Book Review – The Last to Know by Jo Furniss


About The Last to Know

• Paperback:  289 pages
• Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing (August 11, 2020)
• ISBN-10: 1542006538
• ISBN-13: 978-1542006538

A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children.

American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Then there are the unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.

As Ellie works to separate rumor from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?







“The Last to Know crackles with atmosphere and looming menace. From the get go, Jo builds a world of authentic characters beset by past trauma, ancient folklore, and deadly secrets, and cleverly keeps the tension building to the very last page. I devoured it in one thrilling, spine-tingling weekend. Five stars from me!” —Amy McLellan, author of Remember Me


“A big house, a small town, a dark past, and a whole lot of secrets—all woven seamlessly together with Jo Furniss’s beautiful and evocative writing style. I raced through The Last to Know, from the edge-of-seat opening to the very satisfying ending. Highly recommended!” —Andrea Mara, author of the Irish Times bestseller The Sleeper Lies


“I loved this atmospheric and suspenseful tale of family secrets and lies. It is beautifully written and is set in a memorably eerie location that really jumps from the page. I couldn’t put it down!” —Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice


“The Last to Know is a beautifully written novel of psychological suspense charged with intrigue and emotion. Another gem from the very talented Jo Furniss.” —Victoria Selman, author of Snakes and Ladders


“An intriguing page-turner filled with unspoken secrets, old scores to settle, and all set against the backdrop of a small English town where everyone has a long memory and won’t be quick to forgive. Clever and complex, this book will keep you reading into the night.” —Imogen Clark, bestselling author of Postcards From a Stranger


“A quaint village. A decrepit house. A decades old mystery. All the elements you need for a compelling suspense that investigates whether you truly know the people you love, and whether you ever can. Sure to thrill Furniss’s fans.” —Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell and You Can’t Catch Me





My Thoughts 


What started out as a slow burning thriller ended up being one of the most captivating reads I’ve picked up all year.

Rose Kynaston a video journalist has just settled down at the childhood home of her husband in the English Village of Hurtwood. Arriving at the creepy run down manor, furnished with his hermit-like mother, things do not seem very welcoming. Not to mention the distasteful reception she receives from all of the villagers. Apparently there is some type of hidden secret at Hurtwood House from years ago that everyone is aware of except Rose. When human remains are discovered during a historical archaeological dig on the property, Rose and the local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan start their own dig into the past, attempting to find out the truth about Hurtwood House and the Kynaston family.

This was my first Jo Furniss book, and I have to tell you her writing is phenomenal. Her ability to pull you into a story is sleek and effortless, with characters that are so genuine that you become 100% vested in their struggles. This story became a page turner and kept me up all night reading as I tried to figure out what really happened at Hurtwood House. There is an eerie aura about the book that keeps it constantly mysterious with multiple unexpected surprises, building to the unexpected thrilling ending. This has all the markings of a great dark psychological thriller with perfect doses of suspense and mystery. Grab your hot cup of coffee (or drink of choice) and settle in with this one, you will be glad you listened to me when you are done. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

.Thank you to @jofurnissauthor @lakeunionauthors @amazonpublishing and  @katerocklitchick for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion for review.



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About Jo Furniss

Jo Furniss is the author of The Trailing Spouse and the Amazon Charts bestseller All the Little Children. After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon. As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

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