The Last Victim

The Last Victim

by Karen Robards
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The Last Victim: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
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.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of them. A great summer read.
KitKate More than 1 year ago
I love all of Karen Robards' books, but this one was especially good. Not predictable at all. Can't wait to read the second book in the series!
Fiona1 More than 1 year ago
Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Couldn't put it down after starting it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised and really couldn't wait to get to the end! Looking forward to the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Robard is an amazing storyteller. Tight with suspense, hot with romance and surprise plot twists this was an excellentand unique summer read. I can't wait to read morr about charlie and michael.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. So what if it is not believable? Great story line. Unpredictable. It was different from other books that seem to follow the exact same format. That is a good thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book by author that I did not like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Affter over a hundred pages of reading about the main character getting so upset she either was or was thinking about throwing up I gave up reading. Boring and stupid.
sunshine_gb74 More than 1 year ago
Karen Robards hooked me with Beachcomber and I have been reading her books ever since! The Last Victim is one of my favorites, she keeps you on the edge of the bed with suspense. I find myself reading every word of every need to skip over any fluff because there is none! Can't wait for the sequel to come out in August!
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive a free copy if this in exchange for an honest review, and happily I can give a solidly positive review. This book takes the somewhat overused concept of the spunky female excelling in the male dominated field of criminal pathology. Dr. Charlotte Stone, known as Charlie to friends and co-workers, elected to take a terrible trauma from her youth and turn it into a dazzling career. Charlie is the only living witness of a serial killer's spree, but that was years ago and she likes to think she has made as much peace with surviving as she ever will. While in a local prison interviewing accused & convicted serial killer Michael Garland - her's was never caught and could still be out there - Charlie is pulled away from her interview by some FBI agents. At the moment she gets pulled away from her subject something terrible happens, but the hardest part is that she can't tell anyone the worst part of the experience. She simply has to live with it and do her best to ignore it while she tries to help local law enforcement & the FBI team that dragged her into this mess. It seems that either the serial killer that she escaped has returned to his games, or there is a sick copycat killer out there. Many think Charlie is their best shot at getting the most recently abducted teenage girl back before it is too late. Ms. Robards has taken a tried and true formula and made it her own. The characters have interesting layers and uncharted depths to be plumbed in future books. Charlie's personal quirk can possibly help her save the young girl's life, but at what cost to Charlie? Not only is she wrestling with her own demons from her past, but she is also wrestling with a big secret - a very opinionated secret at that! This book has a well developed story arc, or more like two parallel arcs, and clever plot devices that help make it stand out from the run of the mill police procedurals. It is fun working the case with the team and watching as Charlie learns to starting taking what she wants from life, consequences be damned. Watching Charlie wrestle with her emotions regarding her own personal antagonist-protagonist is a real treat, and I look forward to seeing where things go in the next book.
bookcatcc More than 1 year ago
Karen Robards Goes Paranormal—The Last Victim As a longtime reader of Karen Robards, I didn’t think she could surprise me anymore. Well, she shocked me with this one. Charlie, our heroine, is a psychiatrist who sees the dead, including one ghost who just won’t go away. I don’t want to give away details of the plot, but it’s unlike anything she has written before, and it mesmerizes and repels in equal measure. It’s the first of a series, and I can’t wait for the next part. There is an excess of paranormal novels currently on the market, and the genre suffers from writing that is too weak to do justice to some otherwise very imaginative ideas. Despite a love of fantasy, magic, and all that jazz, I have given these novels a wide berth because of the mediocrity factor. Now that Karen Robards with her impressive writing chops (despite some disappointing efforts in recent years) has taken up the cause, I am onboard. Suzanne Brockmann has likewise embarked on a fantasy series with Born to Darkness. These novels take a stronger stomach than I usually need for pleasure reading, but so does the roller coaster, and I’ve always loved it. Exciting ideas in the hands of really good writers: this is something you shouldn’t pass up. Keep an open mind and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
incredibly disappointing book by an author I usually like.  I don't want to include spoilers, but let's just say that the heroine may be the character most in need of therapy that I have ever seen.   I stopped reading this book about halfway through because of the horrible plot line and I will not be reading any more books in this series.  Buyers beware.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed that this book offered s completely different story!
jody_reads2-much More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one! ugh! i hate waiting! Wonder what happens to them next...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I read a book in one sitting. This one took three. It was good to read. It is just a bit far fetched. You have to wonder about the sequel and a happy ever after. I guess that the ghost will have an identical twin who actually did the killings - hence, the DNA match. Then the ghost will find a way to take his twin's body. But only the author knows. My advice with reading this book? Relax and enjoy. The perfect relationship - a guy at your fingertips who won't leave the toilet seat up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I read a Karen Robards book. It was a surprising mix of suspense and humor. Just to warn you, though, there is a supernatural element to the book. I highly recommend the book. The hero surprised me, but without giving too much away, a sequal is a must. I will be looking for it in the, hopefully near, future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I' m confused it was a great story line ......But come on! A ghost lover? I understand the ghost she sees help her in her investigation. But a ghost lover? Yes Michael helped save her. But a ghost lover? If there is a sequel, not sure I would buy it. Karen Robards is one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great series. Grabbed me from the start to finish. The main characters are fleshed out really well and their connection and heat is undeniable. A lot of heart stopping twists and turns that aren't for the feint of heart (i.e., violence) but the overriding love story conquers all. Definitely worth the price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fell in love with the characters and the twists in the plot! Great read Can't wait to finish the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Audio book