Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Book Review: "The Last Housewife" by Ashley Winstead
WTF did I just read? I had heard that the latest book by Ashley Winstead was wild and triggering, but I was utterly unprepared for this level of craziness. If you’re thinking of reading it, know that nearly every single trigger warning applies to this book. But I couldn't turn away!!
Shay has made a new life for herself. She’s married a rich man, achieved success as a writer, and plans to write a book. She plays the role to perfection—entertaining their friends and her husband’s business associates, lounges by the pool, etc.
She’s also obsessed with true crime podcasts, and one that she listens to regularly is hosted by an old childhood friend, Jamie. Shay is utterly shocked when one day Jamie discusses his suspicions about the suicide of Laurel, Shay’s best friend in college. Although they had lost touch, she is devastated by Laurel’s death, which brings up reminders of another suspicious death years before.
Shay decides to reach out to Jamie to help investigate what really happened to Laurel. But that will require reopening old wounds and facing the truth about the horrible secrets she’s tried to put behind her. And those secrets might pull her right back in…
It’s best to go in fairly blind here and just let it all unfold. I’d seriously read anything Winstead writes—her two previous books were among my favorites. Can’t wait to see what she does next!
Labels: book reviews, college, fiction, friendship, growing up, love, marriage, memories, murder, mystery, relationships, suicide, thriller, trauma, true crime, writers
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