The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track down—and protect—before others can get their hands on it.Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, rece...

Details The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

TitleThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreMystery, Fiction, 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Kristen Beverly
    I will say that I struggled through the first part of this book. There seemed to be a lot going on & I couldn’t quite grasp it. But somewhere about half of the way through, I finally grasped it & wouldn’t let go. The story follows the family of a famous mathematician, Isaac Severy, who has just committed suicide. Isaac left an equation to predict murders hidden secret, with clues only for Hazel. Once this novel settles into the family members...
  • Kaytee Cobb
    I just absolutely enjoyed this mathematical adventure and mystery. Family drama ensues after the untimely death of the patriarch Isaac Severy, father to three, grandfather to many, and mathematican extraordinaire. He leaves clues to the mathematical equation of his life's work with his foster granddaughter Hazel, who is decidedly bookish instead of numbers-brained like her adoptive siblings. As Hazel struggles with the loss of her grandfather, th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Nova Jacobs
    Gotta love Goodreads for letting me rate my own book. :) It’s been such a thrilling launch week. Much appreciation to all the Book of the Month Club members who chose my book for March (and are posting such gorgeous pictures!), and to all the readers out there who took a chance on the Severy family. Thank you!
  • Sammie
    Disclaimer: Thank you to Touchstone for an ARC copy of this. What follows are my honest, unbiased (and sometimes random?) thoughts.One-Line Summary:Remember that class you hated in high school? Well, this is a whole book full of it, written to make math not only accessible to the average person but also turning it into a high-stakes clue hunt that has the possibility to either save or destroy the future, depending on which side cracks the code fi...
  • Linda Webb
    I am looking forward to reading this book
  • 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...
  • Nancy
    A Mathematical Puzzle and MurderHazel, adopted granddaughter of mathematical genius, Issac Severy, is devastated to learn of his suicide. She is even more startled when she receives a letter from him written before his death. In the letter, he entrusts her with finding and delivering his final equation to a colleague he believes will use the equation for good. In the letter he tells her that he is being followed by a shadowy organization that wan...
  • 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)...
  • Kristi
    Follow a complex family involved in a murder mystery. Is there a special predictive formula invented by the genius mathematician, Isaac Seary? If so, who has it? Deaths are occurring as predicted, but why? And who’s doing the killing? Follow Hazel, the adopted granddaughter of Isaac, as she tries to unravel the clues. I enjoyed this Book of the Month selection as I don’t usually read mysteries because they generally involve death, which of co...
  • Kristi
    I really wanted to love this book; I grew up on Nancy Drew and will forever adore a good mystery, especially one with a female protagonist. So imagine my disappointment to find in this novel maybe three clues total and a story that is more centrally located around a dysfunctional and too-smart-for-their-own-good family. A family, by the way, with far too many characters that we only meet in brief flashes. I found myself lost enough that I sat dow...
  • Jennifer Kepesh
    This deserves another half star...I almost liked it. It is a pretty standard genre novel, a mystery involving the brilliant and not-so-brilliant members of the lately deceased Isaac Severy, and also about his brilliant (perhaps), missing (perhaps) predictive equation. It may be that Nova Jacobs will grow as a writer, both in style and in subtlety—she has all the basics down. But this particular BOTM selection was a bit disappointing.
  • Susan
    This book was not quite what I expected it to be. Anything called "A Novel in Clues' should be a bunch of riddles and clues to unravel. Based on the title character being a mathematician, I expected a treasure hunt based on math related problems. I thought Hazel would find a puzzle, solve it, and that would lead to the next clue, etc, etc, until we got to the equation safely hidden away. Nope! Instead, this was a book about inter-family politics,...
  • Cassandra Michelle
    3 perhaps 3.5 stars. this was entertaining but it ended up being more of a family drama more than a mystery. which is fine, I like those too.It was pretty easy to guess what isaac's equation did from the first page, but I do want to know what raspanti is going to do with it.I also found hazel and Alex's relationship awkward and not very well developed.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Simone
    I really loved this story as a great alternative to all the heavy and scary thrillers coming out. If you’re a mystery fan and want to feel a little bit like Nancy Drew, then you might love this book.It’s the story about a young woman named Hazel who was tasked to find and deliver her grandfather’s last mathematical equation. Hazel, a bookstore owner, doesn’t know much about math or science but she loved her grandfather so she decides to d...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    I binge-read this book in three days. I almost just had to call in sick to work to stay home to read.Isaac Severy, a renowned mathematician, has died, and in a secret missive to his adopted granddaughter Hazel, he commands that all his work be destroyed so that no one will get their hands on his last equation. His letter also says that two more people will die. Thus begins the race for Hazel to decode the letter and figure out what her grandfathe...
  • Andrea
    3.5 starsThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy is an entertaining read, especially if you are a fan of plot driven mysteries and piecing together a puzzle of a book. It took awhile for me to get my bearings in this novel, as there are a few meandering plot lines and a LOT of characters to get to know in the Severy orbit - maybe a tad too many. (I still had to take a moment to place the name of one of the characters while reading the last pages of the...