BOOK REVIEW – Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

Always the Last to Know

Published June 9th 2020 by Berkley Books

 

Another terrific novel from Kristan Higgins!

Seventy-year-old, Barb Frost is at work when she gets a call that her husband, John has been rushed to the hospital.

Barb has always been good in emergencies, but she can’t believe this is happening. Barb and John have been married for 50 years. Their relationship has had its up and downs. Recently it’s become even more challenging.

The doctors tell Barb that John will need surgery to remove the pressure on his brain. The outcome is uncertain. Barb calls her daughter Juliet but holds off on calling her other daughter, Sadie. Barb is waiting for more news when John’s phone rings. The display says work is calling. Barb opens his phone and sees the screen filled with texts. She starts to read them, but a minute later she turns off the phone, shocked by what she’s read.

Juliet has a beautiful home, a great career, and most importantly, a wonderful husband and two healthy daughters. Her life is perfect, yet she is currently sitting in a closet having a panic attack. Just as the attack subsides, Juliet’s phone rings. It’s her mother calling to tell her that her father is in the hospital.

Once Juliet gets to the hospital and talks with her mother and the doctors, she calls her sister, Sadie.

When thirty-two-year-old, Sadie’s phone rings, she’s surprised to see that it’s her sister, Juliet, who rarely calls. Juliet tells her to get to the hospital as soon as possible. As Sadie drives to the hospital she chants “please don’t die“  over and over.  If something happens to her father she doesn’t know what she’ll do. Who else would be there for her? Her Mom was always so critical. Her father was always encouraging. He was the one who made her feel loved.

This family will be forever changed. As new secrets and old are revealed, will they come together or be pushed further apart?

Dysfunctional domestic family drama!

I love the way Kristan Higgins tells a story. Her stories are filled with heart and compassion and she creates characters that I can easily connect with.

The story is told from multiple points of view and I found it easy to follow. It was slow-burning, but it wasn’t long before I was completely invested in this dysfunctional family. I especially loved the friendship between Barb and her best friend, Caro. They had me laughing out loud many times. I also shed a few tears.

A heart-warming story about family, love, friendship, forgiveness, and more.

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

14 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW – Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

  1. Wonderful review Dee. I have been waffling on this one, but I am definitely going to read or listen to it now. I like dysfunctional family stories, they make me so happy with my family.

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