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"Propulsive ... a dizzying Gothic whodunit."
—New York Times Book Review
Bestselling author Riley Sager returns with a Gothic chiller about a young caregiver assigned to work for a woman accused of a Lizzie Borden-like massacre decades earlier.
At seventeen, Lenora Hope
Hung her sister with a rope
Now reduced to a schoolyard chant, the Hope family murders shocked the Maine coast one bloody night in 1929. While most people assume seventeen-year-old Lenora was responsible, the police were never able to prove it. Other than her denial after the killings, she has never spoken publicly about that night, nor has she set foot outside Hope’s End, the cliffside mansion where the massacre occurred.
Stabbed her father with a knife
Took her mother’s happy life
It’s now 1983, and home-health aide Kit McDeere arrives at a decaying Hope’s End to care for Lenora after her previous nurse fled in the middle of the night. In her seventies and confined to a wheelchair, Lenora was rendered mute by a series of strokes and can only communicate with Kit by tapping out sentences on an old typewriter. One night, Lenora uses it to make a tantalizing offer—I want to tell you everything.
“It wasn’t me,” Lenora said
But she’s the only one not dead
As Kit helps Lenora write about the events leading to the Hope family massacre, it becomes clear there’s more to the tale than people know. But when new details about her predecessor’s departure come to light, Kit starts to suspect Lenora might not be telling the complete truth—and that the seemingly harmless woman in her care could be far more dangerous than she first thought.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This gothic thriller proves that making assumptions about a murder can be disastrous—even fatal. In Lenora Hope’s hometown in coastal Maine, generations of locals believe she murdered her parents and sister in 1929 when she was 17, though she was never charged. So it’s a bit coincidental when, in 1983, the mute and wheelchair-bound Lenora gets a new caregiver named Kit…who many in town blame for her previous client’s death. The creepy, cliffside mansion where the dark drama unfolds is packed with gothic atmosphere, and Riley Sager masterfully amps up the spooky vibes. He makes things more confounding by alternating between Lenora’s and Kit’s perspectives, with neither one feeling totally trustworthy. Between the shadows-and-mist setting and the twisty narrative, The Only One Left makes for the ultimate escapist thriller.
Sager (The House Across the Lake) again creatively toys with thriller mainstays in this gothic riff on the sinister caretaker trope. It's 1983, and home health aide Kit McDeere is desperate for work after her previous client overdosed on fentanyl from a bottle Kit left within reach. While McDeere avoided prosecution, she's still suspected by many—including the police—of having deliberately killed the woman. Broke, Kit has no choice but to accept a new assignment that her boss warns is especially difficult: serving as the caregiver for the paralyzed 71-year-old Lenora Hope. Like Kit, Lenora is considered a murderer by many in their small Maine community: when she was 17, Lenora's parents and sister were killed in the family's mansion, leaving her as the sole survivor. As Kit bonds with Lenora, she becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth about her family's deaths, and increasingly unsure of her client's innocence. Sager offers his usual array of jaw-dropping twists, which startle despite being fairly clued. Fans of Daphne du Maurier will enjoy this superior nail-biter.
Like a winding hill that gets steeper as you descend! What seems slow and meandering at the beginning turns into a page turner tied together in the end!
You will love this book!
This was one if the best books I have read in ages! I highly recommend "The Only One Left" to everyone. It's the type of book you cannot put down and also will take your mind off of any stress. A must read!!!
Another gem of a book by Riley Sager…an author whose writing has kept me glued to the pages of a book well into the wee hours of the morning!