Title: Last Day
Author: Luanne Rice
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: February 1, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 3/5
From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss.
Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.
Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run. When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu.
Reid immediately suspects Beth’s husband, whose affair is a poorly kept secret. He has an airtight alibi—but he also has a motive, and the evidence seems to point to him. Kate and Reid, along with the sisters’ closest childhood friends, struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight?
Twenty years ago, Reid vowed to protect Beth and Kate—and he’s failed. Now solving the case is turning into an obsession…
When Beth and Kate Lathrop were teenagers, they suffered a tragedy that left their mother dead and a valuable painting stolen. Now, Beth and Kate are grown, and it seems life is repeating itself when Beth is found murdered and the same painting is once again missing.
A lot of characters and points of view, though the story is primarily from Kate’s POV. Kate discovers her sister Beth has been murdered. Conor is the detective working the case, and he has a link to the sister’s past. Pete is Beth’s husband and a primary suspect in her death. Nicola is Pete’s mistress. Sam is Beth and Pete’s daughter. There are also a lot of friends mentioned throughout the book.
This book hooked me at the start, but disappointed me in the end. It’s a good mystery, and I imagine a lot of readers will enjoy it. For me, the number of characters and their various stories bogged down the novel. While some tangents were entertaining, the primary mystery was the only thing I was interested in. Disturbing and mysterious.