Last Day by Luanne Rice

Last Day

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, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.Beth moved on, throwi...

Details Last Day

TitleLast Day
Release DateFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Last Day

  • Ceecee
    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.
  • Sherry
    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.
  • Becky
    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...
  • Susan
    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 cho...
  • Katherine
    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 ch...
  • Lynda Kelly
    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 wa...
  • 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...
  • Bonnie Meche
    This is a story about friendships and tragedy and - ultimately - betrayal. It begins with the ugly murder of Beth, sister of Kate and one of a group of four friends who spend their lives together and swear never-ending loyalty. While everyone, including the police detective who has a long history with the victim, wants to believe that the husband - a flamboyant womanizer - is guilty, the story goes much deeper, and the investigation proceeds to p...
  • (not your)
    So foolishly I read a few reviews of Last Day after choosing it from Amazon's January First Reads program and accidently found out who the killer is. This of course skewed my point of view while reading; still it was a pretty good story. Being very close with my own sister I appreciated the realistic portrayal of both the closeness AND the distance between Beth and Kate. I also enjoyed the detail Rice took in describing the family's gallery and t...
  • 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...
  • Kathleen
    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. ...
  • Mackey
    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 ca...
  • Beth
    I was not impressed with this too-long book. There was so much extra detail that wasn't necessary or relevant to the story. Many times, the detail or flashbacks are competely off track, and detract from the flow of the story. Toward the end, Beth narrates a bit and it's ridiculous! The first passage of her narration could have been eliminated without affecting anything. The second could have been narrated from Kate's or Colin's point of view. As ...
  • Shanna
    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...
  • Sammie Robinson
    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 h...
  • Kate
    I really enjoyed Last Day. Luanne Rice is at her best when she can create compelling relationships and family drama and this book does exactly that. The novel includes so many important themes - family, betrayal, loss, friendship, love and overcoming tragedy. Being from Southeastern Connecticut, I also love how many references the author makes to the area - people, places, landmarks, etc. Last Day is a quick, compelling read that will make you cr...
  • Lisa Serota
    3 stars. I liked the characters, it kept my attention, it is a page turner, the descriptions of the art, landscape and poetry were amazing. Mystery in a small town: 20 years ago 2 sisters and their mom are tied up in a basement of the family’s gallery while an art theft takes place. The mother dies, the father is to blame, and goes to jail. The girls are brought up by their grandmother. Both damaged in different ways. Now one of the sisters is ...
  • Jackie Underhill
    A great read for grievingSometimes 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, jus...
  • Mrs Rowen Campbell
    Kept me hookedI enjoyed this book - my first by Luanne Rice - and found her style engaging. She creates vivid images and I found the characters and their struggles believable. For me, the ending felt a little rushed and having learned so much about the characters through the course of the book, I would have liked a little more on the 'reveal' (trying not to give anything away!) I was pleased to learn that Last Day was one of many books by Rice an...
  • Katheleen Williams
    Best mystery I have read in a long time.I read mysteries a lot that my favorite genre of books. This one had me reading until all hours of the morning as I could not figure out who the murderer was in this story. It was not until the last chapter that one found out "whodunnit" it. I like to thank it's because this author's writing is just that good and not because I just can't figure out what might be right in front of my nose! I would recommend ...
  • Wendy Jones
    I got this as an Amazon first read and jolly glad I am too. A taught psychological drama, it kept me reading from the first page to the last. The characters are well drawn and insight into their psyche is reeled out slowly helping the tension build throughout the book. I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was and then changing my mind. I felt for the main character, Kate, and found myself rooting for her at every turn. A complete. Character, I...
  • Natasha
    Spoilers - Amazon First Read - Release date 1/2/2020. Rating 3.5 stars Well crafted story and characters. It was a good read trying to work out the killer. Was slightly disappointed with the ending, whilst I thought it was a good twist who it was, the motivation of the murderer and why such a brutal murder just didn’t ring true. I think it could also could have benefited from an epilogue with Nicola and Pete booted from the house and Sam living...
  • Julie Griffith Buckley
    Breathtaking!I started reading Last Day and couldn't stop! The tale of Beth's life before and after her death, as well as that of her mother, her sister, her daughter and her closest friends, is captivating. As her death is investigated, buried secrets are revealed, characters develop in unexpected ways, and after many twists and turns, Beth's killer is discovered. Rice delivers a tightly woven plot and explore her characters beautifully. Highly ...
  • Maureen
    A puzzle The main story didn't gel .no one with any sense would have stayed with the ghastly Pete and what awful people they were .did the author do a cut and paste of a few stories .however l enjoyed the scenery .there was no possible motive for poor fat scotty to kill poor rich girl Beth .lot of loose ends .why did Kate Havel be a pilot when she was clearly deranged.the whole lot of them need sticking in a bag and shaking .do people really pay ...
  • Ron
    In "Last Day" a small town Connecticut police detective is drawn into a baffling homicide case involving members of a prominent local family and their circle of tightly knit but complicated friends. Mourning the brutal loss of an admired young wife and mother, the detective and the townspeople agonize over who among them could be responsible for this horrendous crime. Only until nearly all possibilities are eliminated does the stunning truth reve...
  • Brenda S
    Last DayHate, love, so close together, separated by but a mere line. How sad to think someone you thought was a best friend could resort to lashing out with envy and hate to kill you. Such a Greek tragedy. Enjoyed this book so much wrapped in such beauty of art , stories filled with prose, beauty and love.Loved the characters, the twists and turns. Beautifully written, wickedly executed.
  • Ruth
    This book started out very promising, I was hooked.... but about half way in I just wanted it to end. I thought there was too much mystery added on mystery, so much angst and narrowed eyes.Then, at the end I just didn't get any closure on why things happened, it all seemed like the author just wanted to wrap it up, so she thru some reasons in there and quit. Luanne Rice is one of my favorite authors
  • Deborah A Giannotti
    Page TurnerI have this book four stars because it has an intriguing plot, captured one instantly, and is an entertaining read. From the moment the story begins, you want to find out who has committed this horrid act of violence and why. There were conversations among the children that did not ring true to me, with a far to mature and sophisticated dialogue. I recommend to all who enjoy a solid mystery.
  • Marilyn Stein
    Although it was a dark book, I liked it a lot until about the last 50 pages. It kept you thinking it could be almost any one of the characters that could be the murderer It just turned weird with one of the dead taking over a couple chapters and telling about her time being dead and the steps that happened in her death. Who the murderer turned out to be was unbelievable. With a very lame explanation as to why. I wouldn't encourage anyone to read ...