Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: The Last Time I Saw Her (Dr. Charlotte Stone #4) by Karen Robards

Book Blurb:

In the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, Dr. Charlie Stone must prove the innocence of a dangerously sexy condemned man, or lose her one chance at true love.

In this world, Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte’s ghostly lover—convicted killer Michael Garland—is facing death yet again. It seem the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man’s dead ringer may just be the key.

A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland’s identical twin. But she suspects the resemblance is only skin deep—and that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. While using all her keen profiling gifts, Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael’s name.

Then a breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. No one has a better chance of tracking down the deadly fugitives than Charlie—unless the rampaging killers manage to find her first and make this case her last. But Michael will move heaven and hell—and even make a devil’s bargain—for the chance to save Charlie’s life, and feel her touch once more . . . if only for the final time.

My Review:

Expect the unexpected in The Last Time I Saw Her (Dr. Charlotte Stone #4) by Karen Robards!  I was immersed in this chilling, thrilling read Karen took me on.  I loved the romance, the suspense, and the paranormal that Karen weaved together, making it all feel real as I read.

The Last Time I Saw Her is a unique, fascinating read and Karen gives us a glimpse into the twisted minds of serial killers, the psychologist who studies them, and the ghost who haunts her in the best way possible.

I was really looking forward to this final book in the series.  I've been intrigued with the relationship between Charlotte and Michael from the start.  It is a relationship out of this realm, and can't possibly have a future.  But Charlotte and Michael grow very attached to each other despite all that, and when Michael disappears into what Charlotte assumes is Spooksville, she is devastated.  She is what is keeping Michael's spirit sane though, and he'll do anything to come back temporarily to help her when she's in extreme danger.  Charlotte will do whatever she can to prove Michael's innocence too...even if he is dead.

I really liked where Karen took me in The Last Time I Saw Her.  At times I was scared and worried, other times I felt a glimmer of happiness and hope.  It's a difficult road to navigate for Charlotte and Michael given their circumstances, and I think Karen took them each to where they needed to be in the best way possible.  I love how the characters worked through things and the obvious feelings they have for one another (even if one of them is ghost).  The tension of good vs. evil, and the anticipation of what could possibly happen had me on edge through out!  I have grown very attached to Charlotte and Michael in this series, and I felt like I was taking this journey right along with them.  Charlotte and Michael are strong characters with dynamic personalities who are a very appealing heroine and hero!

I was surprised at the conclusion, and that's all I'll spoilers!  I loved it!

The Last Time I Saw Her is not a stand alone book, the whole series builds up nicely to this finale.  Very well written, easy to follow and well paced, The Last Time I Saw Her is a five star read for me that I'd recommend to any romantic suspense/paranormal reader!

5/5 sensational stars!!!

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