Review - The Last to Know by Jo Furniss

Title: The Last to Know

Author: Jo Furniss

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Release Date: 9th June 2020

Source: NetGalley

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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.
When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.
As Ellie works to separate rumour from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?

I picked the perfect weekend to read The Last to Know, it was dark and gloomy outside, rain pouring down, truly miserable, the ideal weather for reading a good spooky mystery.

It’s never easy to be a stranger in a new town, especially one where everyone knows who you are and they know all about who you are with and where you are staying.  Rose Kynaston is experiencing first hand the looks and cold welcomes of the residents of Hurtwood.

Recently moved to the area with her husband Dylan and young son Aled, Rose settles in to her life in a cottage beside Hurtwood House, Dylan’s childhood home.  Hurtwood House is the residence of Gwendoline Kynaston, Dylan’s cold and distant mother who is viewed by the town residents as being ever so eccentric.  

The young family try to make their gloomy cottage more homely and Rose takes tentative steps to integrate herself with the town residents.  However the Kynaston name is not well thought of in the area and Rose is tarred with the same brush.  

Ever the journalist, she begins digging in to why her husbands family are viewed as pariahs and uncovers the death of a young boy near to Hurtwood House twenty years previously, a death blamed on Dylan’s late father Stanley.  When a TV crew filming an archaeological dig uncover another body near to the house and again the fingers start pointing towards the Kynastons, Rose starts to fear that the family she has married in to are hiding more secrets than she can deal with.

This story is also told from the POV of Ellie Trevelyan, a veteran of the local police who finds herself revisiting the tragic death of twenty years ago, is there a link to the recently uncovered body? 

Rose and Ellie discover a spiders web of truth and lies going back many years, can they uncover the truth before somebody else gets hurt?

I really enjoyed this book, the setting was perfect for the plot, it was suitably dark and gloomy with the eerie Hurtwood House and its general spookiness taking centre stage.  It’s really important to me that I can build a detailed picture of the setting and that was definitely here in spades.

The back story of how Dylan and Rose met is touched upon, they met as kidnapped journalists in Africa, I would have liked to have heard a little bit more about that.

All in all a great read full of twists and turns and it’ll keep you guessing until the end.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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