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The Last Kiss Goodbye: A Novel (Dr. Charlotte Stone) Hardcover – August 13, 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 352 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Dr. Charlotte Stone Series

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Praise for The Last Kiss Goodbye

"Top-notch . . . Suspense mixed with heart-pounding sensual tension."—Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with gritty thrills and featuring a psychopathic madman, this suspense tale will truly have you on the edge of your seat!”RT Book Reviews

Praise for Karen Robards
 
“One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek
 
“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
 
Praise for The Last Victim
 
“[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Thrilling . . . a fun and sexy read.”—Booklist

About the Author

Karen Robards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-three books and one novella. The mother of three boys, she lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dr. Charlotte Stone (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345535820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345535825
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Charlotte Stone ("Charlie") studies serial killers.

Charlie has had her real life run in's with serial killers too. As a young girl, she managed to escape the one who killed her friend's family. As an adult she's also managed to escape one. Now another one is after her..."The Gingerbread Man". Charlie is drawn into his escapades when a young lady escapes him and ends up on her doorstep. But this one seems to have Charlie in his sights and she is once again working with the FBI, hoping to find this one before he strikes again.

Tony is the FBI agent Charlie has been dating...but they'll have to put their budding romance on hold. Not only to focus on the case, but because Charlie also sees dead people. Michael is one dead person who Charlie can't decide whether she wants him to find the light and go to it, or stay around with her. He's a convicted serial killer who was part of her research when he died. But is he really? He's determined to hang around with Charlie, protecting her, invading her dreams. He definitely does not like the idea of Tony and Charlie being together.

Time is of the essence though and Charlie is determined to put her personal issues aside while she tries to help find a serial killer. But the more she sees Michael, the more he's there, the more she feels for him and starts to want him there. Her rational mind however, reminds her that it is Tony who is alive and physically real. It is still Michael that draws her though. Can Charlie do anything to keep Michael with her? Or will Charlie have to move on? Tony has no idea of Charlie's dilemma, and he might not be willing to wait too long.

In the meantime, there's a serial killer to stop too. Can he be stopped before he strikes again?
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*I always have spoilers.* Ms. Robards has come through with a great sequel. Dr. Charlotte Stone and Michael Garland (deceased) are crime solving again. The story picks up just a few days after The Last Victim. Michael was a convicted serial killer that Dr. Stone was studying. He was killed while in prison right in front of Dr. Stone. Just a little background. Other reviewers have given a great synopsis of the storyline so I'll not go into that further because it might spoil the story for other readers. If you haven't read The Last Victim, I recommend you do. I think you will like it. But this book can stand alone.

Ms. Robards chose the storyline as a serious investigation of a serial killer with Dr. Stone (Charlie) and Michael acting like a cross between The Thin Man and Topper, movies of the 1930s. And it works! The investigation into the serial killer was serious with Charlie trying to help the FBI connect the dots to find the killer before more young people are killed. She is hindered by the ghost of Michael following her around giving his comments on everything from her personal life to ideas about the killer, sometime being snarky and angry and other times being helpful and protective. He's crazy about Charlie, but due to his being a ghost, can do little about it. Michael talks to Charlie, she can't talk to him when anyone else is around because no one else can see or hear him. It makes for some comical circumstances. The dialogue between Charlie and Michael was fast and good. They were in sync. The surrounding characters were an asset to the story and the hunt for the killer was thrilling, especially the last chapter. The book may have been a little long, but I didn't knock any points off because the ending was so wonderful! I hope Ms. Robards continues and makes this a series. If you like mystery/thrillers with a love story involved, this one's for you.

Good reading all.
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Who wrote this book, and what have they done with Karen Robards? Robards has always been a reliably excellent writer for me, but this one goes into the less than 1% of books I gave up on. There's nothing but page after page of mental lusting, mostly on the supposedly intelligent and educated "Dr Stone's" part. Repeated descriptions of the ghostly boyfriend. Constant "did he or didn't he and I don't really care because he's so hot." I got through 150 pp this and just cannot take any more. I don't like the wishy-washy lust-disabled heroine who can't even remember not to talk to a ghost when others are around, I don't care for the ghost, who is consistently obnoxious -- like an 11-year-old on testosterone, and while the purported villain of this book may be interesting, this book IS NOT ABOUT HIM. Robards fans, take warning and go elsewhere in her oeuvre.
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I was so excited about this book that I logged on to add my review. I was actually surprised to see the low reviews included here.

If you enjoyed The Last Victim, I've listened to the audio book three times waiting for Book 2; then I think you will enjoy The Last Kiss Goodbye. The relationship between Michael and Charlie as well as the relationship between Charlie and Tony continue to develop. The dialogue between the FBI team and between Michael to Charlie, when she can't respond, is laugh-out-loud funny. The last chapter had me on the edge of my seat and by the throat!

I had planned to rate this book at 5 stars but the other reviewers made a good point. On its own the mystery was week. Once the team focused in the living serial killer, it felt like the story ended two seconds later. Book 1 was better developed. I don't want to wait years for the next in this fabulous series (and I'll still buy it the day it is released) but I hope Ms Robards takes the extra time needed to develop the story not just the passion.
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