I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and review this Advanced Reader’s Copy.
Last To Die by Arlene Hunt is a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller that follows Jessie and Mike Conway, and Caleb Switch.
Jessie is a hero in her own right as she single handedly brings down a school shooter and minimizes the deaths and damages down at the hand of these disturbed children. While Jessie has a hard time coming to terms with her actions, little does she know that she has much tougher days ahead at the hands of hunter, Caleb.
Told in alternating perspectives, Jessie learns that the world is a very dark place and heroes like her are few and far between. She has dealt with death in the past and continues to deal with it as the story progresses. In a rare, twist, Jessie’s heroism is what puts her in the sights of human hunter, Caleb as he attempts to find someone worthy of the hunt. Jessie is not one to fall easily and must do what she can to escape the clutches of the game she thrown into while her husband Mike tries to convince the community his wife is in danger.
This book is one that could easily be read in a day. It’s one of those stories that is so good that you put it down so that you can savor the story and lengthen the time you are reading it. This is a thriller that deals with the adverse effects of being a hero and being in the spotlight. Explosive themes and taboo ideas keep you reading well into the morning. Jessie is a classic heroine who you easily identify as a character that will not go down without a fight. She has skeletons in her closet that help push her to being this type of character. Caleb is a well written psychopath that you very early on begin to despise. He is flawed in every way, making him the perfect killer.
Not only is this an amazing thriller, but the author has spotlessly developed accents and scenery so real that you will truly feel you are there. The dialog between the characters is real and you feel the true emotion (and lack of emotion in Caleb’s case) that these characters are going through.
The only thing I wish this story had more of was backstory. We get a glimpse of Jessie’s past, but it would be interesting to have more and to really see where she came from in order to develop her into this fearless hero that won’t give up. Also, Ace is a very interesting character that I would have loved to get to know more of. His backstory would have helped to progress the story in a way that didn’t seem so coincidental in finding Jessie.
I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of thrillers! There is a uniqueness to this story that I haven’t found in other books of this genre and would love to see more of these themes in the future.
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