Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton


My thoughts

I have to admit that this is a hard review to write. I loved the book. I loved all that was going on and boy it was a lot. The characters were so likable and the topic/topics were great. It was a fun book to read and somewhat edge of your seat. Maybe not edge of your seat, maybe more of a who did it and what the heck is going on. I think this author did an excellent job of pulling me in and keeping he hooked. This was a real page turner for me. WAY DIFFERENT than my usual type of book. Even though I have been reading more sci-fi and fantasy. This was not magical but it was a sort of magic. It was in many ways a powerful book. A futuristic story about a very powerful yet somewhat humble woman. At least after the fall of humanity.

I'm not positive about the timeline of this story but do know it's set in the future. It has quite a few things going on and shows in lots of ways the power of AI. Of a few humans and many, what I called Pod People. And a Fog. People are going about their lives with not to many problems when there is a murder. Thus the title of the book?? The woman who basically started this colony of people is murdered. The fog starts moving in. It's suppose to be the end of humanity as they know it. 

This book out there for sure. But it's written in a way that you just have to find out what happened and who did it. What happened before all of these people came to this island. What will happen once the fog rolls in. It's suppose to kill everyone. Tear them apart, literally. This is what they have been taught all of their lives. 

There are a select set of humans and a group of made people. The made people die at sixty. They go to sleep and never awaken. A child is sent to replace the ones that die. At the age of eight the child is sent to whatever family is worthy of having him or her. There is a strict curfew for these made people. Lots of secrets are kept from them also. But by the end of the story everyone, including the reader, knows everything. Even who the murderer is. I had to go back and read the very Prologue just to see what I may have missed. I missed nothing. lol But I do understand it more now. In the beginning someone has to die in order for the others to live...


From the bestselling author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water comes an inventive, high-concept murder mystery: an ingenious puzzle, an extraordinary backdrop, and an audacious solution.

Solve the murder to save what's left of the world.

Outside the island there is nothing: the world was destroyed by a fog that swept the planet, killing anyone it touched.

On the island: it is idyllic. One hundred and twenty-two villagers and three scientists, living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they're told by the scientists.

Until, to the horror of the islanders, one of their beloved scientists is found brutally stabbed to death. And then they learn that the murder has triggered a lowering of the security system around the island, the only thing that was keeping the fog at bay. If the murder isn't solved within 107 hours, the fog will smother the island—and everyone on it.

But the security system has also wiped everyone's memories of exactly what happened the night before, which means that someone on the island is a murderer—and they don't even know it.

And the clock is ticking.

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