1/2 way through but decided to give it one more try over a weekend getaway and I was glad I did overall (but also happy to move on to the next story).
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Read my review on my blog:**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation**I'll be recommending this to everyone who says they are in a reading slump. The story is fresh, original, and gripping. While it is being touted as a mix between The Family Fang (I didn't read) and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (which I loved)...
  • Readingbringsjoy
    Thank you to Touchstone Books for generously supplying me with a free review copy of The last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.After the death of Hazel's grandfather, Isaac, she finds herself in possession of clues to figure out her late grandfather's last equation. The equation is extremely sought after and was left to her because she was...
  • Darienne
    SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK. Could’ve ended 5 pages before it did, but still.
  • Heather
    This is one of the few books I would consider reading again (I just really don't do that very often...I find subsequent experiences are usually less powerful, so why bother?) just because I'm left feeling like I maybe missed a few things here and there? Or maybe I just want to see how the mystery unravels, knowing the end now. I found it a little hard to concentrate on the book when I was reading it, but it is nevertheless a very impressive, well...
  • Pamela Hill
    Loved this!
  • Denice Barker
    Isaac Severy is a mathematical genius. He knows he’s going to die. He’s figured out the day and time and prepares breakfast for himself and his killer. Just after he’s gone, his adopted granddaughter, Hazel, receives a letter from him telling her there will be more deaths, and there are people who would love to get their hands on his equation. She is told to find it. She is told to trust no one.But she does. How can she help it? She is comp...
  • Kat
    #TheLastEquationofIsaacSevery #NetgalleyThank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the E-arc copy of this novel.Where to begin? I loved this novel. A bookstore owner that goes on a mystery quest that changes her life. Nova Jacobs made me laugh, cry, and wish this story didn't have a last page. I won't give away too much, but Hazel is weighed down by life and like most of us, dignity is hard to come by. We learn about her life and it screams for...
  • Peter Spiegler
    This is the best mystery/thriller I read in 2017 by a mile. (I was lucky enough to see an advance copy.) What sets it apart? It hits on all levels--super smart, compelling plot; perfect pacing; deeply drawn characters; and beautiful writing. I was very sorry when it was over, and can only hope that there will be more from this author soon. If you love mysteries and thrillers, this book should be next on your list.
  • Bandit
    Just right for my mood, a nice cerebral mystery. Apparently it’s difficult to impossible nowadays to describe a new novel without referencing another, however tangentially connected, but really this one is very much its own book. Seriously, yes the protagonist owns a bookstore, but it’s a relatively inconsequential detail in the grand scheme of things. It also doesn’t need to describe itself as a novel of clues, a lot (most?all?) of mysteri...