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The Last Victim

(Dr. Charlotte Stone #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  7,901 ratings  ·  1,010 reviews
Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not.

A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life—no doubt because when she was sixteen, she herself survived a serial killer’s bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charli
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it

3.4 stars
It has been a long time since I have read a book by Ms. Robards, let alone ‘listened,’ and overall ... enjoyed!

This is a romantic suspense, and as with all Karen Robards reads, you will get a healthy dose of romance.

It also is a paranormal read, which aren’t my favorite. I went in blind, so didn’t realize it until I was already sucked in. The heroine sees, hears and can feel the dead. Hmmmm?? I know, out there right? But it sure does add a lot of intrigue to the plot line, along with s
Charlotte (Charlie) Stone is a psychiatrist who is studying serial killers at a prison when she is approached by FBI agent Tony Bartoli to assist on an murder/abduction case. It's almost identical to one she witnessed when she was 17-years old. Before leaving the prison, one of her study participants is shanked and dies while she attempts to save him. Unfortunately, his ghost decides to hang around.

The story begins so interestingly, with heightened tension around Charlie's horrific experience as
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Wont continue this series. ( really tried to re-read again.)

Did one of my favourite romantic suspense authors really write this??

The author takes a walk on the ghostly side with this weird paranormal thriller.
A police procedural crossed with a ghost story, and a hunt for a serial killer that is rather creepy in many ways.

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 kille
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the start of the series and what an amazing series it is. Dr. Charlotte Stone is an expert on Serial Killers. She had escaped one when she was a teenager and she has been obsessed with figuring out what causes them ever sense.
She is working with Michael Garland when he is murdered. His spirit attaches its self to her. She tries not to get emotionally involved with the ghost, but he is a very attractive ghost. He teases her and tempts her and Charlie finds herself just too fascinated by
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
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3.5 stars

I'm the odd one out - I liked this one mainly because of the ghost love interest. This one ends kind of on a cliffie - but Michael Garland will have me reading the next 3 books.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spooky, Sexy, Suspenseful – part crime, part romance, part supernatural ghost story rolled into one!

No. 1 in a four part series, following Dr. Charlotte Stone, a psychologist who profiles serial killers. Combines everything you’ve come to expect, and love, about a Karen Robards novel – a shocking and engrossing crime/mystery, hot guy/s, a vulnerable, yet strong heroine, loads of romantic tension, and smouldering love scenes. A most enjoyable, emotional, and satisfying read. 4-stars, as I felt th
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Carl Brookins
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

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’
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars rounded up because romantic suspense is my new romance sub-genre of preference. This book is nicely written and has an actual plot. As usual, I'm not very demanding when it comes to romance (while I'm a total nitpick with fantasy or historical fiction and I dislike romance undertones) but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I just factor that my starting expectations were low. Objectively, with more editing down and less telling than showing this novel would have been even better.
The whole
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
Denise McDonald
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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!

Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was expecting Silence of the lambs and I got Casper the friendly ghost.
Love of Hopeless Causes
Mar 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, horror
Trendy-rendy: when a fashionable young person, who can't resist the urge to explain, encounters a serial killer. "He hit me!" she ejaculated. ...more
Carolyn F.
I thought this book was okay. The beginning was riveting but then with the grownup Charlie there was too much upset stomach, throwing up, dizzy, weak, tripping over herself. I like my main female characters to not be so delicate. Then after the beginning of the book mentioned this over and over, it seemed to disappear. However, this colored my perception of the main character throughout the book. So, 3 stars because of that.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jacqueline J
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
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oct-12
The Last Victim is my first novel by Karen Robards. It is a non-stop page-turning paranormal romance filled with suspense.
An excellent fast-paced tale of murder, FBR profilers and psychics.

I enjoyed the characters both living and dead and hope to see them in future novels.

I look forward to the sequel of this book and also plan to read her romantic suspense novels.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Karen Robards writes romantic suspense, a genre I don't normally care for. This series was recommended by a reviewer who said it would appeal to readers of paranormal books even though they don't normally reach for romantic suspense. As this book was available from my library as a downloadable audio book, I thought I would give it a try. Pickings are slim for non-waitlisted books these days.

This book started well, it had potential to be a 3 star which means I was enjoying it. Then it happened. T
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Fast paced. A bit of supernatural that totally caught me off guard. I can't wait to pick up the next one. ...more
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Morgan Wyatt
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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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
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charlie is a Psychiatrist currently studying/interviewing convicted serial killers when the FBI comes in to have her help with capturing the killer who has killed several families and has kidnapped a teenage girl. this mirrors the crimes of The Boardwalk Killer who she escaped 15 years before. Whether it is the same killer or a copycat remains to be seen but rescuing the girl is the top priority.

Her past haunts her as does her unique sidekick, the ghost of a convicted serial killer, as she tries
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Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.
Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, wh

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