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 . . .
The Last To Burn is available in ebook and hardback on the 7th January 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.
The Last Thing To Burn is a powerful, tense and gripping read that will be staying with me for a long time.
Firstly this isn’t an easy read due to its subject matter and I often found myself having to stop for little breaks as I was finding it very intense As in his previous books the author has a great way of describing the setting so the reader is able to see it in their mind. I really felt that I could picture the bleak, rugged countryside and I was therefore able to understand more how isolated Jane’s situation was.
Jane was a fantastic main character who I warmed to quickly and felt a lot of sympathy for, especially as the reader becomes aware of the terrifying situation she is in. She’s an incredibly strong determined lady and I was continuously amazed by her strength. The story is told from her point of view and I found it very interesting to learn more about her coping strategies. Lenn, on the other hand, was one of the most awful characters I’ve read about. He was an absolutely terrifying man who seemed to use every method available to control and bully Jane. He made my skin crawl with his behaviour and I wished I could go into the book to help in some way.
This book gripped me from the start and I found myself thoroughly absorbed by all that was going on. It was truly a nerve shredding read and I was constantly on edge wondering what would happen next. I think the reason the book is so hard hitting is that it seems so realistic, like this situation could actually happen maybe is happening somewhere at the moment (I really hope not). I felt very nervous for Jane and had to keep reading to find out if she escapes. I’ll be recommending this book to everyone and I look forward to reading more from this author!
Huge thanks to Jenny Platt for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying Law at the LSE and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden where he built a house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. Red Snow was published in January 2019 and won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019.