Her Last Affair – four lonesome people become intertwined in this twisty thriller.
Skyla Huff is a lonely widow, having lost her husband Hollis of almost fifty years in a tragic accident. She lives in a cottage on the property of the family’s former drive-in movie theater. A twin cottage is steps away and Skyla, whose eyesight is almost totally gone, decides to rent it out. A seemingly perfect tenant is found. Teddy is a charming man from England who makes time for Skyla, a retired nurse. With her encouragement, he reaches out to Linelle, a former love living in Florida, who welcomes the renewed connection with Teddy as the flame in her marriage has gone out. Jeremy, who is an old friend of Teddy’s, has not realized his dreams of becoming a great writer. With a poor self-image and unable to sustain any meaningful relationships, he contacts Maryanne, a woman from his past, on a trip to Rhode Island.
Her Last Affair takes its time with each character’s story – past and present. For quite a while, it appears that this is a story about lonely people seeking love and human connection. And while it is apparent that each person has some hidden secrets, I was not prepared for what was to come in this twisty thriller. The backdrop of a shuttered drive-in theater, with chapters that start with quotes from vintage movies that had played at the Schodack Big-Star Drive-in during its heyday, help create a film-noir style tension. Sit back and enjoy how all the characters come together. Author John Searles tells quite a story with some humor tossed in.
Many thanks to Custom House / Mariner Books / William Morrow for the opportunity to read this compelling, genre-bending book in advance of its release.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
General Fiction / Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: March 22, 2022.
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