Saturday, August 22, 2015

{ arc } review || THE LAST TIME I SAW HER by Karen Robards

Ballantine Books | August 25, 2015 | Romantic Suspense/Paranormal
Dr. Charlotte Stone, book 4


In the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, Dr. Charlie Stone must prove the innocence of a dangerously sexy condemned man, or lose her one chance at true love.

In this world, Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte’s ghostly lover—convicted killer Michael Garland—is facing death yet again. It seem the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man’s dead ringer may just be the key.

A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland’s identical twin. But she suspects the resemblance is only skin deep—and that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. While using all her keen profiling gifts, Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael’s name.

Then a breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. No one has a better chance of tracking down the deadly fugitives than Charlie—unless the rampaging killers manage to find her first and make this case her last. But Michael will move heaven and hell—and even make a devil’s bargain—for the chance to save Charlie’s life, and feel her touch once more . . . if only for the final time.

{ review } .

When we left off in HER LAST WHISPER, Charlie went to the cemetery and found a man standing over a grave; a man who looked eerily like her ghost-friend Michael, but didn't have Michael's blue eyes. So the question arose... Who was this mysterious man? Would Charlie have to settle with Tony, even though her heart was with the convicted murderer who was killed in prison who's cocky ghost haunted her? Speaking of him... would Michael return from Spookville?

So many questions and I scoured ever single Karen Robards book that was coming out to be sure I didn't miss the final installment of the DR. CHARLOTTE STONE series (granted, I could have gone back and read the first two books in the meantime...).

I love Karen Robards's writing style. I can easily lose myself in it and even though this series had a significant paranormal aspect to it, I was constantly rooting for the romance between Charlie and Michael. Ghost and human falling in love? So very out of this world, but with the side players at hand, Karen helped you believe anything was possible.

I enjoyed this story immensely. I was so happy to read it, so very ecstatic, that I put aside a very long tour week just to get my nose in this book because I had to know:

How does it end?

I have to say... the ending made me happy. My questions from the last book were clarified and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing throughout.

This is not a book you should read without reading the prior stories, but not entirely necessary. I was able to pick up the series in book 3 and while I want the beginning of Michael and Charlie's story, I was able to pick up and figure out who the key players were. I think having read book three, I was definitely more excited for this story, and it helped keep the momentum going.

{ other books in series } .

THE LAST VICTIM { amazon | goodreads }
THE LAST KISS GOODBYE { amazon | goodreads }
HER LAST WHISPER { amazon | goodreads | review }

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