In Sam Bourne’s The Last Testament, the world reels from shock when a well-known archeologist is shot and killed at a rally promoting a historic deal between the Israeli and Palestinian governments. Peace talks teeter as these nations rush to uncover the reason behind the death. Was it murder? Or a mistake? To salvage the situation, the U.S. government sends in peace negotiator, Maggie Costello. With past wrongs to atone for, Costello must prove she still has what it takes to renew talks between the two groups.
But the obstacles mount as every one of Costello’s leads is murdered before she can reach them. Between these deaths and an attack on a historic locale, both sides move close to calling off the signing of the treaty. Costello realizes she cannot trust anyone as she races to solve the mystery and save her own life.
Bourne wrote The Last Testament in nonsequential order and that, together with the large character pool, made the story challenging to follow. The rampant use of vulgar language and several intimate scenes seemed unnecessary and distracted from the progression of the novel.
I never connected with any of the book’s characters and I didn’t feel fear, sympathy, happiness or any sentiment other than regret as I read. Even more frustrating were the clichéd attempts at reaching my emotions — like Bourne found a thriller rubric and tried to fulfill all the criteria, but failed to give this novel its own life and uniqueness.
Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!
**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.