Spellman Six (aka The Last Word) is the sixth and final novel in the Spellman Series by Lisa Lutz.
Finished on: 18.4.2021
[Here are my reviews of the other books in the series.]
After Izzy Spellman took over the family business in what could be considered a hostile take-over, her parents have started to be hostile right back. Izzy’s management has generally caused a bit of trouble for the business, and it doesn’t help that she is being accused of embezzling a client. With her bookkeeping skills, Izzy might actually have spent some money that she shouldn’t have, but that’s not the point. The question is whether Izzy will actually run the family business into the ground.
Spellman Six gives us a nice ending to the series, albeit not a simple and clean happy end. But then again, when has Izzy ever given us something clean and simple? In any case, it’s sad but also okay that the series has ended now.
I enjoyed reading Spellman Six, but I think that because it is trying so hard to finish Izzy’s story, it doesn’t feel like this story here ever really begins. I mean, yes, the book has its fair share of (family) mysteries and (family) shenanigans that begin in this book and end with it, but I think this novel stands much less on its own than the other books in the series, trying to wrap everything up that happened so far.
Not that that wrap-up is all neatly tied off with a bow in the end. There are frayed pieces and threads that are in knots and some that could be leading to more, but won’t. This means that the ending may not be 100% satisfying, but it 100% fits Izzy, her story, her family and her world. And I’d say, the latter is more important than the former, while at the same time having to admit that a part of me was hoping for a little more neatness.
You could say that the Spellman series has so far been all about Izzy’s attempts to (finally) grow up. In Spellman Six she is about as grown up as she is going to be. And even if things are far from settled in her life, it is a good place to leave Izzy and this wonderfully enjoyable series. While it is, of course, a little sad that there will be no more Spellman trouble for us to read, I am good with leaving the series at this point. One can always start re-reading in any case.
Summarizing: very good.