Title: The Last Thing She Told Me
Author: Linda Green
What The Book Tells Us
The new emotionally-charged suspense novel from the Number One Bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed, selling over 450,000 copies across all editions.
Even the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface…
Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.
Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.
But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?
Praise for After I’ve Gone (2017)
‘The suspense becomes quite unbearable… A terrifyingly plausible story’ Sunday Mirror
‘A powerful and provocative read that will get under your skin’ The Sun
‘Stunning, such a unique premise and really well executed. I got papercuts trying to turn the pages faster!’ Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You
‘A tale of love, loss and sacrifice with the cleverest twist. Poignant and intriguing, unusual and lovely. I genuinely didn’t want to put it down’ Milly Johnson, Sunday Times bestselling author
‘Linda Green is bloody brilliant!’ Amanda Prowse, Number One bestselling author
‘The story was authentic, absorbing and unputdownable . . . although I raced through the pages I didn’t want the story to finish’ Louise Jensen, author of The Sister
‘Enjoyable, original and intriguing’ B A Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors
Been a long time coming for me to read another of Linda Green’s books, The Last Thing She Told Me certainly filled that void, the suspense, the thrill, the sodden tears, yip and there were loads of those, congrats Linda on making me a snivelling wreck.
Nicola’s grandmother passes away, leaving Nicola looking for answers to a request her grandmother spoke before her final breath, to take care of the babies at the bottom of the garden, what did she mean was it just the ramblings of a dying woman or was it something else. After the funeral Nicola’s youngest child is playing in the garden and discovers what looks to be an animal bone or is it the reason behind Nicola’s grandmothers strange request. What will be the consequences of the discover what secrets are going to surface, should they have stayed well hidden or will the family be forever torn apart.
The Last Thing She Told Me, a tale filled with secrets, secrets a family tries to keep buried, shame, the unadmonished guilt, the past vilified by what was classed as inappropriate behaviour in the 1940’s and continues into the next generations. Each secret becoming a burden for each woman to hold. Each secret is unwrapped and Linda produces the written narrative about each secret in a sensitive but poignant way showing empathy for each of the women involved. A sad but true fact the sense of a traumatic experience can carry forward through the generations.
Linda held my heart in her hands as she scripted every detail, every hidden secret, pulling every which way, I failed to stop the tears from failing, it certainly was an ugly cry for me, the torment that ripped through my very soul as to what many woman had to deal with and to some extent still do. Words have failed me!
Thank you to Quercus, Linda Green and Milly Reid for an advanced readers copy of The Last Thing She Told Me in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Linda Green is the bestselling author of eight novels. She is an award-winning journalist and has written for The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Big Issue. Linda lives in West Yorkshire.