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 would like to thank the author, publisher Thomas & Mercer and blog tour organiser Emma Welton for the ARC in return for an honest review.
I have been a fan of John Marrs writing since reading Welcome To Wherever You Are. He is a first class storyteller who has yet to disappoint and with Her Last Move he cements a growing reputation as a go to author. He delivers in this book all the elements needed in a dam good thriller. I read on a blog once that you know when you’re reading a great thriller when the following happens, staying up late to read just one more page and missing your train stop. Well thanks to Mr Marrs I spent a day at my desk blurry eyed, nearly forgot to get off at the right stop in the first place and then later in the day only realised the bus was there, because of the people pushing past me to get on. Ooooops.
It has two very likeable protagonists, both of whom I became very fond of as the book progressed. Both DS Becca Vincent and Joe Russell are highly likeable characters, with trouble pasts and uncertain futures, as personal issues cause strains in their working lives. The killer is as determined and intelligent as those trying to capture him. Terrifying in his insane belief that those on his list deserve to die. I found myself despising him and yet also fascinated by his twisted actions.
He keeps the readers on their toes by telling the story from multiple points of view. In Her Last Move it delivers layers of complexity that allow the reader to see events through the eyes of the killer, Becca and Joe. We get to see the mindset of the killer slowly being exposed and his self obsessed motivations being unravelled moment by moment. The second and third story threads of Becca and Joe interwoven with that of the killer and offer us the flip side of the coin, two people desperate to find a killer, while battling their own demons. The flipping back from one point of view to the other kept me perched on the edge of my seat, breathless with tension and excitement.
It is a story full of so many possible conclusions that the ending came to haunt me and I’m still thinking about this books weeks after finishing it. Clever and subtle story telling combine to deliver a wonderful piece of storytelling.
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.