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Last To Die

Author: Arlene Hunt
Published: 24 June 2016
Reviewed: 27 July 2016

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review
 
 
Description:
 
He watches. He waits. He kills …

When Jessie Conway survives a horrific mass high school shooting, in the aftermath she finds herself thrust into the media spotlight, drawing all kinds of attention. But some of it is the wrong kind.

Caleb Switch, a sadistic serial killer has been watching her every move. A skilled hunter, he likes his victims to be a challenge to him. Jessie is strong, fearless, a survivor, and now…she is his ultimate prey.

As Caleb picks off his current victims one by one, chasing, killing and butchering them with his crossbow, he’s closing in on Jessie… But will Jessie defy the odds and escape with her life? Or will she be Caleb’s final sacrifice …  


My Thoughts & Review:

Opening with a shooting in a high school this book certainly grabs the reader’s attention.  The female protagonist Jessie Conway, is a special needs teacher at the school in question and following this horrific event, her life is turned upside down.  She is labelled a local hero after her part in saving the lives of those in the school and helping to “take down” the shooters, but the spotlight draws the attention of sadistic serial killer Caleb Switch who has her locked in his sights.

Jessie is an interesting character, she has a past that not even her husband is aware of, and despite her being portrayed as strong minded and very determined, she is troubled and damaged.  Caleb is a dark and twisted character, and I think Hunt has written this character very well.  He displays the characteristics readers have come to expect from psychopathic killers – cold, feels no empathy, ruthless and very scary to name just a few.  In spite of the terrible qualities of Caleb, his is a character that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about, incredibly interesting and I would say well researched.  

Narration from both Jessie and Caleb’s perspectives allows the reader full access to the inner workings of their minds, gives great insight to the depravity of Caleb’s mind when it comes to his victims and hunts.  
The plot flows well for most of the story, but for me there was a lull in the middle slightly, but the final third of the book made up for it.  
As far as psychological thrillers go, I thought it was ok, although it felt more like an action story at times.  
The one aspect of the book I was less keen on was the story of the reporter who dug into Cassie’s past.  This seemed to trail off and was never really finished, but I suppose it served its purpose in bringing the information out to the reader. 

Overall it was a good read, just maybe not living up to the expectations I had of it.  I would definitely look up some of Hunt’s other books as I did enjoy her style of writing. 

You can buy a copy of Last To Die here 

 

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