Author : Cesca Major
Pages : 358
Publisher : Corvus
Publication date : November 2016
In a quiet coastal village, Irina spends her days restoring furniture, passing the time in peace and hiding away from the world. A family secret, long held and never discussed, casts a dark shadow and Irina chooses to withdraw into her work. When an antique bureau is sent to her workshop, the owner anonymous, Irina senses a history to the object that makes her uneasy. As Irina begins to investigate the origins of the piece, she unearths the secrets it holds within.
Decades earlier, another young woman kept secrets. Her name was Abigail. over the course of one summer, she fell in love, and dreamed of the future. But Abigail could not know that a catastrophe loomed, and this event would change the course of many lives for ever.
Cesca Major’s debut novel “The Silent Hours” was one of my favourite books back in 2015 so when I got the opportunity to read and review her new one, I was thrilled to bits!
In the present day, we meet Irina who spends her days restoring furniture. She carries the scars of an event in her past, hides a secret and chooses to withdraw into her work. Then she receives an antique bureau from a client and soon she tries to put together the clues that will lead her to its owner.
Back in the 1950’s, Abigail kept secrets too. When her mother passed away, Abigail was forced to go live with her older sister. She fell in love and made plans for the future. But a catastrophe loomed.
The Last Night is an amazingly well written story of friendship, family, love and loss. Based on true events, it’s harrowing and tense with a dash of the supernatural element that completely took me by surprise.
The chapters alternate between Irina and Abigail, with a few from one or two other characters to create the full tale. I soon found myself completely immersed in the story of Abigail and couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see how life had treated her. It was a bit harder for me to connect to Irina as I didn’t warm to her as much and couldn’t wait to get back to the past.
Once again, Cesca Major has written a beautiful novel. There’s something quite magical about her writing style. It’s incredibly descriptive and evocative and it sweeps me off of my feet as it transports me to a time I know nothing about and yet it feels like I do. I can’t even begin to express how much I’m looking forward to her next novel.
Many thanks to Corvus for my beautiful copy, which I chose to review honestly.
The Last Night was published in November 2016.