Two women separated by years, tied by secrets untold and haunted by tragedies that could not be foreseen
Based on true events in 1952, Cornwall
In a quiet coastal village, Irina spends her days restoring furniture, passing the time in peace and hiding away from the world. A family secret, long held and never discussed, casts a dark shadow and Irina chooses to withdraw into her work. When an antique bureau is sent to her workshop, the owner anonymous, Irina senses a history to the object that makes her uneasy. As Irina begins to investigate the origins of the piece, she unearths the secrets it holds within.
Decades earlier, another young woman kept secrets. Her name was Abigail. over the course of one summer, she fell in love, and dreamed of the future. But Abigail could not know that a catastrophe loomed, and this event would change the course of many lives for ever…
I loved it…from the first page to the last it kept me reading.
It has something for everyone it’ll creep you out, it’ll excite you it has emotion on every page!
Like Cesca’s first novel (if you haven’t read it you should!) chapter to chapter moves to a different main character in the story but unlike The Silent Hours it also moves you back and forward in time. Now, you might be thinking that this would cause all sorts of confusion but part of the talent of this author is her ability to write it perfectly! There is no getting lost with the who or where you are.
It’s haunting and beautiful at the same time with secrets that will keep you in suspense. Although, the author gives you hint of what they could be, the way she builds the story around the secrets is impeccable.
I don’t want to spoil this one for you with discussions of plot lines and character backgrounds as I feel that might take away some of the suspense in the novel and so that is why I have only included a synopsis
But like her first book Cesca Major has based this novel a true event in Cornwall and you can tell she has researched it thoroughly and has sympathetically woven it into the story.
The Last Night will grip you as it did me, the way the author builds her characters makes you feel real sympathy and emotion for them. Each character and plot line is as strong as the other which means the story doesn’t lose pace, you’ll want to read about each woman equally and the vividness of the authors writing draws you into post-war Bristol and Coastal Harbour towns as well as musty antique shops.
Cesca Major really is a talented author and I’m definitely a fan of her work and I think you will be to when you read this book!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own