For fans of suspense, you'll definitely want to check out Hannah Jameson's upcoming thriller THE LAST, being released on April 9, 2019. I was provided an advance copy of the book, and read it as fast as I possibly could, riveted by the fast-paced action.
What's it about? Well, imagine the best of classic Agatha Christie in a post-nuclear disaster society.
The setting? A remote Swiss Luxury hotel, with a dark and complicated history.
The characters? A group of international staff and guests - from Germany, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and more - trapped at the hotel as they find out they are cut off from the rest of the world due to nuclear attacks. Because they were at this remote hotel - they survive.
Our protagonist, Jon, is a historian who was at the L’Hotel Sixieme for an academic conference. As his colleagues flee back to the city while the news breaks, he stays at the resort, and uses journaling to try to make sense of the chaos and his surroundings.
Over the next few weeks, as the dead body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel water tanks, even though there's no communication with the outside world, Jon decides it's important to investigate the murder.
With hundreds upon hundreds of rooms in the hotel, but only dozens of guests and staffers, Jon's quest begins to turn into a game of cat and mouse as he looks for the potential killer in their midst. Who is the girl who was found in the tanks? Interviewing his fellow guests and the hotel staff one by one, Jon begins to discover that not all is as it seems - and as the hotel's supplies begin to dwindle and temperatures start to drop, our group of L'Hotel Sixieme survivors have to venture into the forest beyond to look for needed medicine and food.
As alliances shift and truths are revealed, one thing is for certain: you won't be able to put this book down. Despite its bleak post-apocalyptic setting, Hanna Jameson manages to infuse the book with a kinetic sense of energy and tenacious survival. You are drawn deeper into Jon's backstory and the stories of the fellow L'Hotel Sixieme guests.
With everyone potentially a suspect - but traditional justice suspended - the traditional dynamics of the mystery and suspense novel are turned upside-down, and you're left following along with the twists and turns of the story as it unfolds.
Highly recommended! And if you're a mystery or suspense fan, please feel free to share other recommendations.