What We'll Burn Last

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By Heather Chavez

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From the acclaimed author of Before She Finds Me comes "a nuanced story of fiery secrets" (The Washington Post) and a "beautifully written, cinematic thriller" (Ashley Winstead) about two entangled families in a California neighborhood who must race to find answers about a missing teen as a wildfire crackles to life nearby . . .

Three women.

When she was twelve, Leyna Clarke watched her older sister, Grace, walk away from their Sierra Nevada foothills home with her boyfriend, Adam Duran. Neither was ever seen again. Sixteen years later, a stranger who looks like Grace shows up at the restaurant where Leyna works—and vanishes soon after. When it comes out that Leyna was one of the last people to have talked with the young woman, Leyna’s childhood crush Dominic, who is also Adam’s brother, pleads with her to do the last thing she wants to do: come home.

Three secrets.

But Leyna isn’t the only one who hasn’t been able to leave that fateful night behind. Her mother, Meredith, still lives in the family’s old home—even if she claims to believe the police’s theory that Grace and Adam were willing runaways. Down the street, Adam and Dominic’s mother Olivia has also stayed, determined to be there when her son finally returns. . . and to prove that Meredith and Leyna have been hiding something all these years. But the past isn’t the only threat to the two families, or the missing girl. As a wildfire sparks, tempers flare and intentions turn deadly. Because someone in the neighborhood knows what really happened that night—and just how good the forest is at keeping its secrets.

Who will you trust?


  • “Gripping from the very first page, with simmering tension that builds until it catches fire, What We’ll Burn Last is a beautifully written, cinematic thriller . . . a top-notch heart-pounder guaranteed to make you lose sleep. I loved it!”
    Ashley Winstead, author of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife and Midnight is the Darkest Hour
  • “Another fast-paced and gripping thriller from Chavez . . . What really happened is revealed amidst the choking smoke, and it is as complicated as it is compelling. Readers will have to really pay close attention with this one, and resist the urge to jump ahead to find out just what is going on. A perfect beach read.”
    Booklist (starred review)
  • "Chavez delivers a nuanced story of fiery secrets."
    Lisa Levy, The Washington Post
  • "Chavez blends simmering suspense and domestic drama in this slow-burning thriller.”
    Publishers Weekly
  • "Crackling with tension and dark secrets, What We'll Burn Last is a complex and startling mystery with beautifully drawn characters, excellent writing, and sharp insights on family and loyalty.”
    Robyn Harding, author of The Drowning Woman

On Sale
Jul 23, 2024
Page Count
336 pages
Mulholland Books

Heather Chavez

About the Author

Heather Chavez is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s English literature program and has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and contributor to mystery and television blogs. She lives with her family in Santa Rosa, California. She’s the author of the thrillers No Bad Deed and Blood Will Tell.

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