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The Last to Know - Melissa Hill

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Melissa Hill / Paperback / 400 Pages / Book is published 2008-03-20 by Hodder Paperbacks

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      03.09.2011 19:32
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      Loved it

      I was in Dublin and needed a book to read to help pass the time that my OH would watch the football and rugby and just whenever there was nothing to do.

      I was having a look through his mums books when I came across this, I read the back of it and it instantly caught my attention, it sounded like a good read.

      Eve knows what she wants.
      After nine good years and two kids together, it's about time Liam made an honest woman of her.

      Eve's sister Sam knows more than she should, Sam always thought Eve was too good for Liam. Then she learns the truth about his business trips to Australia and her suspicions are confirmed.

      Brooke, safe on the other side of the world; knows nothing. Until a mysterious delivery arrives on her desk and promises to change her life forever. It seems someone doesn't want Brooke to be the last to know.

      I had never heard of Melissa Hill before, but after looking online I can see that shes quite a big author over in Ireland, I think she could be number 1 even.

      The front of the book is a bright pink with a picture of a woman sitting on a lot of books writing in a book and having a good old think.
      Over the top of her is the title of the book and the authors name, for the sort of book it is I think it has quite a girly front cover and it doesn't really go with what the story is actually about, but never mind.

      The main characters in the book are Eve, her sister Sam, Anne who is Eves best friend and Brooke..a complete stranger on the other side of the world.

      Eve is a mother too 2 gorgeous children, a young boy and a 7 year old girl and has been with her ungrateful ( although she cant really see it ) partner Liam for 9 years.

      Eves best friend is Anne, who has been with her partner for around the same length of time, they are both engaged but for some reason Anne seems to be putting off getting married to her lovely partner Ronan.

      Sam is Eves sister who lives in London, she moved away from Dublin when her parents passed away and is quite well known for being a successful author.

      One day Sam and Eve are on the phone to each other and end up getting into an argument, this results in Sam and Eve switching places and trying out their lives in each others shoes, Sam thinks it would be good for her as she somehow can not commit fully to her boyfriend and she wants to see if the lifestyle which Eve leads ( having kids, stay at home mum.. ) is really for her. Whereas Eve just really wants a little break from it all.

      After this the story changes completely, there are so many twist and turns and surprises in the book that you wont be able to keep it down, I managed to read this in a day which is a record for me as it pulled you in so much.

      My favourite Character was Sam, shes very headstrong and independent and was the most likeable character for me, I also loved Ronan, Annes fiance.

      The rest of the characters came across very well to me and it made the book special, you get to know each and every person which is strange as theres so many, and you see things from lots of points of view which is great.

      Now onto Brooke, a book arrives on her desk one day in Australia with a message attached saying something like "Thought this might be of some interest to you" realising how hard it is to get someone to be able to put and recommend a book like that, right on your desk is hard she decides it must be worth reading, but she would never expect what was to come, and neither could you.

      It was a great book and I will be looking out for Melissa's books now as it seemed so well wrote.S

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        26.05.2011 18:32
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        Another great novel

        Eve knows what she wants. After nine good years and two kids together, it's about time Liam made an honest woman of her.Eve's sister Sam knows more than she should. Sam's always thought Eve was too good for Liam. Then she learns the truth about his business trips to Australia, and her suspicions are confirmed. And Brooke, safe on the other side of the world; knows nothing. Until a mysterious delivery arrives for her and promises to change her life forever. It seems someone doesn't want Brooke to be the last to know . . .

        I'm a huge fan of Melissa Hill, and have all of her books on my bookshelf. I've read the majority of her books but I still have a few left to read, and one of those was The Last To Know. I heard from a friend that it needed total concentration to read, and it's taken me until now to have a free day to dedicate to the book. I was hoping for another fab, plot-twist-y read and I got exactly what I was looking for.

        Now, I don't want to give too much away about the plot because the beauty of a Melissa Hill book is discovering the plot as you read the book, rather than have everything spelled out to you in the synopsis or when reading a review. Basically, the plot revolves around Aussie Brooke, who is a book editor at a major Australian women's fiction imprint, and when she receives a manuscript entitled The Last To Know she quickly becomes engrossed in the story of its characters. But all is not what it seems, and it turns out that the truth really can be stranger than fiction. We also meet Eve, Sam and Anna, three girls living in Dublin and London as they make relationship changes, hope to get married, and stick with their jobs. I was immediately taken in with the plot and I was intrigued as to how it would all unravel because in true Melissa Hill style, I knew it would undoubtedly be less than straightforward.

        I thought the cast of The Last To Know was very well rounded, and very well characterised. I immediately liked Eve. She's the mother to two children, has been with her partner, Liam, for 9 years and is hopeful of a marriage proposal sometime soon. She seems very downtrodden with life when we first meet her but after she and her sister Sam to a bit of a life swap, she really comes into her own. I also liked Sam, Eve's sister and a best-selling author in London. Her life is the polar opposite of her sister and I liked her spunkiness. As for Anna, I wasn't totally convinced about her. I was never really taken with her to be honest and it was only at the end of the book that it all made sense to me. I also really disliked Eve's partner Liam, he was barely in the book due to his work as a wine importer but whenever he was around, I couldn't wait for him to disappear again. I loved Brooke, and she was one of my favourite characters.

        As with all of Melissa's books The Last To Know is incredibly well written. It's told in the third-person, allowing us to get the full scope of the story. But as usual in a Hill book, we don't get the full scope of the story until the end. I love the way Hill can somehow tell a story without revealing everything until the final few chapters. It must take immense strength to not blurt it all out beforehand. A lot of the twists and turns came as a surprise to me, because as usual I had my own thoughts and suspicions and thought I had the story cracked when it turns out that as usual I was completely and utterly wrong. I would get dispirited but it's my fault for trying to second guess Melissa. I hugely enjoyed The Last To Know and although I didn't enjoy it as much as some of her previous works, it's still a notable novel that all Hill fans will lap up.

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        21.12.2010 21:08
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        A Really Clever And Gripping Novel. Would Reccomend To Everyone!!

        I had never even heard of the author Melissa Hill never mind read 1 of her books until a few months ago when my friend told me about this amazing book she had just finished and told me i should read. She gave me the book and although i do love reading the things she'd told me about it and the frontcover/description just didn't appeal to me. I thought it was going to be your stereotypical 'chick-lit' with predictable storylines and plot twists. When i finally got around to reading it a few weeksa ago i realised i couldnt have been more wrong!!

        ~Useful Info~

        Title:The last to know
        Author:Melissa Hill
        RRP:£7.99 (You can probably find it cheaper online or just save yourself all the money and borrow from a friend or library like me!)
        Publisher:Hodder Paperbacks (2008)

        ~The Story/What I Thought~

        The book tells the story of 2 couples living in Ireland. The first is a downtrodden housewife (Eve) and her ungrateful partner (Liam), who is also the father to her 2 small children. And the 2nd are their best friends the seemingly perfect couple Anna and Ronan. The book begins when Eves older more glamorous sister Sam comes to stay whilst taking a break from her high flying journalism career in London. The book begins like a pretty standard chick-lit book until we are introduced to Brooke, a 24 year old working for a publishing company on the other side of the planet in Sidney. All throughout the book the reader is baffled as to how the two stories intertwine and i can pretty much guarantee you that no matter how many guesses you make (And believe me i made quite a few) you wont guess the dramatic and quite frankly shocking twist at the end of this book!!
        I know this is a bit of a cliche but this book is definitley a page turner (i read it in 2 days), there are ups and downs, twists and turns all throughout this book. I laughed, cried and was left completley dumbfounded at different points in this book.

        'The Last To Know' is one of the best books i have read in a very long time! It has you gripped from the 1st chapter and really cleverly written. I would recomend this to all women especially if you want a book that is a bit cleverer and less predictible than your average female novel.

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          05.12.2008 19:53
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          An excellent read!

          This is the first book I have read by Melissa Hill, an excellent Irish author, and I could not believe how enthralled and caught up I was in the story from the very first page. It's the sort of book you just don't want to put down until you have reached the very last page!

          The Last to Know tells the story of three women. There is Eve who has been living with Liam for a long time, has two children by him but can't get him to commit to marriage although this is what she desperately wants. Sam is Eve's sister and also a successful author.She is not ever so keen on Liam and quite suspicious about his feelings and intentions towards her sister. Then there is Brooke. She lives on the other side of the world in Australia and it does take quite a while to see how she fits into the story at all. All is revealed as you read on though and it's probably not how you think!

          All three of these characters, as well as all the others in the story, are really well developed and as you read you do feel like you are getting to know them. Also,on the whole they are likeable so you do start caring about what happens to them. It's also fascinating to observe how all the characters interact with each other and to see how the different relationships develop.

          I think this is a wonderfully crafted novel. You might think as you are reading it that you are able to predict where it's going but I can assure you that you probably can't. There are times when you will be surprised and even shocked and most of all as it progresses towards the end you may even be moved to tears. I was reading the final few chapters of this book on the train and I could not believe it when I read a bit which made tears well up in my eyes and before I knew it there were tears rolling down my cheeks. It was quite embarrassing although I'm not sure if all the other passengers noticed. If you are inclined to be a bit emotional then I would not recommend reading this book in a public place!

          The storyline was excellent with many twists and turns and the pace was nice and brisk which made you want to keep on reading. There were a number of different storylines to follow and these were all intertwined very well. This enabled the author to explore different characters' viewpoints and I really enjoyed this aspect of the novel. I was captivated from the first word and my interest did not dwindle throughout.

          This book is definitely not chick lit but it is modern women's fiction at its best. If you enjoy this type of reading I would definitely recommend The Last to Know. I enjoyed it so much that I am now on the look out for other books by Melissa Hill.

          At the time of writing the paperback version can be found on Amazon for £4.73!

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            05.07.2008 19:52
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            Another great novel from Melissa Hill, just perfect!

            Melissa Hill's latest release " The Last to Know" has to be one of the most gripping novels on the shelves of every book shop today.

            From start to finish the reader is perpelled into the lives of Eve and Liam, Anna and Ronan and Eve's older sister Sam. At first glance, the audience is thrown by the particular writing style of this novel but once one has realised the true nature of the authors intentions it is almost impossible to leave the book even for a second. Twisting and turning through ficticious streets of love and lies Hill captivates her audience in such a way, attacking the emotions, that has yet to be discovered by many other authors.

            The Last to Know is a wonderful read and writing a review is almost impossible in order to not give too much away as when reading the book and the answers start to come to light, there is nothing better then that euphoric feeling of realisation.

            It is just the perfect summer novel.

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