Shay Evans is a former beauty queen who is now married and living in an upscale Texas suburb. She has kept her experiences at Whitney College, in New York’s Hudson Valley, buried deep in her past. Before graduation, her close friend Clem committed suicide. And now, Shay learns that her best friend Laurel Hargrove, who she hadn’t spoken to in years, has also just committed suicide. Jamie Knight, a popular, true crime podcaster who is an old friend of Shay's, doesn’t believe Laurel took her own life. Shay wants to know what happened and heads to her old college to learn more. She teams up with Jamie and together they seek answers. Shay decides to tell Jamie what happened to her and her two friends while they were students. Jamie is shocked but understands that this may unlock the truth behind the fates of the two women and possibly others who have gone missing.
The Last Housewife is not for everyone. It is a dark, dark, dark psychological thriller that delves into a cult-like world that shows how utterly horrible people can be. Trigger warnings are listed before the start of the book which include physical and sexual violence and trauma. You may wonder, with all these warnings, why read this book? Well, if it was written by a different author, I'd probably have run in the opposite direction, but author Ashley Winstead has proven with her last thriller In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, that she is a talent worthy of traveling down even the darkest road. The characters are well developed, the story is engaging, and the book is very well written. It's tense, highly suspenseful and disturbing. Yet I couldn't turn away. Check it out and if you have any misgivings, trust your judgement.
Many thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity to read The Last Housewife in advance of its publication.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: August 16, 2022.
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