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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book 278: HER LAST WHISPER Review

Her Last Whisper by Karen Robards
ISBN: 9780804178266 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780804178280 (ebook)
ASIN: B00IHMF9I6 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books


Dr. Charlotte Stone returns in Karen Robards's sizzling new thriller!
The last time criminal psychology expert Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. Now she's determined to stick to research—and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can't refuse. And there's no greater danger than the Cinderella Killer, a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, and desperately needs Charlie's unique skills before it's too late. Joined by Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane—and her ghostly bad-boy lover, Michael Garland—Charlie heads to Vegas to track down Lena's sister before the Cinderella Killer seals her fate. But it's Charlie who ends up gambling with her life, when the lethal Lothario decides she's just his type.


Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone is back with her friendly, romantic ghost, Michael Garland. This time around Dr. Stone goes all out in order to track down FBI agent Lena Kaminsky's sister before she becomes the victim of the Cinderella Killer in Las Vegas. If chasing after a serial killer isn't bad enough, she must also do what she can to try and protect Michael from the otherworldly realm. Can Dr. Stone track down the killer in this realm while protecting Michael from another without losing her mind?

Her Last Whisper is the third book in the Charlotte Stone series by Ms. Robards and each book takes a step deeper into the paranormal as Charlie learns to handle her ghostly love interest, Michael Garland. I've got to say that I initially questioned the sanity of a psychologist that was willing to fall head-over-heels in love with not only a ghost, but a ghost that was convicted murdered. Although Michael is no angel, he isn't quite the bad guy that he was made out to be. Each book in this series reveals slightly more of Michael's backstory, and this book was no different. Charlie learns that Michael was not only in the military, but in an elite military group. Yes Michael has killed, but his killings were dictated by the military and can't be equated to willful murder. Initially Charlie wanted nothing more than for Michael to disappear, but now she's willing to do whatever it takes to keep him around.

While Charlie ponders her willingness to hang onto Michael for as long as possible, she works with her FBI friends to track down a serial killer. To say there's no love lost between Charlie and Lena Kaminsky is putting it lightly, but Charlie bears no ill will toward Lena and is ready to do what she can to find the killer before Lena's sister is next victim. There are a lot of high emotions running throughout Her Last Whisper. Lena is worried about her sister and doesn't want the investigation halted even for sleep. Lena's love interest, another FBI agent - Buzz Crane, also happens to be her sister's ex. Then there's Toni Bartoli, the lead FBI agent that has a thing for Charlie while Charlie pines for a dead man. Three FBI agents, one criminal psychologist, and one ghost combine their efforts to find a mad man before it's too late. Her Last Whisper has a lot of suspense, an ongoing sense of mystery (especially related to Michael and his backstory), and a whole lot of sexual tension (between Charlie and Michael, Michael and Charlie, and Toni and Charlie). If you've read any of the previous books in the Charlotte Stone series: The Last Victim and The Last Kiss Goodbye, then you'll definitely want to read Her Last Whisper. If you haven't read any of the books in this series but you enjoy romantic suspense thrillers, then you'll want to add all of these books to your TBR list.

Read an excerpt here.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review purposes from the publisher via Edelweiss. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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