The Last Goodbye – Fiona Lucas

Published by: HQ
Pages: 432
Date released: 18/03/2021
Date read: 27/03/2021

How can you move on if you can’t let go?

Spencer was the love of Anna’s life: her husband, her best friend, her rock. She thought their love would last forever. But three years ago, Spencer was tragically killed in an accident and Anna’s world was shattered. How can she ever move on when she’s lost her soulmate?

On New Year’s Eve, Anna calls Spencer’s phone number, just to hear his old voicemail greeting. But to her shock, someone answers.

Brody has inherited Spencer’s old number and is the first person to truly understand what Anna’s going through. As her and Brody’s phone calls become lengthier and more frequent, they begin opening up to each other – and slowly rediscover how to smile, how to laugh, even how to hope.

But Brody hasn’t been entirely honest with Anna. Will his secret threaten everything, just as it seems she might find the courage to love again?

What a gloriously beautiful book this is.

It follows Anna 3 years after her husband Spencer was killed in a freak accident, as she learns – and often fails – how to live her life without him. Along the way, we meet Brody, an anonymous voice on the end of Spencer’s phone number, who tries to help her through her grief, whilst at the same time, battling with his own.

Both Anna and Brody are written with such sensitivity and warmth that I can physically feel their heartbreak. And the supporting characters – I have experienced every single one of them whilst going through my own grief. The friend who wants to get you back into the world’ the parents who smother you with support; and the ones who don’t know what to say so they ignore you in fear of saying the wrong thing. It’s all so brutally honest and real.

When I read the blurb, I did think that Brody’s secret was going to end up being…

[SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT]

…that he was the drunk driver who had killed Spencer. But when this didn’t turn out to be true, the real secret came as a great surprise.

At first glance, this might not be the happy, cheery, light read we all want at the moment, but even after witnessing these characters’ grief and anxiety, I am left with such a glowing feeling in my heart that I hope Fiona can expand on in future books.

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