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The Last Word: A Novel af Taylor Adams
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The Last Word: A Novel (original 2023; udgave 2023)

af Taylor Adams (Forfatter)

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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

After posting a negative book review, a woman living in a remote location begins to wonder if the author is a little touchy??or very, very dangerous??in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense and terror from the critically acclaimed author of No Exit and Hairpin Bridge.

Emma Carpenter lives in isolation with her golden retriever Laika, house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast. Her only human contact is her enigmatic old neighbor, Deek, and (via text) the house's owner, Jules.

One day, she reads a poorly written??but gruesome??horror novel by the author H. G. Kane, and posts a one-star review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night. To Emma, this can't just be a coincidence. It was strange enough for this author to bicker with her online about a lousy review; could he be stalking her, too?

As Emma digs into Kane's life and work, she learns he has published sixteen other novels, all similarly sadistic tales of stalking and murder. But who is he? How did he find her? And what else is he capable of?

Displaying his trademark command of rapid-fire pacing, unnerving atmosphere, and razor-sharp characterization, Taylor Adams once again delivers a diabolically disturbing??and deadly??game of c… (mere)

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Titel:The Last Word: A Novel
Forfattere:Taylor Adams (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2023), 352 pages
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When you chose a book, it is sometimes a gambit as to if you will like it, be indifferent, yeah or nay...but the last thing you would ever expect is the unstable author of that book going over the edge and coming after you...but this is what happened to Emma Carpenter, a former junior high school math teacher who is settles into a remote beach house on the Washington coast binge-reading e-book horror novels. She tries to forget a terrible event that happened just a few months ago. Her most trusted companion is her golden retriever, Laika, and Emma, an introvert, likes and prefers it like this. Her only human contact is an author, Deacon Cowl, who isn't on the best seller list, and who lives next door. The two have never met, but they "communicate" through the use of whiteboards and telescopes. Cowl recommended that she download "Murder Mountain" by H.G. Kane. NOTE: (it isn't a real book so don't waste time looking for it:) Emma is not at all a fan of this. She hates everything about this badly written thriller about an angry man who tortures and kills young women. She does what any of us would have done. After finishing it she posts a glaringly, negative review. Deacon Kane reads it and then messages her and insists she take the review down...and good or bad for Emma depending on how you look at it...refuses...still Kane just won't take "no" for an answer. Soon, Emma's power goes out, her internet goes down, and Emma, like the women in this awful thing she just read and reviewed... "Murder Mountain", goes into a full-on fight for her very life. By now you know what is happening as it becomes a "Classic Stalker" situation that can't end anything less than bad. This is a twisted, edge of your seat tale of a psychopath who, believes that he's invincible, and... ready for this?? He wants Emma's death to be the subject...the highlight, of his next novel. Our Emma, being the indomitable heroine that she is, takes control and shifts the story in her favor as she fights to protect herself and Laika. Knives are out, no swords, no guns...not even a stun gun. Just a frightened but angry and determined woman and her dog. You can't wait to see what happens next in this head-spinning tale. The prey truly becomes the predator in this unnerving tale. ( )
  Carol420 | Jul 2, 2024 |
The longer I sit with this book, the more I hate it. The slow as hell reveals made it hard to sympathize with the heroine, but that is the least of the book's problems, the main one being the terrible mental health portrayal, as well as the twist being just so... not for me.

If you liked this book, I am so glad you got something out of it that I didn't. ( )
  RuinedPeaches | Jun 3, 2024 |
How could a book blogger specializing in crime fiction not read a book about the dire consequences one character has when she posts a one-star review? I certainly couldn't resist the temptation!

The Last Word feels like it was written to be turned into a movie, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I think it would be better as a movie. Emma Carpenter is a sympathetic character, and I was quickly drawn into her solitary life on the rainy Washington coast. Her golden retriever Laika made a good companion, and her telescope-and-white-board games of Hangman with her nearest neighbor did give her some human contact. But the more I read, the more questions I had. What was Emma hiding from? And that neighbor of hers was a bit strange, too. Why would an author seemingly go off the deep end over a one-star review?

The questions were piling up, and I was engrossed in the story until everything started unraveling at the halfway mark. This is when readers started being told the story from the point of view of a serial killer who kept dropping hints about what was going to happen to Emma.

At that point, the twists and turns of the plot started coming thick and fast. There were just too many of them, and I had two reactions to them. One, it felt as though the author was showing off. Two, I felt like Wile E. Coyote, getting repeatedly hammered by his latest ACME purchase.

Before the halfway mark, The Last Word was a winner. After that point, I was tempted to throw it against the wall (but I couldn't because I didn't want to damage my Kindle). If you've read, or intend to read, The Last Word, I certainly hope your mileage varies. ( )
1 stem cathyskye | May 5, 2024 |
Gripping plot and clever story-telling that doesn't just word vomit the story and characters' backstories at you in one overwhelming go. Instead, the author provides breadcrumbs throughout, helping to segment the story while slowly revealing more about the characters and the plot-relevant context. This is often done through impressively executed POV switches/flashbacks to help enrich the storytelling. The main character is very openly flawed and still incredibly likable and relatable. Definitely a bit gruesome, but besides the more graphic scenes just adding visceral imagery, I do believe they serve an immersive and suspenseful purpose which is why I found it easier to stomach. The story lines up perfectly at the end, all the pieces click in to place (even with the plot twists). Most importantly the ending is SATISFYING. As violent and sad as parts of the book were, it ended with a uniquely uplifting tone that I found inspiring. The plot was a good mixture of realistic, cliche, and exceptional enough that it proves to be a story worth telling. ( )
1 stem allygiorgi | Apr 29, 2024 |
Fabulous...it kept me on the edge of my seat. An emotional rollercoaster!
It's clever, it's surprising and so engaging. It is definitely not a story that is predictable.
Taylor Adams is an excellent writer. I'd be afraid to say differently...lol! Well, you should read this book and understand why!
But let's get into things...the author really holds back on some details but then offers others through an unreliable narrator. Even realizing that I was mesmerized. The story captivated me to the last sentence.
I cried at the end! What a great book! ( )
1 stem Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

After posting a negative book review, a woman living in a remote location begins to wonder if the author is a little touchy??or very, very dangerous??in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense and terror from the critically acclaimed author of No Exit and Hairpin Bridge.

Emma Carpenter lives in isolation with her golden retriever Laika, house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast. Her only human contact is her enigmatic old neighbor, Deek, and (via text) the house's owner, Jules.

One day, she reads a poorly written??but gruesome??horror novel by the author H. G. Kane, and posts a one-star review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night. To Emma, this can't just be a coincidence. It was strange enough for this author to bicker with her online about a lousy review; could he be stalking her, too?

As Emma digs into Kane's life and work, she learns he has published sixteen other novels, all similarly sadistic tales of stalking and murder. But who is he? How did he find her? And what else is he capable of?

Displaying his trademark command of rapid-fire pacing, unnerving atmosphere, and razor-sharp characterization, Taylor Adams once again delivers a diabolically disturbing??and deadly??game of c

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