Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession. Until, that is, he’s assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, holding a hunting knife and covered in someone else’s blood.
As Steven questions Emily, she repeatedly scratches out the same odd symbol he sees when he closes his eyes. A thrilling suspense ensues as Steven must get inside Emily’s head to solve a mystery without a crime—a mystery that is connected to him in ways he can’t even begin to fathom.
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*Many thanks to the publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Detective Steven Paul has been haunted by the same nightmare since he was a kid. He was passed on from one foster home to another until he finally landed on a couple, Ness and Mike, who accepts him despite his reservation and the continuous nightmare that scared the other families. They treated him as their own and he thinks he finally found a place he can call home. But he also knows he needs to hide his nightmares and act that everything is okay. Growing up, he expects things to be better, but it didn’t. In fact, not only that he had nightmares, he also started having visions when he’s awake. But even that, he managed to hide from people for most of his life. Things are going so well until a new case comes along, the case of Emily Lindsey. The woman was found by her husband in their own home covered with blood, a knife in her hand and in her pocket, a note with Steven’s name on it. Which is weird, because he is certain that he doesn’t know of her at all. Upon investigation, it was discovered that all those blood doesn’t belong to Emily, but to someone else. The question now is, is she a suspect or a victim? But Emily is unresponsive and not talking at all, so there’s no way to know what really happened. It turns out she’s the blogger behind the controversial website that exposes people and companies. As a result, there’s a lot of people out there who hates Emily’s guts, thus, a lot of possible suspects to investigate. Steven tried his luck to talk to her but to no avail, instead, she drew a symbol. The strange symbol that’s been haunting Steven’s dreams for a long time. It looks like there is some kind of connection between Emily and Steven. But what? As Steven delved deeper into the mystery that is Emily Lindsey, unknown to him, he’s about to discover his past that he doesn’t even remember.
The Last Day of Emily Lindsey is one of those books that will keep you reading and turning page after page just so you can find out what happens next. I’d say the plot is original and is something enthralling. There are two storylines which are both equally intriguing despite the different timelines. One the present, with Steven and Emily, the other one is with a bunch of kids living in a strange cult-like commune who’s trying to find the answer as to why June 2 is such a “special day”. The story alternates between the past and the present, which can be tricky, but in this book, I’d say it works just fine as both stories have gripping mysteries that will definitely hold your interest up until the very end as there are not much clues thrown in early on. The main mystery, of course, lies with the possible connection of Steven to Emily Lindsey and the kids from the commune and how their stories will entwine, which is, by the way, nicely executed. The writing style is excellent and the characters are remarkable that you can’t help but feel invested in the story they are telling. The fewer facts and background about Emily left me disappointed, though, since I was expecting to read more of her. I would also love it if there are a bit more police procedures involve since Steven is a detective. I really think it would add something more interesting to the story. Also, the ending seemed rushed that there are some points that don’t make sense and left untied. Despite that, though, it is definitely a thrilling read and something that mystery readers would appreciate.