Genre – Fiction
Category – Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Pages – 416
Publication Info – William Morrow Paperbacks (July 24, 2018)
Reviewed by – William C. Bitner, Jr.
Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙
I finished reading The Last Thing I Told You by Emily Arsenault a few days ago. This really was an entertaining and fun mystery thriller. One of the things I liked about it was the alternating narrative, with a chapter being told from the viewpoint of Nadine Rains and the next being told from the viewpoint of Detective Henry Peacher. This narrative format continued throughout the book and was very effective in the telling of a very interesting and twisted tale. These pages are filled with twists and turns that will give the reader whiplash. It has that “I didn’t see that coming” effect in a few spots. A fast paced character driven read that will hold your attention and having you guessing. This is my first read by this author but it’s safe to say that I will most definitely be checking out more of her work in the future.
Synopsis (from the back cover): I hear myself whispering. Not again. Not again.
Why did I ever come back here? Surely because of you. Because I thought of something I’d always meant to tell you. Because you were the only one I ever really wanted to tell it to…
Therapist Dr. Mark Fabian is dead—bludgeoned in his office.
But that doesn’t stop former patient Nadine Raines from talking to him—in her head. Why did she come back to her hometown after so many years away? Everyone here thinks she’s crazy. And she has to admit—they might have good reason to think so. She committed a shockingly violent act when she was sixteen, and has never really been able to explain that dark impulse—even to Fabian. Now that Fabian’s dead, why is she still trying?
Meanwhile, as Detective Henry Peacher investigates Fabian’s death, he discovers that shortly before he died, Fabian pulled the files of two former patients. One was of Nadine Raines, one of Henry’s former high school classmates. Henry still remembers the disturbing attack on a teacher that marked Nadine as a deeply troubled teen.
More shockingly, the other file was of Johnny Streeter, who is now serving a life sentence for a mass shooting five years ago. The shooting devastated the town and everyone—including Henry, who is uncomfortable with the “hero” status the tragedy afforded him—is ready to move on. But the appearance of his file brings up new questions. Maybe there is a decades-old connection between Nadine and Streeter. And maybe that somehow explains what Nadine is doing in Fabian’s office nearly twenty years after being his patient. Or how Fabian ended up dead two days after her return. Or why Nadine has fled town once again.
But as Nadine and Henry head toward a confrontation, both will discover that the secrets of people’s hearts are rarely simple, and—even in the hidden depths of a psychologist’s files—rarely as they appear.
About the Author: Emily Arsenault has worked as a lexicographer, an English teacher, and a Peace Corps volunteer in rural South Africa. She now lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, with her husband.
Other books by Emily Arsenault: The Broken Teaglass, What Strange Creatures, In Search of the Rose Notes, Miss Me When I’m Gone and The Evening Spider.