Rated Reads

Last Post

by Robert Barnard

Rated: Mild

A woman dies of cancer. Her daughter, back home settling her mother’s affairs, opens a letter addressed to her mother that arrives the day of the funeral. The letter, signed just with a first name and with no return address, contains some unsettling information. Daughter sets off to investigate what it means.

In Last Post, Eve McNabb is surprised to find that a woman named Jean has been in love with her mother for years, that they may very well have had a “relationship.” More strange, however, is a reference made in the letter to some “business with John” years before. John was Eve’s father, and her mother, May, had always told Eve that he had been dead since she was little.

The mysterious letter prompts Eve to find out more about both of her parents, and since it’s too late to ask them more about their early lives in person, she must piece together information gathered from other sources: some who seemingly don’t want to share the truth.

Last Post is a fun little mystery. It’s fairly short and sweet and is easy to pick up and read in a couple of sittings. It’s a nice option for warm summer days spent lounging in the sun or basking in the cool breezes of air conditioning.

Rated: Mild, for one use of moderate language, a handful of uses of mild language, and references to lesbian relationships and adultery (but no specifics at all).

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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