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?...
  • Nick
    May 06, 2019
    I found this book disturbing for two very different reasons. The first is obvious. As a young crime reporter in Baltimore, Mark Bowden covered the disappearance of Sheila and Kate Lyon, two young girls from a suburban mall in 1975. Despite the best efforts of the community, no trace...
  • Josie
    May 06, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book, but the constant 20 pages of interviews with Lloyd got so repetitive and really boring. They would say the same exact thing over and over and over...It was just too tedious for me. Can't the story be told without the interview filler? I didn't finish ...
  • 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...
  • Sarah
    Apr 27, 2019
    3.5 rounded down The subtitle on the cover of The Last Stone is "a masterclass in criminal interrogation", and this is a wholly accurate description - this book is a feat in true crime writing in that the interviews with the prime suspect, Lloyd Welch, are meticulously detailed word...
  • 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... ...
  • Heather
    May 06, 2019
    This was not a pleasant read. The details of a horrific crime related over and over. It's always interesting when a cold case is solved or when good detective work solves a case. I don't know if THIS material warranted a book. Also, I didn't love his writing style and I think he should...
  • ♥ 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 ...
  • Susan
    Apr 30, 2019
    This is a true crime book about a Cold Case. In 1975, two sisters, aged ten and twelve, disappeared from a shopping mall in Maryland. The girls are never found and nobody is ever charged with the crime. In 2013, a cold case detective, finds something previously overlooked, which links ...
  • Lisa
    May 19, 2019
    Bowden is a talented writer who keeps the story moving along. This book details the story of the abduction of two sisters from Washington, D.C. Katherine and Sheila Lyons disappeared from a suburban mall in 1975. They were never seen again and their bodies have not been found. Though...
  • Murray
    May 06, 2019
    In 1975, when the Lyon sisters were abducted from Wheaton Plaza in Montgomery County, Maryland, I lived about 40 miles north in Baltimore. I was a year older than Sheila Lyon, the older sister, as the mystery and horror of the case made the news in the entire region. It was very scary ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Jeanette
    May 10, 2019
    I'm quite conflicted in how to rate this book. It's a full 2.5 stars for what the nuance of a liar, sociopath, life long user of other humans, schmoozer and despicable example of homo sapiens- his cognition. How he talks continually and morphs his stories throughout the length of the b...
  • 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...
  • Bob Walenski
    May 15, 2019
    WOW! What a HORRIFYINGLY GREAT BOOK! This page turner will forever change the way you understand police interrogation, and the values of patience and persistence in police work. Even after 40 years, crimes CAN be solved, and at least some semblance of justice found for the victims. A t...
  • 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....
  • 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 ...
  • Ken Oder
    May 13, 2019
    Sheila and Kate Lyons, 12 and 10, disappeared in 1975 from a Montgomery County, Md., mall near Washington, D.C. The case received national publicity at the time. The author was a cub reporter for a local paper. He interviewed the parents and chronicled the police investigation daily fo...
  • 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...
  • 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...