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2023 Book Review: The Only One Left

by Riley Sager

A Mystery/Thriller, 2023 by Dutton, 385 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The pacing is inconsistent. Some things feel like they move pretty quickly while others drag. 
  • A few too many twists and coincidences make this feel a little far-fetched. 
  • It’s unlikely everything will surprise you. Especially for an experienced mystery reader, these twists aren’t all going to be things you didn’t yell “I knew it” about. 

What I Did Like:

  • The mystery is captivating. I found myself eager to keep reading and figure it all out. There also are things that will surprise readers. There’s really enough kept secret for long enough that at least a small tidbit should be a total surprise. 
  • The cast of characters is intentionally odd. They’re perfect for this type of story where you ultimately suspect everyone in turn for something nefarious. 
  • Great ending. The author does a good job of wrapping things up satisfactorily.

Who Should Read This One:

  • Readers who like surprises and shocking twists.
  • If you like settings to act as metaphors this one also delivers.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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