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The Last
The Last | Hanna Jameson
BREAKING: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington BREAKING: London hit, thousands feared dead. BREAKING: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm. Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the world ended. More than anything he wishes he hadn't ignored his wife Nadia's last message. Twenty people remain in Jon's hotel. Far from the nearest city, they wait, they survive. Then one day, the body of a girl is found. It's clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer... As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what happens if the killer doesn't want to be found?
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Onioons
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl "Nadia once told me that she was kept awake at night by the idea that she would read about the end of the world on a phone alert."

ShyBookOwl Ouf. That's so real 4mo
Onioons @ShyBookOwl It is intense off the bat! But a real page-turner... 4mo
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natashalb
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Mehso-so

A nuclear war. The end of the world. A group of strangers living in a swiss hotel. A body in a water tank. How to go on...?

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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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3¾⭐
I would call this an Apocalyptic Thriller with a side of Mystery. An end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it from the vantage point of a creepy hotel in Switzerland. One that may or may not be haunted, and as if the apocalypse scenario wasn‘t enough there is a murdered child to investigate…you know, to pass the time. Overall, I found this to be quite depressing, and yet still kind of freakishly interesting, in an I-hope-this-never-happens kind-of-way.

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Hooked_on_books
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Jon is at a remote hotel in Switzerland when the unthinkable occurs: nuclear war. The group that remains in place is trying to figure out the best way forward while also trying to learn who killed a young girl found on the premises. I enjoyed this, but it was really tough, as it felt really real. Also, if you need likable characters, you probably wouldn‘t enjoy this, as there aren‘t many!

vivastory For some reason I have been wanting to read more of these stories lately. Mysteries set amidst impending apocalypse. Sign me up! I think it's the satisfaction of resolving one mystery amidst all the other chaos.. 😬 😂 13mo
batsy I liked this one, too! And I have a hankering for exactly this type of book, @vivastory so this one kind of fulfilled my need. 13mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
The Last | Hanna Jameson
Mehso-so

What a weird book… 3.5/5 Read for the July #Buzzwordathon - Last

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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 “Nadia once told me that she was kept awake at night by the idea she would read about the end of the world on a phone notification. For me, three days ago, it happened over a complimentary breakfast.”

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Magslhalliday
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Mehso-so

A post-apocalyptic thriller published in 2019 is a very strange read in a post-pandemic world. I enjoyed it, but the “post-apocalyptic And Then There Were None” allure of it wasn‘t fulfilled.

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readingjedi
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Mehso-so

This is one of those books that I enjoyed but I'm not sure I could say it was good. It wasn't bad but it was just having one hell of an identity crisis. "I'm apoc-fic! And also I'm a murder mystery! No, wait! I'm a psych thriller! And romance! Did I mention I'm distopian-endofworld-weirdy-feminist lit too?" In trying to be all the things it was, inevitably, not great at any of them. And then at 80% it takes a turn & becomes something else again!

Chelsea.Poole Yes! I felt the same way! 2y
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readingjedi
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Starting this one today. It's been compared to Station Eleven but I didn't really enjoy that one. My last read was a bit of a spud so I need this one to at least be entertaining if not a literary classic!

With thanks to #netgalley for this book 🙂📖👍

Moonprismpower If you like Apocalypse books I suggest the one tagged it‘s more uplifting than it is depressing 2y
readingjedi @Moonprismpower Great rec, thanks! 👍🙂 2y
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bekakins
The Last | Hanna Jameson
Mehso-so

Next up on #TBRDeckOfCards this one fell a little flat for me... not enough character development and I felt like the murder mystery subplot was more of a distraction than being engaging. A shame as I love a good dystopian novel and the premise for this definitely had promise!

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Lauren.Archer
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Mehso-so

I have be honest I decided to read this based on listening to the currently reading podcast. Meredith said it was better than Station Eleven so I said I am game. Unfortunately that book has too high of a standard to meet. The book was fine, but with that comparison I felt let down.

Erinreadsthebooks Not much will be better than Station Eleven... 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 A dystopian murder mystery which sounds like a cross between And Then There Were None and Station Eleven

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bookandbedandtea
Last | Hanna Jameson
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Mehso-so

I read the whole thing because I kept feeling like I was about to get the story I was promised but it never quite materialized. Our cast is at a resort in Switzerland when nuclear bombs (with no real explanation) fall all over the world. Are they the last people alive? If that's not enough for them to deal with the body of a child is discovered a couple weeks into their ordeal. Who is she? Was she murdered? If so is one of them a murderer? If ⬇️

bookandbedandtea Darn! I was in the mountains and apparently my additional comment got lost in the ether. I'll try again. If the author had limited herself to those two storylines I'd have liked it better. Instead we also had: a cursed/ haunted hotel with all kinds of crazy backstories; an (off screen) attempted rape; people acting suspiciously due to another crime, which was completely unnecessary and only muddied the waters; & rumors of cannibals in the forest! 2y
bookandbedandtea PLUS the reveal of what actually happened to the girl was bananas! There was just #toomuch going on. 2y
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kwmg40
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Mehso-so

I finished my third book for the #JoysOfJune readathon! This was sent to me as part of a #BookCrossing roundabout.

This is a fast-paced post-apocalyptic thriller. It's page-turning but not totally believable or satisfying.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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Hestapleton
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Panpan

A super interesting premise, but really rushed and tidy ending. After nuclear war, a group of 20 people are stranded inside a Swiss hotel when they find the body of a child in one of the water tanks. Part dystopian novel, part locked room mystery, this book can‘t quite decide what it wants to be. #netgalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Balibee146
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Post apocalyptic reads for the win at the moment 😉
This is wrongly marketed as part murder mystery which might explain the mixed reviews. I enjoyed it and found it an engaging read. The ending felt slightly rushed (and I don't like drawn out endings) could have done with another 1-2k words to flesh it out more.

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WeeWeegieBookworm
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Feel this is very accurate to today's world 😞☣️

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xxjenadanxx
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐

The Last is billed as a Dystopian Psychological Thriller but there wasn't anything particularly thrilling about it. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed it, but this was definitely a more of a mild story about the end of the world than it was thriller. I was immediately drawn in by the authors writing style and choices but as it progressed it kind of stagnated. Maybe it's just me but I expect my apocalypse to have a little more action.

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Jari-chan
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We're all having a bit of an End Of Time Feeling right now, don't we? Well, I still (or even more) enjoyed Jamesons books - it differs a little from other Surviving The Nuclear War books. Especially her main character, quite the unreliable narrator sometimes, is not your typical survivalist hero. Also, that the book sometimes is more of a crime novel fascinated me.

batsy I liked this one a lot, too! 3y
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Curvybookgirl
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Wow what a great read. It hooks you in from the first page and kept me wondering what happen all the way through

Balibee146 I've got this waiting so good to hear as had mixed reviews 👍 3y
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amyrohn
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Holy cow this one was such a wild ride! I don‘t really know what I was expecting but man this packed a punch. Jon Keller gets stuck in a creepy Swiss hotel after the world is ravaged by nuclear attacks and ends up trying to solve the mysterious death of a young girl found in one of the water tanks. Check out my review! https://amysbookreviews.com/2020/02/17/the-last-by-hanna-jameson-review/

BarbaraBB Great blurb! 3y
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CyaneFillion
The Last | Hanna Jameson
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A very good post-apocalypse book, but not quite the murder mystery thriller the cover and blurb make it out to be. I really enjoyed it, don't get me wrong, but it was definitely more like Station Eleven than the murder mystery I was told it would be. Still, because I am not a big fan of gruesome and sad post-apocalypse I really liked it. It has aromantic representation as well, and deals with the nuance of emotions quite well in my opinion.

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Laru79
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Pickpick

I liked this one, although the ending seemed a bit rushed. Books like this, as I‘m sure they‘re supposed to, do make me think ‘what would you do?‘ And I know I‘m much too much of a wuss. I‘d like to think I could be a badass but really I‘m too scared of the dark to be able to survive this kind of end of the world scenario!! A fun spooky, who can you trust kind of read!

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Laru79
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Just picked this up, read three pages and I‘m hooked. In for a great read I think!!

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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

Dinner was salad, potato soup with salsa and the end of this book. I was a bit confused by the ending as others were whose reviews I read. I just don't understand why the author made the choices she did. Felt very abrupt and not were the book was leading at all. Oh well, I didn't enjoy the end of the world aspect and the way it happened felt very believable. Just wish there was a single focus to the book and the mystery was left out.

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Balibee146
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Mini book haul while out with my boys this afternoon 👍📙📙📙❤️❤️
#tbr #mountTBR

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Gruru
The Last | Hanna Jameson
Panpan

There is a nuclear holocaust on earth. Jon is in a hotel in Switzerland when it begins, his wife and two kids are at home in America. The internet stops working. He and his fellow inmates of the hotel seem to be the only survivors..a child has been murdered. Trust and reassurance and friendship are major themes in the book. However the plot is ragged. The characters two dimensional and the ending is meh.

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Hufflepuffle
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This wasn‘t quite what I expected but it gripped me nonetheless. I found the emotional journey of the characters really helped me invest in them even when I didn‘t particularly like them at the start. The only thing I couldn‘t make my mind up about was the ending. I think it maybe tried to tie up things too neatly? But overall I enjoyed it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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batsy
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This is an interesting yet frustrating book. It's an apocalyptic locked-room mystery, but the mystery is the least compelling aspect. The most chilling & compelling thing is what's commonplace & human: how to live together after the worst has happened. The trauma, fear, paranoia, & stress were vivid & easily imaginable, seeing where our world is headed. I found the book thoughtful & atmospheric & as expected, filled with persistent dread. ⬇️

batsy I think the mystery was superfluous & the story was already compelling with its focus on the psychological & philosophical aspects of life after the supposed end of life. I gave it 3 ⭐ because of how it tried to do too much to the detriment of its characters & their story arcs, but it's a definite pick for me. I was engrossed & disturbed. And as someone mentioned on Twitter about this book, historiography dies last, so yay for the humanities 🙃 3y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3y
mcipher You make it sound so compelling! I‘m curious about this one and I‘m stacking it to check out. 😊 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm The power of your review..even though you gave it 3 stars, you make others want to read it! 👏 3y
batsy @TrishB Thank you! 🙂 3y
batsy @mcipher It's an interesting read that I'm still thinking about! But it seems to be marketed as a mystery when it's not quite that. I hope you find it worth your while if you give it a try :) 3y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Jessie ❤️ I realise I used the word "compelling" like 5 times, so I guess I found it pretty compelling ? 3y
Reggie I totally cosign what @erzascarletbookgasm said cause stacked. However, I don‘t know if I can trust you again after The Laws of the Skies. Lol jk. Oof the week long slump was real after that one. 3y
Cathythoughts Excellent review 👍🏻♥️ 3y
batsy @Reggie 😂😂 I promise this is nowhere near the territory of Laws of the Skies! 3y
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you ❤️ 3y
rohit-sawant Obviously stacking this 😄 3y
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Hufflepuffle
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batsy I'm currently reading the ebook and finding it very intriguing! I like this cover a lot, too. 3y
Hufflepuffle @batsy it is really intriguing! I put it down for a bit just because I have been struggling to concentrate recently but taking a picture of the cover reminded me how much I was enjoying it so I will definitely pick it back up again soon. 3y
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Book_yogi
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Mehso-so

What happens when the unthinkable occur and nuclear war strikes. It‘s the after, where John Keller is at a conference at a remote Swiss hotel with 20 survivors. The story is told from John Keller‘s accounting of events at the hotel over approximately three months. There are few twists and turns, but for the most part everything remains averagely realistic…oh except for a weird turn with the dead girl in the water tower.

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Jaimelire
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This was a pretty good story. While Jon is attending a conference at a hotel in Switzerland, nuclear attacks destroy many of the world‘s cities. Guests of the hotel struggle to survive while also investigating the death of a young girl who is found dead in one of the hotel‘s water storage tanks.

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AshleyC816
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I‘m going with a pick for this one, it sucked me in, day by day after a nuclear war. I‘m not sure I loved the ending, but I enjoyed the rest of the book enough that I‘m still going with a pick.

AlaMich Such a face!! 🐶❤️ 3y
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JaneyWaneyB
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Panpan

The back blurb gives the impression this book will be a thriller to rival The Shining but NO! It is a dull, confusing read. The story weaves itself to an odd conclusion that has left me thinking why did I bother reading this? The characters are blah & the plot is boring with little suspense when there is so much potential for the concept. It's been a long time since I've poopooed a book but I have to with this one, so disappointing.

#Disappointed

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kristankremer
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I love a good dystopian novel that's not also YA. The Last does not disappoint. Set in a charming but creepy old Swiss hotel as the world comes to an end, the story is character heavy and mysterious enough to keep you guessing. Definitely interested in more like this, and I'm looking forward to picking up more of Ms. Jameson's work in the future.

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MrsMarks88
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Looking forward to reading this! I‘ve realised that my favourite genre is definitely dystopian, futuristic and thrilling! This on sounds perfect!

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JaneyWaneyB
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Good morning Littens

Back to the commute this morning so picked up this thriller to start the day. Heard good reviews and a few mixed about this book. I do like thriller and a bit of apocalyptic survivor stories.

Have a good day everyone x

#ReadABook #ReadingCommuter #BookNerd #Bookaholic #Thriller #read #Books #Survival #MurderMystery

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Helly
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This was a Waterstones book of the month, cast as a thriller... I did enjoy it, but I felt that I was slightly mis-sold the story. It was being pitched as "Agatha Christie at the end of the world", but turned into "walking dead style survival story, character driven but without the zombies".
So yeah, a good read, but slightly deceptive!
#botm #waterstones #thriller #finished

emmaturi That was what I thought too! 3y
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emmaturi
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This was an interesting book, it tries to sell itself as a crime novel but the murder is not the main aspect of the story. It reminded me of the tv series Walking Dead but without zombies! #bookcover

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emmaturi
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I am quite enjoying this novel. Set in Switzerland, the world has ended in nuclear war. But in the hotel a murder has been committed and the murderer is one of the survivors. #currentread

BarbaraBB I‘ve never heard of this one but it sounds good! 3y
emmaturi It came out recently! It is quite good so far! @BarbaraBB 3y
BarbaraBB I look forward to your review! 3y
BiblioLitten Very interesting! 3y
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jillannjohn
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I‘m home taking care of my son after having his wisdom teeth removed so I‘m going to try #24b4Monday! I want to finish Evelyn Hugo & maybe get into the the tagged book & Three Women with a little of the cancer books in between. We‘ll see if I‘m being to ambitious! 😳

BeansPage I don't think you're being too ambitious. I think you got this in the bag! Much love to your son for a quick recovery ❤️ 3y
Andrew65 Great plans, best of luck with everything. 😊👍 3y
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Slajaunie
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I was hooked on this book from the first page. It is the end of the world but a young girl has been killed so who did I it? Does it really matter? Are they long gone? This was an interesting version of the end of the world by nuclear war. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ingerella This sounds really interesting! 3y
Slajaunie It was! I started reading it yesterday and could not put it down.! @Ingerella 3y
Ingerella Downloaded from the library and already reading it! I've been in such a slump. Hope this kicks me out of it! 3y
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Slajaunie
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My animals, a good book, and wind. We are very cozy in bed. The limb you see over my house is what I‘m really worried about with the wind. That‘s my son‘s room under it. The tree is a water oak and they are not strong. We are cozy and safe! Thanks for your positive thoughts and well wishing my Litsy family! 💙💙💙

Jerdencon Stay safe! 3y
BookishBelle Be safe!! 3y
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Slajaunie
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I started reading this and I can‘t put it down. I love end of the world stuff. I don‘t know why. Maybe I‘m just weird like that. Anyway, with the storm coming it kind of feels that way. People bracing for the impact and gathering supplies. We have a curfew of 10:00. It really will feel that way as the storm comes ashore and we have no human contact except with the people in our house. For me it is my son and husband. I‘m strange, I know.

Crazeedi I hope you don't have any trouble, stay safe!! 3y
Slajaunie Thanks! Our biggest problem will be the trees all around us! We have prepared the best we can. @Crazeedi 3y
Crazeedi @Slajaunie I hear you, they can be dangerous , I'm watching news online, praying all will stay safe💕 3y
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Slajaunie You should see the winds! No problems but they are whipping around the house. It has woken me up several times during the night. My husband and I finally decided to just get up. @Crazeedi 3y
Crazeedi @Slajaunie how are you doing? Still in one piece"?? Have you been blown to Kansas??? 3y
Slajaunie Nope! Still here with my electricity! Just finished this ebook, also. @Crazeedi 3y
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Julsmarshall
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Done! This was a fast read, I couldn‘t put it down. What happens when the world ends? How do the last few people survive? What truly matters, after everything you‘ve known is gone?

JanuarieTimewalker13 Ooooh, that does sound good!! Stacking! 3y
Drocchio03 Great review! Also added to me TBR list. 3y
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Debblyliz
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A scarily plausible dystopian story. Mass nuclear bombing has heralded the end of the world and a handful of people are now hiding out in a hotel in Switzerland are attempting to survive and come to terms with the ‘new world‘. At the same time a child‘s body is found and foul play is believed, but who is the murderer? I found the book overall enjoyable and I was gripped, but I found the ending to be a bit of an anticlimax with is annoying!

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Courtneyjo_reads
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Okaaaaaay. This book was amazing. Weird. Totally not what I expected. And the last 30 pages were the best parts.
5/5! ⭐️

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charl08
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Dystopian murder mystery: historian faces the end of the world in a Swiss hotel.

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Courtneyjo_reads
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This cover is beautiful and the story is getting so so good ✨

BlameJennyJane Cool cover! 3y
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mrozzz
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Could you imagine how the world might end in nuclear war? I couldn't & it seemed like the author didn't know either. Aside from allusions to big clouds, colder weather & minimal, poisonous rainwater-the "lucky" few in the Swiss countryside seemed to be surviving ok the first few months. While I found this absolutely readable and hard to put down, it was really b/c I was desperate for a dramatic event or two to satiate my investment in their story.

Izai.Amorim The Swiss? They live so isolated in their valleys that I doubt they'd notice the world has ended 😂 3y
mrozzz Lol! The only reason this crew did was because they got a few breaking news alerts on their cell phones before the internet went out. @Izai.Amorim (edited) 3y
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