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The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine is a cat-and-mouse thriller with plenty of twists and turns. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the novel yet, check out my spoiler-free review first.
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 that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.
That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.
Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. . .
Let’s get into the book club questions
- After years of estrangement, Kate and Blaire are brought together through tragedy. Right away, they pick off where they left off. Why do you think they were able to come together again so quickly? Was it because part of it from Blaire’s end was an act?
- The chapters alternate between Kate and Blaire’s perspectives. Why was it important for us to read both their perspectives? How did it help build tension but also reveal more about each character?
- Why do you think Blaire and Simon could never get along? Let’s talk a bit more about Simon. What did you think about him? Was he being honest about not having an affair with Sabrina?
- Let’s list all the people we thought could be the murderer and threatening Kate. Was there any point you suspected Kate herself? Were you shocked when it was Georgina who murdered Lily or did you see it coming?
- When did you start to suspect that Blaire wasn’t who she seemed? Did you think that she was the murderer all along? Did you ever think that she was the one sending those messages and disturbing acts of violence to Kate?
- We eventually find out that Blaire suffers from a severe personality disorder and has a tainted perception of reality. Let’s talk about why Blaire felt wronged by Kate. In the end, it sounds like Kate feels like she played a part in Blaire’s descent into madness. Do you agree with her? Would you have visited Blaire if you were Kate?
- Is Blaire the villain of this story in your eyes? Why or why not? If not, who is the villain?
- Why do you think Lily didn’t reveal that she was Blaire’s mother earlier? How might have the story played out differently if she had?
- Were there any other big surprises or reveals that stuck out to you?
- What happens next for Kate and Simon? Do you think they’ll stay in Baltimore or will they eventually move away?
- If this book was made into a movie or TV series, who would you cast for the lead roles? Let’s cast Kate, Blaire, Lily, Simon, Selby, Georgina, Anderson and Sabrina.
What to read next
If you’re looking for more thrillers, here are some recommendations that also feature book club questions!
Another entertaining thriller that was recently released is The Night Before by Wendy Walker. This one follows two sisters uncovering long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.
Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.
Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.
When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is an thrilling story of cat-and-mouse.
The story follows Jessica Farris, a struggling makeup artist in NYC. On a whim, she agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs. Dr. Shields perfect image is well-crafted and while at first it seems she has Jessica’s best interests at heart, it starts to become apparent that lines are being crossed. Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
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