Book Review | Last To Die
Title: Last to Die
Author: Kate Brady
18 years ago, Dani Cole pushed away the only man she would ever love. Now a Lancaster Detective, Dani is working on a murder case that is linked to Mitch Sheridan, the love of her life. Mitch Sheridan returns to the Lancaster after his mentor, Russell Sanders, is found murdered. Sanders, who was the managing director of Sheridan’s photography foundation, had recently been in contact with Dani’s murder victim, a reformed prostitute. This case is very personal to Dani because she knew the woman, Rosie McNamara, and helped her to get her life back on the right track.
Soon Dani is on the killer’s radar, leaving her frightening messages and invading her home. Five prostitutes have been murdered, all scarred and disfigured and missing a chunk of their hair. Each of these young women have one thing in common: they all gave up a baby for adoption. Now a sixth prostitute and her unborn child are missing, and Dani must find her and stop the sick and twisted killing.
I didn’t realize when I signed up to read Last to Die by Kate Brady that this was the second book in a series. Nevertheless, I felt it flowed well and that I wasn’t left out of too much that had happened from the first book because it focuses on different main characters. I plan on going back and reading the first book to see what I missed out on; the plot sounds fantastic! If I’d had more time, I would have quickly read Brady’s first novel, One Scream Away, before starting this one.
“Romantic suspense” is a fun blend of mystery/thriller with a light touch of romance. Though I loved the dialogue between Mitch and Dani, I was way more fascinated with the mind of the sick and demented killer. I wasn’t at all surprised to learn the killer’s identity, and thought that Brady revealed it way too early on. Though I hadn’t quite figured out the motive, there was something off about this individual who I knew was behind the killing. Even so, it was still a fast paced, action packed novel. I will definitely be looking into reading more of her books in the future.
What I really enjoyed, though, was the deep characterization of Dani Cole. Her father was a crooked cop, and Dani’s name is tainted because of his past actions. Dani is now atoning for them, and she is tempted to follow in her father’s footsteps for the sake of this case, blurring the line between good and evil. Dani is by far the most well developed character, and I loved being inside her mind and rooting for her to catch the murderer. I was very satisfied with the ending and the choice she made for her future–both romantically and with her career.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*