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The Last Victim: A Novel

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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Unexpected but keeps you reading! When I started this book, I fi

Unexpected but keeps you reading!
When I started this book, I figured it was going to be the typical former victim meets hot FBI agent and romance blossoms. Wow, was I ever wrong! This is a romance like no other I have read in a while.
Charlotte “Charlie” ...
Unexpected but keeps you reading!
When I started this book, I figured it was going to be the typical former victim meets hot FBI agent and romance blossoms. Wow, was I ever wrong! This is a romance like no other I have read in a while.
Charlotte “Charlie” Stone is a psychologist studying serial killers for the Department of Justice. She is uniquely qualified for this because she is the only survivor of a killer known as the Boardwalk Killer. She has dedicated her life to finding out what makes these killers do what they do. At the present time she is working with Michael Garland who is on death row for the murder of seven women. Garland is a handsome and charismatic man who tries to play Charlie whenever she works with him.
Her latest session is interrupted by two FBI agents who have come to ask her help on an urgent case of a missing girl whose family has been slaughtered at a beach area. This scenario is the exact thing that happened to Charlie when her friend Holly was killed a week after her family was murdered. Charlie does not want to get involved for many reasons but eventually agrees to do so. Before she can leave, Garland is stabbed by another inmate and despite her best efforts to save him, dies on the prison floor.
This is when the book gets interesting. It turns out that Charlie has otherworldly skills that involve recently dead people who have died violently. This is more of a curse than a blessing and causes Charlie all kinds of problems with the FBI unit when she arrives at the scene of the murder. At first it is kind of amusing reading about Charlie trying to act normal while ghostly activity is happening around her, making her seem a bit of a strange one to FBI people. There is a budding romance with Bartoli, the handsome but solid team leader. The other two members, Crane and Kaminski, are quirky and interesting with a history between them
The major twist in the book is the continued appearance of Garland and how his appearance impacts the case and Charlie’s equilibrium. Suffice it to say, it is unexpected to say the least. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about how the story played out but I found myself reading faster and faster to see what happened. According to the end notes there will be future books with Dr. Stone in them and it will be interesting to see how this series works. Charlie is an unusual character, a mix of strength and fears who find herself in a situation she would have never imagined. The whole premise could have gone wrong but it works. I am actually looking forward to reading more of the series and I wasn’t sure about that mid-way through. My advice is keep reading and you will be surprised how the book pulls you in.

posted by SharonRedfern on August 8, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Bizzare

First book by author that I did not like.

posted by 8618004 on August 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Last Victim

    Interesting story line. The cheesy yet crude (and ridiculously LONG) sex scenes between the main character and a convicted serial killer's ghost kinda ruined it fir me though. Totally unrealistic - and not because the guy was a ghost. Just silly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    First Karen Robards book I wasn't sure I liked

    I feel somewhat conflicted about this book. I didn't like the idea of a ghost lover and I really didn't like the idea of her being turned on by a serial killer. Obviously in a future book we will learn that he is not a serial killer, but he will always be dead. I just don't see this having a good ending. I think having Garland communicate with her would be fine but he shouldn't be her love interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Very strange indeed!

    I have been reading Karen Robard's mystery/romances for years and always look forward to them, but this one was very different. I get the fact that the author is tapping into the current supernatural craze but this did become borderline creepy at times. Without going into too much detail the main love interest here is with a dead convicted serial killer's ghost. I almost stopped reading around the halfway point, but then I started to get an idea of where I think she is going with this and that saw me through to the end of this first book in what is set to become a series. And now I confess I will probably read the next one because my interest is peaked. I only gave this two stars because I could see why a lot of readers would have given up early on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    To much dialog not enough action wasnot impressed Sissy 1/27/13

    I have read a lot better books by her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I couldn't put this book down. Karen Robards has outdone herself. I will read this book again, and I rarely, if ever, do this!

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    I am a fan of Karen Robards and I usually buy her books as soon

    I am a fan of Karen Robards and I usually buy her books as soon as they are released. This is one book that I did not really like. The ideal of a ghost helping her was great; however, the ghost becoming her lover was rather far-fetched. I was hoping for the FBI agent to become her love interest and was really surprised and disappointed in the love scenes between the main character and a ghost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Didn't care for

    I love Karen Robards books usually. She is my favorite author but I don't know what she was thinking with this book. Why would a human have romantic feelimgs for a ghost,whonisba serial killer also, when there is a perfectly good man right in front of her. I personally think it is sick the direction this book is going and I am also a fan of paranormal romance hut this plot is out of my comfort zone. I will not finish reading this book or read the restvof the series. I am extremely disappointed in this book and hope that Karen comes out with better books in the future.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    This was not one of Robards' best books -- the plot was interest

    This was not one of Robards' best books -- the plot was interesting, but the characters were not very well developed. It seemed to plod along and I ended up skimming through it, rather than wanting to read every word to make sure I missed nothing.

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    Posted August 10, 2012

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