Diane Chamberlain’s newest novel couldn’t be more relevant for our current times. It is hard to believe that we are still fighting the battles for the right to vote that were being fought in 1965. Told from two story lines – one in 1965 North Carolina right before the signing of the Right to Vote act and one in 2010 – the separate stories of Ellie and Kayla and what they have endured merge when Ellie comes home for the first time in 45 years and Kayla prepares to move into the house at the end of the street. Despite the personal tragedy and other strange things that have been happening including a warning to not move in that included a death threat, Kayla is determined to make the house a wonderful home for herself and her young daughter. A definite must read for fans of Big Lies in a Small Town.
The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain, (List Price: $27.99, St. Martin’s Press, 9781250267962, January 2022)
Reviewed by Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina