Tuesday 30 August 2022

The Last Girl to Die by Helen Fields Blog Tour

 I am a huge fan of Helen Fields. I read The Shadow Man way back in 2020 and I was sufficiently creeped out.

Now she's back with her latest novel, The Last Girl to Die and I'm so pleased that I grabbed a spot on the blog tour so that I could share my review with all of you.


The island watched and wept…

In search of a new life, sixteen-year-old Adriana Clark’s family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.

Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.

The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?

I'd like to start off by saying that this is a stand alone book.

Located in the Isle of Mull, Scotland, we meet an American family who have hired Canadian PI Sadie Levesque to find their now missing teenage daughter Adriana Clarke. Sadie is a specialist in tracking teenagers and when the local police fail to take the case seriously, it's Sadie who manages to uncover answers (perhaps more than she bargained for).

Adriana‘s body is found brutalised in the Mackinnons cave on the western edge of the island but what follows after this discovery is truly frightening. 

Helen has done it again!

This story had me hooked from the beginning until the very end.

Narration comes from Sadie. This is one strong woman who is determined that this grieving family get the answers that they deserve so that they can lay their daughter to rest and have peace of mind that no one else is going to get hurt.

Filled with an abundance of myths and legends, the atmosphere that hangs over this tale is eerie, ghostly. 

Fields uses the island well. The history, the local tales. The island is like another character in the book, always trying to take centre stage.

It is clear from the start that this place holds many secrets, the residence are few and they all appear to know things. Guilt is the over-riding emotion throughout this telling. Guilt for wrong-doing, guilt for staying quiet, guilt for not having the strength to do more.

I cannot begin to describe just how chilling The Last Girl to Die is.

Danger is everywhere.

And this makes for an absolute chilling read.

It really is what you call a page turner and as the drama escalates, I continued to be surprised by what came next.

The ending was utterly unexpected. But it was entirely appropriate. Sad but necessary. 

Terrifyingly twisty. 

An instant best-seller in my eyes.


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