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Last Words

Author : Michael Koryta
Published: 27 August 2015
Reviewed: 08 October 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Hodder and Stoughton in return for an honest review.

 

2 out of 5 stars



Still mourning the death of his wife, private investigator Mark Novak accepts a case that may be his undoing. On the same day his wife died, the body of a teenage girl was pulled from the extensive and perilous cave system beneath Southern Indiana. Now the man who rescued the girl, who was believed to be her killer, begs Novak to uncover what really happened.

Garrison is much like any place in America, proud and fortified against outsiders. For Mark to delve beneath the town’s surface, he must match wits with the man who knows the caverns better than anyone. A man who seemed to have lost his mind. A man who seems to know Mark Novak all too well.

Last Words is a pulse-pounding thriller of one man’s undoing; you just may not know which man.

Mark Novak, still mourning the murder of his wife is sent away on reconnaissance of a case that he believes has no possibility of being accepted by the organisation he works for as a private investigator.  Mark is sent to a small town called Garrison, hiding from the Board, who are baying for his blood and looking to end his career with them over his handling of many things, including his meddling with the investigation of the murder of his wife.  
He is trying to find a basis for taking on a case of a teenage girl being pulled from a cave by a man believed to be her killer, and strangely, it is the man believed to be the killer that is requesting Mark’s help to investigate what went on that day.
This is where the interest dies with this book, the promising start seems to be abandoned for an in-depth look at the cave and the mystery surrounding it, and it’s apparent hold over the character thought to be the murderer of the teenage girl.  The stereotypical small town mind set plays a huge part in the plot, not liking outsiders, but always there’s one person that wants to help, sees that this new person might be able to bring resolution to the townsfolk after so many years.  
Granted there are some very well written parts to this novel, the descriptions of the stages of hypothermia were interesting, reading the character’s struggle to keep going whilst ticking off which symptoms he was fighting were interesting to read, but if the cave had not been such a major character in this novel then these would have undoubtedly not needed included.  
In terms of a mystery, this book ticks the box well and truly, there is a great mystery in this book, who did it, why did it happen, who is trying to scare Mark out of town, why did someone go to such extraordinary lengths to mess with Mark, will the truth ever come out? 
But for me there was the great mystery of why did it end so unresolvedly?  The answer being, there is another book to follow.  So does that mean that this book is really just setting the scene?  It would appear so, and in that sense I have to admit I do feel a little cheated. 
The writing itself it good, the pace is quick, the press release quotes that Koryta’s writing is akin to jumping into fast flowing water, and I can definitely vouch for this, it’s definitely something you feel swept away with, reading on to see what happens next, it’s just a shame that the ending just didn’t satisfy me as much as I would have hoped. 

I might recommend this book to someone who enjoys Fiction, Thrillers and Mystery genres. 

I would like to thank Hodder and Stoughton for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, it can be purchased here, Last Words (UK Hardcopy)
 

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