Author Andy Rumbold
Publisher Red Door Publishing
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
It’s summer 1995 and Dan Willis is living in Santander, northern Spain, trying to get his life back on track, when he receives an unexpected call from an old school friend and Gulf War veteran, Billy Wyatt, who wants to visit him. Unbeknown to Billy, Dan invites two other school friends to join them. It s a decision that will change their lives forever.
The Last Fiesta follows the friends’ hedonistic journey through the stunning Basque country, up into the Picos de Europa and finally to Pamplona, for the running of the bulls. But under the blistering Spanish sun, dark truths from the past emerge, and dreadful revelations entwine their lives in a way that will ultimately lead to disaster.
What did I think?
The Last Fiesta is a relatively quick read at just shy of 200 pages. Although it’s a quick read, it doesn’t mean it’s one to forget!
I did find the story a slight bit predictable, and I don’t think that the description on Goodreads helps mask what’s going to happen either. That being said, you do become attached to the characters and you want to know their back stories. Rumbold has an incredible talent for getting you invested with the characters.
There is a huge cultural knowledge in the book too and you can definitely get a feel for what it would be like to be at the running of the bulls in Pamplona. It takes a talented writer to successfully get you to imagine the situation and surroundings and Rumbold has hit the nail on the head.
My only gripe with the book is that although you sort of knew what was coming, when it did finally come it was over in a flash. There was a lot of build up for not a lot of story…if that makes sense? I would still recommend The Last Fiesta though! It’s genuinely a fantastic piece of writing!
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?