The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman



A new powerful thriller from the globally-embraced author of Between.

Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder.

Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

Master storyteller Jessica Warman keeps readers guessing in this arresting page-turner.


I received  a ARC of this book for a honest review.

1986  in the early hours of New Year’s Day,  Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and takes her younger sister, Turtle. Telling the family that the man that took her was  Gretchen’s  ex-boyfriend, Steven. Now, 10 years later Sam and her family have moved back to the home from where Turtle disappeared and she starts to wonder if what she happened was true.

The last good day of the year is confronting story about tragedy, mystery, and secrets. With such a realistic plot that one can see it playing on the news as a family tragedy.

The story jumps from around 1986 when turtle went missing and in the present 1996.  You get a idea of both life before and after Turtles disappearance. You also learn a little about the effect on those around them. From friends to the accused  family.

The other interesting thing is that their tragedy  has been turned into a book, which we get to read sections of through the book.

My only complaint is that there was such a build up to the end, that  when we got to the end it was a little anti climatic. It felt rushed. I wish there has been more to it.

If you a mystery/family tragedy  then this is for you.


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