I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Last Goodnight by Michael Scanlon
Also by this author: Where She Lies, The Child Before
Series: Detective Finnegan Beck #3
Also in this series: Where She Lies, The Child Before
Published by Bookouture on 14th January 2020
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
Eddie stands at his door anxiously waiting for the woman to arrive, touching the engagement ring box in his pocket for luck. He doesn’t hear the footsteps behind him until it’s too late…
Detective Finnegan Beck is called to a crime scene – a remote house near the rural Irish town of Cross Beg – where a dog lies whimpering beside his beloved owner’s body.
At first, it looks like a burglary gone wrong. But Beck spots something his colleagues didn’t. The victim – Eddie Kavanagh – was wearing his smartest clothes. He’d brushed his hair. And, on closer inspection, a small velvet box containing an engagement ring is discovered in his pocket, along with a letter to a nameless woman, which seems to suggest she’s in danger.
Those who knew Eddie have no idea about a female friend though – there’s been no one in his life since a girl who he’d loved and who’d broken his heart decades before. Now Eddie leads a quiet, solitary existence, rarely going further than the fields behind his house to walk his sheepdog, Max.
So who was the woman Eddie was waiting for? And did his connection with her ultimately lead to his murder? When a beautiful young woman is then found beaten to death – murdered exactly as Eddie had been, Beck has to ask – is the danger over? Or is just beginning?
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley. This is the third book in the Detective Beck series but this could be read as a standalone.
Detective Beck is a character that you can’t help but love. Beck has many issues and is hardly a role model but you can’t help but root for him. Not only do you want him to solve this very odd case but you also want him to solve his personal problems. The thing I love about Beck is his dogged determination. Beck is smart and a damn fine detective but his superiors don’t always appreciate his methods.
This case was quite the interesting one. Eddie Kavanagh was brutally murdered but who would do that to a man that is so well-loved? This case has twists and turns all over the place and for a while, I did not know how it was all related. But in the end, everything comes together in a rather exciting way.
Michael’s writing is excellent. I was gripped not only on the case but also on Beck’s personal issues. I really enjoyed returning to Beck’s world and can’t wait to return again soon.
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