The Last Night by Cesca Major
In a quiet coastal village, Irina spends her days restoring furniture, passing the time in peace and hiding away from the world. A family secret, long held and never discussed, casts a dark shadow and Irina chooses to withdraw into her work. When an antique bureau is sent to her workshop, the owner anonymous, Irina senses a history to the object that makes her uneasy. As Irina begins to investigate the origins of the piece, she unearths the secrets it holds within…
Decades earlier in the 1950s, another young woman kept secrets. Her name was Abigail. Over the course of one summer, she fell in love, and dreamed of the future. But Abigail could not know that a catastrophe loomed, and this event would change the course of many lives for ever…
I must say, I rarely comment on a books cover, but this one is fantastic! I love the summery feel and I am sure it’ll have a lot of success as a beach read. The novel opens in the summer of 1952 with the discovery of a dead body washing up in the sea. An unknown woman, a corpse, a mystery!
The novels coastal location really enhances the atmospheric feeling. I live by the coast and can actually see the Solent from my bedroom window, yet I am still a sucker for a coastal setting and love a good mystery too.
The novel has two interwoven stories. The present with Irina a furniture restorer who is drawn to the past via an antique bureau which she feels a presence surrounding it. Abigail is the character whom is set in the post-war era of 1952. Abigail is a dreamer and longs for the day she may make her future dreams a reality and make for America!
The novel speaks from various different characters perspectives and essentially moves from past to present very well. I can’t establish too much on the plot for fear of leaving spoilers but I can elaborate on what I loved about it.
I picked this novel due to reading a lot of darker crime fiction or fiction with darker cultural/political/historical theme. I wanted something that would hit the feels, but also where I would drift away to the location within the novel and it achieved both excellently! It has tension, emotion and is very thought provoking. The main thing I loved about this novel, was that the individual relationships were paramount to the story. Whether it be friendship, lost siblings, changing sisterhood or family. They all play a part in the love, jealousy, intimidation, loneliness and the secrets the past, holds dear. Unbeknown to all of the characters, something is brewing that will change all of their lives…………….
Highly recommended, Historical fiction, mystery & relationship theme 4*
*Thank you to Corvus Books for a copy in return for an honest review! 🙂