496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in
April 22, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1623651336
ISBN - 13: 9781623651336
Read from the Book
Tuesday’s not the kind of day you expect your life to change for ever. That feels like a job for Friday, or Saturday – a flashier, shinier day that has surprise sprinkled over its surface like hundreds and thousands. This particular Tuesday I’m doing the end of the day soft-shoe shuffle, glancing between the clock, my computer screen and my bat-shit scary boss Mary, trying to work out which will give way first. It’s a huge, retro-looking wall clock, with thick black hands that are currently crawling sluggishly towards six thirty. The wall behind it is papered with pastel pink roses, and the room is peppered with big velvet sofas that are designed to encourage the kind of impromptu brainstorms and shared confidences that never quite seem to happen. Mary presides over the room from her huge glass desk at the top, mistress of all she surveys. It’s like a twisted sort of nursery – soft on the outside, with an underlying air of menace. I’m working on a campaign for supermarket organics, but even if my computer hasn’t turned off yet, my brain certainly has. I want to get home – I’m cooking dinner for James before I have to go out again – but I don’t want Mary to think I’m a slacker. Better to sit here playing with the same sentence for half an hour than appear half-hearted. Mungo, my optimistically titled ‘assistant’, has no such compunction. He came in on work experience, bestowed by Mary, his godmother, and never left. Right now he’s already standing up, shoving a musty old hardb
From the Publisher
When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from college has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally really had turned her back, why is her little girl named after Olivia?
As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel their tangled history. But as Sally's secrets start to spill out, Olivia's left asking herself if the past is best kept buried.
About the Author
Eleanor Moran is the author of three previous novels:Stick or Twist,Mr Almost RightandBreakfast in Bed, which is currently being developed for television. Eleanor also works as a television drama executive and her TV credits includeRome, MI5,Spooks,Being Humanand a biopic of Enid Blyton,Enid, starring Helena Bonham Carter. Eleanor grew up in North London, where she still lives.
PRAISE FOR THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU:
"This compelling story of a troubled woman whose actions powerfully affect those closest to her will attract fans of Gillian Flynn's work. It may also appeal to readers who appreciate stories of women's relationships."-Library Journal
The Last Time I Saw You
by Eleanor Moran
1. The triangle between Sally, Olivia, and Lola is a power struggle that influences the girls’ sense of self-worth and their relationships with other characters well into their adult lives. Discuss the function and dysfunction of Olivia and Sally’s relationship. How do you think the intense nature of the friendship benefited both characters, and how did it hinder them?
2. In the first few pages of the novel, Olivia, sizing up her young, pretty colleague, thinks to herself:
“What’s that phrase? Women beware women. I know in my
head that it’s not true, but in my heart there’s still a skulking
fear that it is.” (9)
Female competition—in the workplace, in relationships, in the race to “have it all”—is a constant presence in the novel. Discuss how Olivia compares herself to and competes with other female characters in the book. What do Olivia’s comments and thoughts about other women’s bodies, choices, and behavior reveal about her character, and how women compete with each other?
3. Olivia says about the end of her friendship with Sally, “If I’d only knows then what a precious commodity trust really is—that once it’s broken the scars can take more than a lifetime to heal.” (72)
How does Sally’s breach of trust affect Olivia’s relationships with other characters? If Sally had survived, do you think she and Olivia would have been able to heal the friendship?
4. William and Olivia’s relationship is fraught—and nearly severed—by significant social and emotional obstacles: grief, guilt, ostracizing by friends and family. In the end, though, they commit to each other despite these complications. When Olivia rejects James, after loving him for almost her whole adult life, she says:
“It was what I wanted for so long, and I don’t love you any
less, but now . . . it’s not right anymore. It’s not our time,
not for me.” (435)
Is there a right time and a wrong time to find love? Are there circumstances under which Olivia might not have ended up with William, or this relationship would break, or would they have always found a way back to each other?
5. When Olivia does finally choose William over James, she seems to make this choice based on gut emotion in that moment, rather than by making a calculated choice. Why do you think Olivia ultimately chooses William?