Today it is my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Her Last Move, the latest brilliant thriller from John Marrs. A big thank you to publishers Thomas & Mercer for providing the advance copy of the book for review and to Emma Welton of damppebbles Blog Tours for inviting me to join in. Here is what the book is about.
About the Book
She’s chasing a killer. He’s watching her every move.
He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.
Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career—and she knows that it will make or break her. But she can’t catch the culprit alone. Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell, she strives to get a lead on the elusive murderer, who is always one step ahead of them.
Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list?
I do love a good thriller which takes a dark and twisted turn, and with Her Last Move I got that and then some. The story begins with an accident on the underground line, a man falling to his death beneath a train just moments after arguing with a fellow commuter. Only things are never quite that simple and this was no accident. What follows, is a series of gruesome murders which leads DS Becca Vincent and her colleague, so called ‘super recogniser’, Joe Russell on a chase to stop an increasingly violent murderer before it is too late.
This book marks a change of direction for Mr Marrs, whose last few books have been psychological thrillers which I have really enjoyed. The good news is, that with this book, a police procedural, with a somewhat unique protagonist in Joe Russell, he has created another thrilling and exciting story, one which will keep readers engrossed from start to finish. I really loved the blend of the psychological aspects which still featured in the book as we entered the mind of the killer, but also the more police investigation based elements which saw Becca and Joe pushed to the limits. I do admit, I like a more unusual, sometimes grotesque murder, and there were some very interesting modes of dispatch employed throughout the book. Aside from the first murder, none of it was carried out on the page so if you are squeamish, you need not worry, but there is still enough divulged to give those with an active imagination a clear picture of what has occurred.
I really enjoyed getting to know the central characters of Becca and Joe. Becca has a very complicated personal life which is gradually revealed throughout the book but she was a character I actually warmed to very quickly. She can be prickly, quickly jumping to conclusions, especially where Joe was concerned, but she was determined and ambitious. Yes, her priorities maybe needed a little upending but she drew me into her story and I really cared about her. Joe also has things he is hiding, some of which hinder his performance and certainly affect his actions throughout the book. From the very first time we meet him though, as he recognises an offender and sets off in chase, there was just something really engaging about him. He seemed aloof at times, largely oblivious to those around him on a personal level and yet highly in tune with every aspect of a persons appearance. It was fab getting to know a little more about this mostly unspoken of group of Officers who can play such a key role in crime detection and would certainly be something I’d be keen to see explored further.
Now this is a pretty fast paced book, at least in the first half where the murders come in quick succession. it slows just after the mid way point as the focus becomes more about the investigation and the things that the police uncover. It also begins to take a very sinister turn and as we move towards the final quarter of the book, we are thrown into a renewed sense of urgency, tension mounting and setting your pulse racing. There is a real sense of jeopardy and to be honest, I was pretty thrown by events which took place. John Marrs certainly has a talent for creating scenes which both thrill you and leave you with a real sense of sadness.
So yes. I’d recommend this book. Im kind of hoping there will be more to come in a very similar vein. Tense, engrossing and with a great blend of darkness and light, this looks set to be another big hit. Good stuff.
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About the Author
John Marrs is the author of #1 bestsellers The One (soon to be made into a film with Urban Myth Films), The Good Samaritan (shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2018), When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer.
Her Last Move is dedicated to John’s late father, Charlie, who was a police officer for 25 years.
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