Murder, stalking, secrets, wealth, power and prestige are all packed into Liv Constantine’s The Last Time I Saw You (Harper), an intoxicating and layered cat-and-mouse thriller that surprises with its ingenious twists and turns until the very end.
Beloved Baltimore heiress and philanthropist Lily Michaels is dead – bludgeoned to death in her palatial living room. Her daughter Kate was spared the wrath of the killer, but not for long. Kate is now being stalked by the killer, who appears to know her every move. She is eerily presented with her own whereabouts in a series of rhyming texts that coincide with the deliveries of tortured animals.
But is the stalker and murderer one and the same? Is the connection between the crimes that straightforward? Not likely, when the novel is written by the literary sensation Liv Constantine, the pseudonym of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine, who also collaborated on the internationally best-selling (and Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club pick) The Last Mrs. Parrish.
Lily Michaels was rich, very rich. And just before her death, she planned to alter a will that left $30 million to Simon, her daughter Kate’s husband. Kate and Simon have been together since their early twenties and have a four-year-old daughter named Annabel. But their marriage is faltering, and Simon knew Kate confided in Lily. Kate, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, worries at the time of Lily’s death that Simon, an architect, is having an affair with his colleague and long-term friend Sabrina.
Blair Barrington, an estranged childhood friend of Kate’s and a successful novelist, returns to town to attend Lily’s funeral. Their split happened years ago when Blaire voiced her objection to Kate and Simon’s relationship just before their wedding. Their friendship is quickly rekindled at the funeral.
After the violent death of her mother, a terrified Kate turns to Simon for support. He moves back into their home and hires a security team to protect the family. The police are on the case, but when they turn up nothing conclusive in the days after the funeral, Blaire decides to put her amateur sleuthing developed while writing mystery novels to the test.
Some potential suspects turn up, including Simon, while she investigates. Also revealed is the extent of Blair’s relationship and reliance on the Michaels family as a child.
The taunting texts continue, and the tension is ratcheted up culminating in a security breach as The Last Time I Saw You propels towards its dramatic end.
The Last Time I Saw You is now available for purchase.
About Liv Constantine
Liv Constantine is the pen name of bestselling authors Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Their debut thriller, The Last Mrs. Parrish, was a Reese Witherspoon book club selection, a People Magazine book of the week, a Target book club selection, and is in development for television. Their next book, The Last Time I Saw You, will be published by HarperCollins in May. They are national and international bestselling authors with books available in 26 countries.