Review The Last Thing I Saw: A gripping psychological thriller with a twist that will take your breath away by Alex Sinclair

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.

When she wakes up to find herself in hospital, Emma has no memory of how she got there or why her husband and son won’t come to see her.

What happened to Emma’s family?

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.

Previously published as Don’t Let Me Die. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.

What readers are saying about The Last Thing I Saw:

One of the best I’ve read in a long time. Had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it downuntil I found out what happened. A great thriller that had me double checking the locks on my door. Will definitely tell everyone to read this great book.’ Goodreads reviewer

Wowee, what a reveal right near the end!… The sense of fear and panic grows throughout the book… until we come to the final showdown. Which I have to say, is a cracker. Loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This is a very well written, fast-paced, page-turner with a shocking ending that I did not see coming… If you are looking for a gripping thriller, I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A fantastic page-turner! I got so caught up in this story I just had to keep reading… I really enjoyed this book, love a book that sucks you in at the start and doesn’t let you go ’til the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This is one ending that will shock!! I would highly recommend it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘The opening chapters had me drawn in immediately and I found it almost impossible to put downthis fabulous psychological read… A fantastic read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Absolutely amazing read!… A nonstop page-turning thriller with a twist… Highly enjoyable, would recommend 10 out of 10!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Truly compelling read! Read in one sitting, the author kept me guessing… I definitely wasn’t expecting that twist!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A psychological thriller that had me guessing the whole book… A really good read… Scary, tense, exciting and generous in its twists and turns. 10/10.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This was a fast-paced thriller that held my attention from beginning to end! The ending was definitely unexpected… Would definitely recommend.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

Absolutely amazing! A thrilling, heart-pounding, brilliant tale, deftly told by a master of the art… An unputdownable and fabulous debut.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

‘I loved the way the book kept me questioning what was going on and what had actually happened on that night… Creepy, spine-tingling and hypnotic!! A very much recommended read!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘I did not want to put it down. Each chapter reveals a bit more and pulls you in deeper, and you keep flipping those pages… A great read!!’ Tropical Delusions, 5 stars

‘If you like a psychological thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride and makes you want to keep turning the pages, then this book is for you! I thought I had it figured out – but I was way off! I didn’t want to put this one down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

The Last Thing I Saw: A gripping psychological thriller with a twist that will take your breath away by [Sinclair, Alex]

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Top customer reviews

Kristin H.
This is a wonderfully suspenseful tale! The novel kept my interest with the frightening events which the family endured. I will admit that Emma’s brother, James, seemed too good to be true when he reappeared after an eight year absence. Darren, Emma’s husband, had run into inescapable problems with his construction business after an employee had broken his back in an on-the-job fall. The difficulties seemed unending, as Emma ends up being committed. If you love spell-binding suspense, this is the book for you!’
lulu Bak
Took me by complete surprise to read the ending. Right through this book I just could not work out what Emma was in psychiatric care for and seemingly to be bordering on being catatonic.
A good book and different from the norm. Well written.
Julie N.

The Last Thing I Saw is a psychological thriller written in a concurrent before-and-after style. The prologue sets up the suspense of the story right away, with the protagonist, Emma, pointing a gun at someone, having to make a very difficult decision. At the beginning of the first chapter, she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital with no recollection of the events leading to her being there. The story ensues with her psychiatrist, Dr. Shaw, helping her recall the trying incidents that occurred, while other key players emerge through the telling of her memories as Emma recalls them.

Emma’s character was written well, but I would have liked most of the others to be more fleshed out. They were believable, but I found it difficult to be invested in most of them as they seemed one-dimensional. There was more than one antagonist, which lends to the suspense factor, but you will need to read to end to discover the twists and turns that confuse the reader – in a good way – and end with the “big reveal”.

I found this book to be engaging and suspenseful, but there were some chapters that were slower than others, and there was at least one element of the storyline that was unresolved. Additionally, the ending seemed slightly rushed, which was a little disappointing. Generally, though, I was interested in what memories would emerge with each of Emma’s sessions with Dr. Shaw, and that kept me reading. In my experience, that means I like the author’s style and will add more of Sinclair’s books to my to-read list.

I do recommend you read The Last Thing I Saw and look forward to reading more by Alex Sinclair. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Mr. Sinclair for the advanced copy and the opportunity to review this book.

Kristen Heyl
The dual timelines in this book, before and after, help to make the story flow and build the suspense for the final reveal at the end. The main character, Emma, has some memory loss and is working on getting back that memory to help her and her family. The fast pace, well-written characters, plenty of suspense and surprise ending is what makes this book a must read. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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