The Only One Left: A Novel

Written by:
Riley Sager
Narrated by:
Dawn Harvey , Christine Lakin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2023
12 hours 32 minutes

Named a summer book to watch by The Washington Post, Boston Globe, USA Today, Oprah, Paste, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, and Nerd Daily

'Propulsive ... a dizzying Gothic whodunit.'
—New York Times Book Review

Bestselling author Riley Sager returns with a Gothic chiller about a young caregiver assigned to work for a woman accused of a Lizzie Borden-like massacre decades earlier.

At seventeen, Lenora Hope
Hung her sister with a rope

Now reduced to a schoolyard chant, the Hope family murders shocked the Maine coast one bloody night in 1929. While most people assume seventeen-year-old Lenora was responsible, the police were never able to prove it. Other than her denial after the killings, she has never spoken publicly about that night, nor has she set foot outside Hope’s End, the cliffside mansion where the massacre occurred.

Stabbed her father with a knife
Took her mother’s happy life

It’s now 1983, and home-health aide Kit McDeere arrives at a decaying Hope’s End to care for Lenora after her previous nurse fled in the middle of the night. In her seventies and confined to a wheelchair, Lenora was rendered mute by a series of strokes and can only communicate with Kit by tapping out sentences on an old typewriter. One night, Lenora uses it to make a tantalizing offer—I want to tell you everything.

“It wasn’t me,” Lenora said
But she’s the only one not dead
As Kit helps Lenora write about the events leading to the Hope family massacre, it becomes clear there’s more to the tale than people know. But when new details about her predecessor’s departure come to light, Kit starts to suspect Lenora might not be telling the complete truth—and that the seemingly harmless woman in her care could be far more dangerous than she first thought.
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Really disliked the main character (Kit)- just didn't come across as a real person, inner dialogue annoying, and more generally characters' actions were inconsistent and unbelievable. The story of Lenora kept me interested enough to slog through.

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My favorite book by Riley Sager! By far the best book I’ve listened to yet in 2023. So many twists and turns and an outstanding ending that makes you smile. Loved, loved loved this book!!!

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It was just alright. Very drawn out. Would have quit but was too far in to stop. It went in a million different directions, kind of scattered-brained. The average person would have walked away when they knew their life was in danger... very average to below average book.

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I thought the writing was good. However, this is not one of my favorites. The story felt a bit one dimensional and the “shock element” wasn’t really that much of a surprise if you paid attention to the story. The narrators did a good job and I have no complaints with their performance.

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A little slow at first, then wrapped up too fast. One part was predictable but then a major twist I didn’t see coming.

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I enjoyed this story.

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Good read. Didn't see that coming.

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I really enjoyed the plot twists of this book, had me second guessing at every turn.

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in no way would I have ever guessed the ending of this book. curveball after curveball.

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William Troyk

Got a little tough to follow at the end. kept you guessing.

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Freya H.

Absolutely silly and campy twists and turns

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Edina L.

Amazing writing!! I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. Every time I thought I figured it out I was wrong. The twists kept coming up until the very last word!!

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Very talented! Just when you think you have it all figured out – another twist lives around the corner. The suspense will leave you unable to put this one down.

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Vickie W.

Best book this year !!

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