Book Review: The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucy Lawrie


When lonely single mum Janey stumbles into an art workshop, she can’t believe her eyes when her left hand mysteriously scribbles a picture of two little girls and a strange message from someone called ‘Hattie’: Janey’s childhood best friend. But they lost touch after Hattie’s family suddenly moved away in mysterious circumstances.

Janey’s instincts tell her that she must finally find out what happened to Hattie, but life is already complicated enough: she’s struggling with motherhood, a custody battle over her toddler son Pip is looming, and she finds herself falling for intense art tutor Steve. And when writing appears on the walls of her flat and Pip starts playing with an invisible friend, Janey fears she’s losing her mind. Is it really a good idea to go digging up the past? As dark secrets come to light, she can’t be sure what’s real any more – or who to trust…

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To be fair, this book impressed me quite a bit. When I starting reading the first few pages, I was not prepared for such an in-depth storyline and for the emotional rollercoaster this novel would take me on.

It quickly becomes apparent that there is so much to Janey, than the reader might initially suspect. Not only is she juggling quite a few things at once, but is now also questioning events from her past. What really happened to Hattie and does she really even want to find out?

As soon as the messages from Hattie started appearing, I was utterly compelled and captivated right up until I turned the very last page. 

The Last Time I Saw Her is very moving and I thought that Lucy Lawrie combined lots of different storylines and angles so extremely well in order to create an amazing and interesting plot line. I enjoyed reading this novel very much and am looking forward to reading more by this talented author. 

Disclaimer: I’ve been sent a copy of this book in return for a true and honest review.


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