The Last Thing I Saw by Alex Sinclair #bookreview #thriller

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Title: The Last Thing I Saw

Author: Alex Sinclair

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: April 18, 2018

Page Count: 318

My rating: 2 stars

About the book: 

The perfect family. A moment that will change everything.
Emma thought she had the perfect life: a beautiful home, a loving husband and a gorgeous son.

She was wrong.

She wakes up in hospital, with no idea how she got there or why her husband and son won’t come to see her. What happened to Emma’s family?

As Emma tries to piece her memories back together, she remembers that her husband was hiding something from her, and that someone was watching their house.

She remembers that she was afraid.

Emma is desperate to find out what happened – and that her loved ones are safe – but remembering the truth could be the most dangerous thing of all…

An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will having you looking over your shoulder and checking the doors are locked. If you love B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena and K.L. Slater, The Last Thing I Saw is for you.

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The Last Thing I Saw by Alex Sinclair is a psychological thriller that is told in the before and after format. It begins with Emma in the hospital of no memory of what brought her there so as you follow her in the present it flashes back to what had happened.

Things were going well for Emma, her husband and their son until one day Emma gets a threatening mail and that is when things start falling apart for the family. Emma’s husband admits his company has been having problems and he thinks the threats are due to an accident with a long time employee.

Emma does what anyone would think she should and calls in the police but with no concrete evidence the police aren’t much help with only filing a report and writing the events off. Things continue to escalate for the family until it all finally spirals out of control.

Now with this psychological thriller I am clearly in the minority with my rating and I should say upfront that it has nothing to do with the author’s style or writing. I would actually still pick up another book by Alex Sinclair since his writing flowed well with this format and my issues were my own personal tastes with the story.

To start the first thing I found was the setting is not a hospital as the synopsis suggested really but a mental facility which is not a favorite setting of mine. I actually thought this one was going to go better than most reads with this setting but in walked the character Tom and it spiraled for me. And this section really had nothing to do with the story and didn’t need to be included which didn’t help at all.

Also, I was not really a fan of how this story ended. The writing had been solid, I’d made it through a setting I hadn’t enjoyed a lot and I was hoping for one bang up ending but didn’t find it. While the final twist did seem a bit obvious to me that wasn’t really what put me off but just that I didn’t find how it was revealed to be believable at all and more the cause of some eye rolling for me. So while I didn’t end up a fan of this one it was definitely a case of not my cup of tea so give it a shot if it does sound like one for you.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Alex Sinclair is a thirty-two-year-old psychological thriller author from a quiet country town outside of Melbourne, Australia.

A hard-worker during the daylight hours, Alex spends early mornings and late nights obsessing over fiction.

Alex is an avid reader of all genres, in particular, psychological thrillers, and has a passion for good storytelling in all forms of media.

Alex’s novel, The Last Thing I Saw is the first of three gripping psychological thrillers he will be publishing with Bookouture.

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4 responses »

  1. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this one, Carrie. I get what you mean though especially about Tom. I didn’t understand why he was in the story at all. I liked the writing too and so was able to overlook some issues. I get the feeling that book was written for TV though. Its the kind of thing that happens a lot with horror/thriller movies.

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    • Thanks Diana, I might have skipped it had it actually mentioned “mental” hospital because the whole torture the patient thing is one that I just can’t stand and it seemed like it was going to go a higher route with it for a while so I wish it had. But that ending just had me shaking my head and rolling my eyes too… I guess to phrase it vaguely it seemed like the confession shouldn’t have happened.

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