Monday, January 31, 2022

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain ~ My Thoughts #TheLastHouseOnTheStreet

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain
Historical Fiction, Mystery, 352 pages
Published January 11, 2022 by St. Martin's Press

From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel that perfectly interweaves history, mystery, and social justice.

When Kayla Carter's husband dies in an accident while building their dream house, she knows she has to stay strong for their four-year-old daughter. But the trophy home in Shadow Ridge Estates, a new development in sleepy Round Hill, North Carolina, will always hold tragic memories. But when she is confronted by an odd, older woman telling her not to move in, she almost agrees. It's clear this woman has some kind of connection to the area...and a connection to Kayla herself. Kayla's elderly new neighbor, Ellie Hockley, is more welcoming, but it's clear she, too, has secrets that stretch back almost fifty years. Is Ellie on a quest to right the wrongs of the past? And does the house at the end of the street hold the key? 

Told in dual time periods, The Last House on the Street is a novel of shocking prejudice and violence, forbidden love, the search for justice, and the tangled vines of two families.

My thoughts about The Last House on the Street ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First lines—"2010: I'm in the middle of a call with a contractor when Natalie, our new administrative assistant, pokes her head into my office. I put the call on hold."

I always know when I start a book by Diane Chamberlain that I am going to get lost in the wonderful world she has created. It happens every single time. It's her beautiful writing, her interesting settings, and her memorable characters. She weaves such amazing stories! 

The Last House on the Street is no exception. Told in dual time periods, as the times come together, we discover how interwoven everyone in the town is and how not everyone is who we think they are. I because totally immersed in the lives of everyone and loved my time in Round Hill, NC. I was sorry to have it come to an end but my memories of this unforgettable story will live on.

I highly recommend The Last House on the Street, especially if you're a fan of Ms. Chamberlain. And if you're not, this would be a great story to start with. You will be hooked. 

I received a copy of The Last House on the Street from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and (London) Sunday Times best-selling author of 27 novels. The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily, Diane quickly learned the emotional power of story. Although she wrote many small “books” as a child, she didn’t seriously turn to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed doctor’s appointment with nothing more than a pad, a pen, and an idea. She was instantly hooked.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a hospital social worker in both San Diego and Washington, D.C, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia, working primarily with adolescents.

More than two decades ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed the way she works: She wrote two novels using voice recognition software before new medication allowed her to get back to typing. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she’s able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane lives in North Carolina with her significant other, photographer John Pagliuca, and their odd but lovable Shetland Sheepdog, Cole. ~ Goodreads

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