The Last Stone

The Last Stone

On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, disappeared during a trip to a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. Three days later, eighteen-year-old Lloyd Welch visited the Montgomery County Police with a tip: he had seen the Lyons girls at the mall that day and had watched them climb into a strange man?s car. Welch?s tip led nowhere, and the On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, disappeared during a trip to a shopping mall ...

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Title:The Last Stone
Author:Mark Bowden
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Genres:Crime
Number of Pages:340 pages pages

The Last Stone Reviews

  • Lindsay
    Apr 13, 2019
    I really enjoyed Killing Pablo and Black Hawk Down, but I didn't care for the way this book was written. I love a true crime book and although this case is interesting (and bizarre), the format of this book is very slow. As an audiobook, this is basically like listening to over 12 hour...
  • Dawn Michelle
    Mar 28, 2019
    Nonfiction is really my jam. I enjoy learning about things I don't know and learning why people do the things they do. True Crime is a relatively new addition to the nonfiction love [I read "Helter Skelter" in school and it scared me so much that it was years before I picked up another...
  • Kemper
    Apr 15, 2019
    Even though I?m a huge fan of mystery/crime fiction I?ve long known that I never could have been a cop. One of the main reasons is that if I were faced with a suspect I knew was lying to me that I lack the patience to work the truth out of them with long interrogations. Instead I?...
  • Don Gorman
    Feb 27, 2019
    (1 1/2). I think this is my third venture into the true crime genre and this is the weakest effort yet. The research Bowden must have done to prepare this book is amazing, as he had to have listened to hundreds of hours of interview tapes and read thousands of pages of transcripts, but...
  • Darcia Helle
    Apr 01, 2019
    Books that offer a view into a disturbed mind usually fascinate me. While The Last Stone has its moments of intrigue, overall I was disappointed in the content. The author focuses almost solely on the interrogation of Lloyd Welch. The problem with this tactic is the constant repetit...
  • Theresa Alan
    Mar 11, 2019
    This work of nonfiction makes some types of police work look particularly arduous and frustrating, because just reading this was slow moving and repetitive. In 1975, two sisters, Katherine and Sheila Lyons, ages 12 and 10, went to the mall together and were never seen again. Three ...
  • Jen
    Apr 09, 2019
    I would rate it between a 2 and 3. I had problems with this book, primarily that the author did not try very hard to temper what seemed to be a pretty large bias against what he considered a primitive backwoods monster of a family (Welches). The pov practically reeked of privilege. Eve...
  • Meag McKeron
    Mar 25, 2019
    3.5 stars. I can't even imagine the research that went into writing this book - just combing through the interview transcripts alone must've taken forever. I was surprised how much of this book was direct quotations from the police interviews with Lloyd Welch, but it was fitting. Th...
  • Sarah
    Mar 28, 2019
    4 out of 5 might be a bit generous, but I did like it even if it made me angry. https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpr... ...
  • Dawn
    Apr 18, 2019
    Engrossing read. ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Apr 04, 2019
    4 stars - Thank you to NetGalley and Atlantic Monthly Press for allowing me to read and review this book. Published on April 2, 2019. This is the nonfiction story of a gruesomely violent crime. A crime committed over 3 separate states, 41 years ago. Evidence was lost, eyewitnesses ...
  • Shannon A
    Jan 05, 2019
    I'm a big fan of Law & Order, so I was intrigued by the case documented in great deal here. What happened and who really made the two sisters disappear? At times, I wanted to have this case all wrapped up like they do on my favorite show; but as I read what the detectives went thro...
  • Leah
    Apr 06, 2019
    "Masterpiece of criminal interrogation." Read: How to extract a false confession. ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Mar 07, 2019
    This book is a true crime story about the disappearance of two sisters from a Wheaton, Maryland mall way back in March of 1975. Katherine and Sheila Lyons, 10 and 12 were seen with a man and then vanished. It became a cold case that journalist Mark Bowden became interested in and sank ...
  • Lynn
    Apr 11, 2019
    True crime! I really liked this book, most especially because it includes lots of details and excerpts from actual transcripts from the herculean efforts made by detectives to entice from their witness-turned-suspect information that would draw this cold case to a close. ...
  • Sharon May
    Mar 29, 2019
    Thanks to NetGalley, Atlantic Monthly Press, and Mark Bowden for the opportunity to read this true crime story. 3.5 stars rounded up. This is the story of the kidnapping deaths of two young sisters from a shopping mall in Maryland in 1975. But it's really the story of Lloyd Welch - ...
  • Eric
    Feb 18, 2019
    The Last Stone by Mark Bowden is the true crime story of two missing young girls from 1975. On March 25, 1975, ten-year-old Katherine Lyon and twelve-year-old Shelia Lyon went missing from a Wheaton, Maryland shopping mall. Through the intervening decades, numbers of police officers...
  • Eric
    Feb 18, 2019
    The Last Stone by Mark Bowden is the true crime story of two missing young girls from 1975. On March 25, 1975, ten-year-old Katherine Lyon and twelve-year-old Shelia Lyon went missing from a Wheaton, Maryland shopping mall. Through the intervening decades, numbers of police officers...
  • Tony Snyder
    Apr 08, 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing style seemed hectic and flooded with detail but I think this was intentional to convey Lloyd?s mindset through so many interviews as the police tried unsuccessfully to pin him down as to what happened to two missing girls who had disappeare...
  • Jill Meyer
    Feb 17, 2019
    On Easter weekend in 1975, two young sisters - ages 10 and 12 -vanished from a suburban Washington DC-area shopping mall. The girls were never seen again and their bodies were never found. The crimes against them were never solved and the case, which shocked the area, was never closed....
  • Jennifer
    Apr 07, 2019
    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm a huge fan of true crime so was interested in this right away. I thought it was poorly written and became so redundant with the interviews. ...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Mar 24, 2019
    Those of us who live in the DC area are familiar with the case of the Lyons sisters, who tragically disappeared in 1975. Every year around the time they vanished, at the age of 10 and 12, local media would revisit the case. No one here forgot them-especially not the detectives who work...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Jan 18, 2019
    One of the best true crime books I?ve ever read! Bowden is, of course, a master of narrative non-fiction, but I think it?s safe to say he?s surpassed himself here. The story he?s telling here is remarkably focused and controlled, and there?s a sense of urgency in the writing ...
  • Toni Duder
    Apr 07, 2019
    This book covers a horrific crime, and how it is solved through the tenacity of three investigators. Mostly, it focuses on how they develop a relationship over a year with their lead suspect and draw the truth out from him. Pretty disturbing and an interesting look at how someone can d...
  • Emma
    Apr 07, 2019
    3.5 stars It?s 1975 and two sisters aged 10 and 12 go missing from a mall never to be seen or heard from again. A teenage boy comes to the police with a story: he?d seen them get into a car with a stranger. But despite the manhunt, nothing is found. The case goes cold. Forty ye...
  • Dave
    Jan 26, 2019
    Most true crime books take the reader through the background of the perpetrator and the victims, tracing their lives to that fateful day that changed some lives forever. The Last Stone starts from a far different point. It?s been forty years since the most shocking crime to hit a sub...
  • Lou
    Apr 03, 2019
    This book touts itself as "a masterpiece of criminal interrogation," and boy is this right on the money. The police investigators featured are truly dedicated to their job, however, it's the cold case team who reopened and pored over the case files from the abduction in 1975 and eventu...
  • Donna Hines
    Jan 05, 2019
    Powerful, dynamic, riveting! If you've ever wanted to be on the front line of a criminal case from start to finish this is your must go to book. The time frame was 1975 in suburban DC involving two young ladies Katherine and Sheila Lyons just 10 and 12 years old. They vanished witho...
  • marilyn
    Mar 13, 2019
    In 1974, I was 18 years old, living at home with my parents, in Fort Worth, Texas, when three teenage girls disappeared from a mall in that city. Those girls have never been found. Then on March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, disappeared from a mall in Was...
  • Cool_Moms_Read
    Mar 22, 2019
    A cold case come to life nearly thirty years later that will take you through the grueling saga of interrogation. I can't imagine being a journalist covering a media frenzied case of two missing girls. Then again, I also couldn't imagine coming back decades later to write a book detail...