Thursday 28 January 2021

Review - The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean

The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 7 January 2021
Back cover blurb: A dark and brilliant new standalone thriller from a rising star in the crime genre. He is her husband. She is his captive. Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name. She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen. Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn't like what he sees, she is punished. For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting ...

The Last Thing To Burn is the first of Will Dean's novels that I have come across, and what an intriguing read it is.

The novel opens with Jane (that is not her name) a young woman in a foreign land, trying to escape her volatile husband (he is not her husband). 

She has been separated from her sister, and has only a few precious possessions to cling on to. Possessions which are cruelly taken from her and burnt, if 'Jane' dares to disobey her husband.

Living on a remote farm, surrounded only by vast countryside, 'Jane' is isolated in every sense of the word. Every escape attempt or any attempt to make contact with the outside world is cruelly punished by destroying her possessions, or destroying her.

'Jane' has been physically beaten to the extent of deformity, and has little reason to carry on. Until something changes, dramatically. Suddenly she has a reason for living, a reason for everything, and she must escape him once and for all.

The Last Thing To Burn is an intense read, and a great novel to start your 2021 reading journey.

The Last Thing To Burn is available now via Amazon online and all good books shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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