Books from the Backlog #292

Posted November 16, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 11 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #292The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead
Narrator: Alexis Van Aiken
Published by Blackstone Publishing, Sourcebooks Landmark on August 16, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Length: 12 hours 10 minutes
Pages: 400
Source: Purchased
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"Deliciously unputdownable." —The Washington Post

"A stunning, disturbing thriller that will have your mind and heart racing." —Samantha Downing

From the author of the acclaimed In My Dreams I Hold a Knife comes a pitch-black thriller about a woman determined to destroy a powerful cult and avenge the deaths of the women taken in by it, no matter the cost.

While in college in upstate New York, Shay Evans and her best friends met a captivating man who seduced them with a web of lies about the way the world works, bringing them under his thrall. By senior year, Shay and her friend Laurel were the only ones who managed to escape. Now, eight years later, Shay's built a new life in a tony Texas suburb. But when she hears the horrifying news of Laurel's death—delivered, of all ways, by her favorite true-crime podcast crusader—she begins to suspect that the past she thought she buried is still very much alive, and the predators more dangerous than ever.

Recruiting the help of the podcast host, Shay goes back to the place she vowed never to return to in search of answers. As she follows the threads of her friend's life, she's pulled into a dark, seductive world, where wealth and privilege shield brutal philosophies that feel all too familiar. When Shay's obsession with uncovering the truth becomes so consuming she can no longer separate her desire for justice from darker desires newly reawakened, she must confront the depths of her own complicity and conditioning. But in a world built for men to rule it—both inside the cult and outside of it—is justice even possible, and if so, how far will Shay go to get it?

Why did I add The Last Housewife to my bookshelf?

I picked up this book during a sale after seeing a lot of buzz for it online. The reviews from my friends are pretty mixed with some loving it and others being less than impressed. I really liked her newest book, Midnight Is the Darkest Hour, so I hope that I have a similar experience with this one. My original plan had been to review this book at the same time as I reviewed Midnight Is the Darkest Hour but it just didn’t happen. Hopefully, I can get to this one sometime soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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11 responses to “Books from the Backlog #292

  1. That’s a new to me one! Although I did just see this author last month when I drove up to Anderson’s to meet Danielle Valentine! Ashley apparently writes in a lot of areas! Lol. Hope you’re able to read this one soon and love it!

  2. I just read her first book, In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, which tons of people love but unfortunately, I am not one of them. I also bought her newest so I’ll give her one more chance with that one. This one isn’t even on my radar until I read that one.

  3. I hope you really enjoy this one. I haven’t heard of this author, but that probably isn’t a shocker to you haha But I do enjoy when authors implemented psychological aspects into a suspense or thriller type plot.

  4. The best laid plans and all that. Sounds familiar for me, too. Hopefully, you’ll get some good reading time after the holidays to read them both together for a post.

  5. I’ve read so many mixed reviews on this author but this one sounds really good. I hope you read it and share your thoughts so I can decide to read it!