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The Last Victim: A Novel (Dr. Charlotte Stone) Mass Market Paperback – April 30, 2013
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“Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union
“Robards has a true flair for characterization and excels at adding large doses of humor to the spicy mix.”—RT Book Reviews
“One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek
“Robards is one terrific storyteller.”—Chicago Tribune
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Charlie is the lone survivor of a notorious serial killer. She was a teenager when she saw the family of her friend brutally murdered. Instead of shying away from the world, Charlie became an expert on serial killers, conducting research that helps profile killers. Her life is controlled and smooth until someone starts killing families again, just like before. The FBI wants Charlie to help with the case, throwing her controlled world into complete chaos. Add to this the sexy ghost of a convict that she had studied who doesn't seem to want to leave her alone. This fast paced read kept me reading well into the night. Not only was the mystery intriguing and the action gripping, but this mystery also had some super sexy elements. Charlie's struggle to stay neutral about her ghost stalker is fun to read. You can sympathize with her because she thinks he is a serial killer, but how can a serial killer seem so genuinely disgusted by what is done to the victims of the case Charlie is working on? I can see how some people would be disturbed by the romance aspect, but I never really believed that he was a serial killer. He feels sympathy for others too much to be a serial killer. I feel certain that this will be cleared up in the next book, but this aspect may bother some readers. If I KNEW he was a serial killer, then of course, I would be very disturbed by this book.
Overall, I LOVED this book. I can't wait to read another in this series. I loved Charlie's character and the paranormal aspects. Any fans of mysteries or paranormal romance novels will love this book. The characters are complex and real with fast paced elements that will keep you on your toes, wondering what will come next.
If the heroine's taste in men doesn't hit your ick button as hard as mine then there is much to like about The Last Victim. Robards is in her usual form as she sets up what is obviously intended to be a long running series. The crimes have weight and urgency, the ghostly interactions work to drive the plot forward without completely solving the crimes, and the side characters are well conceived. A bit of slack is required to accept the ease with which law enforcement accepts her leads, but if you can handle a serial killer love interest that shouldn't be too difficult. I honestly don't know if I will read the planned second book in this series. I love Robards. I found her premise interesting. Unfortunately I can't get past the heroine's self destructive preferences.
Fifteen years ago at the age of seventeen, Charlie Stone was the soul surviving witness to a serial killer known as the Boardwalk Killer, who was responsible for murdering her best friend. Driven from that moment, she became a prominent psychologist specializing in profiling and deconstructing serial killers. Fifteen years later, the FBI needs Charlie's help because a new wave of killings have cropped up and either the Boardwalk Killer is back in action or there's a copycat in play. The details of the new killings terrify Charlie to the bone, but her reluctance of getting involved isn't just because it makes her an easy target for the killer to finish what he left behind, but also because of Charlie's ability. She sees the ghosts of victims of violent crime and being close to that much death can cripple Charlie's sanity.
The content of the book prepared me for a gruesome, serious read, but I was pleasantly surprised by how balanced it was with humor, witty banter, and spicy sensuality.Read more ›
It just defied credibility. I can suspend disbelief when it comes to supernatural stories but the romantic part of this story just left me feeling cold and very disturbed. I read that the author plans to expand this into a series. Well, I do not think I'll be reading any of those.
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When I started reading this book I didn't know it was going to turn out like it did. It is a really good book. I would like to read the next book but it is to expensive.Published 21 days ago by cudaone. cuda Joan Johnston
This series was a real page turner. I loved the plot and the basic story and characters. However, I did not enjoy the graphic murder scenes or the graphic sex. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ellen Levesque
I thought this would be a good new series to read. This is one of those stories where the author adds sexual innuendo where it doesn't really fit and it screws up the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. McRitchie
I read mostly mysteries, including cozy mysteries. I am not a fan of romance novels as I find some of the dialogue and descriptions silly and more suited to very young women, so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by adnaper
It was a good book. Just not one that you couldnt put down.Published 2 months ago by Debbie Bradley