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The Last One

A Novel

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About The Book

An unputdownable locked-room thriller about family, trust, and survival from the acclaimed author of the “utterly thrilling” (Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author) First Born.

When Caz steps onboard the exclusive cruise liner RMS Atlantica, it’s the start of a vacation of a lifetime with her new love, Pete. On their first night they explore the ship, eat, dance, make friends, but when Caz wakes the next morning, Pete is missing.

And when she walks out into the corridor, all the cabin doors are open. To her horror, she soon realizes that the ship is completely empty. No passengers, no crew, nobody but her. The Atlantica is steaming into the mid-Atlantic and Caz is the only person on board. But that’s just the beginning of the terrifying journey she finds herself trapped on in this white-knuckled mystery.

About The Author

Photograph by Will Dean

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands of the United Kingdom. After studying law at the London School of Economics and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden where he built a wooden house in a vast forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s book club on ITV, shortlisted for the National Book Award (UK), The Guardian’s Not the Booker prize, and was named a Telegraph book of the year. He is also the author of The Last One, First Born, The Last Thing to Burn, which was shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and The Chamber.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (August 8, 2023)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668021156

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Raves and Reviews

“The narration is breathless and brisk, with a tiny suspenseful hook to keep you guessing, and reading on, at the end of each chapter. A number of strange and troubling things will go wrong for these unfortunate people before they’re hit by a giant plot twist. Get your bowl of popcorn.” — New York Times

“A true adrenaline rush, THE LAST ONE by Will Dean will have you trembling with anticipation from the very first page.” — Bella Media

“Will Dean’s THE LAST ONE is the perfect place to settle in for some deadly intrigue on the high seas.”

– – Off the Shelf

“One wild ride that is not to be missed."

– – First Clue

“THE LAST ONE is the latest in brilliant novels by the ultra-talented Will Dean, who year after year proves he is one of the best writers doing it today…Chapter-ending cliff hanger after chapter-ending cliff hanger, THE LAST ONE is a horrifying, nightmare-inducing thrill ride.”

– – Best Thriller Books

“I really enjoyed this high concept mystery from Will Dean. No spoilers from me, suffice to say…a contemporary twist on the case of the Mary Celeste.”

– Adrian McKinty, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Island

“Original, imaginative, thrilling.”

– Marian Keyes, #1 internationally bestselling author of Again, Rachel

“Brilliant, twisted and oh so clever. The Last One is Will Dean at the top of his game. And just wait for that killer last line.”

– Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

“Thrilling and terrifying in equal measures with a brilliantly heart-stopping ending. So good!”

– B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of The Prisoner

“Astonishing.”

– Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of The Inspector Rebus series

“A dream trip aboard a luxury liner turns into a nightmarish voyage in Will Dean’s edge-of-your-deck chair thriller, THE LAST ONE. Dark, desperate, and loads of fun, Dean thrusts the reader into a maritime maze of danger, intrigue, and nerve-shattering twists and turns. Add this one to the top of your summer reading list at once!”

– Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest

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