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“A brilliantly executed novel…the questions Jameson poses—who will be with you at the end of the world, and what kind of person will you be?—are as haunting as the plot itself. This is a chilling and extraordinary book.”– Emily St. John Mandel, bestselling author of Station Eleven
As described by a prominent bookseller,“Hanna Jameson’s The Last reads as if Ruth Ware and Tana French teamed up to write a murder mystery set during a nuclear Lord of the Flies,” this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war—along with twenty other survivors—who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel’s water tanks.
Jon thought he had all the time in the world to respond to his wife’s text message: I miss you so much. I feel bad about how we left it. Love you. But as he’s waiting in the lobby of the L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland after an academic conference, still mulling over how to respond to his wife, he receives a string of horrifying push notifications. Washington, DC has been hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, then London, and finally Berlin. That’s all he knows before news outlets and social media goes black—and before the clouds on the horizon turn orange.
Now, two months later, there are twenty survivors holed up at the hotel, a place already tainted by its strange history of suicides and murders. Those who can’t bear to stay commit suicide or wander off into the woods. Jon and the others try to maintain some semblance of civilization. But when the water pressure disappears, and Jon and a crew of survivors investigate the hotel’s water tanks, they are shocked to discover the body of a young girl.
As supplies dwindle and tensions rise, Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the little girl as a way to cling to his own humanity. Yet the real question remains: can he afford to lose his mind in this hotel, or should he take his chances in the outside world?
A Note From the Publisher
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This is my personal “Pick To Click” for 2019. One of the more unique and unusual books I’ve ever read.
Take the locked room, thrilling intensity of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and place it in Stephen King’s hotel from The Shining and set it after nukes take out several major cities across the globe and you get The Last-- a high concept murder mystery, end of the world thriller of which Emily St John Mandel, author of the best-selling novel Station Eleven, has said ‘a brilliantly executed novel… the questions Jameson poses – who will be with you at the end of the world, and what kind of person will you be? – are as haunting as the plot itself. This is a chilling and extraordinary book.’
We meet Jon Keller three days after the first nuclear bomb hit Washington and as each major city the world over is wiped out, he and the 20 other survivors stranded in a remote hotel in Switzerland slowly lose contact with the outside world. Their resources are limited. And when the water starts to run cloudy and taste strange, Jon and a group of men go up on the roof of the hotel to see what's blocking the tank...
There they find the body of a young girl who appears to have been murdered. And in a world where the police and the justice systems no longer exist, Jon makes it his mission to find out which of the 20 surviving hotel guests is the murderer.
Eerie, thrilling and provocative The Last is a work of speculative fiction that makes you question where you’re morals lie when the world you’ve always known no longer exists.
Please consider for 2019 previews AND review coverage in April. I leave you with a rare “trust me on this one”.
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