The Last Thing to Burn (Hardback)
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The Last Thing to Burn (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 07/01/2021
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Set on a remote farm and filled with lingering dread, The Last Thing to Burn is a chilling depiction of an obsessively controlling relationship driven to its breaking point.

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 ...

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529307054
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is a brilliant, chilling depiction of life on the very edges of society. I read it in one sitting, and lived every second of the book with the characters. Compelling, horrifying and gripping, and written with such empathy and control, it's probably the best thing I will read this year - Jane Casey

Misery meets Room ... a triumph - Marian Keyes

Ratchets up the tension to the point where I had to check my pulse - Liz Nugent

Heart-stoppingly suspenseful, a masterclass in tension - Erin Kelly

A heart-racing exploration about human survival. An addictive and insightful thriller - Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

Brilliant - Elly Griffiths

Sensational. Claustrophobic, compulsive, and almost unbearably tense it's a heart-in-mouth read that's packed with suspense. Readers will be saying 'just one more page' all the way from the gripping beginning to the heart-stopping end - C.L. Taylor

Seriously nail-biting stuff! I raced through it, my heart was in my mouth - Emma Curtis

Tremendously powerful and fantastically written, heart-stopping from page one. Expect to see it on all the award lists - Sarah Hilary

I'm in awe. What a magnificent achievement. Gripping, heart-breaking, transcendent. It's bound to be a huge hit - and an award winner - Paul Burston

This book . . . Devastating, taut, horrifying but also such strength . . . it's going to stay with me for a long time - Laura Van Rensburg

Incredible! - Miranda Dickinson

Beautiful writing, wonderful characterisation and gripping plot - Rowan Coleman

Completely absorbing and important and brilliantly written - Fiona Mitchell

Superb - Mel Sherratt

A heart-pounding read that is impossible to put down. Sinister, creepy and superbly written - Dani Atkins

Tense, emotional and highly recommended - Susi Holliday

Blown away - this is going to be HUGE - Lucy Dawson

Such a brilliantly executed, tense, taut thriller - Imran Mahmood

Very highly recommended - Mark Edwards

Chilling and compelling - Lucy Atkins

I truly was gripped by this book . . . I think it's up there with the best crime/thriller novels I've read - Catherine Ryan Howard

Sublime. An atmospheric, deliciously tense thriller. I thought my heart stopped a few times. I loved it - Irenosen Okojie

I couldn't put it down. A visceral nightmare of a book with one of the most evil villains I've come across in a long time. Powerful writing - Steve Cavanagh

A superbly taut novel . . . utterly brilliant - Stuart Turton

It was a thoroughly gripping, brilliantly uncomfortable read with terrible ticking-clock moments that had my whole body tense and straining for a glimpse of him on that driveway. The bleak landscape, the colourful back story and the excellent characterisation all made for a very satisfying read. LOVED IT - C. D. Major

One of the most tense books you'll ever read - Fabulous

A thrillingly tense new pageturner from master of suspense Will Dean - Grazia

An unbearably tense read, with incredible writing - Ragnar Jonasson

I could not stop reading this! Brilliantly done - Denise Mina

The atmosphere is vivid, the characters are brilliantly drawn . . . Claustrophobic, harrowing but also inspiring, this book is not for the faint-hearted. It's hard to read, and hard to put down - The Press Association

Vividly-written . . . a powerful thriller - The Irish Times

A truly frightening, unsettling read that is worth reading in one sitting . . . Superbly paced - Woman’s Way

This harrowing and too-timely tale will haunt you - Heat

Short, sharp shocker - The Times

We couldn't put this tense novel down - Bella

A tense, brilliant read - Closer

Packs a mighty emotional punch . . . gut-wrenching - Peterborough Telegraph

The atmosphere is vivid, the characters are brilliantly drawn - The I

75 of the best books for 2021: A bleak but brilliantly handled tale of oppression, torture and enslavement that will have you turning the pages late into the night - The i online

Will doesn't just build suspense; he cloaks his story in it - Culture Fly

Will Dean's first standalone thriller is a claustrophobic nail-biting read that is heart-breaking and suspenseful in equal measure . . . Not for the faint-hearted, Will Dean has written a stunning and thought-provoking narrative that will resonate with even the harden genre advocate - SHOTS

Outstanding. The best thriller in years - Martina Cole

Compelling, this shines a light on to a plight that is rooted in real-life tragedy - The Sunday Post

A brilliant and thought-provoking start to the year - Sunday Sport

Impossible to put down . . . an early contender for one of the best books of the year - Daily Express S Magazine

One of the best thrillers I have read in years - The Observer

A true nail-biter - The Guardian

Terrifying and often emotive, it is also a powerful story of strength and determination that is as inspiring as it is chilling. Definitely one for your 2021 reading list - Sunday Independent

This is every bit as accomplished as Dean's previous books, but its unrelenting narrative of spousal cruelty is not for the fainthearted - Financial Times

As a piece of sustained domestic terror this is magnificent, and it deserves to sit alongside The Collector and Misery as a classic - Strong Words Magazine

I cannot remember the last time I read a book this immediate, intense, gripping, taut terrifying, moving and brilliant . . . the tension was so agonising . . . it deserves to be number one, it deserves to be a huge movie, it deserves to win awards. My book of the year and it's only February - Lisa Jewell

Shocking, visceral and totally unforgettable - Woman & Home Online

An astonishing standalone from Dean - New Statesman Books of the Year round up

Extremely tense . . . a story of survival in its most basic form, but more than that it's about the immense power of the human spirit - Culturefly, Best Books of 2021

A taut nail-biter of a thriller - The Sun

A timely and unforgettable locked-door mystery - Daily Express, Books of the year - picked by Anne Cater

Compelling, dark and seriously nail-biting, this is thriller writing at its best - Surrey Life

Achingly tense - Mr B’s Bookseller’s Dozen

Unrelentingly tense and chilling, this is a gripping read - Sunday Express S Mag

A gripping psychological thriller about an obsessive, damaged relationship - Daily Express

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Stu Cummins

“You must read this phenomenal novel!”

Will Dean’s “The Last Thing to Burn”, quite frankly, is phenomenal. Painfully brutal, distressingly tense and viscerally affecting. This will take 2021 by storm.

Lenn is a farmer who lives in a small, rugged... More

Hardback edition
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“This book is a triumph.”

This is the story of a woman whom we will not call Jane. She is a woman in the most awful circumstances and the story Will Dean tells is told entirely in her voice. It is a story that I did not want to hear, but could... More

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“His Best Yet!”

Thank you for the early review copy, having read Will's three previous books I was a little surprised to see that this was a standalone, not from the series we know and love...
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