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The Last

(2019)
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For fans of high-concept thrillers such asAnnihilationandThe Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war - along with 20 other survivors - who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel's water tanks.

Jon thought he had all the time in the world to respond to his wife's text message: I miss you so much. I feel bad about how we left it. Love you. But as he's waiting in the lobby of the L'Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland after an academic conference, still mulling over how to respond to his wife, he receives a string of horrifying push notifications. Washington, DC, has been hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, then London, and finally Berlin. That's all he knows before news outlets and social media go black - and before the clouds on the horizon turn orange.

Now, two months later, there are 20 survivors holed up at the hotel, a place already tainted by its strange history of suicides and murders. Those who can't bear to stay commit suicide or wander off into the woods. Jon and the others try to maintain some semblance of civilization. But when the water pressure disappears and Jon and a crew of survivors investigate the hotel's water tanks, they are shocked to discover the body of a young girl.

As supplies dwindle and tensions rise, Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the little girl as a way to cling to his own humanity. Yet the real question remains: Can he afford to lose his mind in this hotel, or should he take his chances in the outside world?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A clever, original, scarily plausible white-knuckle read." - Erin Kelly

"Ms. Jameson writes about the end of the world with the authenticity of one who has witnessed it and come back to tell the tale. Her characters are complex and compelling, and she depicts group and survivor psychology with deft and empathetic detail. The plot is gripping, and thoroughly and frighteningly believable. I could not put this book down." - Jennie Melamed

"A brilliantly executed novel... the questions Jameson poses -- who will be with you at the end of the world, and what kind of person will you be? -- are as haunting as the plot itself. This is a chilling and extraordinary book." - Emily St. John Mandel

"Dark, original, compelling." - C J Tudor

"The Last is impossible to put down. Nuclear apocalypse meets murder mystery, with an amazing cast of characters. It's Stephen King meets Agatha Christie, in this fantastic and highly original novel that I'll be recommending to readers for a long time to come. I loved every second of it! This is *the* book of 2019." - Luca Veste


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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Last: A Novel
Author(s): Hanna Jameson
ISBN: 1-5011-9882-3 / 978-1-5011-9882-3 (USA edition)
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Title: The Last: The breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night
Author(s): Hanna Jameson
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March 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: The Last
Author(s): Hanna Jameson
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Title: The Last: The breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night
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Title: The Last: The breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night
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April 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Last
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Title: The Last
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Kindle Editions

April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last: A Novel
Author(s): Hanna Jameson
Publisher: Atria Books
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January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last: The breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night
Author(s): Hanna Jameson
Publisher: Penguin
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