The Last Paradise is the first Esther Hicks novel I have read. I found myself engrossed in it from start to finish, even though I normally have trouble with “thin” novels. It was different; this was different. I don’t usually like romance stories, but this one kept me reading throughout.
You might think a story about a young girl who gets married and lives happily ever after would be predictable and boring, but it isn’t. Esther Hicks has you glued to her rousing tale of a good girl gone bad, of a man who can’t live with his feelings and wishes for love to go away, and of a family who must learn to deal with their differences or else face a violent future. This book reads as an entertaining story, which is just how she writes. Her characters are likeable, intriguing, and believable.
The Last Paradise picks up shortly after we enter the book and find our heroine at a spa where she is to get some new clothes. While she is trying on different clothes, her mother calls to tell her about a man who is selling something to a store in town. Esther gets very nervous and whips out her book, wanting to know what it is. The man leaves the store without offering any information, so she puts her doubts to rest.
Several days later, while at home, she finds a note on the mirror. It leads her to a mysterious man named Alex, who asks her to help him find his daughter’s killer. This turns out to be more than just a run-of-the-mill case of mistaken identity; it is the beginning of a dreadful crime that will have multiple victims. And Esther is more than ready to fight for justice.
After the first couple of chapters, I wanted to rip my eyes out. Esther is such a strong lead character, and she draws the reader into her world. Her description of her surroundings and the secrets surrounding her foster family add a depth to her character that readers aren’t usually given the chance to develop. Her emotional rollercoaster is thrilling. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
I read the entirety of this book in one day. If you are not someone who likes to read many books, then you may want to skip this one. However, if you are a reader who loves good stories, then you will enjoy this book immensely. If you are looking for a dark and twisted twist on the life story of a young girl, then I would highly recommend this one to you. I would love to hear what you think of this book.