Hi Readers! Welcome back to this week's Book Club Thursday. Each of our members can write or review whatever they want to do this week. For me, I decided to write about Karen Robard's THE LAST TIME I SAW HER, the concluding novel of her Dr. Charlotte Stone four book series.
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In the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, Dr. Charlie Stone must prove the innocence of a dangerously sexy condemned man, or lose her one chance at true love.
In this world, Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte’s ghostly lover—convicted killer Michael Garland—is facing death yet again. It seem the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man’s dead ringer may just be the key.
A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland’s identical twin. But she suspects the resemblance is only skin deep—and that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. While using all her keen profiling gifts, Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael’s name.
Then a breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. No one has a better chance of tracking down the deadly fugitives than Charlie—unless the rampaging killers manage to find her first and make this case her last. But Michael will move heaven and hell—and even make a devil’s bargain—for the chance to save Charlie’s life, and feel her touch once more . . . if only for the final time.
THE LAST TIME I SAW HER was by far, my favorite book in the Dr. Charlotte Stone series and author Karen Robards saved the best for last. After leaving quite a cliffhanger with the previous book HER LAST WHISPER, she has given her fans an electric roller coaster ride filled with excitement. But you are forewarned: this is not a straight romantic suspense story and series like some of her other books. It is a ghost story and heavy with paranormal elements.
I was only so-so with my opinion of the first book in the series. I am not Charlotte's (aka) Charlie biggest fan, at least not at first. But Robards knows how to write those bad boys, and Michael is one really bad boy. He loves to taunt Charlie and their banter is fun. Don't forget that Charlie is the only one that can see Michael and she has all that she can do trying to pull it together when Michael is in the room with her and someone else. There are plenty of humorous moments like that. And Michael can get jealous. It's Ms Robard's talent that keeps you reading, how else would you find an alleged serial killer kind of cool.? She is a good story teller. My fellow blogger and friend Ann and I drove an hour to one of Ms. Robards book signings. Though the day started out nice, by the time of the signing we had severe storm warnings and only about eight fans were brave enough to show up. We spent a couple of fun hours with Robards who talked and laughed with us, regaling us with one humorous story after another. And she did have a good ghost story.
Back to the story, Charlie, who is a psychologist and deals with serial killers, is back at the prison where Michael was murdered. There is a prison break and she and some teens are taken hostage and taken away on a bus. They have to use there wits to stay alive, especially when the bus is involved in an accident. Yes, it was a dark and stormy night. Did I mention that there is a man with her that is a dead ringer for Michael?
This story has lots of twists and turns and was exciting and fast paced. I can't tell you much more, but let's say Charlie does get her HEA and the ending is an unexpected surprise. Each book and story got better, but it does depend on suspending normal beliefs because of the paranormal elements. I am glad that that I stuck it out to the end.
The other titles of The Dr. Charlotte Stone series:
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