The Last Time I Saw You

The Last Time I Saw You

by Liv Constantine

Overview: Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy. But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help. Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. . .

In The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine takes the lightning pace of The Last Mrs. Parrish and raises the stakes, creating an exquisitely tension-filled and absorbing tale of psychological suspense in which innocent lives—and one woman’s sanity—hang in the balance.

Deanna Boe (08/27/19): Have you ever read a book where the first 2/3 or 3/4 seems well written and the storyline keeps you involved in what is happening, then presto, it seems like someone else is writing the rest of the story? Well, that happened to me with this book. Ironically when I looked at the picture of the author there were two ladies, and it turns out these two have created the name “Liv Constantine” and write books together under that name. Anyway, I am not sure I am correct or not, it appears one author wrote the first portion of the storyline and the other finished it? If so, the first author should have written the entire book. The last portion simply wasn’t as well written as the first part and the storyline simply went out to “left field.” Not just the writing style but the whole conclusion.

First of all, you have an extremely well liked and very rich, society lady who ends up murdered. It was a shock to everyone! Her husband, her daughter, her daughter’s husband, her best friend who had known her all of her life – you get the picture. Who would ever want this wonderful woman murdered? Next, her daughter’s best friend, who had been “out-of-the-picture” for 15 years returns for the funeral. Why now? She seems just too good to be true, what exactly was her connection to the dead woman? Finally, the last part of the novel gets so twisted around and who was doing what to throw the family and the police off track it seems a little ridiculous. In short, the dead woman had been living with a lie she had covered up all these years that involved her best friend’s husband. This lie then involved the mother’s best friend’s daughter, her own daughter, and her daughter’s best friend. I realize this is all very confusing, but I am trying to say as little as possible since I don’t want to take away from the surprise and way out of “left-field” ending. Anyway, read the first part and try and guess who the murderer is and then “tackle” the last of the book and see if you feel like I did that someone else wrote it. In short, who was the murderer? Did you guess it? Did you like the ending?
Rating: ***

Carole Zwicker: The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine is a psychological thriller about the dysfunction of Baltimore high society. Dr. Kate English has it all: she is a physician, wife and mother, living in a showcase home and is also the heiress to a family fortune. Tragedy strikes when her mother Lily is brutally murdered and the police haven't a clue who the perpetrator could be. Blaire Barrington, Kate's best friend in earlier years, comes to the funeral to offer her support and to help unearth information about the murder. Soon after the funeral, Kate begins to receive threatening texts promising that she is next. The tension intensifies till Kate becomes paranoid and starts doubting the integrity of several people in her life. Who could have killed Lily and is the same person coming for her? Suspicions of infidelity, betrayals and dishonesty only succeed to confuse. The resolution will astonish. This is a great title for beach or cottage reading.
Rating: ****

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