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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Final Belongings is a work of fiction in the mystery and historical fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to some moderate scenes of violence and the use of strong language and was penned by author Sarah Beauchemin. We initially follow protagonist Juliet in contemporary times, who is still reeling from the sudden loss of her mother as she tries to sort through the family possessions. When she uncovers a collection of memorabilia and a mysterious note from her Uncle Henry, who passed away in Italy in 1971, a quest begins to understand the life of this incredible man, which could lead to unexpected dangers from delving into someone else’s history.
Author Sarah Beauchemin handles the twists and turns of this plot incredibly well to tell a tale across two timelines that still sparks with similarity, family, and relevance, no matter whose part you’re following. I really enjoyed the trip through time that we take in Henry’s life; his personality shone with an effervescence that juxtaposes Juliet’s grief-stricken mood and sets us up for a drama that certainly runs the full gamut of emotions. I was also very impressed by the cinematic style of the descriptive language, which brought Italy into living color and amped up the tension with its extrasensory approach. This was so effective that when the plot thickened and the pace ramped up suddenly, I found myself in an immersive and action-packed thriller novel right to the end. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Final Belongings to fans of well-plotted mystery and interpersonal, emotional family dramas.