At the age of thirty, Campbell Johnstone is a failure. He’s stuck behind the bar of a shabby pub, watching from the sidelines while everyone else makes a success of their lives. The most visible is Eve Sadler, a childhood friend and rising Hollywood star. When Campbell tries to rekindle their relationship, he longs for the glitter of her success to rub off on him but a single shocking night changes everything, in ways he could never have predicted. When the dust settles, Cam’s life is transformed. The recognition he’d given up on is within reach but at what cost?
The Last Treasure Hunt explores our obsession with fame and celebrity with great intelligence and sly wit: it’s a modern media morality tale with bite.
‘The Last Treasure Hunt quickly asserts itself as something unique…a masterclass on what happens when empathy is absent. [Jane Alexander’s] debut novel marks the arrival of an important new voice.’ – Gutter Magazine
‘A chilling and hard-hitting first novel, The Last Treasure Hunt is a cautionary tale about living a lie in a media-moulded world where conventional morality is abandoned and managing perceptions is all that matters.’ – The Herald
‘Beyond character study, the book’s strength comes in conveying how our stories morph and change in the retelling; how kernels of truth can become the hook for stories created whole-cloth. As Cam becomes caught up in the manufactured aspects of his own story, the author raises questions of authenticity – not just in the stories we read, but in the ones we tell ourselves.’ – The List
‘Someone could write a paper on the fatal flaws of Campbell Johnstone, one of the most memorable characters of recent times … The context may be the modern media, but this is a classic morality tale which, with it themes of betrayal, guilt, unrequited love, and regret, could have been written in any age.’ – Indelible Ink
‘This mature and insightful book holds a mirror to our obsessions … In a world where the most unreal things are termed ‘reality’ and fame has the longevity of a Malteser, it is a delight to discover a writer more than happy to burst the bubbles in such an accomplished manner.’ – Northwords Now
‘There are always consequences, whether we see them and choose to ignore them or whether we could never have anticipated other people’s reactions. Campbell’s likeability as he tries to do the right thing, often failing, is cleverly portrayed.’ – Lothian Life