Review: THE LAST LIE by Stephen White


The Last Lie

By Stephen White

ISBN 978-0-525-95177-3

Published by Penguin Group, New York

Reviewed by Marlene Pyle

Here’s my idea of a great day: the sun is shining, and I’m out by the pool with a cold drink and a great book. The pool and the cold drink are not hard to come by; the great book sometimes is. I read a lot of books and most of them are pretty decent, but finding one that’s great…that’s a fairly rare treat. The Last Lie by Stephen White falls into the great category– Terrific plot, intriguing characters and a perfect pace. I see no way to improve this one.

Set in Colorado, the main character is Alan Gregory, a therapist with two dogs, two kids and marital problems of his own. His wife, Lauren, is an attorney in the DA’s office, and their relationship is not as smooth as it seems. After the deaths of their neighbors and close friends, Alan and Lauren have adopted their orphaned son, Jonah. Jonah’s been through a lot and it seems his troubles aren’t over yet.

Jonah’s former home has been sold. The new neighbors are a well-known attorney and his elegant wife. They are planning a major renovation of the home, but first they throw a large housewarming party. Afterwards there are allegations of a rape that took place in the house that night. Alan doesn’t want to get involved, but when information about the rape comes to him through a patient, he is drawn deeply into the ugly situation.

The only complaint I have about this novel is that I stayed out at the pool so long I got a little toasted, but that’s not White’s fault. Then again, maybe it is. If the story hadn’t been so engrossing…well, just make sure you’re in a cool, comfortable place when you start reading!

Copyright Ⓒ2010 Marlene Pyle

DISCLOSURE: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.

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