First they were five. Then they were four.

Whose turn will it be next?

At Bristol High, they were an elite clique known as the Five Firsts: Amanda, Bailey, Carmen, Delta, and Zora . . . ABCD & Z. They could have accepted their classmate, Emmy, as “E”, but with her bookish disposition and her embarrassing status of a scholarship student to boot, they rejected her and chose wealthy Zora instead.

At a pre-graduation party just before the end of senior year, Lance Ventura, the hottest guy in school, falls down an embankment toward the river and is barely rescued in time to save his life. One of the Five Firsts, Carman, rushes to save him but isn’t so lucky. Her sudden death causes a community to mourn and rumors of foul play to swirl, but the tragedy is ruled an accident.

Fast forward ten years and the classmates all meet again at the high school reunion. Some of them have had good fortune in their lives. Others, not so much.

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Title:  Last Girl Standing
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Author:  Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush
Genre:  Mystery
Published:  May 26, 2020
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  3.5 stars

‘Last Girl Standing’ takes the reader on quite the rollercoaster ride with twists, turns, and surprises around every corner.  While there were things that kept this from being a story that I would reread again, still it is a good story that kept me engaged and guessing until the very end.

I wish I could say that there was a character that I was rooting for throughout… but there wasn’t.  I don’t know if the format of moving sections of the book to different time frames and back was the cause of that for me or if I simply didn’t like anyone enough to actually want them to turn out to not be the killer.  I wanted to know who was the actual culprit and in the end, that need to know ‘who’ was what kept me reading.  So ‘Last Girl Standing’ turned out to be a good book for me but not one that I’ll keep on the shelf to pick up again.  This was a 3.5 star read that I’ll round-up for the vendor postings.   In reality, the final decision whether you think a book is good or great lies with each individual reader, so if you enjoy Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush then you should read this one and make up your own mind.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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