BOOK CLUB: Last Known Contact

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Author: Phillipa Nefri Clark
ISBN: 9780648865292
Copy courtesy of Phillipa Nefri Clark

Last Known Contact is the latest release from Phillipa Nefri Clark, best-selling, self-published author of the River’s End series, Charlotte Dean’s mysteries, and Simple Words for Troubled Times, a non-fiction book of messages of hope written under the alias Ronen Groves.

When Ellie Conner (nee Bannerman) steps off the plane in Australia after a business trip to London she is greeted with the news that her father, Jack Bannerman, founder and CEO of Bannerman Wealth Group (BWG) has disappeared.

 Her, soon to be ex, husband Dennis Conner has stepped into the role of CEO although as the last known contact he is high on the list of suspects in Jack’s disappearance.

 Jack’s second wife, Meredith, Ellie’s step mum seems remarkably unconcerned about her husband’s disappearance, if you can pry the brandy glass away from her for long enough to get her to speak, but she and Dennis seem to be getting awfully cosy.

 When a fisherman disappears, and a gun is found under a mattress on Jack’s boat Sea Angel the mystery deepens. Then when Jack’s closest friend is found unconscious at the base of the stairs in the office stairwell Ellie really starts to panic about what has happened to her dad.

 Through it all, the only person who seems to want to support her is the head of Security Paul Dekkles who has worked with her dad forever.

 As Ellie tries to get to the bottom of what has happened to her dad she will find herself and her brother Michael under threat; and find herself wondering what and who she can trust, as her world seems to be unravelling around her.

 And if that isn’t enough, the detective assigned to the case is Ben Rossi, an ex-boyfriend, previous best friend of her brother’s, and the man she blames for the condition her brother is now in.

 This is a fantastic suspense novel leading you through the search for Jack with clues and red herrings a-plenty, and just when you think you have worked it out, there’s another twist.  A book that will captivate you right to the very end.

Many thanks to Phillipa Nefri Clark and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 I am committed to exposing readers to our amazing Australian self-published (Indie) authors.  If you enjoyed this book you can access more of Phillipa’s work at her online bookstore www.phillipaclark.com/books, and where all good books are sold.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading Last Known Contact by Phillipa Nefri Clark. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

35 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Last Known Contact

  1. This is the first book I’ve read from Phillipa Clark and I really enjoyed it.
    Last Known Contact is about Ellie who returns to Australia after being overseas to find her whole world has been turned upside down including the disappearance of her father. It is a well written mystery that had me absorbed from start to finish as we try to figure out what really happened.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Phillipa Clark for the opportunity to read this book

  2. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read Last Known Contact. I must admit that it’s a book I would not have picked up ordinarily but I am so glad I had this chance.
    I found Ellie to be headstrong and focused in trying to find out what happened to her father, despite others in the story, trying to steer her the wrong way into danger.
    I thought her father seemed rather selfish and not that concerned about Ellie.
    This was a well written mystery which kept me in thrall all through. I have since read a couple of other stories by Phillipa and have really enjoyed them

  3. Wow, this was an awesome read which grabs you from the first couple of pages and takes you on a wild roller coaster ride of who can Ellie trust. This book has it all, love, betrayal, murder, misdirection, deception, lies and at the center, a girl who simply wants to know the Truth.

    I particularly liked the character development of Ellie who was relatable however surrounded by some truly unfavourable types I did wonder how Ellie could be so normal. There was certainly scope for the author to give some of the other characters their just deserts however appreciate that this was Ellie’s story and not theirs.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it.

  4. I was so happy to receive ‘Last known contact’ by Phillipa Nefri Clark. It was everything I had hoped for. Ellie returns from overseas and finds her dad, Jack is missing. Her estranged husband is playing up and her ex boyfriend is assigned to help look for her dad. All of these characters intertwine and the story is fabulous to follow. I love the flow of this book and was turning pages quicker than I thought was possible. Absolutely loved it!!!! Look forward to reading more from this talented writer!! Well done.

  5. This book grabbed hold of me from the first sentence, churned me up, twisted me around so many times I was dizzy and finally let me go at the very end. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book this good!
    There are many twists and turns in this book, you think you know who’s behind it all then begin to suspect someone else, revisit your initial suspicion then second guess yourself until you have no idea who it is and just hold on for the ride. Thanks Beauty & Lace Book Club and Phillipa Nefri Clark for a copy of this book in return for an honest review, I can’t wait to read more by this author

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