Firstly I would like to thank Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt
You’re young. You’re in love. You’re in terrible danger …
A completely unputdownable thriller from Amazon chart bestseller Arlene Hunt.
‘The woman’s body lay on the bed, hair fanned out in a golden halo, blue eyes open. On the table stood an unmistakable sign: a bouquet of bright yellow roses…’
On a freezing January morning, a young couple is found dead in their cottage in the quiet Dublin suburbs. When Detective Eli Quinn arrives at the scene his stomach drops. It’s the second double homicide in as many months where the killer has left a bunch of yellow roses.
Tucked between the thorns is a little card, with an image of a broken heart. There’s no doubt the killer is trying to send a message, but what do the flowers mean? And can Eli figure out the killer’s motive, before they strike again?
Utterly gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will keep you up reading all night. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Patricia Gibney, you won’t be able to put this down.
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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I love a book that from the very first chapter I am privy to the working mind of a killer. His inner thoughts that scream to be obeyed and the persona that he shows to the outside world. His disregard for human life is very obvious in those first few pages. His almost disgust at the affection of the young couple that only have eyes for each other and the loathing of a homeless man only after a few coins towards a bed for the night. The Wolf, as he is known in the story, is a patient predator. After all he has had a life time of reasons that have got him where he is now.
This is the first book in a new series for Arlene Hunt which is set in Dublin under the radar of DI Eli Quinn and DS Miranda Linn with newly promoted DS Roxanne Malloy and her team player, Cora Simmons raring to prove their worth. Malloy’s first case is one that will leave the scene forever imprinted on her mind because of the sheer over kill that has taken place. The yellow roses and champagne a way for the Wolf to mark the territory as his own. Malloy knew this case was going to pull a lot of interest but when it is linked with a similar murder a while ago it falls back to Quinn. With both of them wanting to keep the case a truce of working reluctantly together is formed.
As the story builds so does the body count. Each scene extremely gruesome and vicious. The chapters dip from present day back to the Wolfe and his childhood, teen years and his life now. It did make me feel for the boy his was. He has become the man that his past made him. I have to say as far as the investigating team goes they are a pretty mixed bunch, feisty, unpredictable, unconventional and all together pretty neat! Quinn, Malloy and both their side kicks seem to cover every angle. This is a tense and fast pace read that made me curl into a bit of a smaller ball on the sofa than normal. A perfect ending for the story and new beginning for a brilliant new team on the clock.
Really looking forward to the next book, no doubt, another vicious killer living amongst them in Dublin.
I wish to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arlene spent her childhood with ‘my nose buried in a book’. She was a fierce debate-captain in school and her love of language was bound to lead her to writing. Alongside being an author, she writes, edits and reviews briefs for radio.
Arlene is married with one daughter and lives with a crotchety one-eyed cat named Binkley and a German Shepherd named Archer, who is not at all crotchety.
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