Review: Her Last Words by Kim Kelly

Title: Her Last Words

Author: Kim Kelly

Published: 7th July 2020, JazzMonkey Publications

Read: September 2020 courtesy the author


My Thoughts:

Her Last Words is a stunning contemporary novel from Australian author Kim Kelly, best known for her works of historical fiction.

Seven years after young aspiring writer Thisbe Chisholm stormed out of her boyfriend’s Bondi flat after a petty argument in the early hours of the morning, the coroner’s inquest into her murder decisively exonerates John, but does little else. Stuck firmly in the grip of guilt and depression, John’s bright future as an actor has long since dimmed, and even Penny, Thisbe’s best friend and his stalwart supporter, seems to have reached her limit. Perhaps it’s time to let go…

Kelly was inspired by personal events to create this literary gem. Her Last Words is a heartfelt, poignant story, which explores the themes of love, grief, release and redemption.

While unfolding from multiple perspectives, John and Penny are the central protagonists of the story. Since Thisbe’s tragic death the two have never quite been able to let go, of her, or each other. The coronial inquest serves as a catalyst as John contemplates ending everything, and Penny considers finally moving on.

Fate gives Penny, a book editor, a push when a local bookstore owner discovers Thisbe’s long missing bag and manuscript, prompting the unraveling of not one, but two crimes, and placing Penny on a deserved new path.

John comes very close to getting his wish, just as he realises it’s not really what he wants. Kelly’s insight into John’s depression is thoughtful and empathetic as he struggles both mentally and physically, haunted by his last moments with Thisbe.

With exceptional characterisation, eloquent prose, and raw emotion, Her Last Words is a compelling read this review can’t begin to do justice.


Available from all major online retailers worldwide, in print, ebook and audio.


Also reviewed at Book’d Out by Kim Kelly


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Sep 11, 2020 @ 09:42:38

    Great review, Shellyrae. Sounds like a ‘must read’.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Sep 11, 2020 @ 10:35:24

    Lovely review, and gorgeous cover!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. carhicks
    Sep 11, 2020 @ 10:44:19

    Wonderful review, sounds like one I would enjoy.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Theresa Smith Writes
    Sep 11, 2020 @ 12:13:26

    I really liked this one as well! Great review, glad to see you enjoyed it.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 12, 2020 @ 04:46:26

    Excellent review and a lovely cover as well.



  6. Marg
    Sep 12, 2020 @ 18:42:53

    This sound so good

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 13, 2020 @ 10:15:44

    Love the cover of this book and it sounds like a good storyline.

    Liked by 1 person


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