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The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

The Last Thing to Burn

Will Dean

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2 reviews

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 7 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781529307054

Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn't like what he sees, she is punished.

For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .

3 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
5 Jan 2021

"a short, sharp shocker, burning with righteous anger, intended to highlight the evils of human trafficking"

Will Dean has changed publishers and direction. This is a short, sharp shocker, burning with righteous anger, intended to highlight the evils of human trafficking. A Vietnamese woman, stuck in the middle of the British countryside with her pig-farmer husband, is physically and psychologically abused. And that’s that.

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
3 Jan 2021

"Dean laudably combines gaslighting and modern slavery in this set-up, but it makes for a necessarily repetitive and relentlessly grim read"

Dean laudably combines gaslighting and modern slavery in this set-up, but it makes for a necessarily repetitive and relentlessly grim read: as if Beckett had tackled the Bluebeard story, although without his merciful moments of poetry and humour.