Last Christmas

Maria Frankland

What a twist, I never would have predicted it!!!!! I couldn’t read it fast enough LOVED, LOVED, LOVED I can’t stop thinking of all the twists…’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It was supposed to be a family Christmas to remember. But I never thought it would end with one of us dead…

As I walk into the pine-scented air of my seaside childhood home, gripping my husband Neil’s hand tight, I have a brief moment of hope. Maybe this Christmas will be different – for once my family might get on fuelled by mulled wine and festive cheer.

But the sound of happy carols are replaced by my older sister Christy’s over-loud laugh and slurred words. Rebecca, my younger sister, stalks out of the room as soon as I enter, as though I’m the Grinch here to steal Christmas. And their husbands, brash and arrogant, slap Neil’s back in a way that promises torment rather than welcome. My dream shatters. I know it’ll be the same as always.

The day continues as badly as I feared, forced cheerfulness turning to rolled eyes, and when a wine-fuelled argument swirls out of hand Neil can’t take it anymore. I don’t blame him when he storms out of the house. But he never returns…

When my gentle husband is found dead at the beach we loved, my whole world collapses. But it’s even worse than a nightmare – because Neil has been murdered. By someone in my family.

I knew we had our differences, but I never thought it would end like this. And as my heart hammers in my chest I know I’m running out of time. Because whoever killed Neil must know what I’m really hiding. And if I don’t figure out who in my fractured family really did it, I know I will be next…

Perfect for fans of Daniel Hurst, Mark Edwards and K.L. Slater, this is an utterly absorbing and page-turning psychological thriller with the most unexpected of twists.

What readers are saying about Last Christmas:

I will be blown away if anything can top the way I feel about Last Christmas. This book had everything I never knew I needed jam packed within the pages. Please please please, give me more!!! Anyone who rates this book under 5 stars is lying and a criminal.’ @thrillbythepage_, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This novel is SO good, to say it is ‘unputdownable’ doesn’t do it justiceexceptional!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This is not your grandma’s sweet holiday tale of gingerbread cookies… it’s a whodunit murder mystery, full of dark twistiness and edge of your seat suspense featuring one HOT MESS of a family at Christmas! AND I AM HERE FOR IT!… will keep you captivated from the first to the very last page!’ @booknerdmomma, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a twist… I never would have predicted it!!!!!… I couldn’t read it fast enoughLOVED, LOVED, LOVED this novel.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Christmas + thriller = SIGN ME UP! I loved this.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was gooooood! It made a change to read a Christmas book that wasn’t all fluffy kittens and twinkly lights, and had a storyline that kept me on my toes throughoutBrilliant.’ Staceywh_17, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘You had me at ‘Last Christmas’! I really enjoyed this twisty thriller and it kept me turning pages well into the night. This is domestic drama at its finest filled with toxic relationships and devastating consequences. 5 stars!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Captivating… A riveting tale of murder and mayhem… Brace yourselves for a genuine page-turner! I absolutely loved this book… utterly compelling … A thrilling ride from start to finish… Gripping!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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