The Last Night at Tremore Beach is a book I bought years ago and never read it. When I purchased the book, I was going through a moody period and this was one of the main reasons I selected this particular book. Last Night at Tremore Beach is a fictional, suspense thriller that revolves around the main protagonist, Peter Harper, a soundtrack composer and piano-player who recently divorced and moved in an isolated house near the Tremore Beach in an effort to find his lost inspiration about music.
The main part of the book was a bit slow. Sometimes there were too many details about places and people that it felt confusing. There was a gentle suspense but nothing about to be marked as thriller. My urge to continue reading the book was diminished. It was a constant fire and rain, with days of me waiting impatiently to read the next chapter and days feeling extremely bored after the first 2-3 pages. But I kept going…
…and I suddenly got that chill feeling of fear out of nowhere! A bunch of paper pages that actually made me wonder if there was someone in MY house. The Ending was the best part of the book with the most suspense and thrill. As usual, many smaller informative pieces of the main part were putting together a bigger puzzle that “exploded” in the later chapters. I could feel the fear and the worry of the protagonist and I had positive and negative feelings about the other characters that involved. When everything was said and done, in about the last 10 pages, the author revealed many things that were a mystery since page 1. In a very good written letter form of 10 pages, you could read the complete story of the book filling the empty spaces you might had, even though this was a bit of a turn off for me.
To sum up, the Last Night at Tremore Beach by Mikel Santiago felt an “okay” book with a score of 2.5 out of 5. The beginning felt okay, the main part felt okay and the ending is where it shined. For me, filling all the missing pieces to a story in the form of a “last-letter-that-explains-everything” was a turn off and I would rather had all that information dosed little by little in the course of the main part even though that would have killed a bit of the suspense.