Book Reviews

Review: The Last to Know by Jo Furniss

A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children. – Goodreads


Title: The Last to Know

Author: Jo Furniss

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Pub date: Aug 11, 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades. As Ellie works to separate rumor from facts, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?


This story is characterized by: old family secrets, hauntings, small town drama, and murder.

I really enjoyed this book. At first I was unsure… It started off slow and just did not catch my attention, however, it picked up and soon I was hooked. This story follows a few key characters: Rose and her husband Dylan, Dylan’s mother, and the local police officer Ellie. The story mainly flips back and forth between Rose and Ellie.

Rose and Dylan move to Dylan’s hometown in England to live with his mother. Right away when they arrive something seems off. Dylan’s mother is a little weird and just something wasn’t right. Shortly after some mysterious events start to occur and BAM you think this is a paranormal story. But, as soon as you settle in for that…. You find out about a deep dark secret in the family and realize the people in the town might know something about it. Rose goes off to find some information about Dylan’s family and starts to realize some really dark stuff.

The rest of the story takes on more of a police procedural/ journalism feel. I didn’t think I would like that part as much as I did but it was great! Everything was in depth enough that I was able to follow along with the mystery but also left out enough that I had no idea what was going to happen next!

This is one of those stories where everyone seems to be interconnected and secrets go back deep into the history of the family/ town. One things is discovered but leaves even more unanswered. Everyone seems to be hiding something so you are just on the edge of your seat the whole time!

What do you think? Is this something you would read? Do you enjoy a good family mystery?


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