A huge thanks to Emma at damppebbles for inviting me on to the #Blogtour for John Marrs latest novel, Her Last Move. I’m delighted to be closing down the tour for the book today!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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?
There’s a reason that the London tube system scares the life out of me and that prologue just confirmed my fears! With a serial killer targeting seemingly unconnected victims, London detectives are left with no clues as to who their murderer could be.
Three narrators tell the story; the killer, Joe Russell, facial recognition expert or super recogniser as they are known and detective Becca Vincent, a single mother who feels she has to prove her worth not only as a detective but also as a parent.
The chapters narrated by the killer are quite chilling and serve as a reminder of how much we all make the assumption that those we know are telling the truth about who they are. Hidden in clear sight we begin to understand what motivates the killer.
Both Joe and Becca are hiding their own secrets about their lives and each of these are revealed throughout the book. If I’m honest Becca really irritated me at times: her over-dependence on the approval of others and especially men grated on my nerves a little and her constant whining! I did warm to her a little more when I heard about her path to motherhood but at times I wanted to give her a bit of a kick in the ass for being so shallow and whiny! I definitely preferred Joe’s character and I connected with him more than Becca.
The plot moved along at a good pace and I found myself zipping through the chapters. The murders were certainly twisted and the author is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to keep you hooked! Things definitely ramped up in the second half of the book and this is where I found myself becoming truly engrossed in this tale of revenge, guilt and rejection. The inclusion of the super recognisers was fabulous, this was a fascinating insight into a team that I didn’t even know existed! The acknowledgements have links to a number of articles for those who want to find out more.
Each book that John Marrs writes is completely different and this one veered towards the police procedural. It isn’t my favourite of all of his books but it is definitely one that provided a good solid read, twists, turns and the “just one more chapter” kind of read that kept me hooked until the end.
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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.
Follow him on Twitter @johnmarrs1 Facebook: @johnmarrsauthor Instagram: @johnmarrs.author website: johnmarrsauthor.co.uk
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Marrs/e/B00F1CRG9U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1