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.
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.
Then there are the 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 past.
I absolutely love a book set in a house with a mysterious past. I think it stems from my love of Famous Five novels when I was wee – and this exciting and atmospheric read drew me in from the very first paragraph and held me captivated by its setting and characters until its very final page.
Houses with secrets, folk tales with a twist, a mysterious atmosphere and a name that’s unlucky even to speak aloud – I mean – what’s not to love. These were some of the many reasons that I was so drawn to The Last To Know and why I’m so grateful to #RandomThingsTours Anne Cater for inviting me to participate in this blog tour – as this book was definitely right up my street!
I love immersing myself in a book over a weekend and not looking up apart from to pour another cup of tea and this book answered the brief perfectly. If you haven’t already read All the Little Children, you should definitely put it on your TBR and if you have, you’ll be reassured to know that this is equally as compelling.
I feel like you can totally surrender to this reading experience and travel to Hurtwood House right alongside them. I really felt like I could imagine this vividly painted world and found it very difficult to detach myself from this immersive reading experience that allowed me to plunge into Rose and Dylan’s world and experience these events as they did. It was so atmospheric that you could absolutely imagine it all in your mind’s eye and every time I stopped reading it, I kept imagining myself lured back to Kynaston and trying to navigate the truth for myself.
Is anyone else like me and love to go online and immerse themselves in the world of the book that they’re loving, to try and really place themselves in the characters’ world? I love doing it and I found myself scrolling through pages and pages of tales of property porn as I imagined myself inheriting a crumbling pile somewhere in a remote area of Scotland and it was a wonderful opportunity to escape from everything that’s going on in the world at the moment and not think about Covid or planning a return to school in the middle of a global pandemic…
It was lovely to lose myself in the mystery surrounding this house and keep turning the possibilities over in my head about what exactly was the truth about Dylan’s past and whether we were getting a sense of the whole truth at times. It’s funny that I get into reading zones and I’m now on a real mystery mission and have been drawn to exploring The Daughters of Night – the sequel to Blood & Sugar and losing myself in another of my favourite era’s darker sides. I am trying not to give any spoilers at all as I do not want you to lose a single element of the twists and turns of this spine-tingling and compelling read.
I really loved the way that Jo Furniss draws the reader in and keeps them connected with the twists and turns that beset Rose as she attempts to understand what exactly is going on at Kynaston as well as understand exactly how Dylan’s past intersects with these secrets . The way that these elements of the narrative interconnect and collide with one another was one of my favourite things about this book and it certainly does a fine job of not allowing you to put it down as it gives you a solid case of ‘one more chapter’
This was the perfect Lockdown read for me – and if you’re still on summer holidays and want something to absolutely lose yourself in and forget about what’s going on in the world – then this would be a perfect book for you , it’s so immersive! If you love a deliciously mysterious tale with memorable and credible characters and a plot that will draw you in and keep you gripped then you’ll really love The Last to Know and should treat yourself to a copy – I mean, just LOOK at that gorgeous cover!
Thank you so much to Anne Cater & Random Things Tours for aways recommending such great reads. I love being prompted to read such a diverse and eclectic range of books and being able to share my views with other book lovers is an absolute pleasure.
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“The Last to Know crackles with atmosphere and looming menace. From the get go, Jo builds a world of authentic characters beset by past trauma, ancient folklore, and deadly secrets, and cleverly keeps the tension building to the very last page. I devoured it in one thrilling, spine-tingling weekend. Five stars from me!” —Amy McLellan, author of Remember Me
“A big house, a small town, a dark past, and a whole lot of secrets—all woven seamlessly together with Jo Furniss’s beautiful and evocative writing style. I raced through The Last to Know, from the edge-of-seat opening to the very satisfying ending. Highly recommended!” —Andrea Mara, author of the Irish Times bestseller The Sleeper Lies
“I loved this atmospheric and suspenseful tale of family secrets and lies. It is beautifully written and is set in a memorably eerie location that really jumps from the page. I couldn’t put it down!” —Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice
“The Last to Know is a beautifully written novel of psychological suspense charged with intrigue and emotion. Another gem from the very talented Jo Furniss.” —Victoria Selman, author of Snakes and Ladders
“I love Jo Furniss. I have devoured every one of her books, and The Last to Know is her best yet. This time around, Furniss uses her elegantly devastating command of language to draw readers into a misty English village where residents are haunted both by ghostly legends and the very real reckonings owed to them by their own pasts. At turns heartbreaking and harrowing, [this book] evokes the stylish turns and insightful characterizations of modern masters of suspense Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena.” —Amber Cowie, author of Loss Lake
“These characters jump off the page, their lives and past dredged up, detailed without being overbearing. And the story…expertly told. It dragged me along, never letting up until it all clicked into place during a thrilling finale. This deserves to be big!” —James Delargy, author of 55
“The Last to Know is a tale of secrets and lies and how your past can creep into your present. Jo Furniss writes beautifully and hauntingly. A gripping and evocative book.” —Alice Clark-Platts, author of The Flower Girls
“The Last to Know is one of the best kinds of novels: secrets to unravel, a dark past to be explored, bodies buried, and characters you want to trust but don’t know if you dare. You will race through this tightly plotted novel with its dark secrets, just waiting to ignite.” —Rachael Blok, author of The Scorched Earth and Under the Ice
Writer On The Shelf
After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.
As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.
Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.
Twitter @Jo_Furniss #TheLastToKnow