Mari Gill wakes to horror in a strange apartment next to a murdered man, and can't remember the night before. Accused of murder, she feels torn between her husband, a successful defense attorney, and a mysterious, kind man who wants to help. Can she trust either of them - or even her friends?
Detective Kerri Blasco battles her police bosses believing Mari is innocent...but is she?
A heart-stopping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Alfred Hitchcock
'Her Last Breath' is a superb murder mystery that immediately kicks off with one of the most terrifying, heart-pounding openings I've ever read. Though it is the second book featuring Detective Kerri Blasco, it can very well be read as a standalone.
Mari Gill, wakes up dazed and confused to a horrific, nightmarish scene. She finds herself in a strange room, on a blood-soaked mattress next to a bloodied corpse of an unknown male.
When police and emergency services rush to the scene, Mari is treated for shock and for her injuries but is horrified to learn that she's actually considered as the prime suspect and is arrested. Kerri Blasco however is not convinced. Something smells fishy in this case and she's sure this isn't just a simple open-and-shut murder case. Something else is at play here? Did Mari really kill this man? Or was she a puppet in someone else's hands?
Thanks to her power lawyer husband, Mari is released on bail on a second degree murder charge, but she wants answers. What had really happened? How did she end up in that horrible room? Who is the dead man? Who killed him? And why can't she remember anything from the previous night?
"Who can you trust in this world? No one, that's who."
From the first terrifying chapter till the end this book kept me glued to my kindle, reading and reading, wondering what really happened, who was the killer. I read even with one eye closed and half a brain functioning in the dead of night when I was supposed to be sleeping. Hmmm... But was Mari really innocent? Or just a good actress? That was another question in my mind! I had a few suspects in mind but from about halfway through, the number rose and this intrigued me even more to know the truth.
All characters in this book are very well portrayed and realistic. I really liked Kerri and her partner Alex and loved the way the author laid out their investigation. I absolutely want to meet these characters again in other books. Though I haven't yet read Fear Dreams, the first book, I still could understand Kerri and what she has gone through. The author gives us a short touching recount of her unfortunate life. Mari is also a very likeable character and the author did a great job in depicting her vulnerability, confusion and misery. You could say the story is actually balanced between these two women.
I loved and enjoyed the author's 'voice'. Her writing style is so unique, fresh and pacey, the pages seem to just fly by keeping the readers on their toes throughout and reading real fast. The plot is very intriguing with twists and turns that made me mentally change the name of the probable suspect on numerous occasions.
This was my first book by J.A. Schneider and after reading it, I'll certainly be checking out and reading her other books. With several terrifying, heart-pounding, suspenseful moments, twists and turns galore, a fast-paced chilling plot, great characterisation and a dash of romance, this book ticked all the boxes for me and I really enjoyed it. It is a brilliant thriller and I highly recommend it.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this fabulous book.
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J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek Magazine, a wife, mom, and reading addict. She loves thrillers…which may seem odd, since she was once a major in French Literature - wonderful but sometimes heavy stuff. Now, for years, she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine, forensic science, and police procedure. Decades of being married to a physician who loves explaining medical concepts and reliving his experiences means there’ll often be medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that she writes. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.