Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

I have read all Mhairi McFarlane’s books as they came out, and as a writer, she just keeps getting better and better. ‘Last Night,’ her most recent, is in my very humble opinion, her best to date.

The opening scene entitled ‘After,’ is clearly of someone grieving, although we don’t know who or why at this point; a tantalising glimpse of the story ahead….

Then, we are transported to ‘Before,’ and the story begins.

Long time friends, Justin, Ed, Susie and Eve are at a pub quiz. The alcohol is flowing and the banter in full throttle. Conversation is natural, easy and full of humour. These are friends who have known each other for a very long time, and anything goes!

However, as with all great stories, the emotional bombshells begin to drop, and we start to gain a bit more access to Eve’s psyche.

I’m not going to say too much more about the content of the story as that would spoil it for you readers who are lucky enough to still be anticipating what will be an excellent read. I will say however, that this is an emotional read with raw grief at its source; not just grief at the physical loss of a loved one, but grief at lost beliefs, ways of life, friendships and relationships, and the changes wrought on individuals as a result. The only comparable story I have come across is Marian Keyes, ‘Is Anybody Out There?’

Well done Mhairi, you just keep on getting better, and based on this, your most recent offering, I can’t wait for your next one!

Five complete stars!!!!

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