In a small seaside community, there’s always somebody watching…
Twisty, pacy, and superbly plotted, Last Seen is the perfect psychological page-turner for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Sabine Durrant.
Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea – and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever.
Sarah’s son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah’s search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows – and she’s right to.
Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they’ll do anything to keep the truth buried.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a book that eats away the minutes into hours without you realising how long you have been reading because it is just impossible to stop until you know the outcome of two missing children. Two boys, best friends brought together by their mothers that had met years before and were best friends too. On Jacob’s tenth birthday, he and Marley, only just a couple of weeks older, went into the sea, but only Jacob returned. Now seven years later Jacob has disappeared from the same patch of beach on the anniversary that his friend went missing.
Oh my, this is such a terrific read as the story unfolds on the beautiful southern coastline where families have come together year after year and spent the entire summers together in their brightly coloured beach huts that had become their second homes. It is here where the story is set. Isla and Marley spending the summer next to Sarah, her husband Nick with Jacob. They did everything together.
I loved Isla’s character she had been a free spirit in her youth full of courage to explore the world on her own. After Marley disappeared it was like all her inner colour disappeared too because no-one could tell her what had happened to him. She was stuck in limbo on a continuous circle each year asking the same questions, to the same people giving the same answers, but Sarah’s son had gone now too and something just felt very wrong.
There are some stunningly beautiful passages in this book that made me envy the simplicity of life on the beach and the totally chilled out relationship that the three adults and two children had. The gas lights in the huts and making beds up each night, the tourist arriving and leaving the true beach dwellers behind each night. It was magic. It was like a time warp where modern life had passed them by. But I loved the subtle writing of Lucy Clarke that just now and again prickled my skin until it really ran cold as the past began to fall apart for it to be picked over until all that was left was the truth.
Oh boy this story has such depth, layers and layers of secrets like a pass the parcel with each reveal taking you closer to the ultimate answer of two missing children seven years apart. A super ending!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lucy Clarke is the bestselling author of five psychological thrillers – THE SEA SISTERS, A SINGLE BREATH, THE BLUE/NO ESCAPE, LAST SEEN and YOU LET ME IN. Her debut novel was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and her books have been translated into 12 languages. She has a first class degree in English Literature.
Lucy is a passionate traveller and fresh air enthusiast. She’s married to a professional windsurfer and, together with their two young children, they spend their winters travelling and their summers at home on the south coast of England. Lucy writes from a beach hut.