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The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy [Kindle Edition]

Kristine Croto
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the years since the accident that shattered her family, darkness has occupied Caitlyn's home. Bad decisions have followed one another, and one night, Cait finds herself alone, hunted, dying. But the morning brings life, and Cait is changing. She's stronger; she's quicker; she's angrier.

As Cait clings to the remnants of her humanity, and grasps at the protection offered by people she has never met before, the kindness of strangers just isn't enough. No one can protect Cait from herself as she struggles to decide if she is the hunter or the hunted.

A fresh take on dark fantasy, The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy follows a young woman struggling to feel anything as her life spirals out of her control.

Editorial Reviews


"Kristine Croto puts you right in the moment, so you feel each fresh surprise right along with her characters...The sure hand of a natural sensualist with the propulsive power of an expert storyteller." - Matt Spencer, author of Cult of the Stars and The Night and the Land

About the Author

Kristine Croto started writing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She has been a Raven’s Bard, a Lilac Knitter, and an Evolving K. She’s written blogs, articles, stories, and novels. She attended Marlboro College and Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in New England with her family and her cat. She has been half asleep; she has heard voices. Some days, she is fairly sure that they are calling her name. To learn more about the author, visit her at her website (, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter (@kristinecroto).

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149037308X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolving Shadow Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DX53HBI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic and Endearing July 15, 2013
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A well-crafted story leaves the reader wishing for more and this is no exception. Kristine Croto's characters are grounded and real, their world is full of the familiar, and this makes the fantastic elements all the more believable. This journey is full of exquisitely sensual prose, but like the world of light and dark the author has created, it is balanced with the solid observations of a girl simply trying to live her life. The path of the story is well-paced and engaging, with each twist a revelation; a bit of light that only casts more shadows until the end and even then, there are still choices to be made. One choice is easy: read the book and discover the magic for yourself.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drag me under... July 15, 2013
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I should be polite and approachable in this review, but what I really feel like writing is a big "Neener neener neener! I got to read this book already and you haven't!!" I'll try to contain myself.

This is an excellent story, with several pleasant twists. The characters have realistic motivations, make bad decisions, cope with the results of those decisions and somehow even manage to like each other sometimes. I found myself chiding them occasionally, just like I would my friends. And I did have at least one "Oh sure, walk into the abandoned house in the middle of the night you idiot!" argument with Cait, the main character. Oddly enough, she manages to do just fine without me.

Yes, it has a paranormal element (dark fantasy and all), so don't expect everything to follow the rules of physics. But there's a strong internal logic to the magic, which I enjoy. I was really impressed with how the author took all the pieces of the plot and brought them together to a satisfying and believable conclusion. Given how many times the story surprised me, this was a real accomplishment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic New Twist July 15, 2013
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If you're thinking of reading this book (and you should!) you're probably a fan of dark fantasy/paranormal literature - The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy will definitely not disappoint! Kristine Croto brings a refreshing new twist to a classic fixture in the supernatural realm and manages to keep the reader guessing with a number of twists and surprises throughout.

Croto has created characters that are 'real' - they've led difficult lives and carry some baggage, but the fact that the characters have flaws makes them all the more engaging. The protagonist, Caitlyn (Cait), is definitely not a stereotypical heroine, she makes bad decisions and there are times that she seems hell-bent on eluding happiness, but she's enigmatic and, somehow, endearing - you'll find yourself rooting for her, faults and all.

The story flows well and the end of the novel, while satisfying, will leave you wanting more. One can only hope that this is just the beginning for Cait and that there are more stories to follow. I, for one, greatly look forward to reading more amazing works from Kristine Croto.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging to a fault. July 16, 2013
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I purchased this book on Sunday morning, mostly in support of the author. I didn't expect to like it. I certainly didn't expect to become completely enthralled by it -- by the fourth page, I knew my morning was completely lost. I found myself wrapped up in the world of Caitly Murphy, wanting to intervene on her behalf, desperate to know if she was going to land on her feet. The characters were so beautifully crafted, so perfectly real, that I found myself caring for them, rooting for them, angry at them. Everytime I put the book down (because sometimes you need to look away from a train wreck), I found it in my hands again moments later.

If you're looking for a title that ends with the words 'and they all lived happily ever after' you should really look elsewhere. If you're looking for a satisfying, entertaining rollercoaster of a read you need this book. There are no magic solutions or easy ways out for Caitlyn. I like a book that refuses to cop out. I only hope there are more books to come because days after reading The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy, I can't stop thinking about the characters, and wondering what they might be doing now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read August 9, 2013
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The beginning felt a bit choppy and disconnected, similar to what, I think, Cait was feeling. It made it difficult to read and keep track of what was going on, but it was great that Croto stayed true to what Cait actually knew, and what she was thinking/feeling. By the second half of the book things seemed more smooth, as more of the story was revealed. This is a good one to give a second read through so you can see connections that Croto is making from the beginning that are not obvious on the first read through.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and character-driven July 16, 2013
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I've been trying to figure out what to say about this book since I read it. It stirred up such a variety of impressions and feelings. Caitlyn is a deeply flawed character and at times, she can be hard to read because she's so real and so broken. I wanted to root for her, but at the same time I was scared for her and wasn't so sure things would turn out okay for her.

So yes, this is a dark fantasy, yes there are some paranormal elements and they're intriguing and well-written. But for me, the book is primarily about this character and her struggle to make sense of her past and to try to imagine any kind of future for herself. It is an emotionally-charged, gripping novel and it left me desperately wanting to know more about Caitlyn and her world. I love dark fantasy, but I so much appreciate reading a book in this genre that doesn't get too narcissisticly caught up in world-building, losing sight of the character. And while I was eagerly turning every page looking forward to and dreading the end (because I was worried for Cait!) I was so pleased that the ending was complicated, real, and left a little bit to the imagination. I could definitely see more books following this one. I hope Kristine Croto writes more!

I would give this book five stars if I knew for sure that there were more Cait books (or more books in her world) to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun, well-written read!
Croto crates dynamic, believable characters and is quite the dab hand with plot twists. I loved seeing Caitlin's transformation from an angry, confused lost soul to a strong,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely more than erotica
The story had some potential, but I don't think it went for ten pages without graphic, yet boring, sex scenes.
Published 10 months ago by HappieGirlie
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns
I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy by Kristine Croto:
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Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected dark fantasy novel
The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy has a lot of potential, and you can tell that the author is really creative; and even though the idea behind the plot was really good, it needs a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Valeria
3.0 out of 5 stars I have not read.
I have not had the opportunity to read this book yet. It looked interesting when I saw it on the list. Perhaps I can get to it in the near future.
Published 12 months ago by Jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars Trashy & Boring
I tried to read this but was so put off by the poor story line, along with the trashy character, that I finally just deleted the book from my Kindle. Just awful......
Published 12 months ago by CairnLover
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like i was part of the story....
That was the best thing about this book. When i read a book and i feel like i'm standing right next to the characters the whole time? Yes, that is a great book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nancy L Danforth
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a surprise.
I purchased this book and apparently did not read the information about it very closely. This book was very refreshing to read until I got to the reality that the main character in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sarah Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and well written.
I love the constant surprise throughout the book, right up to, and including the end. It was easy to follow, but hard to put down!
Published 13 months ago by Joline
3.0 out of 5 stars No exitement
I have been plodding through this one for a couple of weeks now (I don't read very fast), and I just can't get into this one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steve C
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More About the Author

I write because I love to write. I write because, if I don't write the characters down, they take over more of my brain than is acceptable for day-to-day functioning. I write because of the joy of seeing the words fall down like leaves, one by one, until the pattern of a story is revealed in its sun dappled wonder. I write because I have been half-asleep, and I have heard voices. I write to find out if they are, in fact, calling my name.

My first novel was about twenty pages long, hand written in pencil on a yellow legal pad that I snagged from my dad's office. The details of the plot have long since been lost to time, but I remember that the story was barely more than a glorified My Little Pony fanfic. I believe I was 7 years old.

I wrote throughout grade school. I was that kid with the Five-Star, five subject note book (because the ruling was smaller), writing bad poetry when she was supposed to be paying attention in class. I was that kid writing an epic fantasy novel with poorly written sex scenes and dramatic themes from multiple points of view at 14. I was that girl, in college, who had to be startled out of her own world more often than not, especially if I had pen and paper in front of me.

I've sold a few short stories over the years; more recently, I've found some success freelance blogging for websites like's Word of Mom, Lifescript, and Angie's List.

The Last Dance of Caitlyn Murphy is my first published novel.

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