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Her Last Word by Mary Burton
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Her Last Word (edition 2018)

by Mary Burton (Author)

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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.… (more)
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Title:Her Last Word
Authors:Mary Burton (Author)
Info:Montlake Romance (2018), 363 pages
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This is a mediocre mystery with a touch of romance.
Kaitlin Roe is tortured by the disappearance of her cousin some 14 years ago and is back to the place where it all happened. Her plan is to make a podcast on her cousin Gina with the overall aim of finding her. Her plan does not work as she intended when one of the key witnesses from the night of Gina's disappearance dies violently.

I found the resolution far-fetched and there were too many unsavory characters. The pieces of the puzzle came together in the end but it was all too forced and artificial. The romance aspect felt also a bit disingenuous. I rate it 3 stars because of the pacing aspect and the structure of unfolding the story but the plotting, characters and the rest left me wanting. If I remember this book in a month or two it will be because of the improbability of its events and resolution. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
This mystery had some flaws, but I couldn't put it down until I finished. I quickly guessed whodunnit and didn't find the explanation terribly plausible, but for some reason that didn‰ÃƒÂ›Ã‚ªt make it less enjoyable. There was just enough suspense and misdirection, and a nice attraction simmering between two of the characters, to keep me totally absorbed.

Since the novel centered on a series of murders, I appreciated that these scenes weren't too graphic - I don't enjoy "torture porn" in books or movies. On the other hand, almost at the very end there is the kind of pages-long, overwrought bedroom scene ("traditional porn") that I always find unintentionally hilarious. It was especially so here, because it was so incongruous with the rest of the novel.

But overall, I think this is a perfect summer read - quick, interesting, and undemanding. ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
Her Last Word is a fast-paced, suspenseful, mystery that not only investigates a 14-year-old cold-case involving an abducted teenager, but takes you on a hunt for an obsessed serial killer consumed with revenge. When Kaitlyn Roe returns to Virginia to try and get closure into the abduction and presumed death of her cousin Gina, she opens a can of worms that brings more than she bargained for.

The characters are flawed, scarred, and tenacious. Kaitlyn and the other two girls who spent the last night with Gina are all suffering from Gina's disappearance. They don't want to talk to Kaitlyn and it seems they might be hiding things. Detective John Adler has his own issues to deal with, but has an attraction to Kaitlyn that he doesn't understand. When it seems she might be in danger, he steps up their relationship to protect her. He is smart, tenacious and loyal. The plot is complex and is told through a mixture of narration and interviews for Kaitlyn's blog. They mesh well together to give a compelling story with lots of twists, turns, red herrings, violence, sexual attraction, and murder. Mary Burton has written an entertaining suspenseful mystery with just a bit of romance thrown in to lighten the story a bit. As I have come to expect from this author, this was story that I had a hard time putting down, it did not disappoint. The publisher, Montlake Romance, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
Her Last Word is a book that has a face paced, intense storyline. The police procedural part tells the story of a cold case that has the potential to tie into a current case. It was interesting to me to see how Detective John Adler was able to take a case that had been all but forgotten for so many years and use the clues from that story to bring back to life, working to solve it, and working to use the clues to solve past and present murders.

This is a romantic suspense book with twists and turns that I never saw coming. I loved the different timelines between the present story and Kaitlin's interviews. Sometimes the storylines didn't come together when going between the two of them as smoothly as I thought they should but that was part of what happen. The fact that the notes that Kaitlin got did not always match what the police were finding out. The romance part of the story was minimal and I liked that it was not at the front of the storyline. That allowed me to focus on the murders and try to figure out who dun-it. I will say I never guessed correctly. ( )
  Charlotte_Lynn | May 23, 2018 |
Her Last Word by Mary Burton

Cold Case vs Current Case…can stirring up the past bring out a killer…and…if it does…is it the old killer, a serial killer or a new one who will become a serial killer?

This was a tidily plotted story with 30 visits to the past interspersed with happenings in the present that explored murder(s) over a decade ago along with current murders. Kaitlin, cousin to Gina, has a bee in her bonnet to find her cousin – dead or alive – and let her rest. With a podcast in mind Kaitlin interviews many, stirs up past emotions and deals with a few bugaboos of her own.

Kaitlin is all grown up, has a degree, is teaching at the university and has an agenda…will her agenda be met? AND John Adler, recently on the job again after medical leave, is there when an interlinking murder impacts many lives…including Kaitlin’s. How John decides to move forward with his current case while also looking into the past is intriguing.

There are hints, trails, bad guys present and past and a mystery to figure out that left me awake till nearly three in the morning. Need I say more?

Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes
Is it believable? I think so

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC – This is my honest review.

4-5 Stars ( )
  CathyGeha | May 9, 2018 |
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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’s Kaitlin Roe is determined to find out what happened to her cousin Gina, abducted fourteen years ago. She never expects to come face to face with a relentless killer—or to have possibly ignited a killing spree.
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