I have sat with this review for a week because I just didn't know what to write about this wonderful new novel by Kim Kelly. Every novel she writes is so distinct from the previous ones, it is always a delight to open up her book and see the words she has written transform into something wonderful. Once again this novel is entirely different, both in the way the story is told and the story itself. It is many things, a crime novel, a love story, an insight into the publishing world, a search for redemption, a story of grief.
The inspiration for this novel came from a very sad and personal experience of the authors. Also, knowing some of the author's background as a writer and book editor working in the publishing industry for over 20 years, Penny's journey as a commissioning editor deciding if she wants to remain in an industry, such as the big publishing world has become, has a definite personal feel to it.
Throughout the story, there are many serendipitous moments that are seemingly unconnected to each other but show the 'small world effect' where things are interconnected in ways we may never fully be aware of. Though some of these moments seem most unlikely or too serendipitous, I loved them all the more for this reason and I loved how they were woven into the story.
There are 6 main characters in this novel, though one, Thisbe, who is murdered at the start of the novel, is the catalyst for the things that transpire for the other characters. I loved all the characters, except Jane, I hoped with everything I had that she would get what she deserved by the end of the story. I was easily able to understand or empathise with the rest of the characters and loved being part of their journey, I wanted to be there for them for the ups and the downs, the triumphs and the defeats.
There were many moments in this story that spoke to me and many lines I highlighted to read again.
This was a wonderful novel that brought out many emotions and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.
Her Last Words Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Reviewed in Australia on 6 August 2020
I so loved this beautiful book. The story opens with the brutal murder of Thisbe and then we follow the story of her boyfriend John and friend Oenny 10 years on . Although the premise is sad , it is a feel good book in many ways . Totally recommend !