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.
Expected Release Date - April 22nd, 2014
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Olivia “Livvy” Berrington feels like she has been set adrift in an ocean of regret. At thirty-five, she is still single and hopelessly in love with her roommate and long time confidant, James. Believing that her feelings are unrequited, every day is a struggle to get through and she takes comfort in her safe routine life. When she learns of the sudden and tragic death of her once best friend, Sally – she is forced to embark on a painful journey through memories and the feelings of hollow inadequacy that have haunted her forever.
“Life carried on, acquired new aspects that post-dated-her, and her absence became a fact of life rather than a weeping sore. I never forgot her though, never stopped feeling the lack of her, despite my enduring anger. In fact its furnace-like intensity was what told me it still mattered – I know for sure that the opposite of love is not hate but indifference.”
The more that Livvy finds out about Sally's life, the more she realizes that nothing was as she thought it was. Sally was harboring dark secrets – and Livvy will do everything she can to keep those secrets from hurting those who Sally left behind – her Husband, William and young daughter, Madeline.
When unexpected feelings flourish between Livvy and William, she can’t help but think that she is betraying Sally’s memory. But even still, when two lonely people are meant to be together, nothing can keep them apart.
“But I do still believe there’s power in truth, however uncomfortable that truth is – at least the picture is in focus, the details clear and stark.”
The Last Time I Saw You was an unexpected gem! I was completely captivated by Eleanor’s hypnotic prose, complex characters and engaging plot. I wholly connected to Livvy – to watch her go from living in the shadows to finally breaking free made this book one that truly touched my soul and will stay with me for quite a long time…
Exclusive Excerpt -
When I think about it now, I realize that she always did make sure she had backup, even while she tried to keep my options to an absolute minimum. I remember bursting back through the door one This Life night, my stint in the library longer than I had intended. “It’s starting!” I shouted, running into the living room, only to find Lola, stockinged feet neatly tucked underneath her, sitting on the sofa.
About The Author -
Eleanor Moran is the author of three previous novels: Stick or Twist, Mr Almost Right and Breakfast 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 Human and a biopic of Enid Blyton, Enid, starring Helena Bonham Carter. Eleanor grew up in North London, where she still lives.
A Conversation WIth Eleanor -
Q. What was your inspiration for THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU? How did you first get the idea for the story?
A. The Last Time I Saw You came out of two experiences – a hypnotic, seductive friendship I had at university which exploded in my mid twenties. It took me a long time to process the viciousness of the ‘break up’ and I wanted to write about the ambiguity and treachery of female friendship gone wrong. I also wanted to write about the ‘haunting’ that can take place in relationships we have in our thirties and forties. Livvy’s sister tells her “men move on, they can’t stand the silence” and I think it’s true. I wanted to write about that.
Q. Do you have a favorite character from the book? One who was a pleasure to right? Difficult?
A. I love all my characters! I fell in love with William, despite him being such a stuffed shirt. I sort of have to when I write a love interest. I loved the complexity of Sally, and I loved her, despite her selfishness and how bad she was for Livvy. She is mercurial and a trickster, and in drama those characters are vital. She can do unexpected, wild things. Livvy has a lot of me in her, as all my heroines do.
Q. If you could give just one piece of advice to fellow writers what would it be?
A. Gosh, I wouldn’t presume to advise other writers at my stage, but to newbies I would say… Do you know, I don’t know! Understand the market, but don’t be handcuffed by it, as you need to find your own voice.
Q. Who are your favorite authors? Who has inspired your writing?
A. I adore Rebecca. Daphne Du Maurier found something universal, and then wrote a deeply specific story. Beautiful Ruins. Loved that. The Fault In Our Stars. The Help. Heartburn. The Time Traveler’s Wife. For me it’s the books about rounded, flawed characters doing their very best in believable ways. If you look at my website – eleanormoran.co.uk – I wrote about my 10 favorite love stories. And romantic films.
Q. What’s next? Are you working on your next book?
A. I am hard at work on book 5. It’s about a young female psychotherapist who is forced to confront her past.
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