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Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas


Rating: 4/5


The Hero

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.

The Swap

Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.

The Hideaway

But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.

Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?


This is a story about jealousy, revenge, and power.

“You know what they say? If it’s too good to be true…”

From the very first page, I knew this story was going to be good and there wasn’t a moment, throughout the whole book, when I had a change of heart.

“How could anything go wrong?”

The reader is launched straight into the mystery. The suspense starts as soon as the story does and then keeps building up quite nicely.

What was an accident and what wasn’t? What everyone’s hiding? What secrets are about to come to light? Is this about Libby and Jamie or is it about Thailand and Karen Fisher? Or both?

“We’ve been married for nine months. That’s all. And together four years before that. Long enough surely? But how well do you ever really know someone?”

Weird things started happening and I had all these theories about who’s doing what and why and when the truth, or should I say truths, came out? I was pleasantly surprised! There was an avalanche of twists and turns that kept me on my toes till the very end of the book.

Some characters were clearly flawed but their actions still made sense, somehow, which made it a tad easier to sympathise with them. The story was beautifully-written and I enjoyed it very much. Therefore, I’ll definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a good story with a raging storm of twists and turns that will keep them hooked till the very last page.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.

Goodreads link: Last Seen Alive

Amazon link: Last Seen Alive


2 thoughts on “Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas”

  1. Oh this sounds great! Flawed characters are fantastic, it makes them feel more real and relatable I find.

    Great review 🙂

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