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The Last Housewife

By Ashley Winstead
The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead digital book - Fable

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"Deliciously unputdownable." —The Washington Post

"A stunning, disturbing thriller that will have your mind and heart racing." —Samantha Downing

From the author of the acclaimed In My Dreams I Hold a Knife comes a pitch-black thriller about a woman determined to destroy a powerful cult and avenge the deaths of the women taken in by it, no matter the cost.

While in college in upstate New York, Shay Evans and her best friends met a captivating man who seduced them with a web of lies about the way the world works, bringing them under his thrall. By senior year, Shay and her friend Laurel were the only ones who managed to escape. Now, eight years later, Shay's built a new life in a tony Texas suburb. But when she hears the horrifying news of Laurel's death—delivered, of all ways, by her favorite true-crime podcast crusader—she begins to suspect that the past she thought she buried is still very much alive, and the predators more dangerous than ever.

Recruiting the help of the podcast host, Shay goes back to the place she vowed never to return to in search of answers. As she follows the threads of her friend's life, she's pulled into a dark, seductive world, where wealth and privilege shield brutal philosophies that feel all too familiar. When Shay's obsession with uncovering the truth becomes so consuming she can no longer separate her desire for justice from darker desires newly reawakened, she must confront the depths of her own complicity and conditioning. But in a world built for men to rule it—both inside the cult and outside of it—is justice even possible, and if so, how far will Shay go to get it?

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1486 Reviews

3.5
“I have to say that i went into this book blindly. I was completely addicted to it though! From the start to the end. The topics in the book were very triggering, so be warned. I really don't have much else to say, i might just need a little bit more time to digest it.”
Dark settingAbuseMisogynySexual assault
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Picked this up without reading the blurb (I like the cover) and man, was it a ride! Excellent story, emotional insight, and writing. Only taking away because at one point it seemed to drag a tiny bit. I thought I knew a twist coming, but I was wrong.”
Easy to readAddictiveFast-pacedDark settingAbuseSexual assaultViolence

About Ashley Winstead

Ashley Winstead is an academic turned novelist with a Ph.D. in contemporary American literature. She lives in Houston with her husband, two cats, and beloved wine fridge. You can find her at www.ashleywinstead.com.

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