Her Last Move by John Marrs
Why on earth have I never read a book by John Marrs before?? Her Last Move has been a compelling psychological thriller / police procedural with everything you could possibly want from this genre.
DS Becca Vincent is a very likeable character who is desperate to prove herself at work whilst trying to juggle a demanding career with being a single parent. Her presence at home becomes increasingly less as she is given the lead on a murder case and her mother makes no secret of her disapproval, adding to Becca’s guilt. She feels she has to fully commit to this case though and as victims are found in quick succession they have a race against time to find this killer, who doesn’t seem to fit any particular profile.
Joe Russell is a facial recognition expert and is to work with Becca on this case in the hope his work will prove more successful than any computer software could. He also has a lot to prove and they don’t get off to the best start, but soon learn how to work together. Joe is also a very likeable character whose backstory is quite devastating. He is struggling to let go of his difficult past, to the detriment of his work and his marriage. I really warmed to him, but found some his obsessive behaviour quite stressful. I could feel his desperation and couldn’t help but feel sorry for him whilst also wanting to shake some sense into him. None of us know how we would feel/act in the same circumstances though and I could empathise with his need for answers.
The killer is a very cleverly written character. He is always one step ahead and watching Becca’s every move. He is focused on revenge and will stop at nothing to bring those to justice who he feels have done him wrong. He is psychologically fascinating and proof of how dangerous someone overwhelmed by jealousy and obsession can become. It’s also quite scary to think how many people like him we could have passed in the street, or even spoken to, and not even realised.
This book is a roller-coaster of emotion and full of twists. The suspense kept me hooked and shortish chapters added to the tension, particularly towards the end which I totally did not see coming! Just brilliant! I highly recommend to anyone who loves a gripping crime thriller.
Many thanks to the author and to Emma Welton for my review copy.
She’s chasing a killer. He’s watching her every move.
He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.
Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career—and she knows that it will make or break her. But she can’t catch the culprit alone. Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell, she strives to get a lead on the elusive murderer, who is always one step ahead of them.
Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list?
About John Marrs:
John Marrs is the author of #1 bestsellers The One (soon to be made into a film with Urban Myth Films), The Good Samaritan (shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2018), When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer.
Her Last Move is dedicated to John’s late father, Charlie, who was a police officer for 25 years.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Marrs/e/B00F1CRG9U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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