The Only One Left, a review by Kristin

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The Only One Left
By: Riley Sager

Publication Date: June 20, 2023
Published By: Dutton
398 Pages

Find It On: Amazon | Goodreads

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“But I knew that looks could be deceiving. And that even prisons can appear lovely if lit the right way.”

BLURB: (From Goodreads)

At seventeen, Lenora Hope
Hung her sister with a rope

Now reduced to a schoolyard chant, the Hope family murders shocked the Maine coast one bloody night in 1929. While most people assume seventeen-year-old Lenora was responsible, the police were never able to prove it. Other than her denial after the killings, she has never spoken publicly about that night, nor has she set foot outside Hope’s End, the cliffside mansion where the massacre occurred.

Stabbed her father with a knife
Took her mother’s happy life

It’s now 1983, and home-health aide Kit McDeere arrives at a decaying Hope’s End to care for Lenora after her previous nurse fled in the middle of the night. In her seventies and confined to a wheelchair, Lenora was rendered mute by a series of strokes and can only communicate with Kit by tapping out sentences on an old typewriter. One night, Lenora uses it to make a tantalizing offer—I want to tell you everything.

“It wasn’t me,” Lenora said
But she’s the only one not dead

As Kit helps Lenora write about the events leading to the Hope family massacre, it becomes clear there’s more to the tale than people know. But when new details about her predecessor’s departure come to light, Kit starts to suspect Lenora might not be telling the complete truth—and that the seemingly harmless woman in her care could be far more dangerous than she first thought.


I have a love/hate relationship with this book (and I think this author in general). I really loved the concept of this book. I thought it was very creative. It felt new. I thought the characters were all really well developed and distinctive. I do have a few issues with it. I thought the book was really long and drawn out. There are parts of the book that could be cut out and the story would be exactly the same – mainly the background information that didn’t directly pertain to the plot. There were some really great twists that were in this book as well. Twist that were mind blowing. But…. The author took the twists too far, and just piled them one on top of the other. By the last one, I was rolling my eyes. For me, this book is a 3.5. A lot of people love it though, so I’m sure other thriller lovers will enjoy it too!


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