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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Last To Die by Kate Brady

Last to Die
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 0446541532
Pages: 432 pgs
Genre: Romance/Mystery/Thriller
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Summary from Publisher: 

A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, someone no one believes is capable of murder. Within a week, six women will be murdered, all punished for their dark pasts. Detective Dani Cole is determined to track down this serial killer whose victims include a young woman she pulled out of a life of crime. Her investigation leads her to a photography foundation and the renowned photographer Mitch Sheridan, a man she she fell in love with years ago but has tried to forget. Dani and Mitch are instantly attracted to each other again, though their troubled pasts keep them from getting too close. Together, through the course of the investigation, they unearth a dark chain of deception that leads to a killer who is closer than they think.

My Review:

Mysteries and thrillers are not my favorite genre. I'm a demure kind of girl with my historical romances but I keep trying to get into the mysteries and thrillers for some reason. I guess one always wants what one can't have. I have found that if the book is 70% romance and 30% mystery/thriller, I am pretty much guaranteed to love it. This one was about 50/50 so it landed on the like scale but it was still good.

Dani was one of those characters that I loved from the first page. She was a tough and capable cop. She was strong and independent but she had this softer vulnerable side that made her very appealing as a heroine. Mitch was also interesting but not on the same level as  Dani. He seemed to be less developed than Dani. I never felt like I really got to know him. Although, I did like him, I felt like I wanted to get to know him better.

I have never met a mystery or thriller where I have not figured out who was the murderer before I was supposed to. I'm pretty good at deducing who is bad and who is not. With Last To Die, I was completely flummoxed until it was revealed who the killer was. I thought the mystery was great and very well-developed. However, I do wish the romance had been more in the forefront of the plot. But anyone who favors mysteries and thrillers will definitely love this.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.

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