Will Dean has blown us all away with his Tuva Moodyson series and I for one, was dying to know what he was going to come up with next. Let’s just say, he has kicked it right out the park with The Last thing To Burn. I reckon this is THE book of 2021!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
He is her husband. She is his captive.
Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.
She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.
Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn’t like what he sees, she is punished.
For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .
I am broken, shattered into a thousand tiny pieces. This book will stay with me forever. I have no fancy dan words to say, nothing intellectual or thought provoking. I’m not sure I’ve even got any words that can adequately do justice to this work of genius.
I can’t remember the last time my heart hurt so much, it ached as I read and towards the end I thought it would burst right out of my chest.
As I read, I became Jane; I crawled inside of her body and could no more escape than she could. Through the power of his writing, Will Dean, forced me to experience the erosion of her identity, of her self and I felt myself curl up into a small ball of nothingness and I stayed there with her throughout, feeling every emotion that she felt, growing increasingly angry and full of rage for the situation she was in and towards those who had put her there. By the end, I was consumed with rage for all the Jane’s in the world.
The menace drips from the page, the sense of unease winds its way into your very being; it is both claustrophobic and intimate; it is a harrowing, horrifying and brutal character led tale of abuse, control and power.
A dark and emotive read that will stay with me forever. 2021 is just beginning and already I feel this is THE read of the year. Will Dean’s finest yet.
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