Review: The Last Night in London (Karen White)

The Last Night in London
Author: Karen White
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a captivating story of friendship, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day.

London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her luck—she’s getting everything she ever wanted. Then the Blitz devastates her world, and Eva finds herself slipping into a web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. As Eva struggles to protect her friendship with Precious and everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever…

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner, whose life has been marked by the tragic loss of her mother, travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie has been careful to close herself off to others, but in Precious she recognizes someone whose grief rivals her own—but unlike Maddie, Precious hasn’t allowed it to crush her.  Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew.  As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’s haunting past—a story of friendship, betrayal, and the unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

Before I start this review, I have to talk about the author’s note. I have read all of Karen White’s books. Two on my list of favorites are Falling Home and After the Rain. It’s been years since I read those books and that is the only reason I have for not remembering who Maddie Warner was! Now, you don’t need to have read those two books to enjoy this one, but it sure had a delayed emotional impact on me when I made the connection! Now for the review…

The Last Night in London is one of those books that had my attention from the prologue. That chapter set up a story and mystery that had me questioning everything and everyone in the 1940’s setting. I was as curious as Maddie was to unravel the story in 2019. Even when I thought I knew, I don’t know that I knew what had happened with Precious, Eva, Graham, and Alex. It was frustratingly good to try and figure out.

As for the 2019 end of the story, I really enjoyed that part too. Maddie was a frustrating character when it came to her own life. She had her reasons, which I understood, but I wanted her to get over it. I loved how she played detective with Precious’ family to find out what had happened to her during the war and after.

Overall, this was another winner by Karen White. I love how she mixes past with present in her books, neither story winning me over more than the other. Both sides or timelines always keep me intrigued. She has done this with all her previous releases and again with The Last Night in London.

19 thoughts on “Review: The Last Night in London (Karen White)”

  1. I really like dual timeline books, especially they are done well like those Chanel Cleeton books. I’m curious about the connection to the author’s books. The mystery sounds well done! I don’t think I’ve read anything by the author but you’ve got me interested.

    1. I’ve been reading her for years and love her writing. Most of her books are set in the South. Falling Home is the first one in this “series”. It was one I loved.

  2. I do enjoy Historical Fiction and Romance. I have only read one book by Karen White and I enjoyed it. I have seen a lot of recommendations for this one, so I am adding it now. Great review Deanna. I also have to check out the others that you mentioned.

    1. I actually think (or hope!) you would love this author. I have enjoyed every book she’s written.

  3. I have never read this author before, but I like the dual timeline format. It usually allows me to piece things together, and I have fun doing that.

  4. This sounds like such a fantastic book! I love it when you are kept guessing and the fact that the book ties into others the author has written has me intrigued. I will have to add this one to my list! 🙂

  5. I’ve never read anything by Karen White but my mom is a big fan and reads everything from her. In fact, she was *just* talking about this one last night. Too funny. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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