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The Last ResortThe Last Resort by Emily Gallo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Despite people’s attempts to make things black and white, there rarely are such moments. There are grays, nuances and intricacies. Those make up the proverbial spice of life. It’s often said that it’s important to “appreciate the little things.” In a fast-paced world with many things to do and simply not enough time to do them, it becomes all too easy to forget about the little things. The Last Resort illustrates ‘the forgotten ones, those barely scraping by in a society obsessed with wealth and celebrity. But these same people, relegated to the margins, not only survive, they thrive, thanks to their compassion and generosity of spirit.’

The Last Resort had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book. From the opening chapter, setting the tone for the entire work, to the end at which you ponder your own sense of direction, The Last Resort flows like a sparkling river. It’s a great read that’s filled with dramatic and well-described moments that will stay with you for a long time.

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a first-class fictional drama with perfect pacing.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Emily Gallo in the future. A great read and a novel that suggests great things for this author’s future as a writer. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.

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