July 31, 2021

The Last House on the Street Review

The Last House on the Street Review

Title: The Last House on the Street
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Style: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5/5

Kayla is getting ready to move into her new home that was built by her late husband who died while working on building their dream home.  The new development in Round Hill, NC has a tragic past and when Kayla is confronted by an older woman telling her not to move in, she almost agrees.  Kayla befriends Ellie, a friendly neighbor who left the town of Round Hill and didn't return for over 50 years.  It's clear that Ellie has her own dark secrets.  Told in dual timelines the story tells a tale of prejudice, brutality, forbidden love, injustice and the search for answers of what happened all those years ago that caused Ellie to run.

My Thoughts:
Chamberlain once again nails it.  This story is haunting, heartbreaking, and beautiful as it tells a piece of history in the south during the mid 1960's when Lyndon B Johnson was to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. It shares the violence that happened during the 60's with the KKK and a particular group called SCOPE that was trying to help spread the word about voting to the Black communities of the South. I love Chamberlain's attention to detail and research she puts into her books. This book is relevant in today's world with the many voter suppression laws that state governments are trying to pass in order to prevent certain groups from voting in elections.  It seems we are still fighting the same battles we were in the past.  

I loved the characters and found them believable. The story made me feel almost every emotion imaginable.  Chamberlain was able to craft a story that is authentic and didn't shy away from a difficult part of our nation's history.  She does this with sensitivity and ease.  I highly recommend this one.  

Thank you St Martin's Press and NetGalley for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review.  Preorder your copy today.  It releases Jan 11th.