There’s no rhyme or reason to love, no logic that follows its meandering path. Therefore, even though I have some problems with this story and the great suspension of disbelief the author requires from me in this last installment of the Dr. Charlotte Stone Series, but simply because I loooooove Charlie and Michael so much, I’m giving this a 5 star rating!
Charlie hadn’t seen Michael for 17 days since he was taken away from her (book #3, Her Last Whisper), so when she saw this stranger standing at Michael’s grave site, she just had to see who it was and her heart almost stopped upon seeing his face. Michael! No, there were subtle differences, maybe visible only to her, but that person definitely wasn’t Michael. Who was he? Possibly the real Southern Slasher?
But Charlie’s troubles were only beginning. A prison break by death row inmates turned terrifying for Charlie as she was taken hostage, along with several kids, their chaperone and the bus driver. Would Charlie be able to save them and herself? What about Michael? Was he truly gone?
Before I start my review, I have to say, if you’re starting here, DON’T. Please pick up the first book, The Last Victim, and start there. Why? Because if you don’t: First of all, you’ll miss out on the awesome way Charlie and Michael met. Second, you’ll miss out on the way Charlie attracts ghosts and it’s fascinating to read about her encounters. Some of them were funny. Third, you’ll miss out on the growth and development of Charlie’s and Michael’s characters, not to mention their feelings for each other. Fourth, you’ll miss out on some superb writing. If you’ve never read a Karen Robards, start with the first book of this series. In fact, don’t read her other books. Just read this series.
In THE LAST TIME I SAW HER, Ms. Robards took us on another terrifying, adventure- and suspense-filled ride. The tension never lets up as Charlie stumbles onto one horror after another. I have to say that this book takes the cake for having the most number of serial killers all loose and running around in the countryside. (Normally, there’s just one per book, or at most two; not eight!) While there were a lot of new names, Ms. Robards concentrated on several characters at a time, hence, I wasn’t that confused. There was one or two major villains among the villains, and anyway, who cares, I was waiting eagerly for Michael to show up to save the day. I mean, Charlie is smart and all, and she has knowledge about the serial killers that could help them, but she’s mortal. There’s way many more things a ghost cloud do.
The first scene was wonderfully characterized–Charlie’s hope, confusion, doubt, and finally acceptance are heartbreaking to read. How Charlie and Michael’s HEA came about was also a brilliant stroke–I didn’t think of that! It was hugely satisfying; I read that part twice! I think the satisfaction also comes in part because we’ve been waiting for this moment for so long! I have a minor quibble though, because such a solution is not as nice and tidy as was presented in the book. There would be ripples and consequences, which can’t be addressed because it’d need more page time. And anyway, it’s not that important, is it, in the whole scheme of things. After all, Charlie and Michael got their HEA; what could be more important than that? The other problem I have with this story is the intimate scenes. They’re still hot, of course, but more than ever, I should think condoms are necessary! Okay, ’nuff said.
While I love that Charlie and Michael have their HEA, I hope that we can see more of them. I hope there’ll be more books in the Dr. Charlotte Stone Series; after all, there are books where the couple solves crimes, right? Charlie can just write her book in between crime-fighting. And Tony hasn’t got his HEA yet; Tam, too. 🙂
THE LAST TIME I SAW HER is the brilliant conclusion to the Charlie and Michael romance arc. (See, I didn’t use the word “series” because see previous paragraph.) It’s worth the ride to arrive here, at this stage in the series, as I’m sure lots of fans will agree. A must read!
Rating: 5 stars
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.