A community’s past sins rise to the surface in New York Timesbestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s The Last House on the Street when two women, a generation apart, find themselves bound by tragedy and an unsolved, decades-old mystery.
Growing up in the well-to-do town of Round Hill, North Carolina, Ellie Hockley was raised to be a certain type of proper Southern lady. Enrolled in college and all but engaged to a bank manager, Ellie isn’t as committed to her expected future as her family believes. She’s chosen to spend her summer break as a volunteer helping to register black voters. But as Ellie follows her ideals fighting for the civil rights of the marginalized, her scandalized parents scorn her efforts, and her neighbors reveal their prejudices. And when she loses her heart to a fellow volunteer, Ellie discovers the frightening true nature of the people living in Round Hill.
Architect Kayla Carter and her husband designed a beautiful house for themselves in Round Hill’s new development, Shadow Ridge Estates. It was supposed to be a home where they could raise their three-year-old daughter and grow old together. Instead, it’s the place where Kayla’s husband died in an accident—a fact known to a mysterious woman who warns Kayla against moving in. The woods and lake behind the property are reputed to be haunted, and the new home has been targeted by vandals leaving threatening notes. And Kayla’s neighbor Ellie Hockley is harboring long buried secrets about the dark history of the land where her house was built.
Two women. Two stories. Both on a collision course with the truth–no matter what that truth may bring to light–in Diane Chamberlain’s riveting, powerful novel about the search for justice.
Kayla and her husband have built their dream home. It is where they plan to spend the rest of their lives and raise a family, until her husband has a fatal accident in the home. Kayla is left floundering. Can she move in, can she continue on. Then she has a strange visitor. A mysterious woman shows up at her place of work. She basically threatens Kayla and her daughter to stay away from her new home.
This novel is set in two separate time lines, 1965 and present day. I enjoyed the present day more than 1965…that is…until the end. It all comes together with a big gasp or two or three!
This story is complicated and emotional. The tension in both timelines will have you absorbed completely into this haunting tale. The mystery and the buried secrets will have you engrossed until the very end. And to tell you the truth…this story will stay with you for a while. I went into a reading slump after this!
Well, Diane Chamberlain has done it again! Need a dang good read…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.