Review: The Last Girl To Die by Helen Sarah Fields


Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher:  Harper Collins UK (September 1, 2022)

From The island watched and wept…

In search of a new life, sixteen-year-old Adriana Clark’s family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.

Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.

The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

When Sadie found the body, I thought this would be a 4 or 5-star read because I was HOOKED. But then, the rest of the story happened, and sadly, it was such a drawn-out snoozefest that I stopped caring to the point that I started skimming the story to get to the main parts. 

Let me summarize what I learned. 

Mom & Dad: Mom is too "devastated" to do anything, while Dad appears to be hiding shit. 
Twin brother: Person of interest because he's shady as heck. 
PI Sadie: Doesn't want to work with the police (because they don't want to work with her) but feels entitled to carry on a police-style investigation (and is somehow privy to what should be police-only information).
Leggo-my-Eggo: Or whatever the incompetent police officer's name is (I remember his last name is Eggo, so that should count for something). I mean, he not only speaks about details of his current case in a public pub (and one the victim worked at), but he also brushes off not only a person wanting to speak to him about something important but another man detailing things that happened years ago. 

A lot of boring details that should probably be left out (I am very sorry to say that I would read this book before bedtime because I knew it would help me sleep), and somehow the case is solved in a way that seemed both anti-climatic and completely unrealistic. Which was honestly a darn shame as I've enjoyed this author's D.I. Callanach series, and this felt NOTHING like that.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.
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