• The Last House on the Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,560 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"[A] twisty, riveting ride." (People magazine, People Pick)

"Chamberlain's evocative writing and Bennett's skilled character portrayals may cause visceral reactions in listeners, particularly during violent moments. Through the far-reaching impacts of the characters' actions, Chamberlain addresses racism, injustice, love, family dynamics, and intergenerational trauma. Bennett's style in this layered and powerful listening experience is both realistic and haunting." (AudioFile)

A community’s past sins rise to the surface in New York Times best-selling author Diane Chamberlain’s The Last House on the Street when two women, a generation apart, find themselves bound by tragedy and an unsolved, decades-old mystery.

1965

Growing up in the well-to-do town of Round Hill, North Carolina, Ellie Hockley was raised to be a certain type of proper Southern lady. Enrolled in college and all but engaged to a bank manager, Ellie isn’t as committed to her expected future as her family believes. She’s chosen to spend her summer break as a volunteer helping to register Black voters. But as Ellie follows her ideals fighting for the civil rights of the marginalized, her scandalized parents scorn her efforts, and her neighbors reveal their prejudices. And when she loses her heart to a fellow volunteer, Ellie discovers the frightening true nature of the people living in Round Hill.    

2010

Architect Kayla Carter and her husband designed a beautiful house for themselves in Round Hill’s new development, Shadow Ridge Estates. It was supposed to be a home where they could raise their three-year-old daughter and grow old together. Instead, it’s the place where Kayla’s husband died in an accident - a fact known to a mysterious woman who warns Kayla against moving in. The woods and lake behind the property are reputed to be haunted, and the new home has been targeted by vandals leaving threatening notes. And Kayla’s neighbor Ellie Hockley is harboring long-buried secrets about the dark history of the land where her house was built.

Two women. Two stories. Both on a collision course with the truth - no matter what that truth may bring to light - in Diane Chamberlain's riveting, powerful novel about the search for justice.

©2022 Diane Chamberlain (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Even though I knew what was coming from almost the beginning, I still loved this book. The storyline was hard and something I have heard a few times before but I really enjoyed the way the author added the now & then so we get the entire story. As always with a lot of historical fiction I find myself disgusted at people of the past and situations but I just have to remind myself this story in particular is fiction and that things have changed even if not as much as I would like :( Diane Chamberlain always weaves a beautifully written story with tragic & horrific history and this book was no different in my opinion.

The narration was great too!

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Difficult Read

I am only 1/3 into the book and find it very difficult to keep going. I enjoy reading for pleasure and love the author but I should have looked more closely at the description. I do not read books that are political statements. Although I realize this is based on history, it is not what I am looking for nor do I enjoy the story.

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Definitely a tough read

I love Diane Chamberlain’s work, but this was a ver hard read for me. I read to escape the politically charged society in which we live, and this book is a statement for sure. Well written with twists and turns as you would except from her work, but this one made me cry. I don’t think it was the right time for this to be released as a fictional story.

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So good and so heartbreaking

This book was so good and so heartbreaking in normal Diane Chamberlain style. I love this authors storytelling and way of tactfully tying in current day to the past. Loved it!! If you love historical dramas with a twist/mystery, this is for you! ♥️

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Another great Diane Chamberlain read

A good blend of historical events told through the author’s characters. Well done story telling, giving a sense of the time period along with its heartbreaking truths. This author weaves current day with history very well and her characters are interesting and relatable. I always enjoy this narrator too. Finished in 2 days. Thank you

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A Timely Story

I was concerned when the first few chapters didn’t grab me like other Diane Chamberlain books. But I should have known I would fall in love with the characters. This excellent story made me cry. I don’t want to spoil the story , so I’ll just say, that it is well written, the narration is excellent and the subject matter intense. This is a must read.

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FANTASTIC

Really sad it ended. Phenomenal ending twist. Hauntingly beautiful. Already recommended to many friends.

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Great book kept me listening and thinking about the story

I the book was certainly not boring. Even when I was not listening to it, I was thinking about the story. I grew up at that time but in a small town in the north.

I kept thinking Americans were not like that but with all the mass shooting recently I guess I was wrong.

I highly recommend the book. It not only tells a riveting story but makes you think about how we treat our fellow citizens

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Another amazing story

Diane Chamberlain knows how to develop a story… She developed characters you can relate to and story lines that keep you intrigued the whole time. This was a wonderful story, very sad at times but one that’s nestled in historical events hard to imagine. I’m glad the story ended with answers the reader wanted, even though it was tough to listen to.

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wonderful

this is a very good book. lots of history and in some ways ties in this our current day.

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