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.Last Seen Alive by Carolyn Arnold
Also by this author: The Little Grave, Stolen Daughters, The Silent Witness, Black Orchid Girls
Series: Detective Amanda Steele #6
Also in this series: The Little Grave, Stolen Daughters, The Silent Witness, Black Orchid Girls
Published by Bookouture on 6th October 2022
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
The woman lies so still as her blood soaks into the soft bedcovers beneath her. A tear runs down her face as she looks at the wedding band on her finger. She had loved her husband so much…
When Detective Amanda Steele unexpectedly reconnects with an old boyfriend, the last thing she expects to see lying on his bed is the dead body of his wife, Claire, who walked out on him four years ago.
Logan begs Amanda to believe he’s innocent. But she doesn’t miss the gun on a nearby table, and she’s torn when forensics reveal that not only was this the murder weapon, but Logan’s fingerprints are all over it… Could he have been framed? Or is he using his connection to Amanda to get away with murder?
Determined to uncover the truth, Amanda retraces Claire’s last steps and finds that she visited her best friend the day before her death. But Amanda is devastated to discover that the friend died in a car accident just hours after meeting with Claire. What deadly secret connected them, and could more women be in danger?
But the killer is closer than Amanda realises, and when her beloved daughter, Zoe, is threatened, she’s suddenly in a race to find the final clue before the person she loves most pays the price…
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. This is the 6th book in the series but all could be read as a standalone.
The prologue immediately grips you and makes you question what the hell has happened to lead to this. I love a book that really grabs you right at the beginning. I love being shocked and immersed from the off.
Amanda is a little too close to this case but her partner Trent is very good at keeping her objective. They work well as a team and have really learnt to trust each other the longer they work together.
Carolyn does an excellent job of building tension and causing you to be on the edge of your seat. I loved the flashbacks too. I think they add more depth to the story.
If you love a gripping and surprising police procedural then this is one for you.
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