Her Last Word by Mary Burton
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, May 8, 2018
Time and setting: Present Day, USA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 360 pages
Heat Level: 1 Flame
Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns
An unsolved crime pits a desperate woman against a relentless killer in New York Timesbestselling author Mary Burton’s heart-stopping novel of psychological suspense…
Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she still suffers the guilt of running away in fear and resents being interrogated as a suspect in the immediate aftermath. Now Kaitlin has only one way to assuage the pain and nightmares—by interviewing everyone associated with the unsolved crime for a podcast that could finally bring closure to a case gone cold.
But when a woman Kaitlin questions is later found stabbed to death, she fears that she’s drawn a killer out of hiding. It’s Detective John Adler’s fear that the murders have only just begun. Now his job is to keep Kaitlin safe.
As a bond between Kaitlin and Adler builds, the past closes in just as fast—and it’s darker than Kaitlin remembers. Soon, her wish will come true. She’s going to find out exactly what happened to Gina. Someone has been dying to tell her.
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Her Last Word is another spine-chilling romantic suspense from, Mary Burton. I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review this book prior to publication. My opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
This is a fast-paced story with plenty of mystery and intrigue. It kept engaged from the first page to the last. The writing is fluid, the plot well planned and the characters were interesting. Ms. Burton held her cards tight and I was surprised when I found out who was behind her cousin’s disappearance.
Kaitlin’s character quickly earns my empathy as she goes about discovering what really happened to her cousins fourteen years before. I loved her tenacity, even when it almost gets her killed.
John Adler is the typical cool detective, determined to right a wrong. He is drawn to Kaitlin and is determined to gain her trust. While the romance is not the central theme of this spell-binding thriller, it is gently woven into the story. By the end of the novel, I truly wanted them to find their happy ending.
If you are looking for a novel that is hard to put down with plenty of action and mystery, then you will enjoy Her Last Word. I recently discovered Ms. Burton’s books and will definitely look for other releases by her Happy reading!