Today it’s back over to Mandie who has a blog tour review of Her Last Breath by Charlie Gallagher. With thanks to Jill Burkinshaw for inviting us to join the tour and publisher Joffe Books for providing the advance copy for review. Here is what the book is all about.
About the Book
Discover a crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive start to one of the most shocking endings of the year.
DETECTIVE GEORGE ELMS THOUGHT HE’D SEEN IT ALL, UNTIL HE COMES UP AGAINST SERIAL KILLER HENRY ‘THE BULL’ ROBERTS.
Henry Roberts had a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence.
Two of his victims were never found.
Now, Henry Roberts is dying and he wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are.
The offer is accepted and Detective George Elms travels to the force who led the original investigation. He is the messenger. He finds a police force and a community still shattered. As he reviews the old case notes he also learns something else. Henry Roberts didn’t work alone.
A woman goes missing who fits the profile of the other victims. The circumstances of her disappearance do too — she never made it from her commuter train to her car.
Then a second woman disappears. George is convinced the cases are linked. Henry Roberts told him on his prison visit that two is better because, “you can make the other one watch.”
Time is running out for George. He’s convinced that Henry Roberts knows who he should be chasing, but will he help before he takes his last breath? Or the women take theirs?
Detective George Elms has been sent on a mission to talk to serial killer Henry Roberts. He has not been briefed why but he gets the feeling that he has been stitched up somehow. He has never met the man before but he knows that he is pure evil. Henry is dying and he wants to move to a secure hospital. In return he will reveal the location of the final two girls that he killed. As far as George is concerned he should die in prison but he knows that is not his call. What happens next proves to him that he was right.
I have not read any of the Langthorne Police series before and after reading Her Last Breath I have found myself wondering why not. George Elms loves his job and is determined to do the best that he can even if it means that at times he gets on the wrong side of some of the people he has to deal with and with this case it seems to happen a lot. Despite this he does have quite a close relationship with his superintendent who he calls the Major. As much as he hates having been dragged into the situation once two more girls go missing he is determined to find them even if it means stepping on the toes of detectives in another police force. I have to say I liked George. He even went up in my estimation when, despite everything that was going on he still found time to sort out the abusive boyfriend of his ex-wife. He hated having to drag up old memories for both the victims’ families and the detective who had been so affected by the original case he had resigned from the force and become a recluse, but for him it was something he needed to do to get to the truth.
I did also like DI Emma Rowe. She was in charge of the original investigations that lead to the conviction of Henry Roberts. Understandably she is not happy with George raking up past history nor the fact that a deal has been done to allow him to die in comfort but when everything starts to go wrong she is glad that he is around pushing for answers.
I will admit that the way in which the girls were murdered sis have me cringing but then again when is murder not something that people should shudder at? The description was not graphic but what you do read lets your imagination do the rest.
Her Last Breath certainly kept me turning the pages until the end as I was never sure if the girls would be found in time or if they would suffer the same fate as those before them. And I really wasn’t expecting what happened at the end. Now that I have been introduced to George Elms I am off to go back to the beginning to see what I have missed. And for those of you out there who have yet to be introduced to the series then hunt them out as I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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About the Author
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.
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