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The Last to Know I picked the perfect weekend to read The Last to Know, it was dark and gloomy outside, rain pouring down, truly miserable, the ideal weather for reading a good spooky mystery.It s never easy to be a stranger in a new town, especially one where everyone knows who you are and they know all about who you are with and where you are staying Rose Kynaston is experiencing first hand the looks and cold welcomes of the residents of Hurtwood.Recently moved to the area with her husband Dylan and young son I picked the perfect weekend to read The Last to Know, it was dark and gloomy outside, rain pouring down, truly miserable, the ideal weather for reading a good spooky mystery.It s never easy to be a stranger in a new town, especially one where everyone knows who you are and they know all about who you are with and where you are staying Rose Kynaston is experiencing first hand the looks and cold welcomes of the residents of Hurtwood.Recently moved to the area with her husband Dylan and young son Aled, Rose settles in to her life in a cottage beside Hurtwood House, Dylan s childhood home Hurtwood House is the residence of Gwendoline Kynaston, Dylan s cold and distant mother who is viewed by the town residents as being ever so eccentric The young family try to make their gloomy cottagehomely and Rose takes tentative steps to integrate herself with the town residents However the Kynaston name is not well thought of in the area and Rose is tarred with the same brush Ever the journalist, she begins digging in to why her husbands family are viewed as pariahs and uncovers the death of a young boy near to Hurtwood House twenty years previously, a death blamed on Dylan s late father Stanley When a TV crew filming an archaeological dig uncover another body near to the house and again the fingers start pointing towards the Kynastons, Rose starts to fear that the family she has married in to are hidingsecrets than she can deal with.This story is also told from the POV of Ellie Trevelyan, a veteran of the local police who finds herself revisiting the tragic death of twenty years ago, is there a link to the recently uncovered body Rose and Ellie discover a spiders web of truth and lies going back many years, can they uncover the truth before somebody else gets hurt I really enjoyed this book, the setting was perfect for the plot, it was suitably dark and gloomy with the eerie Hurtwood House and its general spookiness taking centre stage It s really important to me that I can build a detailed picture of the setting and that was definitely here in spades.The back story of how Dylan and Rose met is touched upon, they met as kidnapped journalists in Africa, I would have liked to have heard a little bitabout that.All in all a great read full of twists and turns and it ll keep you guessing until the end.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the publisher for providing an ecopy of this book via Netgalley What a mysterious, gripping tale The plot is somewhat slow to unfold but once it does, you won t be able to put it down This is a duel point of view book following Rose and Ellie Rose relocated from Africa with her husband Dylan to his hometown and the estate of his mother, which while vast, appears to be on its last legs Mystery surrounds the family and strange happenings occur within the old house All the while, Thank you to the publisher for providing an ecopy of this book via Netgalley What a mysterious, gripping tale The plot is somewhat slow to unfold but once it does, you won t be able to put it down This is a duel point of view book following Rose and Ellie Rose relocated from Africa with her husband Dylan to his hometown and the estate of his mother, which while vast, appears to be on its last legs Mystery surrounds the family and strange happenings occur within the old house All the while, Rose s mother in law is seemingly distant and cold Ellie is a police sergeant determined to finally solve the mystery of what happened on this property This was a fun read I think many will enjoy A Family S Past Pursues Them Like A Shadow In This Riveting And Emotional Novel Of Psychological Suspense By The Charts Bestselling Author Of All The Little ChildrenAmerican 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 DangersThen There Are Unwelcoming Villagers, Who Only Whisper The Name Kynaston Like Some Dreadful Secret, A Curse Everyone Knows What Happened At Hurtwood House Twenty Years Ago Everyone Except Rose And Now That Dylan Is Back, So Are Rumors About His PastWhen 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 DecadesAs 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 Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the eARC.Wonderful book I loved Ms Furniss The Trailing Spouse and with The Last To Know she has become one of my new favorite authors It was fun to find out she thanked Imogen Clark, another one of my favorite authors, for reading the first draft.Rose, Dylan and their little son have moved to England to Dylan s old home where his mother still lives, practically a recluse They spent several years as journalists in Africa and Rose is finding Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the eARC.Wonderful book I loved Ms Furniss The Trailing Spouse and with The Last To Know she has become one of my new favorite authors It was fun to find out she thanked Imogen Clark, another one of my favorite authors, for reading the first draft.Rose, Dylan and their little son have moved to England to Dylan s old home where his mother still lives, practically a recluse They spent several years as journalists in Africa and Rose is finding it difficult to adjust We also meet police sergeant Ellie who not only is an excellent officer, but also looks after her father who suffers from dementia.The unwelcome past comes up explaining why Dylan and his family are not at all liked by the locals.This book had me spellbound, I absolutely loved everything about it Well written with a stunning ending I highly recommend itcan t wait to see what Ms Furnish comes up with next 3.5 out of 5 stars This is a suspense mystery that will quickly get you to realize something isn t right Rose and Dylan Kynaston move from across the globe with their four year old son Aled, to Dylan s small hometown of Hurtwood, in Shropshire, England They want to establish roots for their family It s written from two points of view Rose, an American, and well traveled video journalist, and Sergeant Ellie Trevelyan, a policewoman and local of Hurtwood Why do the town s people dislike the K 3.5 out of 5 stars This is a suspense mystery that will quickly get you to realize something isn t right Rose and Dylan Kynaston move from across the globe with their four year old son Aled, to Dylan s small hometown of Hurtwood, in Shropshire, England They want to establish roots for their family It s written from two points of view Rose, an American, and well traveled video journalist, and Sergeant Ellie Trevelyan, a policewoman and local of Hurtwood Why do the town s people dislike the Kynaston family so much And why is the family estate, called Hurtwood House in such disrepair And why does Dylan s mother, Gwendoline, still want to live there Hurtwood House isthan just a good backdrop for the story Through town gossip, Rose s curiosity, and Sergeant s Trevelyan s nightmares over an unsolved case, we learn of a 20 year old trauma that cast a shadow on the small town and tainted the Kynaston family name Rose and Sergeant Trevelyan come to meet when Rose is hired by the local paper to do a video piece on the benefits of keeping the police station local rather than moving it to a nearby city At the same time, Dylan, also in journalism, is offered a job on a new documentary called The Quest, being filmed in Hurtwood There s an excavation during the show, and they findthan an iron age coin Bones, old human remains But why is there a floppy disc from the 1990s in a zip lock bag beside it Some serious stuff unfolds Thrown in the mix are a secret room from back in the ages, the legacy of Mistress Payne, and a side story about a local nail salon trust me, it will all come together The author did well in planting seeds and taking the reader in different directions Adding layers like why do Dylan s conversations with his ex girlfriend Meredith raise suspicion all of a sudden I liked Sergeant Ellie Trevelyan right away Sardonic from years on the job, relayed through her tenured thoughts Rose had all the right credentials for a heroine but had to grow on me, which might haveto do with the next paragraph I ve written The writing was extremely poetic similes, metaphors ,noticeably around Rose s character, where the story starts At times, it was too much for me in a current day suspense novel with cell phones and the internet It was a distraction from the storytelling For example, Each morning, I tugged on a smile for Aled in the same way a depressed person might wear colorful clothes I could do noblow off the funk than I could blow away a fog And, oneRosetta Her voice was as reassuring as a Pyrex warming in the oven Having said that, the author planned her twists and turns in a way that pushed me to keep reading and not give up on the book The layering of characters and clues will get your wheels spinning I was able to get past the poetic writing about halfway through You will find the pieces of a good mystery proper setting, a detective, a journalist in the role of sleuth, and a coming together of the past and present with the trappings of old wounds and hurt feelings Lots of build up and tension The twisted branches of this story all eventually came together I read the last few chapters with anticipation Thank you to the Author, Jo Furniss, for writing this Book Thank you, NetGalley and the Publisher, for making it available American Rose Kynaston is a video journalist married to fellow journalist Dylan and agrees to move from war torn Africa to the quiet peace of rural town England, where Dylan is originally from He comes from a well to do family that has a crumbling country pile and a legacy to carry on the house But his mother Gwendoline has become secretive and doesn t want to share the same home as them when they move to England, so they are sent to live in a small cottage on the estate, trying to create a li American Rose Kynaston is a video journalist married to fellow journalist Dylan and agrees to move from war torn Africa to the quiet peace of rural town England, where Dylan is originally from He comes from a well to do family that has a crumbling country pile and a legacy to carry on the house But his mother Gwendoline has become secretive and doesn t want to share the same home as them when they move to England, so they are sent to live in a small cottage on the estate, trying to create a life for themselves that best serves the needs of their five year old son Aled But there is a cloud that hangs over the Kynaston family that infects every part of their lives, although Dylan seems hell bent on denying its truth Something about Dylan deceased father Stanley and allegations of paedophilia made against him Gwendoline seems to be in a fog of her own, sticking desperately to a time table of her own making, remembering people and conversations that may or may not have occurred, making her an unreliable baby sitter and causing no end of stress for Rose as she tries to start her own career in a new country with very little apparent support from her husband, who appears to have reverted to a country gentleman mindset and wants her to stay home and look after Aled, which is totally out of character with who he was when they both worked in Africa There are townsfolk of Hurtwood who seem determined to hold the members of the Kynaston family accountable for the unexplained death of a young child, although there was never any proof as to the allegations An archaeological dig uncovers the bones of another person and the whole mystery of Dylan s past fires up again, with Rose desperate to clear her husband s good name and clear the curse that hangs over the Kynaston family But how is she to do so when the unspoken activities of twenty years ago haunt the present and Rose is the last to know the truth And will Roses own troubled past createissues for the young couple to deal with Committed to unravelling this mystery before her career as a policewoman are unexpectedly curbed, the other main character, Sergeant Ellie Trevelyan follows threads that have hung tenuously for years to explain the truth, as she deals with the grief that living death of her father with dementia creates But the truth might bethan anyone could have imagined.At its heart, this novel is a mystery being sold as a general or women s faction label, although it is capable of crossing the gender barrier easily It explores how unexplained rumours and accusations can carry on through time and effect the lives of those to come It looks at the effects of Alzheimer s or dementia on two characters and the ripples it causes in the lives around the victims of this brutal disease It explores the unspoken expectations between men and women, and the sexual politics that still play a part in our society even today The needs of and the rights of children are shown for then delicate gossamer fabric that it truly is The characters are well drawn, and one cannot help but like both women central to the story The manner in which the townsfolk are woven into the story feels true to life as if the issues and prejudices they carry with them are vital and current and the minor players of the Kynaston family Gwendoline and Dylan are vibrant and beautifully portrayed There is no time when the ultimate truth is exposed or foreshadowed in such a manner as to destroy the enjoyment of the book There is a poetic quality to Furniss writing, with the descriptions of everyday items and behaviours written in a flowery manner that is just delightful.An enjoyable read Thank you to NetGalley and the Author and publisher for a copy of this ARC.The opinions expressed are my own.Due to a extended illness I ve gotten way behind on my reviews, so these are going to be short and sweet Not a huge fan of this story.., Ok plot, problem holding my interest but the ending was good The characters were well liked and complex 3 stars recommend if you like mystery. After relocating the the childhood home of her husband, American journalist Rose Kynaston finds there s a lot to get used to in Hurtwood There are unwelcoming villagers who struggle to forgive what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago Everyone is familiar with the story everyone except Rose When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve the case whatever it takes, needing to find answers to the secrets that have cast After relocating the the childhood home of her husband, American journalist Rose Kynaston finds there s a lot to get used to in Hurtwood There are unwelcoming villagers who struggle to forgive what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago Everyone is familiar with the story everyone except Rose When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve the case whatever it takes, needing to find answers to the secrets that have cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades As Ellie works to separate rumour from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves But how can Rose keep her family safe if she s the last to know the truth We see the story unfold through the perspective of Rose and Ellie, switching between their point of view with each chapter Rose s relationship with her husband Dylan is instantly shown to be on the brink, with the sudden move and questionable actions of Dylan s mother making things worse Ellie s job at the local police station is coming to an end so she puts everything she has into solving the cold case while ensuring her father, who suffers with dementia, doesn t become a risk to himself The women are strong, relatable characters However, there was something unlikeable about Rose Perhaps I just wanted to knowabout her past We re given the stressful story of how she and Dylan met and snippets of that event explain her reactions in the present, but I wanted that little bit.With multiple plot lines entwined throughout the story, it would have been easy to lose track of each tiny detail but Furniss does a good job of fitting everything together There is a theme of child abuse and child pornography which, understandably, not everyone will be able to read but Furniss handles it well nothing explicit is written, however enough detail is given for the reader to understand the situation The focus stays on the case, as it should.Despite being written well enough to keep me interested, the use of metaphors and similes is excessive At first, I didn t pay that much attention but then the language got repetitive and distracting Most of it added nothing to the book and felt as though it was being used to increase the word count Perhaps the time spent thinking of the similes would have been better used to adddepth to the character of Rose as well as other, smaller characters I actually really enjoyed the book overall but I did have a couple of gripes with it Dylan and Rose Kynaston and their 5 year old son, Aled, travel from Nigeria, where they have been working for some years as journalists, to Hurtwood in Shropshire, England They arrive at the family pile, Hurtwood House on Grim s Holm on a dark and stormy night only to be brusquely turned away by Gwendoline Kynaston Dylan s mother and sent to stay in the cottage on the extensive grounds If the author was goi I actually really enjoyed the book overall but I did have a couple of gripes with it Dylan and Rose Kynaston and their 5 year old son, Aled, travel from Nigeria, where they have been working for some years as journalists, to Hurtwood in Shropshire, England They arrive at the family pile, Hurtwood House on Grim s Holm on a dark and stormy night only to be brusquely turned away by Gwendoline Kynaston Dylan s mother and sent to stay in the cottage on the extensive grounds If the author was going for a gothic vibe, the opening and much of the rest of the book certainly gave a somewhat gothic air.Rose finds out quickly that the Kynaston name is hated in the area, ever since young Kenny Bale died falling off a cliff there Stanley Kynaston was a soccer coach and talent scout and was training Kenny for big things The death was ruled accidental but information uncovered during the investigation indicated that Kenny was being sexually abused and everyone thought that Stanley was the culprit although Kenny never named the guilty party Stanley died shortly after the boy so pretty much case closed But the townspeople have long memories.As the story progresses Rose, being a journalist and all, tries to find out what really happened to the boy By then too, it becomes apparent that everyone in this story has secrets they are still trying to hide, including Rose Things heat up when, during an archaeological dig on the property, the skeleton of another young boy is unearthed Gwendoline, too, has secrets but is suffering from early stage dementia so it hard to know what to believe.I did enjoy this but there was a whole side plot about what happened in Mogadishu, where Rose and Dylan first met, that added nothing to the story In fact I think it diminished the whole story somewhat There is also a former boyfriend of Rose s who pops up but contributes nothing to the plot I didn t think it was very creepy but I never do and others may find itso I did, however, think there was a sense of unease throughout which worked well The ending was quite tense There were still a couple of things I would have preferred to be clarified but overall a very good story which would have rated higher without the distracting plot elements Thanks to Netgalley, Lake Union Publishing and Jo Furniss for providing this copy for review Thank You to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth Rose does her best to get accustomed to this new home and lifestyle in Hurtwood To make lifedifficult, she witnesses the hostility of the villagers toward her husband s family, even their name, Kynaston, draws whispers and glares like some dreadful secret, a curse Everyone knows what happened Thank You to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth Rose does her best to get accustomed to this new home and lifestyle in Hurtwood To make lifedifficult, she witnesses the hostility of the villagers toward her husband s family, even their name, Kynaston, draws whispers and glares like some dreadful secret, a curse Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago except Rose.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 Rose decides to fight to clear the name of the man she loves, but she cant do that if she is the last to know the truth This book is written from the viewpoints of Rose and Sergeant Ellie Trevelyan, which are two well developed characters Initially it took me a while to get into the book.but as the book progressed it gotinteresting.It had all the settings of a mystery, the twists were good and the ending was something which I didn t guess So overall a good book which was enjoyable but not an edge of the seat thriller But I do think that the title of the book was spot on

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