Henry Roberts is a serial killer. He has a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence.
Two of his victims were never found.
Now, Henry Roberts is dying. He wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are.
The offer is accepted and Detective George Elms travels to the force who led the original investigation. He is the messenger. He finds a police force and a community still shattered. As he reviews the old case notes he also learns something else. Henry Roberts didn’t work alone.
A woman goes missing. She fits the profile of the other victims. The circumstances of her disappearance do too — she never made it from her commuter train to her car.
Then a second woman goes missing. George is convinced they are linked. Henry Roberts told him on his prison visit that two is better because: you can make the other one watch.
Time running out for George. He is convinced that Henry Roberts knows who he should be chasing, but will he help before he takes his last breath? Or the women take theirs?
Her Last Breath is a book in the Detective George Elms series but easily reads as a stand alone. Even though this is only the second book I have read the series, what I do know is that George is a very lovable character. You can see why these books are a hit with readers. Not just because of the gripping story line but also because of a main protagonist that readers will really get behind.
If I were to do book crushes, George would definitely be one of them. I love his character. He is a really genuine guy that is trying to do his best. I could feel his frustrations at being sent on another case that involves someone giving Hannibal Lecture a run for his money!
Henry Roberts, as soon as we are introduced to him, sent shivers down my spine. This man is pure evil and you can feel that darkness pouring out of the pages. I knew from that point that his book was going to be very dark and extremely engrossing and it was.
When more young women go missing, it becomes a race against time in solving the case. The pace of the story really increases and I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how it was all going to end. There were certainly some unexpected surprises in store making it an absolute page turner of a read.
Her Last Breath was a gripping and chilling read with a baddie that I hope doesn’t give me nightmares. A tense, dark and disturbing read. If you haven’t read any books in this series yet, then I highly recommend you doing so.
My thanks to Jill Burkinshaw and Joffe Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All Opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.