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Last to Die

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  953 ratings  ·  143 reviews
He watches. He waits. He kills ...

When Jessie Conway survives a horrific mass high school shooting, in the aftermath she finds herself thrust into the media spotlight, drawing all kinds of attention. But some of it is the wrong kind.

Caleb Switch, a sadistic serial killer has been watching her every move. A skilled hunter, he likes his victims to be a challenge to him. Je
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published June 24th 2016 by Bookouture
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Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
LAST TO DIE by Arlene Hunt is a psychological thriller that will have you flipping the pages to see what will happen next. This is the first novel I have read by this author and it won’t be my last. I was immediately drawn in by the narrative on the cover.

“He watches. He waits. He wants her…dead or alive.”

Jessie Conway is a thirty eight year old, married special Ed teacher at Rockville High, whose world turns upside down one day at school. Most of the children were the product of dysfunctional
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I don't want to give too much away about this book. It started off slowly, but built up in momentum and ended up being a really good read. I have read other books with a similar theme, but this is definitely one of the better ones.

To quote the author ' this is a true battle for survival and a test of wills. I have pulled no punches, and no character is above harm......An apex hunter, Caleb Switch is strong, capable, intelligent and utterly without mercy. He blends into his surroundings, the kind
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a doozy of a book, with real character and a complicated morality. Even though the school shooting in the opener and the hunter as 'hunter of humans' are not new ideas, the author injected freshness to the story in all the bits surrounding these two points. It lived through the strength of the people and their interactions. Jessie is a character you really want to get behind, capable and flawed and more than a little unlucky. The supporting cast held their own too, especially Ace and hi ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
3.5 stars

I didn't love or hate this…it was just okay.

Fairly predictable storyline with some diversions added which I am assuming was an attempt to ramp up the mystery. It just didn't do it for me.

I think with more in-depth character development and less side stories this would have been more of a page turner for me.

Again it wasn't bad, just unremarkable.

My thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jessie Conway thought she'd left her past behind her and built a new life with a good job and a loving husband. But when she intervenes in a mass shooting at the school where she teaches and is labelled a hero she attracts the attention of a cold inhumane killer. Caleb Switch is a sadistic psychopath who loves to stalk and then hunt his victims. But he may just have met his match in Jessie.

Although this has a somewhat predictable storyline in that we know who the serial killer is and that he has
Linda Strong
Jessie is school teacher. She is also the town's heroine when she's responsible for taking down the two students who were firing automatic weapons at other students and teachers. Suffering from PTSD and recovering from her injuries, she just wants to be left alone and deal with the shakes, the nightmares, the memory of killing a 14-year-old child.

A very determined reporter desperately needs an interview and she goes after Jessie with a vengeance. The reporter digs into Jessie's past and discover
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jessie is a special education teacher, who killed a gunman after to students began firing automatic weapons around the cafeteria. Two students were killed before she was able to shoot one of them. She is hailed as a local hero, but suffering from PTSD and recovering from her injuries, she just wants to be left alone to deal with the memory of killing a 14-year-old child. The media is klammering to get an interview with her, but she refuses. One reporter desperately needs an interview and she goe ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jessie Conway finds herself caught up in the midst of a school mass shooting, many see her as brave and a hero but the cold blooded killer thinks otherwise. Soon, due to the attention, a reporter starts digging into her past and soon secrets of her life are revealed, secrets that she has kept away from those close to her. Jessie is a strong character and I really liked her, this is an excellent story and I read it in two sittings. Full of suspence, the tension builds and builds until it's satisf ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley

Oh I really enjoy a cat and mouse stalker, whose watching me kind of book at times.
Keeps me alert, keeps my brain ticking over and keeps me awake!

There was a mass murder at Jessie's high school and she was Jessie survives to tell the tale, the media are all over her like a rash.

But not all media attention is good and we never know who may be watching.

Because Jessie is a strong person, she knows her own mind, shes a survivor. This now makes her a challenge to someone. Someone who wants to prey on
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Teacher Jessie risks her life during a high school shooting and becomes a local hero. The ensuing media spotlight, however, reveals details of Jessie's past that not even her husband Mike was aware of. On top of that, it brings Jessie to the attention of a hunting-obsessed serial killer who believes Jessie would prove to be an exciting, worthwhile object for his next hunt.
This was quite a decent storyline and deserves some praise for being a bit different from the usual serial killer thriller.
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, arcs
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and review this Advanced Reader’s Copy.
Last To Die by Arlene Hunt is a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller that follows Jessie and Mike Conway, and Caleb Switch.
Jessie is a hero in her own right as she single handedly brings down a school shooter and minimizes the deaths and damages down at the hand of these disturbed children. While Jessie has a hard time coming to terms with her actions, little does she kn
Winter Sophia Rose
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gritty, Intense, Gripping, Chilling, Fascinating, Addictive & Heart Pounding! An Excellent Read! I Loved It! ...more
Joanne Robertson
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I hadn't heard of this author before but she is certainly one I won't forget in a hurry! Last to Die is described as a psychological thriller and thrill it does. You are taken on an adrenaline fuelled chase throughout the plot, that once it grabs hold will be difficult to stop. It truly is a rollercoaster ride of a read and made me feel like I was struggling to escape from one of those awful "running away" nightmares!

Jessie is just the sort of female character that I like to read about. She is a
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was previously published as 'The Chosen', so if you have read that book, this is the same one.

Imagine for one minute you're running for your life in the wilderness. You know that your killer is closing in on you and that no matter what he will find you. What would you do? Run as much as you can? But for how long can you keep running? Try and hide somewhere? He knows the area well, he'll find you anywhere. Or just give up and let him get you? Set in the mountainous regions of North Caro
Seems I've been a roll lately with psychological thrillers. And this is one of the better ones for certain. Easy 5 stars.

It does start off a little oddly with a school shooting that's only given enough attention to launch the story which is about Jessie. Which is a hard thing because shootings are such a serious epidemic these days. Not to say it's taken lightly though.

Since Jessie ended up saving the day by taking down the one shooter and taking the miraculous opportunity given to shoot the oth
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, I was expecting the usual over-hyped psychological thriller that was not that thrilling. Why did I buy it? Because I live in hope. (Note these reviews do not appear in the order I read them). This was really very good. In fact it was almost as harrowing as Tom Bale's All Fall Down. and I'd only just got my breath back before being swept into another nightmare scenario.

Jessie Conway's nerves are all shot to hell after she survives a school shooting where she performed heroic acts. But she fe
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Jessie Conway's heroic deed brings her unwanted attention while she's struggling to cope with the after-effects of the school shooting.

This isn't a whodunnit or mystery as such, rather a case of us waiting for the inevitable.

It's well paced and there's a tense of a ticking time bomb in the background.

It’s an enjoyable read and I easily raced through it in a couple of hours.

Read the full review on my blog:
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2016
Last to Die is a multi-layered psychological thriller that plays on your fears of the darker aspects of American society.

The book begins with Jessie Conway’s survival of a high school shooting. An unusual way to start the book, I thought, as it is not the main premise of the story, however, it becomes an integral part of what ultimately happens to Jessie. The shooting and the subsequent actions around it cause a knock on effect as the media coverage and pursuit of a story brings her to killer C
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: allnighter, netgalley
Review originally posted: https://thesnowbookhollow.wordpress.c...

"A book that will easily keep you up reading until 2 am because to put it down is simply not an option."

The plot:

"He watches. He waits. He kills ...

My experience:

What made me want to read this book was the sentence on the cover of this book.

“He watches he waits… dead or alive he wants her.”
That ladies and gentleman elves and dragons, that is how you hook me. I was very curious as to what would happen and my curiosity only grew b
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This book with a shooting in a high school and certainly wakes you up with the first few pages. Jessie Conway is a teacher and we see the events that follow after the shooting. Everybody thinks that Jessie is a hero, however sadly all the media publicity puts her firmly back in danger when Caleb comes on the scene.

Caleb is a decent character to read, he also happens to be a sadistic killer. He has his eyes firmly set on his prize in the form of Jessie. Out of the two characters Caleb was the one
Karen Mace
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley and Bookouture in return for a fair and honest review.

I hadn't read any books from Arlene Hunt before starting this one, but her style of writing and storytelling had me gripped from page one to the end so I'll definitely be hunting down (sorry, bad pun considering the nature of the story!) more of her books in the future

This book features Jessie Conway who has a quiet life as a teacher of fairly troubled children at Rockville High, but this quiet life is
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
DNF at 54%

I have mixed feelings about this book. Part of me liked the suspense and the tension, but the other part of me was just bored.

The story starts off with a school shooting where Jessie Conway (our MC) teaches at. She manages to get hold of a gun and kills the two shooters, which sets off a chain of events leading to Jessie gaining the attention of a serial killer.

After the shooting, not much happens for like, the next 30%. I was tempted to DNF at 35% but I saw many positive reviews sayi
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Bookouture and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Last to Die, in exchange for an honest review.

When Jessie Conway, a special education teacher at Rockville High School, saves the lives of countless students and teachers after former students open fire at school, her heroics catches the attention of a sadistic killer. After uninvited inquiries from the media isolates Jessie from her base of support, will her vulnerability place her in more danger?

Told in alternating perspectives be
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
While being an engaging read, the book has some flaws.
*spoiler alert*
The first part was boring and filled with clichés, such as the overzealous journalist who does not appear to have a human bone in her body and her always pissed off, swearing nutjob of a boss. The whole of this part felt more like one giant background story than the main plot itself. Also, the fast switching from character to character makes it more difficult to really get to know them. (Aside from Caleb, who is portrayed as
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: July 2nd 2016
Rating 3,5qqq

“Hero. People didn't even know the meaning of the word.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Full review on

From chapter one this book takes you on a nonstop roller coaster of a ride. It opens with Jessie, a thirty something teacher in the middle of a typical school day, but this day is anything but typical as it turns into a horror show as students with guns appear and open fire. Jessie is quick thinking and intelligent and manages to save the lives of several students and is soon lauded as the town hero.

But this act of heroism has a hefty price tag as it’s made her
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off so promising! The opening chapter has us experience a genuinely chilling school shooting. In the midst of chaos, a young female teacher named Jessie manages to thwart them and is named a hero. Then the story perspective shifts to the second main character--a serial killer unimaginatively ripping on the short story "The Most Dangerous Game". With very rare exceptions, whenever I read a book where the author jumps in the mind of a serial killer, anything from their perspectiv ...more
Rosemary Rey
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a very well written book filled with rich details of the gruesome maiming and murder. There were many subplots to the ultimate final showdown between the heroine and the serial killer. The author wove a great tale of how strong the heroine, Jessie, truly is, however, I felt disconnected to her. On the one hand, based on a subplot, I should feel sorry for Jessie, but I don't. I didn't feel anything for her, even when she was placed in peril at several points in the story. The end could h ...more
Samantha Curtis
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this book. I saw one of my goodread friends reading it so i had a nose at the description and wanted to read it straight away so i put the book on hold that i was already reading to read this. I was certainly not disappointed.

This book had my going from the first chapter. Fast paced and intense.

Startss off with a school shooting and after jessie conway survives the ordeal throws her into the spot light. Things from her past being brought to light. Ends up drawing attent
Renita D'Silva
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fabulous, high adrenaline read! I could not put this book down, from the opening page until the last word! Packed full of action, this is one thrilling roller-coaster of a read. Loved every minute of it and will definitely be reading more by this wonderful author.
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