The Last by Hanna Jameson – Book Review

Synopsis:  First Washington DC is hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, London, Berlin and Glasgow.  Even if you were not in the bomb zone but were downwind, you were probably dead from radiation.  In the woods of Switzerland lies a hotel called L’Hotel Sixieme which has a morbid history of suicides and murders.  The hotel and guests/staff were safe from the nuclear bombs and fall-out but the twenty survivors holed up there were cut off from the world and soon would need food and water.  When the water, held in tanks starts tasting off, some of the survivors investigate and find a body of a young girl – murdered.  The story continues and is told by Jon, a man who was at the hotel attending a conference at the time of the disaster.  He keeps a daily log of life at the hotel and he becomes obsessed with finding the girl’s killer. 

My thoughts:  My first thought when I finished this book was that I cope much better with a pandemic than I ever would in a post-apocalyptic world.  Having to hunt for food, no electricity, showers, internet, social media versus sitting on my couch and staying home away from people and a virus …. yup, I’m much more suited to a pandemic.  I liked the diary or log style of the story and it allowed the narrative to progress in a very linear fashion.  I don’t read many books in this genre but I did enjoy this one and it was a fast read.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 stars Goodreads

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