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The Only One Left: A Novel de Riley Sager
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The Only One Left: A Novel (original: 2023; edição: 2023)

de Riley Sager (Autor)

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"a Gothic chiller about a young caregiver assigned to work for a woman accused of a Lizzie Borden-like massacre decades earlier"--
Membro:AngelaOMalley72
Título:The Only One Left: A Novel
Autores:Riley Sager (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Audio (2023)
Coleções:Read 2024, Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
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The Only One Left de Riley Sager (2023)

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Oh my gosh! What can I say about this one? Definitely lived up to the hype!

A troubled woman takes a job as a caretaker for a lady who has been accused of killing her parents and sister back in the 20’s. A modern day Lizzie Borden, with her own ring-along song sung around the town, making this a great setting for a modern creepy mystery thriller! I loved the setting of the mansion and all the characters within it.

There are so many twists and turns! My mind was racing with each discovery of information! I love how the story was presented and information sporadically revealed from several points of view. It was a perfect reveal roller coaster of a book! I was like, whaaaaaaaaat, whaaaaaaaaaat, whaaaaaaaaat? at the end of the book.

Best ending of a book for my 2024 reads to date! This was amazing and if you like thrillers and sit on the edge of your seat with your mouth wide open endings, definitely give this one a go! I loved it!

Happy reading! ( )
  AngelaOMalley72 | Jun 18, 2024 |
So twisty and turny it was amazing! The last 100 pages had me saying OMG WHAT the entire time. Definitely reading more of Riley Sager mhm. ( )
  beanskays | May 14, 2024 |
Synopsis: Kit is caregiver who is sent to take care of an elderly patient, Miss Hope, accused of murdering her entire family when she was a teenager. Kit wants to learn what really happened and if Miss Hope is innocent or guilty.

Rating
3 out of 5 Stars

I really enjoyed the vast majority of this book.

Kit is a compelling character who has very reasonable and human reservations about working for Miss Hope. There is a scene early on in the book where Kit touches Miss Hope and freaks out a little that she might be touching a killer.

Kit is an interesting character because she was accused of creating a situation where a previous patient died. The investigation didn't find Kit criminally negligent for what had happened however it has made her job prospects extremely limited. It also makes her want to be compassionate towards Miss Hope with the hope that her patient is innocent and that what happened that night has been misconstrued.

I was enjoying the story as we learn about Miss Hope's family and childhood. Also, as we see the everyday workings of the crumbling mansion Miss Hope and her servants reside in.

My biggest issues came with the twists at the end. Riley Sager is a great author but I often find he overdoes the twists and that was the case in this book. There were several twists. Some were good. Some were okay. A few changed how I saw characters in a negative light. One particular twist I don't think there were enough hints about it to make it feel plausible.

If the author had given us fewer twists I think I would have enjoyed this book a bit more. Also, several of the twists were ones I see frequently in thrillers so they didn't feel fresh or new.

If you are a reader who just loves all the twisty turns this book might really work for you. ( )
  authorjanebnight | Mar 5, 2024 |
Fans of Verity and Clue might love Riley Sager’s The Only One Left.

At the end of a months-long employment suspension, Kit McDeere finally receives an assignment from her home care agency to be the aide for Lenora Hope, an elderly wheelchair-bound woman suffering the effects of a stroke and childhood polio about whom the townspeople have created a nasty little rhyme.

“At seventeen, Lenora Hope hung her sister with a rope…”

It also claims she killed both her mother and father on a night in 1929 at Hope’s End, the secluded and crumbling cliffside mansion where nothing is as it seems.

Kit is replacing Mary, Lenora’s previous caregiver who vanished one night and left all her belongings behind. Kit would refuse the assignment but she needs the money, things are tense between her and her father, who she lives with, and how dangerous can a woman with the use of only her left hand really be? Nothing like having no choice, am I right? Kit reluctantly accepts the position and finds she’s both afraid of and intrigued by her new patient.

Did Lenora really kill her entire family? What happened to Mary? Is Kit next?

Expect the unexpected in this well-executed (no pun intended) high-concept novel that relies on isolation, rumor, and the facts of a historical crime to blindside the reader time and again. I haven’t enjoyed a Riley Sager (Todd Ritter) novel this much since The Last Time I Lied. He paced this one flawlessly, considered every detail, and ended this grim family saga on such a high note. Highly recommended for fans of locked room mysteries and complicated page-turning plots.
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  bfrisch | Mar 3, 2024 |
A very solid thriller! This was a quick read and had several good twists and interesting characters. It was also set in the 80s which I enjoyed as a child of the 80s. I would recommend. ( )
  sbenne3 | Mar 1, 2024 |
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The writing is compelling, the story captivating, and the characters are nicely rendered. The novel is set in the early 1980s but it has a timeless feel: it could have taken place a century ago, or it could be happening today. Claustrophobic and haunting, this is Sager at the top of his game.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarBooklist (May 1, 2023)
 
The novel moves between Kit’s narration in the present and Lenora’s typewritten account of her life leading up to the incident. Early on, the novel evokes such genre classics as “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Rebecca, establishing a moody atmosphere and intriguingly suspicious characters. However, this novel lacks the psychological realism of its influences. Sager doesn’t play with gothic tropes so much as he simply traffics in them....novel reads quickly and provides a thrilling, if goofy, ride for those with a high tolerance for plot hijinks and a fondness for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. An entertaining thriller if you can give yourself over to its sillier plot devices.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Apr 24, 2023)
 

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We're at the typewriter again, Lenora in her wheelchair and me standing beside her as I place my left hand upon the keys. A fresh page sits in the carriage, placing the one from last night. Now faceup on the desk, it serves as a partial transcript of our conversation.
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