The Last Time I Saw You

The Last Time I Saw You

The internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish follows that success with an addictive novel filled with shocking twists about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder.Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.But all...

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Title:The Last Time I Saw You
Author:Liv Constantine
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The Last Time I Saw You Reviews

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Kate English is coping with the death of her mother who was recently murdered in her home. Lily’s death was a shock to her quiet Baltimore community because she was so highly regarded. A few days after her death, Kate begins to receive horrible threats against her family. Security and surveillance are brought into her home but these threats proceed to unsettle her life.

    During the funeral, her childhood friend Blaire comes from New York City to comfort Kate, and their relationship is reignited.

    Kate English is coping with the death of her mother who was recently murdered in her home. Lily’s death was a shock to her quiet Baltimore community because she was so highly regarded. A few days after her death, Kate begins to receive horrible threats against her family. Security and surveillance are brought into her home but these threats proceed to unsettle her life.

    During the funeral, her childhood friend Blaire comes from New York City to comfort Kate, and their relationship is reignited. Blaire spent many summers living with Kate's family when she was younger. She is a writer with a flexible schedule and decides to stay with Kate to help her through the ordeal. With her research background, she also decides to delve into Lily’s death by investigating the murder on her own.

    This is the second book by the writing team named Liv Constantine. I loved this novel as much as ”The Last Mrs. Parrish” due to its clever twists, suspense and well crafted ”creepiness”. I often ask myself how two of the loveliest people can create these sinister stories.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    A dead body, a threatening text, dead animals with a child’s nursery rhyme attached, more threatening texts and packages, the return of a long-lost friend, and a confused, frightened family await the reader in THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU.

    Who could have murdered lovable, charitable Lily? Why did Lily want to change her will a few days before she was murdered?

    We follow heiress, Dr. Kate English, and her family as they grieve and are guarded by private investigators at their home.

    We also find out that

    A dead body, a threatening text, dead animals with a child’s nursery rhyme attached, more threatening texts and packages, the return of a long-lost friend, and a confused, frightened family await the reader in THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU.

    Who could have murdered lovable, charitable Lily? Why did Lily want to change her will a few days before she was murdered?

    We follow heiress, Dr. Kate English, and her family as they grieve and are guarded by private investigators at their home.

    We also find out that quite a few of the characters have secrets and things that happened in the past that may have lead up to what is going on in the present.

    Everyone seemed to be a suspect - no one was excluded.

    I enjoyed THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU. This book will be enjoyed by women's fiction fans as well as mystery fans so put your thinking caps on and hone up on your detective skills.

    Trying to solve the mystery of who killed Lily and who was sending the threatening notes and packages was a well kept secret.

    The ending was a bit abrupt, but didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. 5/5

    This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    2.5 stars. A little too much for me.

    Kate and Blaire haven’t spoken in years. They used to be best friends, Kate’s wealthy family always including Blaire in their family gatherings and summer vacations. After Kate’s mother is murdered, Kate reaches out to Blaire who immediately drops everything to come back into Kate’s life to support her friend in a time of need. Blaire, now a famous author, starts her own investigation into what happened to Kate’s mother. As she digs deeper into Kate’s life, sh

    2.5 stars. A little too much for me.

    Kate and Blaire haven’t spoken in years. They used to be best friends, Kate’s wealthy family always including Blaire in their family gatherings and summer vacations. After Kate’s mother is murdered, Kate reaches out to Blaire who immediately drops everything to come back into Kate’s life to support her friend in a time of need. Blaire, now a famous author, starts her own investigation into what happened to Kate’s mother. As she digs deeper into Kate’s life, she uncovers some shocking and dramatic secrets.

    This is a suspenseful, jaw-dropping, unpredictable journey that kept me guessing. The characters had my suspicions all over the place. It was a quick read that was high on drama and entertainment.

    The first quarter of the book was my most enjoyed section. I was intrigued and curious to see how everything would come together. After that point, I couldn’t stay bought-in to the story. There were too many questionable, over-the-top things happening that my believability radar couldn’t let go of. I also had an issue with character connection as I didn’t feel invested in any of them, especially Kate. I have read other reviews comparing this novel to a soap opera, and that completely sums up my feelings as well.

    Overall, this was a highly entertaining, dramatic story that kept me flipping the pages, but isn’t one that left a lasting impression or impact. There are many raving reviews, so make sure to check those out!

    Thank you to Ashley at HarperCollins for gifting me a physical copy to read and review! This was a Traveling Sister read with Brenda and an IG group.

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  • Linda

    Okay.......so let's sort this one out.

    The Last Time I Saw You opens with a dying woman. She's face down on a marble floor. Gotta be some money involved here. We feel the life slowly seeping out of her. The circumstances around this tragic scene have yet to be revealed. The light fades and so does our victim.

    Enter Dr. Kate English, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, who sits in complete shock upon hearing about the death of her mother, Lily Michaels. She and Lily were so close. Her father, Dr. H

    Okay.......so let's sort this one out.

    The Last Time I Saw You opens with a dying woman. She's face down on a marble floor. Gotta be some money involved here. We feel the life slowly seeping out of her. The circumstances around this tragic scene have yet to be revealed. The light fades and so does our victim.

    Enter Dr. Kate English, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, who sits in complete shock upon hearing about the death of her mother, Lily Michaels. She and Lily were so close. Her father, Dr. Harrison Michaels, is lost without his wife's presence and returns to his practice after the funeral. Lily was his world.

    Kate, on the other hand, is unable to set her own life back in motion as the mother of young Annabelle and the wife of architect, Simon. She's taken time off from her shared practice with her father and has become more reclusive at home. Something just doesn't seem right in regard to her mother's death. If this was a burglary gone wrong, nothing was taken. The only evidence is a broken window.

    To add to her worries, Simon and Kate had been separated for a while and he's only recently moved back in. It appears that Simon has a roving eye. Simon also can't stop the financial bleeding in his architect business. Simon Says: Can ya lend me a dime?

    The stage revolves and an ol' friend from the past shows up for Lily's funeral. Blaire Barrington and Kate were inseparable as teenagers. They had a falling out when Blaire spoke up and told Kate that she shouldn't be marrying Simon. He wasn't good enough for her. Decked out in bridesmaid dress attire, Blaire leaves the wedding party and the two have never spoken since. But Lily's death forms a point of reunion and forgiveness for both women. Blaire decides to stay at Kate's for a few days to provide comfort to her and to sift through events leading up to Lily's death.

    Now here's where Liv Constantine (actually two sister writers under one name) ladle on the creepy sauce. Kate begins to receive threatening texts containing eerie nursery rhymes. Dead mice and birds find their way into the master bedroom. And it appears that someone is watching Kate's every move. The more that things start going down hill, the more Valium rolls out.

    The Last Time I Saw You is a munchy little mystery. But, at times, it's a check-off-the-necessary-ingredients type of read. We've got a slew of suspects and a slew of daily weird events packed tight on every page. You'll see it coming, but the coming will just have a change of costume this time. The wrap-up is thick with explanations to make sure that no loose ends dangle. It's a lot to sift through.

    As I always say, take this one out for a test drive for yourselves. It's received quite the reviews. It's perfect for a weekend read as it does entertain.

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Harper Collins and to Liv Constantine for the opportunity.

  • Holly  B

    The beginning and the set-up of the premise was intriguing and the pace was was working until it didn't.  I was hoping for more character development with more interesting characters. The protagonist became annoying with too much over the top reactions to the ongoing situations.

    There really was too much repetitiveness and too many suspects to really add to the overall conclusio

    The beginning and the set-up of the premise was intriguing and the pace was was working until it didn't.  I was hoping for more character development with more interesting characters. The protagonist became annoying with too much over the top reactions to the ongoing situations.

    There really was too much repetitiveness and too many suspects to really add to the overall conclusion of

    .  When the suspect was revealed it was just lack-luster.

    I'd say it was readable enough if you're looking for a middle of the road kind of mystery.I don't know? I could be wrong, but I like a more clever puzzle in my mysteries. I do plan to read

    (which I own) and have heard is a twisty one.

    Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. Out May 7,2019

  • marilyn

    Author Blaire Barrington and doctor Kate English were best friends until Kate's wedding, when Blaire and Kate fought and Blaire was replaced as Kate's maid of honor. They have nothing to do with each other until years later when Kate's mother, Lily, is brutally murdered. Kate and Blaire had been such close friends that they spent holidays and weekends together and during their last year of high school, Blaire lived with Kate's rich family. So when Kate's mother is murdered, Kate reaches out to B

    Author Blaire Barrington and doctor Kate English were best friends until Kate's wedding, when Blaire and Kate fought and Blaire was replaced as Kate's maid of honor. They have nothing to do with each other until years later when Kate's mother, Lily, is brutally murdered. Kate and Blaire had been such close friends that they spent holidays and weekends together and during their last year of high school, Blaire lived with Kate's rich family. So when Kate's mother is murdered, Kate reaches out to Blaire and asks her to come be with her.

    Once the funeral is over and Kate starts getting threatening texts and finds small, dead, birds/animals with warning notes, she needs Blaire even more. Blaire is considered an outsider by many, as even though she is a wealthy, famous author now, her more humble beginnings have never allowed her to break the wall of Kate's high society world. Blaire is determined to find out who killed Lily, a women that Blaire loved like a mother. Blaire doesn't care who she rubs the wrong way in her search, while at the same time Kate is beginning to trust fewer and fewer people other than Blaire. Since Blaire is an author for murder mysteries, her research has given her the tools she needs to investigate Lily's murder, whether her investigating skills are welcome or not.

    In the past, Kate had mental issues when a boyfriend died before their senior year of college. Blaire helped Kate then too so during this time of stress, Kate becomes more and more dependent on Blaire, while turning others away. Blaire thinks that the stress of Lily's death, added to the threats, are pushing Kate to a breakdown she may never recover from. At the same time, there seem to be references that Blaire might resent Kate's life long wealth and birthright into a life that Blaire would have loved to have been born into. Blaire even looks down on Kate when, right after her mom's death and while getting many threats, Kate doesn't use the type of place settings that Kate's mom would have used. For how much Blaire hates this judgmental society, she hypocritically judges those around her.

    The book is full of suspects and even those who might not be suspects, in the murder of Lily, are up to no good, whether it's infidelity, betrayal, lies, cover ups...so many secrets abound. Kate can't trust her father, her husband, her long time financial adviser, Lily's longtime friend, no one really is trustworthy to Kate but Blaire. As things get more tense and the threats seem to indicate another disaster is near, Kate's world seems to be imploding around her.

    I enjoyed the first part of the book a lot although at a certain point things began to seem too much. Too many suspects, too many details, too many motives. I'm a reader who likes loose ends cleared up but it seemed every one of the characters has too much to say and I do think the book could have used more focus. I began to feel bogged down by too much character thinking and too much character talking. The ending of the book even goes on farther than seemed necessary. I will say that I enjoyed how some characters that I didn't like at first became some of my favorite characters at the end of the book. And then there were the characters that were rich and rotten at the beginning and stayed rich and rotten to the end. This really was quite the soap opera with both physical and physiological threats. The book contained more twists and turns than a roller coaster.

    Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    2.75 Stars

    Life seems to be going very well for Dr. Kate English. She has a wonderful husband, a lovely daughter, and a great career. But things change after her mother is found brutally murdered. Kate had just been considering what to get her mother for Christmas and now she’s planning her funeral. She can’t comprehend why someone would want to hurt her kind, wonderful mother.

    Kate and her best friend, Blaire Barrington haven

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    2.75 Stars

    Life seems to be going very well for Dr. Kate English. She has a wonderful husband, a lovely daughter, and a great career. But things change after her mother is found brutally murdered. Kate had just been considering what to get her mother for Christmas and now she’s planning her funeral. She can’t comprehend why someone would want to hurt her kind, wonderful mother.

    Kate and her best friend, Blaire Barrington haven’t spoken in fifteen years. But when Kate calls to tell Blaire about her mother, Blaire immediately comes to be by Kate’s side. All the old anger is forgotten, and it feels like they’ve never been apart. Kate is thankful that Blaire came to be with her.

    Blaire is almost as devastated as Kate. Lily was like a mother to her. She treated Blaire like family.

    Although Blaire didn’t grow up as affluent as Kate, she has done well for herself. She is a successful author, co-authoring books with her husband, David.

    After the funeral, Kate is exhausted. She is taking a moment for herself when her cell phone vibrates. There is a text from a private caller with a message for Kate…an upsetting and threatening message. The police are called but other than monitoring Kate’s calls and emails there isn’t much they can do. Then as Kate gets another shock…in her bathroom, there’s an even more twisted message along with an upsetting “gift”.

    We are given insight into Kate and Blaire’s time in High School, all the plans they had until a tragedy changed the course of ALL of their lives.

    The story is told from Kate and Blaire’s point of view. I was interested in the storyline but had a hard time connecting with some characters, especially Kate. Her reactions were all over the place. Usually, I’m not bothered if things don’t seem believable, but I felt a few things were over the top.

    Although I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I enjoyed “

    , I still thought this was a decent read and I liked how everything came together in the end. I’m looking forward to reading more from Liv Constantine.

    I'd like to thank Harper for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  • j e w e l s

    Please…don’t shoot the messenger! Waaaaaaah! I loved the Constantine’s THE LAST MRS. PARRISH and couldn’t wait to read their newest offering. THE LAST MRS. PARRISH is campy, delicious fun with two ultra-devious women trying to out maneuver each other for the affections of Mr. Parrish.

    consists of this:

    First 1/3: Slow, yet confusing- why so many characters?

    Second 1/3 : Repetitive, boring. Kate, our main character, is repeatedly “haunted” by scary texts from her mot

    Please…don’t shoot the messenger! Waaaaaaah! I loved the Constantine’s THE LAST MRS. PARRISH and couldn’t wait to read their newest offering. THE LAST MRS. PARRISH is campy, delicious fun with two ultra-devious women trying to out maneuver each other for the affections of Mr. Parrish.

    consists of this:

    First 1/3: Slow, yet confusing- why so many characters?

    Second 1/3 : Repetitive, boring. Kate, our main character, is repeatedly “haunted” by scary texts from her mother’s killer. It quickly begins to feel like a bad tv episode of Pretty Little Liars.

    Last 1/3: Ridiculous!!! Every soap opera cliché is pulled out of the box, truly laughable stuff.

    Despite my complaints, it still felt like a two-star read for me. I like the setting of the super wealthy characters, always entertaining to see how those socialites live! Plus, I did finish the book. But, if you are a true lover of psyche suspense, you will want to skip this one.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Two disappointing,frustrating,booooriiiinnnnggg stars!

    As soon as I found out Last Mrs. Parrish’s author wrote a new mystery, I got excited and could not wait to start it. But after a few pages, I still got lost! There was too much drama about rich people’s lives, too many nonsense characters and our main character Kate got spooky text messages over and over like a never ending nightmare or dejavu. I thought I’m watching one episode of Young and Restless instead of reading a thriller!

    So I left t

    Two disappointing,frustrating,booooriiiinnnnggg stars!

    As soon as I found out Last Mrs. Parrish’s author wrote a new mystery, I got excited and could not wait to start it. But after a few pages, I still got lost! There was too much drama about rich people’s lives, too many nonsense characters and our main character Kate got spooky text messages over and over like a never ending nightmare or dejavu. I thought I’m watching one episode of Young and Restless instead of reading a thriller!

    So I left this book and read other ones of my list. I thought taking a break would change my mind and I could give more chances. But surprise, surprise as soon as I took this one in my hands again, after a few pages, my eyelids got heavier, I started yawning but good news, I slept tight and had great dreams.

    The ending is so predictable ( Yeah I congratulate myself, I reached the ending,yay!!) So no twists,no shocking revelations, a group of not smartly written, irritating characters’ journey finalized and I took a deep breath, made myself a promise that I should choose better thrillers not to waste my time!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    RTC...

    Pleased to announce that this is our #ScaredSuspenseBookClub choice for the month of May! We will be posting on our instagram account (@scaredsuspensebookclub) throughout the month, but our final discussion will take place on Monday, May 27. Hope you can join us! <3

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