The Last Housewife : A Novel

Ashley Winstead

Alexis Van Aiken (Narrator)

08-16-22

12hrs 11min

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08-16-22

12hrs 11min

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“A truly terrifying novel.” Cosmopolitan

A Today Show Pick of Summer's 30 Best Books
A Good Housekeeping Pick for Summer Reading Lists
A Cosmopolitan Pick of Best Books of Summer
A Seattle Times Pick of Mystery Novels That Wil Keep You Up at Night
A New York Post Pick of Summer Novels
An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Mystery Thrillers
An August 2022 LibraryReads Pick
Longlisted for the Reading the West Book Award for Fiction
See All +

From the author of the acclaimed In My Dreams I Hold a Knife comes a pitch-black thriller about a woman determined to destroy a powerful cult and avenge the deaths of the women taken in by it, no matter the cost.

While in college in upstate New York, Shay Evans and her best friends met a captivating man who seduced them with a web of lies about the way the world works, bringing them under his thrall. By senior year, Shay and her friend Laurel were the only ones who managed to escape.

Now, eight years later, Shay’s built a new life in a tony Texas suburb. But when she hears the horrifying news of Laurel’s death―delivered, of all ways, by her favorite true-crime podcast crusader―she begins to suspect that the past she thought she buried is still very much alive, and the predators more dangerous than ever.

Recruiting the help of the podcast host, Shay goes back to the place she vowed never to return to in search of answers. As she follows the threads of her friend’s life, she’s pulled into a dark, seductive world, where wealth and privilege shield brutal philosophies that feel all too familiar.

When Shay’s obsession with uncovering the truth becomes so consuming she can no longer separate her desire for justice from darker desires newly reawakened, she must confront the depths of her own complicity and conditioning. But in a world built for men to rule it—both inside the cult and outside of it—is justice even possible, and if so, how far will Shay go to get it?

Praise

“A truly terrifying novel.” Cosmopolitan

“Aiken’s spirited rendering of this mystery makes for a chilling listening experience.” AudioFile

“A seductive, provocative work of literature, steeped in a mystery, that kept me turning page after page.” Yasmin Angoe, author of Her Name Is Knight

“Examines what it means to covet the lives of others, no matter the cost.” New York Times

“Deliciously unputdownable.” Washington Post

“I barely breathed through most of this horrifyingly engrossing story, so consider yourself warned.” Good Housekeeping

“A great crime story…a memorable and satisfying piece of noir fiction.” Southern Review of Books

“Strap in for a terrifying tale of revenge.” Seattle Times

“A memorable and satisfying piece of noir fiction.” Southern Review of Books

“This explosive cautionary tale of a ‘podcast meets sex cult meets murder’ will captivate fans of twisted psychological suspense.” Library Journal (starred review)

“A clever, twisty, unnerving ride through feminism, patriarchy, and power.” Samantha Downing, author of For Your Own Good

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Language English
Release Day Aug 15, 2022
Release Date August 16, 2022
Release Date Machine 1660608000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Literary Fiction, Psychological, New Additions, New Additions, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
Ashley Winstead

Ashley Winstead, author of four novels, is an academic turned novelist with a PhD in contemporary American literature. Find her at www.AshleyWinstead.com.

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Overview

A Today Show Pick of Summer's 30 Best Books
A Good Housekeeping Pick for Summer Reading Lists
A Cosmopolitan Pick of Best Books of Summer
A Seattle Times Pick of Mystery Novels That Wil Keep You Up at Night
A New York Post Pick of Summer Novels
An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Mystery Thrillers
An August 2022 LibraryReads Pick
Longlisted for the Reading the West Book Award for Fiction
See All +

From the author of the acclaimed In My Dreams I Hold a Knife comes a pitch-black thriller about a woman determined to destroy a powerful cult and avenge the deaths of the women taken in by it, no matter the cost.

While in college in upstate New York, Shay Evans and her best friends met a captivating man who seduced them with a web of lies about the way the world works, bringing them under his thrall. By senior year, Shay and her friend Laurel were the only ones who managed to escape.

Now, eight years later, Shay’s built a new life in a tony Texas suburb. But when she hears the horrifying news of Laurel’s death―delivered, of all ways, by her favorite true-crime podcast crusader―she begins to suspect that the past she thought she buried is still very much alive, and the predators more dangerous than ever.

Recruiting the help of the podcast host, Shay goes back to the place she vowed never to return to in search of answers. As she follows the threads of her friend’s life, she’s pulled into a dark, seductive world, where wealth and privilege shield brutal philosophies that feel all too familiar.

When Shay’s obsession with uncovering the truth becomes so consuming she can no longer separate her desire for justice from darker desires newly reawakened, she must confront the depths of her own complicity and conditioning. But in a world built for men to rule it—both inside the cult and outside of it—is justice even possible, and if so, how far will Shay go to get it?

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