Last To Leave the Room

St. Martin’s Oct. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781250282613. $29. HORROR
Tamsin is the head of a crucial experiment taking place deep beneath the city of San Siroco. When she and her team discover that the city appears to be slowly sinking, they are quick to cover up their possible connection to it. Returning home, Tamsin finds that the same thing is occurring at her house, but only in her basement—and at a faster rate. When a mysterious door appears one night and a double of Tamsin emerges, she must find out what is really happening without alerting her employer. Tamsin’s scientific work takes the forefront in this novel, and while it’s important to the plot, the intricate detail sometimes bogs down the pace. The character of Lachlan is introduced as a handler for Tamsin, and while some unknown connections between the two are teased, their relationship is left very nebulous. Unfortunately, the novel’s twist and ending are predictable.
VERDICT It’s billed as horror, but the latest from popular novelist Starling (after The Death of Jane Lawrence) is more of a speculative thriller; her fans will still clamor for it.
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