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The Last Victim (Dr. Charlotte Stone #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  4,087 ratings  ·  674 reviews
“[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to [Karen] Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews

A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Dr. Charlotte Stone regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. At the age of sixteen, she herself survived a serial killer’s bloodbath. Because of the information she gave police
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ebook, 336 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published August 1st 2012)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Wont continue this series.(Tried to read again.)

Did one of my favorite romantic suspense authors really write this??
The author takes a walk on the ghostly side with this weird paranormal thriller. A police proceural crossed with a ghost story,and a hunt for a serial killer that is rather creepy in many ways.
SUMMARY:
When she was a teen,Dr. Charlotte Stone was the only survivor of the Boardwalk Killer. It was that event that caused Charlie to become a leading expert in serial killers. One day,whil
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Nicole
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/08/13/...

I was looking forward to trying Robards, because so many people talked up just how wonderful her romantic suspense books are. I was a little hesitant because this was a new paranormal series, but I like paranormal as well, so I figured all would work out. Yeah, not so much.

Charlie has dedicated her life to studying serial killers after the traumatic event of her childhood. The last thing she ever expected was to be tapped by
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I jumped at the chance to read the first book in Karen Robard's newest series with its intriguing premise. Dr Charlie Stone studies serial killers, the motivation her own narrow escape from the Boardwalk Killer as a teenager. It has been 15 years since that terrible night but it seems the Boardwalk Killer, or a copycat, has surfaced and the FBI need Charlie's help if they hope to save his latest victim. Using her expertise in profiling, and her hidden ability to see the spirits of the newly dead
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Regan
I really, really enjoyed this book. As a psychic medium, and someone who studied criminal psychology/forensics in college in hopes to become a profiler who used her gifts, I really related to the main character in this book. She was awesome. I really enjoyed the humor between her and her spirit attachment "Garland." I know there is a lot of talk amongst those who have reviewed the book regarding the main character's love interest with a "serial killer" spirit. I wasn't bothered by it for a coupl ...more
Denise McDonald
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Yvonne
This really hit the spot. I was in the mood for something dark and suspenseful and this book delivered. I love Karen Robards, her villains are really creepy and the romances are nicely developed. My issue with this book was the same as a few other reviewers, I just had a hard time with the romance between the heroine and Michael. I don't want to give anything away, but the romance was really creepy and difficult to get into. I can't imagine that KR won't exonerate Michael - please!

J. Lynne
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Christine
This rating is based on the unabridged audio edition read by Ann Marie Lee.

What happens when you combine an author who loves adjective and adverbs of every size, shape and color with a narrator with a very soft and emotive voice? You get an experience that I would have slept through if all the eye-rolling hadn’t kept me awake.

Honestly, the premise of the story was pretty good, if not very original. The main character is the lone survivor and witness to a series of serial murders that occurred fi
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Carl Brookins


This first novel in a new series by this veteran writer is a ghost story. A romantic hot ghost story. I’m not a fan of ghost or paranormal stories. It’s not that I don’t believe in the possibility of another dimension or two. I do, but too often the paranormal element in a good crime fiction novel breeds sloppiness. Not in this case.

All too often, the inclusion of a strong romantic element in a good crime novel is just a way for the novelist to beef up a weak plot line. Not in this novel. There’
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Vettech
Wow, this book was a great read!! Full of suspense, murder, a hunky ghost, a hunky FBI guy and romance of a sort to boot~~

This was the first book in a new series featuring Dr. Charlotte Stone, a psychologist with a special gift...she sees dead people!!

The story surrounds the investigation into the Boardwalk Serial Killer. When the killer was revealed at the book, my jaw hit the ground.

I look forward to reading the next book in this wonderful series, which comes out in mid-August.

For those of y
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Jennifer
I received this book through goodreads first reads. I was doubly excited to receive it because i am a big Karen Robards fan. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book that i have read of hers, thus far.
However, i was bit worried as to how I would enjoy this book. The book has an added paranormal element to it, unlike the rest of her romantic suspense books. The paranormal realm doesn't bug me at all, but what really threw me off was the fact that the main character, charlie, falls somewhat in love w
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Lyn (Readinghearts)
Jan 15, 2013 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Netgalley
The Last Victim by Karen Robards is the first book in her new Dr. Charlotte Stone series. Although Robards is an established author in the romantic suspense genre, this is the first book of hers that I have read. As such, I am not sure that it was the best book for me to start with. For one, I like romantic suspense that is a bit more heavy on he suspense than the romance. In the end, there were things about this book that I really liked, and some that bothered me.

Dr. Charlotte Stone is a survi
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Last Victim by Karen Robards first book in her new Dr. Charlotte Stone Series.
is a psychological paranormal romance and suspense thriller.
Charlotte (Charlie) Stone is a leading expert in criminal psychology and specializes in studying serial killers. As part of her research, she’s interviewing Michael Garland a serial killer in prison, when the FBI arrives asking for her help in finding a missing teenager, who they believe has been kidnapped by a copycat of The Boardwalker Killer. Charlie was t
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Lynsey A
OK. Skeevy doesn't even begin to describe this book. It's not the first time I've read a book where the hero is a ghost but when said ghost is a serial killer....well just not for me.

Now in all honesty I didn't get too far but the way the story was going it made me uneasy so I read some reviews and then skimmed thru. The ending was kind of open ended and I want my HEA and not with a ghost who is a supposed serial killer.

Normally I like her romantic suspense books but this was too much for me.
Jacqueline
Well I see that my GRs friends that read this did not like it. So I was hesitant to read it but a friend and I decided to read it together. One of the biggest drawbacks people seem to have is that the hero is a dead serial killer. I suspect that Garland is going to turn out not to be guilty of that at least. Since this series continues on with the same two characters we will find out more about his guilt or innocence.

The story was really readable. I liked the interplay between the two. The dial
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Clarry
Reading an advanced copy from a first-reads giveaway.

Editing notes: Pg 27 (spelling error), 74 (weird paragraph break), 77 (paragraph break), 160 (change between third/first person narration), 215 (sp), 218 (space needed between words), 314 (paragraph break), 317 (missing period).

I love the goodreads giveaways and the fact that they give me a chance to read different genres that I may not otherwise seek out to read. I do not wish to rate this book since I am not personally enjoying it, and don
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Wynn
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Morgan Wyatt
The Last Victim by Karen Robards is one of her latest romantic suspense stories with a paranormal twist. Ms. Robards’ reputation is for writing edgy tales often with high body counts and serious blood. This book is no different, or is it? The romantic hero is a dead serial killer. Yep, you’ve read that right.

Charlie, our obsessed conflicted heroine, witnessed a serial killing when just in her teens. That marked her so much that she decides to study serial killers for the rest of her life. Yep, y
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Cherise
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Dr. Charlotte Stone (Charlie) is an expert on serial killers. Since she became the sole survivor of an extreme tragedy 15 years ago she has made the psychology of those that kill her life’s work. She doesn’t advertise her past and pretty much lives a solitary existence and keeps a few big secrets.

When the FBI asks her to help catch a serial killer, she reluctantly agrees even though it pushes her to face a lot of her traumatizing past.
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Marlene
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Last Victim is one of those books that didn't know what it wanted to be when it grew up. Maybe got finished would be the better way of putting that. Even after writing a dual review with Lea over at Book Lovers Inc. I still can't get this one out of my head (not in a good way) so I'm taking another stab at it. Or stabbing it again.

It starts out as a mystery/suspense/thriller with a paranormal twist. Charlie Stone is the only survivor of a brutal serial
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Margaret Muir
Ignore every other review on this page!

This book was so much fun! I think many (not all) of the negative reviewers either didn't read the whole book, or didn't pay attention to some of the more subtle aspects that were hinted at.

This book was fun, the plot twists were many, the men were hot, and the sex was hotter. That's all you need to know!

Seriously, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. I read 1-3 in 3 days. Each one leaves off with an awesome hook! Can't wait for #4 to come out.

Many peo
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Linda
Forced to flee for her life after her new friend and her family were murdered in their home, Charlie Stone hoped that she wouldn't be next and fled for help.........

Years later, Dr. Stone was much sought in her role as a criminal pathologist, she sat face to face with serial killers. At sixteen she had faced her own madman and with her describing the killer he went underground. Now, the boardwalk killer has resurfaced and he has struck again or a copycat and she's asked for her help to return to
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Ade
I was expecting Silence of the lambs and I got Casper the friendly ghost.
Paula  Phillips
Fifteen years ago , Charlotte aka Charlie was at a friends house when someone broke in and killed her friends entire family. Somehow by a miracle Charlie escaped and now fifteen years later she is working for the Justice Department as a Psychologist. Whilst working at the hospital with a serial killer , he is stabbed and dies - normally once they die that is it but not for Charlie Stone as she has the ability to see ghosts and knows things that others can or never will know or understand. Now C ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Charlotte (Charlie) Stone is a survivor. The only witness to an infamous Boardwalk serial killer’s bloody massacre of her friends family. That was twenty years ago, and now Charlie is a famous and sought-after expert in criminal pathology who sits face-to-face with madmen. Charlie has made it her life’s work to learn what makes a human being turn into a monstrous animal like killing machine. The Boardwalk killer was never found, possibly went under ground because of Charlie’s witnessing his crim ...more
Lita Bouquard
I so enjoyed this book. Others have written a thorough review- this is not. I miss when Karen Robards wrote thrillers that were funny. There are so many talented authors who write suspense/mystery books but very few with the ability to do it and make me laugh as her past novels have done- for example -Walking after Midnight, or Whispers at Midnight.

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That said, there are a few quirky- smile inducing (not funny) moments in the story of an "I see dead people" psychiatrist who researches ser
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Chrissy
Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone witnesses a murder in her friends house as a teenager that chills her to the bone, and she sees who the killer is. A night she will never forget. 15 years later she has grown up and become an expert in criminal pathology, trying to learn what makes serial killers tick.

Doing her research in a prison she is seated across from a man that lured women by his looks and when alone he murdered them, seven total. She is going through her routine when she is interrupted by FB
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Anne
Wow. Just Wow. I got this book as an ARC I think because I signed up for a giveaway here on Goodreads. It came in the mail yesterday. Although I have a pile of reading, I felt I should read it and review since they were nice enough to send me a copy. I would be honest in any case.

I loved this book! I read it in 2 sittings, only sleeping in between. It has a bit of a paranormal flavor which is something I love. Charlie sees dead people. This is sort of a new thing for me - I want the next book NO
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Nikki
This whole audio book can be summed up in one word/action: "Snore". It just did absolutely nothing for me. There was one point where they spent 3 whole tracks (!!) on dancing, which I think was supposed to be all tense and sexually charged but it missed that mark for me, mainly because he's a ghost. Yes, a ghost. Not just a ghost, no, that would be too simple. He is a convicted serial killer (who professes his innocence, of course) who died in prison in Charlie Stones' arms. Yep. The author took ...more
Tracy
If Loving Garland is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right
Seventeen-year-old Charlie adored her best friend Holly Palmer. The popular girl had befriended her on her first day at her new school, where they would be sharing a locker for their senior year. That's huge. Holly even invited her to spend the night when Charlie's mom forgot to pick her up after the Friday night movie they went to with two other girls.

It was a great night. Except she knew she shouldn't have drank so much. She was worried saying
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Karen was born on 24 August 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was a teenager. She sold her first short story, when was very young, and was published in the December 1973 Reader's Digest, but she cannot sold her first romance novel until 1981, when she was 24. After it, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today, a regular on the New York Times ...more
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