Her Last Word
by Mary Burton
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Montlake Romance
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
In a Flutter: Entertaining
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.
Worldbuilding: Richmond setting.
Characters: Kaitlin is a very driven woman with a complicated and painful past. I admired her determination and loyalty to Gina.
Adler is one awesome alpha detective, focused on the case and in a tough place as far as personal life is concerned.
They had some nice chemistry and I really liked them together.
Plot: It’s all about the mystery of what happened to Gina 14 years ago. But the mystery is multilayered, a then and now structure, and it’s pretty engaging. The romance is slow burn, nice and tense.
Writing: First person and third person past tense narrative combo, multi-POV of which I’m not a fan as style, but I get the why.
Curb Appeal: Very cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my Romantic Suspense moods.
I recommend Her Last Word to fans of Romantic Suspense which includes detectives and murder investigations.