Hi guys, today I have the pleasure to take part in Lucy Lawrie’s blog tour for her much anticipated novel, ‘The Last Day I Saw Her’. It’s rather different to her debut and if you’ve loved Tiny Acts of Love you’ll be surprised to see this new Lucy. But it’s a nice surprise and a brilliant change, Lucy’s definitely matured and grown as a writer and I truly enjoyed every second of her book. Massive thanks to amazing Janne from Black and White Publishing for the chance to be part of this tour and for my review copy (oh, and for being on her list of bloggers she likes the most 🙂 ). Hope you enjoy my review and as I said, MAKE SURE YOU GRAB A COPY OF TLDISH!
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucy Lawrie
Published by Black & White Publishing
Published on 11.8.2016
Genres: women's fiction
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When lonely single mum Janey stumbles into an art workshop, she can't believe her eyes when her left hand mysteriously scribbles a picture of two little girls and a strange message from someone called 'Hattie': Janey's childhood best friend. But they lost touch after Hattie's family suddenly moved away in mysterious circumstances.
Janey's instincts tell her that she must finally find out what happened to Hattie, but life is already complicated enough: she’s struggling with motherhood, a custody battle over her toddler son Pip is looming, and she finds herself falling for intense art tutor Steve. And when writing appears on the walls of her flat and Pip starts playing with an invisible friend, Janey fears she's losing her mind. Is it really a good idea to go digging up the past? As dark secrets come to light, she can't be sure what's real any more - or who to trust…
Moving and suspenseful, The Last Day I Saw Her is a richly emotive story of friendship lost and found, and how facing up to the past can help you find a better future.
In 2014 Lucy Lawrie made her debut on the chick lit/women’s fiction scene with her novel, ‘Tiny Acts of Love’. It is an easy and light hearted book about motherhood, which Lucy wrote just when she become a mother. Once I heard she’s publishing a new novel, I couldn’t be happier. I was instantly hooked just by the blurb and couldn’t wait to start reading. The blurb promised a different writing, a lot different to Lucy’s debut. However, no matter what I expected, I certainly didn’t expect this book to be so damn good.
‘The Last Day I Saw Her’ is beautiful, emotional and layered story that grabbed me from page one. Janey is a single mum, trying her best to give her son, Pip everything he needs. Her relationship with Pip’s father (and her former boss) is a bit complicated but they are sure trying to be the best parents considering the circumstances. After she visits a course (ends up there by accident) she can’t get her friend, Hattie off her mind. Hattie was her best friend but she hasn’t seen her for 25 years. After some strange events, Hattie leaves their small town of Glen Eddle and Jamey never hears from her again. Bit by bi, Jamey starts investigating their past, Hattie’s diary helping her along. Why was Hattie seeing certain apparitions, did her mum made them leave home because of it? How is their music teacher connected to Hattie’s family?
There are just so many intertwined stories, I honestly wouldn’t know where to start with this review. I also fear I would reveal more about the plot, and I’d hate to put spoilers. But judging from the blurb and this little I’ve written about the plot, you can see this is a fantastic women’s fiction/family drama with mystery elements.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Jamey as I didn’t truly feel her emotions. There were just so many things going on, however she seemed not too disturbed. The thing that bothered me is that it appears she loved her friend Hattie however it takes her 25 years to start wondering where Hattie is, what happened to her, if she can find her. This seemed a bit weird to me, but then again, kids do have short memories and maybe Jamey just needed something to trigger her and start the quest.
Hattie was such an interesting character. Most of what we learn about her is from her diary, which Jamey ends up with after Hattie leaves the town. What truly impressed me were those parts written from Hattie’s POV. It’s a hard work writing from child’s perspective, yet Lucy did this brilliantly and so effortlessly.
No wonder I devoured this book in one day, everything about it is brilliant, from the pacing to the beautiful, rich writing. As I mentioned previously, this book is rather different to Lucy’s debut, both in terms of genre and complexity. ‘The Last Day I Saw Her’ is beautiful, complex, suspenseful read perfect for fans of family drama/mystery. If you’re a fan of Diane Chamberlain and Amanda Brooke, than this book is definitely for you. Gripping and emotional, TLDISH is definitely a brilliant come back from Lucy Lawrie and the 2 year long wait was definitely worth it!