Last Whisper

Last Whisper

by Carlene Thompson

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Someone is tracking her every move.
A killer who knows that true nightmares never end…
And that the perfect murder is always worth waiting for…

Brooke Yeager's childhood ended the night she crept downstairs to find her beautiful, gentle mother, Anne, lying in a pool of blood. Standing above Anne's shattered body, a gun aimed right at the terrified little girl, was Brooke's stepfather, Zachary Tavell. Luck saved Brooke that night, and in the years since, she's managed to build a good life in Charleston, West Virginia, secure in the knowledge that Zach is behind bars. Until the night another woman is murdered—a woman who looks just like Brooke. Zach Tavell has escaped from prison, and this time, Brooke will need much more than luck to survive.

As the police search for Tavell, Brooke is shaken by a string of gruesome deaths and disturbing messages linked to her mother's murder. Everyone she has ever cared about is in danger. And soon it's clear that the nightmare that began fifteen years ago won't be over until Brooke comes face to face with a monstrous evil that's closer, and more cunning, than she ever imagined...

"Thompson creates smart, interesting characters the reader cares about within a gripping suspense story."—Judith Kelman, author of After the Fall

"Intriguing…brims with madness and creepy thrills."
RT BOOKclub Magazine on Share No Secrets

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429909495
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 271,253
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Carlene Thompson is the author of Black for Remembrance, Nowhere to Hide, and Don't Close Your Eyes, among other books. She attended college at Marshall University and earned her Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. She taught at the University of Rio Grande before leaving to focus on her writing full-time. Besides writing, she spends her time caring for the many dogs and cats she's adopted. A native West Virginian, she lives with her husband Keith in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Carlene Thompson is the author of Last Whisper, Black for Remembrance, Nowhere to Hide, and Don’t Close Your Eyes, among other books.  She attended college at Marshall University and earned her Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. She taught at the University of Rio Grande, before leaving to focus on her writing full-time. Besides writing, she spends her time caring for the many dogs and cats she's adopted. A native West Virginian, she lives with her husband Keith in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

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Chapter One
Fifteen Years Later


"I can't believe someone is actually thinking of buying this house," Mia Walters said. "How long has it been since we've even shown it?"

"You mean shown it to anyone who was interested, not just someone we dragged there on a tour of other houses?" Brooke Yeager shook her head, grinning. "At least six months. Certainly not since you started at Townsend Realty."

Mia peered from Brooke's car at the late-summer dusk falling on the South Hills section of Charleston, West Virginia. "I just wish we didn't have to be showing the place at night. I had plans."

"A date?"

"No. To color my hair. My dark roots are showing," Mia giggled. "And I insist on keeping my hair the same color as yours. Do you realize how lucky you are to have naturally wheat blond hair?"

"It's my German and Scandinavian heritage." Brooke paused, forcing herself to say brightly, "Both my parents were blond. They looked like brother and sister."

Mia, who knew Brooke's father had died young and her mother had been murdered, clearly didn't know what to say and began fiddling with the CD player. "You're listening to a country music CD? I thought you hated country music."

"Patsy Cline is in a class by herself. Besides, I do a rockin' version of 'Walking After Midnight.'"

"I've heard you singing at your desk, Brooke," Mia said dryly. "Remind me never to go to a karaoke bar with you."

Brooke burst into laughter. Mia was twenty-one and had been with Townsend Realty for only two months. The owner of the firm, Aaron Townsend, had assigned Mia to Brooke for training. The two had hit if off immediately. Brooke knew Mia looked up to her--she'd started dressing like Brooke and even bleached her light brown hair to blond--but Brooke liked the girl for her intelligence and sense of humor, not her blatant admiration. Brooke hoped that in a few more months Mia's confidence would grow and she'd begin to develop her own style.

"Aaron really should be showing this house," Brooke said of the boss she barely liked. "After all, it is night. Or it will be when we're trying to tour the place."

"That's why he assigned us," Mia said dismally. "He has plans. Real plans, not like coloring his hair. He and one of his snooty girlfriends are probably entertaining other snooty people, or going to the symphony, or eating snails or raw beef at some fancy restaurant."

"If I know Aaron, he simply didn't want to waste time showing this lost cause of a house tonight," Brooke returned. "Most likely he's home alone or with his sister watching television and drinking a bottle of those vintage wines he spends a fortune on. I don't think his life is half as glamorous as he tries to make everyone believe."

Mia smiled. "That makes me feel better. I hate to think of the rest of the world being out having a good time while I'm--"

"Stuck with me?" Brooke interrupted.

Copyright © 2006 by Carlene Thompson. All rights reserved.

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Last Whisper 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome author!! My all time #1 favorite author. Love her. I have all her books!! You won't be disapppinted with anyof them. Well worth the money. Only complaint is they don't come fast enough! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. If your a person looking for a good mystery this is the book for you. This book kept pulling me further and further into the pages. The excitment just never seems to end.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Charleston, West Virginia, she was eleven when her stepfather Zachary Tavell ended her childhood by killing her mother and pointing the gun at her head. Brooke Yeager was lucky to escape with her life.------------ Fifteen years later, Brooke is a successful realtor mentoring twenty-one years old Mia Walters. They go to show a house late at night, but no one shows up. Brooke allows Mia to drive her new car, but before they leave someone shoots the driver. A stunned Brooke runs to a nearby house that she is familiar with from her last bout of violence. This is the home of now retired Detective Sam Lockhart, who with his late wife was so kind to her when she dealt with her mom¿s murder. Though widower Sam suffers from Alzheimer¿s, he takes in Brooke while his son mystery writer Vincent wants her to leave. While the two male Lockharts try to keep her safe from her stepfather, who escaped prison, Brooke and Vincent fall in love however she fears attachments as people she love like her daddy who died from cancer when she eight and her mother ¿leave¿.------------ LAST WHISPERS is an exhilarating romantic suspense thriller that starts off at hyperspeed and never slows down until the final family reunion. The action-packed story line is driven by relationships to include those dead. Sam worries about Brooke Vincent worries about Sam Brooke worries about the Lockharts. Though Zachary¿s thirst for vengeance seems at first over the top, a terrific plausible twist makes everything possible and creditable so that readers obtain a fantastic tale from one of the stars of the sub-genre, Carlene Thompson.-------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
? Not worth the money..?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave one star be I had to rate it but this is the one if the worst books I have ever read !!!! And I read all the time it's slow ..boring ...way to much unimportant detail the main charecters don't even mesh it could not possibly be anymore different from what the.....overview implies ..if she tried no mystery..there's not even a frigging story ..if wish....if could have my money n time back I mistakenly thought this author was a decent writer but please do NOT ....waste your money on this book how the hell ????..did this book get that rating ?????..I don't know ..nor could I imagine what kind of cap those people are reading ????? give this crappie book a good rating ???????
Guest More than 1 year ago
I look forward every year to Carlene Thompson's novels. This year was the same, but the results were a most unusual disappointment. Glaring typos made the reading laughable in some parts. In one, the male romantic lead & the female protagonist were dancing. He was said to have 'taken her into her arms'. Huh?! The Vincent Lockhart character, who is the boyfriend, is a superficial pretty boy compared to male romantic interests of previous reads. We hear more about his green eyes than anything of meaning. What usually makes her male love interests compelling is their having gone through everything from bad decisions to tragedy and having come out of them a stronger person. That isn't present with Vincent. She contradicts herself thrice with the Robert Eads character. For example, his high school basketball days were 'over 17 years ago'...yet he's in his twenties. He patted Brooke's dog on the head and called her 'a pretty girl'...yet a few pages later, he did no such thing. He didn't have a lot of money or wealthy family...yet he carried with him large amounts of cash. And what made this lady go from her usually classy cover art to the trashy picture of a young platinum blonde woman in lowriders and a form fitting tank with the bra strap hanging out? Female characters, who are in previous novels modest and classy, are trampy, with physical attractiveness rated by large or small breasts. Cleavage (or lack of such) was more than I wanted to read. It was entirely too easy to figure out the 'who' of the whodunit part. I do hope this decline in quality is the exception, not the rule, as I would still like to read her stuff.