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The Last Party

The Last Party is the first Clare Mackintosh thriller that I ever had the pleasure of helping to edit – and from the very first draft, I was completely and utterly bowled over by the authentic cast of characters, the exquisite Snowdonia setting and the effortless way that Clare takes the mystery genre and adds her own genius perspective. How many thrillers can you think of that send an emotional shockwave through you at the twist? The Last Party will leave you reeling.

The author’s experience as a former police officer really shines through as she introduces you to DC Ffion Morgan – a black sheep in the community of Cwm Coed, a tiny village on the border between England and Wales. Ffion knows everyone in Cwm Coed, a place where no one ever seems to quite get away, and your past mistakes are never the past. So when the body of a local hero is found in the lake after his showy New Year’s Eve party, Ffion finds herself investigating the guests: her own friends and family. Trust me when I say that not only does everyone in this village have a secret, but you will also be desperate to unpick them all before the stunning ending.

I think The Last Party may be the best book Clare has written to date, and that is saying something. You’ll want to come back to Ffion time and time again, and you’re in luck – this marks the start of a brand-new series, so the people of Cwm Coed will be back again . . .

Tilda McDonald