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The Last Murder at the End of the World

Stuart Turton



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03 April 2024


'A mind-bending, genre-blending, boy-that-ending mystery unlike any I've ever read' A. J. FINN

'I loved it' C. J. TUDOR

'An absolute blast' BENJAMIN STEVENSON 'Wildly inventive' M. W. CRAVEN

'Believe the hype' ALICE BELL

'Extraordinary' WILL DEAN

An Observer Thriller of the Month

Outside the island there is nothing: the world destroyed by a fog that swept the planet, killing anyone it touched. On the island: it is idyllic. 122 villagers and 3 scientists, living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they’re told by the scientists.

Until, to the horror of the islanders, one of their beloved scientists is found brutally stabbed to death. And they learn the murder has triggered a lowering of the security system around the island, the only thing that was keeping the fog at bay.

If the murder isn’t solved within 107 hours, the fog will smother the island – and everyone on it.

But the security system has also wiped everyone’s memories of exactly what happened the night before, which means that someone on the island is a murderer – and they don’t even know it…

Readers love The Last Murder at the End of the World:

'Mind-bending' 'Absolutely loved it' 'Captivating'

'Thrillingly fast-paced'

'New favourite book'

'Another masterpiece'



'Absolutely unforgettable'

'Unlike anything I've ever read before'

'Still shocked by the ending'

'Wonderfully imaginative'

The Last Murder at the End of the World was No. 1 in the Sunday Times Hardback Fiction chart w/e 30th March 2024

Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781526634917
ISBN 10:   1526634910
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stuart Turton’s debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, won the Costa First Novel Award and the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Novel, and was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards and the British Book Awards Debut of the Year. A Sunday Times bestseller, it has been translated into over thirty languages, and has sold over one million copies in the UK and US combined. The Devil and the Dark Water, his follow up, won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Fiction and was selected for the BBC Two Book Club, Between the Covers, and the Radio 2 Jo Whiley Book Club. Stuart lives near London with his wife and daughters.

Reviews for The Last Murder at the End of the World

Excellent ... I won’t give anything else away as the discoveries are part of the joy, but I was engrossed in this high-concept thriller and can’t wait to see what Turton does next * Observer * A mind-bending, genre-blending, boy-that-ending mystery unlike any I've ever read … I feel, as I read a Turton book, like I'm watching a rocket erupt from the launchpad -- I've got a grin on my face and my heart in my throat -- A. J. Finn This story will grip your attention until the very last page and is sure to be another bestseller * Glamour * A smart and suspenseful page-turner * SFX * This startlingly original slice of dystopia also serves up a compelling mystery. Genius * Heat * If you have ever had the experience of reading a Stuart Turton novel, you will know what it is like to have your brain fried – in the very best way * i * Turton (The Devil and the Dark Water) continues playing fast and loose with genre boundaries in this dazzling postapocalyptic thriller that blossoms into a race against time whodunit . . . This dystopian detective story fires on all cylinders * Publisher's Weekly * Even better than The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Turton's cemented his reputation as the king of the mind-blowing mystery -- Gareth Rubin, author of Sunday Times bestseller, THE TURNGLASS An extraordinary novel. Midsommar meets Station Eleven meets The Mist meets a fresh post-apocalyptic murder mystery. Audacious and utterly mind-blowing. Stu Turton is one of the most inventive writers working today -- Will Dean Stu Turton has done it again. I finished The Last Murder at the End of the World last night and it might just be his barmiest, cleverest and creepiest mystery yet. Buckle up, because you’ve never read a whodunnit like this one -- Tom Hindle Stuart Turton’s literary pyrotechnics are on full display in this magnificently sly novel. Part Holmesian deduction, part Shyamalan level twists - Turton somehow manages to reinvent both himself and the mystery genre with every book. An absolute blast -- Benjamin Stevenson Stuart Turton is a reliably excellent and inventive thriller writer and his new novel ... is full of his usual clever, unpredictable twists and skilful pacing * Independent * Stuart Turton is the master of intricately plotted, brilliantly imaginative murder mysteries. His latest delivers all that wonderful head-scratching complexity in a darkly-drawn future world with a message about what makes us human at its heart. I loved it -- C. J. Tudor Set in a post-apocalyptic world, with a literal village full of incredible characters, this is an original take on the murder mystery and I loved it. Unique, thought-provoking but, above all, addictive -- Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City and Miss Aldridge Regrets The Last Murder at the End of the World is wildly inventive. Stuart Turton is a unique talent -- M. W. Craven BELIEVE THE HYPE about this book. I absolutely raced through. Such a great sharp little jigsaw of a sci-fi mystery -- Alice Bell Stu Turton has done it again with The Last Murder At The End Of The World, the mad, alchemy-embracing bastard. A murder-mystery wrapped in a sci-fi allegory, it's utterly gripping, constantly confounding and will be another monster hit -- Adam Simcox A unique, intricate murder mystery absolutely full of heart, The Last Murder at the End of the World is a heartbreaking exploration of what it means to be human -- Vikki Patis PRAISE FOR THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE: 'Audaciously inventive, gripping and original' -- Louise O'Neill PRAISE FOR THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE: 'This book blew my mind. It is utterly original and unique. I couldn't get it out of my head for days afterwards' -- Sophie Hannah PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL AND THE DARK WATER: 'An absolute treat from the most original voice in crime fiction' -- Ragnar Jonasson

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