The Last Word


Emma Carpenter is in self-prescribed isolation. House sitting on a remote beach in Washington State, she spends her days reading cheap Kindle ebook thrillers. She never posts reviews but when she reads a truly awful book, she can’t help but post a one-star review. When the author response demanding her to take her review down, she refuses. It’s not until strange things start happening around the house, that Emma beings to suspect that the books may not be works of fiction after all.

I’m so nervous to even write a review after reading this story!

This was my first book by Taylor Adams, but have been wanting to read one of his books after Hairpin Bridge and No Exit received so much praise. It was certainly enjoyable but I didn’t find myself immediately sucked into the story. While the beginning was slow, the ending was totally bonkers. I kept thinking we had our answer, only for something else to happen. Definitely unpredictable as far as thrillers go, which I enjoyed. But while the premise was interesting, the story fell flat for me and I was ready for this one to end. I hope I don’t come to regret this review but 3.5 stars rounded down to 3.


The Last Word is out now. Huge thank you to William Morrow for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof.books.


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