Review: The Last Time I Saw You – Eleanor Moran

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Title: The Last Time I Saw You
Author: Eleanor Moran
Publication date: February 7, 2013
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781780876320
Length: 504 pages
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Age group: Adult
Source: Publisher
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Synopsis

When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from university has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally really had turned her back, why is her little girl named after Olivia?

As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel their tangled history. But as Sally’s secrets start to spill out, Olivia’s left asking herself if the past is best kept buried.

My thoughts

Even though I’ve heard great things about the author’s previous books and I even got as far as downloading her Christmas short story onto my Kindle, I haven’t managed to read any of these books yet, so I didn’t really know what to expect from The Last Time I Saw You. I have to say, though – I’m very impressed. It was definitely a pleasant surprise and I fell in love with the writing right away.

Apart from the fact that Moran’s writing style is just spot on and it got me hooked within a few pages, the other thing that made me even more intrigued by the two girls’ story is that I’ve had a friend just like Sally. While I was reading Olivia’s version of events I knew from personal experience exactly what they had gone through because I’ve been that friend and I could relate to literally everything she said. Even though Sally was quite a powerful character – a lively girl who always wanted to be the centre of attention and someone who was used to getting what she wanted – and her behaviour towards Olivia really started to irritate me at times, I couldn’t help wondering: what went wrong? They seemingly had such a great relationship… so what happened? What made their friendship end in such a dramatic way? And whose fault was it? And more importantly, how and why did Sally die so young when she’s always been the bright and energetic one? And this is exactly what Olivia herself is trying to figure out in The Last Time I Saw You – while she tells her and Sally’s story through an episode of flashbacks and tries to come to terms with Sally’s death, she herself is looking for answers.

The only thing I wasn’t really keen on is the last few chapters but especially the very last one. It seemed to have ended so suddenly and even though I loved the story and I don’t mind happy endings at all, it just seemed so out of character and so unlike the first 450 pages. It might have something to do with the fact that I didn’t like William (I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read it so that’s all I’m saying) or his relationship with Olivia, I don’t know. Love triangles usually don’t work for me because I always prefer the ‘other guy’ but apart from this aspect and the fact that the ending was a bit of a let-down, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

The Last Time I Saw You is a brilliantly written story of friendship, love, revenge, acceptance and overcoming grief that is guaranteed to leave fans of contemporary fiction speechless. Beautiful writing, compelling set-up and relatable characters – what’s not to love? :)

Teaser

“Speed. I’ve always been fast – a low boredom threshold will do that to a person. How fast is too fast? I think I’ve just taken myself to the edge. Can’t count the junctions any more, they’re nothing but blurry smudges in the farthest corners of my eyes. I can’t see much at all, not with the acid tears that are biting into my face, the sobs cresting up inside me and smashing me against something hard and cold and unforgiving.”


Rating:
4.5
*Many thanks to Quercus for sending me a copy of this book*

10 Responses to “Review: The Last Time I Saw You – Eleanor Moran”

  1. Great review hun :)

    I totally agree with you about Sally and Olivia’s friendship, I too had a friendship like that and it gets so intense and full on, and then when the friendship ended it was genuinely like they had died. And so I really related with Olivia. It had me gripped!

    I would’ve liked something else added to the end, perhaps a personal message from Sally to Olivia? Like a letter or something?

    Hope you’re okay Vicky xxxxxxxxxx
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    • Vicky says:

      That’s a great idea! I didn’t know what was missing but it all seemed to happen so suddenly. (about Olivia’s and Sally’s friendship and William and Olivia’s relationship, I mean) But I do like the idea of a letter!!

      Thanks hun! :) xxxx

  2. I’m really glad you enjoyed this one as I’ve got a copy to read. It seems like it raised a lot of questions and I’m glad to hear the writing sucked you in. Shame about the ending I hate when you’re reading a book that ticks all the right boxes and then the ending doesn’t sit right. Lovely review am very excited to read it now!
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    • Vicky says:

      The writing is fantastic – I literally loved it from the very first page. I think you’ll enjoy this one. Let me know what you think of the ending! :)

  3. I totally know what you mean when it comes to identifying with character relationships in books. I had a friendship that sounds very much like the one described in this book, so knowing that the dyamic in their friendship is one that I’d connect with makes me much more likely to read this one. That and, well, beautiful prose. That always hooks me. So happy you enjoyed it even if the ending was kind of a dud.

    • Vicky says:

      It was beautiful indeed – I loved the writing! Shame about the ending but still, I’ll definitely pick up her next book. Her style is just fantastic :)

  4. Megan says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. I’m glad the writing was very good, that always complements a great story!
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  5. Felicia says:

    Ugh. Sounds like another book with a multiple point of view. I’m not a fan of those. Don’t you hate it when you’re reading a book you really enjoy, and then the last few chapters seems really rushed? But I’m glad you enjoyed it :)
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  6. This book sounds intriguing, the multiple POV is interesting. I’m disappointed to hear that the ending doesn’t fit the rest of the book though. I like happy endings but I feel like there are certain books out there that need the sad ending and that it feels like a happy ending is just thrown in there for the sake of making it end better. I can see a book like this having a sad ending but still bringing everything together. I will have to check it out to see how it’s done. Great review, Vicky!
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  7. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it despite the ending. I too tend to pick the wrong guy in love triangles. I wish that particular trend would die already.

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