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The Last Thing to Burn

The Last Thing to Burn

A dark and brilliant new standalone thriller from a rising star in the crime genre.

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 …


Praise for Will Dean’s storytelling:
‘Loaded with atmosphere, brilliant on setting’ Mark Billingham
‘The best thriller I’ve read in ages’ Marian Keyes
‘Atmospheric, creepy and tense’ C.J. Tudor
‘Memorably atmospheric’ Guardian
‘Impressive’ The Times
‘Crackles along at a roaring pace’ Observer
‘I lived every second with the characters. A masterpiece’ 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

(P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 7th January 2021

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781529307061


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
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
Miranda Dickinson
Beautiful writing, wonderful characterisation and gripping plot
Rowan Coleman
Completely absorbing and important and brilliantly written
Fiona Mitchell
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