The Last One by Will Dean
8/8/23; 448 pages
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
The Last One by Will Dean is a very highly recommended locked-room psychological thriller.
Caz Ripley is taking a luxury cruise liner RMS Atlantica with her boyfriend Pete. After an enjoyable first evening, Caz wakes up the next morning and Pete is gone. Upon stepping into the corridor and looking around, she discovers no passengers or crew. She appears to be alone on the empty vessel which is on autopilot heading into the mid-Atlantic and she is unable to radio for help.
The Last One was an un-put-down-able, heart-stopping thriller and twisty take on a locked-room mystery. The details of events on the Atlantica are perfectly presented and utterly frightening. Admittedly, you have to set all disbelief aside and roll with the intense plot, but the great news is that the plot is well-written, compelling, frightening, and suspenseful enough to make this very easy to do.
Readers will have all sorts of theories and some clues while reading
but won't really know what is going on until the end. I was absolutely
glued to the pages. The Last One was the best novel to follow my
last excellent review book and hold my rapt attention. I don't want to
share much more to avoid spoilers, but read this book!
I loved The Last One as much as I loved First Born. Will Dean is now on my list of authors to automatically read any of his new novels.