Contemporary, Crime, Reviews, Suspense

Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Release Date-July 13th 2017
Genre-Mystery & Thriller
Kindle Edition-389 pages

She can run
Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.

But she can’t hide
But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?

Because someone knows her secret
What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what he did.

Last Seen AliveLast Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 Stars
Oh wow!!! What a read, Loved Loved Loved Last Seen Alive By Claire Douglas,
now I’ve got to describe this while giving nothing away as trust me that would really spoil this for you.
Mmmm, where to start,
So here goes, we have Libby Hall School-teacher, just wants to live a quiet life that is until she makes the news after saving the children in her care from a fire.
The blaze itself brings back flashbacks of losing her bestie in a fire nine years previous and then also hating the attention that comes along with the hero status, Libby and her husband Jamie are really just starting to feel the pressure pile on.
So when an intriguing leaflet lands on the Hall’s doormat offering a house swap for a week it seems like a godsend, swapping their flat in Bath for a week in the beautifully secluded Cornish countryside, it seems too good to be true.

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The Hideaway is their new home for the week but it’s far from being the relaxing break that Libby imagined.
It’s isolated and though stunningly decorated and a luxurious home its strangely spooky and Libby feels increasingly paranoid while staying here.
Is it paranoia or is there something going on beneath the surface and who can Libby trust.
This was such a page turner and was full of the most unexpected twists and turns that I really didn’t see coming.
Just when you thought you knew where you were going everything would change.
Last Seen Alive definitely kept you on your toes throughout.
I loved how the characters seemed so human with faults and all, there was no perfection here, only real people making mistakes and trying to redeem themselves to the people they cared about.
Loved Libby, I really took to her, could even get the paranoia to an extent, especially after reading the back-story it explained a lot and certain actions she took then made sense to me, Libby was far from perfect, though she tried to portray perfection as much as possible and I think this was her main fault, the wall she has built to exclude others from getting too close.

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Jamie, well he was a typical bloke, but he really did come across as one of the good guys, I think he does need to open his eyes a bit in regards to Hannah the ex-taking the mick, but aside from that, he seemed like, what you see is what you get, at least that’s the impression I got.
This book was so well written and was very easy to get lost in.
I would definitely recommend this as it was a really enthralling read that easily kept my attention.
The only reason I knocked off half a star was that I hated the epilogue like detested it big style it really annoyed me so in true diva mode I removed half because I was so pissed and because I can!!

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But aside from that which is a personal reason, this was one hell of a ride that once you embarked on you were compelled to stay for the whole journey.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an arc of Last Seen Alive By Claire Douglas.
This is my own honest and unbiased opinion.

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