Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense · Thriller

The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean. (2020).


The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean. (2020).

**3 out of 5 stars**

He is her husband. She is his captive…
Her husband calls her Jane but that is not her name. She lives in a small farm cottage surrounded by fields and space. But she is trapped. Nobody knows how she got there, nobody even knows she’s there. Her husband records her every movement during the day and if he doesn’t like what he says then she is punished. For a long time escape seemed impossible. But now something has changed and she has a reason to live and fight. Now, she is watching him and waiting…

I found this one to be just okay, which surprised me a bit because the plot definitely sounded like my type of read and I’ve seen a lot of reviews rating this book really high. Possibly I went in with too high expectations – the cover states “Misery meets Room” and they are two of my favourite reads ever… Anyhow, in this one we meet Thanh Dao, referred to as Jane by her captor Lenn, who was tricked into the UK and has been held captive for the last 7 years. That’s a truly horrifying concept and the novel is a good showcase for the dark truths of human trafficking. At about 250 pages it’s not a long read, and is certainly filled with suspense as Thanh Dao struggles to please Lenn while also considering how she can escape this constant hell.
Overall: a dark and tension filled story that is quite highly rated by other readers, but I found average (I think I was possibly just not in the right mood for it at the time).

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