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Her Last Word

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  12,809 ratings  ·  740 reviews
An unsolved crime pits a desperate woman against a relentless killer in New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton’s heart-stopping novel of psychological suspense…

Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 360 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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John She had been meeting him in secret behind her husbands back. When he approached her to abduct she played it off as not knowing him at first then was l…moreShe had been meeting him in secret behind her husbands back. When he approached her to abduct she played it off as not knowing him at first then was like- we were not supposed to meet until Saturday or something to that effect just before he snatched her.(less)

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Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Mary Burton has become one of those authors that when I see a new title by her I just have to read it so of course I was excited to pick up Her Last Word. When finished though this wasn’t one of my favorites simply due to the style of this romantic suspense novel.

The story is one that brings a cold case from fourteen years before to the forefront with crimes happening in the present. Kaitlin Roe had been a witness all those years ago when her cousin Gina had been abducted and with Gina never bei
Regina Jenkins
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very Engaging

I truly got wrapped up in this story so front page. So many twist and turns on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who was behind the killings. This was the first book I have read by this author and I will definitely look for more.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

This is my first book by Mary Burton and it definitely held my interest. It’s a straightforward mystery. Kaitlin Roe is the only witness to her cousin’s abduction and 14 years later, she’s still haunted by it. So haunted, she’s decided to do a podcast and bring the crime back to the forefront. And then, a woman she interviews, ends up dead. Is there a connection?

The book mixes basic story narrative with interviews and it worked well. Burton does a great job showing how many of the individuals l
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

Suspenseful, sinister, and exceptionally gripping!

Her Last Word is a fast-paced, intense police procedural that not only delves into a 14-year-old cold case involving a missing teen but takes you on a hunt for an obsessed serial killer consumed with revenge.

The writing is sharp and crisp. The characters are flawed, scarred, and tenacious. And the complex plot told through a mixture of narration and interview-style musings interweaves into a compelling story with lots of twists, turns,
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Holy hell was this book good. Her Last Word was just as suspenseful and captivating as I knew it would be. Mary Burton is one of my favorite romantic suspense writers and she has yet to fail me. She always delivers a story so intriguing that I can't put it down, not even for a dinner break, and this book was no different.

I honestly didn't have a clue what was going on the majority of the book, even though I had my suspicions. I loved that this is author was able to
Linda Strong
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Kaitlin Roe's cousin, Gina, was abducted 14 years ago ... Kaitlin was the only witness. She still feels guilt every day of her life .... the abductor told her to run ... and she did. At the time, police suspected she knew more than she was telling but she was scared to death .. and drunk. She doesn't remember much.

After all these years, she decides that she will put together a podcast and re-interviewing everyone who knew Gina at that time. Gina's abduction has never been solved and Kai
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-prime
This book started off at a great pace but then never progressed to an “edge of your seat” thriller.

I would have preferred more of the back story from 14 years prior - the main characters were teenagers then - because it would have added depth. As written, I had a tough time keeping with girl died then or was kidnapped now. The short, dated chapters were also a little confusing. It was not necessary because most of the story was set in the present.

Overall a decent contemporary thriller. The myst
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
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Mary Burton is one of those authors that when I see she has a new book out, I have to grab it right away because I know I will be able to disappear for hours into a solid, intriguing plot with realistic, interesting characters for the length of the book. She never disappoints.

Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe witnessed the abduction of her cousin, Gina Mason. There were four girls partying by the river. Two friends were picked up by
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise, bland execution. The equivalent of fries without salt—consumable, but doesn't really hit the spot.
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This story had a really solid plot and interesting characters but the style of writing really reduced my enjoyment. The current investigation of a murdered woman is in 3rd POV and past tense. This is my preferred writing format. But then the interview tapes where Kaitlin is gathering information on the disappearance of her cousin 14 years ago is written in 1st POV present tense. But sometimes it was 1st POV past tense. And sometimes the interspersed timeline was actually from 14 years ago. You r ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fourteen years ago Kaitlin’s cousin Gina was abducted in front of her and Kaitlin could not do anything to stop it. Ridden with guilt Kaitlin is back in town, creating a podcast so as to find what exactly happened to Gina all those years ago.Meanwhile Detective Adler is investigating a case of a local woman found dead and when it leads back to Kaitlin’s interrogation he knows that killer will stop at nothing to keep the truth from coming out.

Her last word is a romantic suspense with multiple sto
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I am always excited to read a Mary Burton book. The are very different from the standard Romantic-Suspense works that abound. She blends a really interesting plot with an intelligent romance to create books that are totally unique. This one drew me in and kept me engaged throughout.

Kaitlin Roe is a woman on a mission and that mission is to find to person who kidnapped her cousi
4.5 Stars!

Her Last Word was an exciting and fast-paced read with a gripping suspense plot and an interesting mix of characters.

Fourteen years ago Kaitlin Roe's cousin Gina was abducted in front of her eyes and Kaitlin was unable to stop it. After the police were unable to find a suspect, they turned their sights on Kaitlin and blamed her for Gina's disappearance. Kaitlin fled town and tried to put the entire ordeal behind her, but she's never been able to forgive herself for running away when Gi
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After fourteen long years, Kaitlin is ready to confront her past and find justice for her cousin Gina.The guilt and resentment over the events that changed her life more than a decade ago are still fresh and Kaitlin needs closure, for herself and for Gina. But soon after she comes back, the very people she'd interviewed in hopes of uncovering new leads, start turning up dead. And the killer seems to have it out for Kaitlin as well.

Detective John Alder isn't so sure where Kaitlin fal
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars

I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Mary Burton’s romantic suspense novels and have generally found them to contain complex, intriguing mysteries with a reasonably-sized helping of romance that is enough to satisfy my shippy little heart.  Unfortunately however, Ms. Burton’s latest standalone title, Her Last Word is a bit of a mixed bag.  The mystery element is once again based on a cold-case, this time the disappearance of a teenaged girl some fourt
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook Review.

I’ve never read or listened to any of Mary Burton’s novels, however Her Last Word sold me as a prospective fan.

The story is a romantic suspense that involves Kaitlin Roe and Joe Adler. The story begins with a prologue where Katlin is putting together a podcast to bring the case of her cousin’s disappearance to life. Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin and her cousin Gina decided to walk home from a party when Gina is attacked. Katlin flees the scene and Gina is never heard from again.
Lady Heather
5 -Stars!
Great slow burn, romance, suspense /thriller.
The narrator did an amazing job of portraying the individual characters and describing the different scenes throughout the story.
This story was engaging and entertaining.
Good listen!
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting storyline but the perpetrator of the current crimes was too obvious, the romance aspect felt like a forced add-on, and while the interspersed podcast interviews were a nice idea, they made the story somewhat disjointed, but nevertheless quite an enjoyable audiobook. 3.5 stars.
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
3 stars. A bit jumbled-- too many similar characters with too many similar agendas. And (view spoiler) but overall it's engaging. ...more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting but a bit slow. It starts off with friends having a good time until they get drunk (and drugged)...while walking home Gina gets abducted while her cousin Kaitlin looks on unable to help her.

Fast forward about 14 years later, Kaitlyn cant stop thinking about Gina who was never found, and decides to do a podcast about her. Little did she know it would result in two deaths and her own stabbing. But it does peak the interests of the police and thus, the whole investigation
"Her Last Word" is about guilt, obsession and finding out the truth. Kaitlin Roe came back to Richmond Virginia to find the answers to her cousins Gina Mason disappearance. However, Kaitlin Roe investigation triggered the murder of people she interviewed. Due to the killing of Jennifer Ralston, Detective Adler contacted Kaitlin Roe to find out what she knows. The readers of "Her Last Word" will continue to follow the twist and turns in Detective Adler investigations into Jennifer Ralston murder ...more
Terri Wino
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2018
Though the style this book was written in was a bit distracting with the back and forth between time frames, I could overlook it and didn't feel it affected my interest in the current storyline. What I couldn't overlook was the ridiculous events in the last few chapters of the book. People recovering from injuries sustained in this book getting a little too "physical" a few days later just seems entirely implausible to me. As did the rush to make sure the main characters had a love scene. All it ...more
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Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Mary Burton is an author who has never disappointed me, her books carry the perfect blend of suspense and romance that keeps the fan girl in me happy. Her Last Word has another advantage of having a cold case mystery which is one of favorite genres, however almost all her books have been not exactly 5* reads for me only for the fact that I had been able to guess the killer before the reveal, I am hoping that sooner rather later she will shock me into changing this guessed right scenario.

Its been
This book featured engaging storytelling, an interesting mystery, and solid police procedural, but majorly lacked romance in the romance department. For a better, more detailed review, see Bleubelle's review.

I agree with basically everything she said.

Safe, no OP drama.
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I appreciate Mary Burton so much because she always features strong women in her stories. They are never ruled by their
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A unsolved disappearance of young woman 14 years ago has one person finally seeking answers and another seeking revenge on those that were with her in her final moments.

Kaitlin Roe made many mistakes in her youth. After losing her brother to suicide at a young age to ease the pain she turned to drugs. Her mom in a desperate plea to save her daughter sent to her live with her Aunt and cousin in Virginia. She was only there for a year but that year forever changed her life. After a night of party
The story was intriguing, interesting and quick paced. I liked the writing style, there was no unnecessary and overlong descriptions. It's as a good crime book.

I wouldn’t call this book a romance. The Hero and Heroine don’t get close until 90% into the book. And then they just sleep together because they just can’t deny their attraction to one another.
There were no romantic gestures or scenes or flowery declarations of feelings. It was very neat and dry.
I loved that their attraction didn’t get
Melanie Johnson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Four teenaged girls go down to the river to party. While two of them are walking home, one of them gets abducted. Gina is missing and Kaitlin, her cousin, watched her cousin was grabbed by a man wearing a clown mask. The case grows cold and all the girls go on with their lives. Fourteen years later, Kaitlin decides to make a podcast and interview all those related to the case (Up and Vanished, anyone??) Many years later, old wounds are opened and Kaitlin realizes that there were a lot of cover-u ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Her Last Word is a fast-paced, suspenseful, mystery that not only investigates a 14-year-old cold-case involving an abducted teenager, but takes you on a hunt for an obsessed serial killer consumed with revenge. When Kaitlyn Roe returns to Virginia to try and get closure into the abduction and presumed death of her cousin Gina, she opens a can of worms that brings more than she bargained for.

The characters are flawed, scarred, and tenacious. Kaitlyn and the other two girls who spent the last nig
Ange H
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This mystery had some flaws, but I couldn't put it down until I finished. I quickly guessed whodunnit and didn't find the explanation terribly plausible, but for some reason that didn’t make it less enjoyable. There was just enough suspense and misdirection, and a nice attraction simmering between two of the characters, to keep me totally absorbed.

Since the novel centered on a series of murders, I appreciated that these scenes weren't too graphic - I don't enjoy "torture porn" in books or movies
Trish R.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Another great read from Mary Burton. This one was about a girl who was kidnapped 14 years prior and her friend came back to town to find out who did it and where Gina Mason was. And it was about 2 more murders of friends of Gina’s and the killer wanting to kill our heroine, Kaitlin, along with as many cops as he could.

It was exciting from beginning to the end.

There was graphic sex in this but as usual I skipped it because nothing ever leads up to it. And the F-bomb was used 10 times.

As to the n
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Mary Burton, whose latest novel is Hide and Seek, loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedure, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner

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