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It seems like an open-and-shut case for FBI special agent Lucy Thorne when Eliza Cook walks into the field office. The teenage girl confesses to murdering a young boy. Disturbingly composed, she reveals chilling details only the killer could know. Beyond that Eliza doesn’t say another word, leaving a vital question met with dead silence: Why did she do it?

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Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published August 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I finally got to read my Amazon first reads selection for July. What a wonderful, heartbreaking story that was, sadly the execution was a little bit lacking for me - 3.5 stars rounded down.

When a teenage girl walks into the Seattle FBI office at 3:00 am and asks for Agent Lucy Thorne, nobody expected what happened. She tells Lucy that she has killed a 12 year old boy, Noah Dawson of Knox Landing in Idaho. She describes where to find the body and the murder weapon. She is also at pains to tell Lu
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Christi M
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
While only my second book by this author, it's clear that the setting and mood are important characteristics to the stories she tells.

Her Final Words centers around a small town in Idaho called Knox Hollow. Within its borders is a church known for its strict doctrines and tight control over its members. While FBI Agent Lucy Thorne investigates the murder of Noah Dawson, this church and their beliefs are woven into the story. None moreso than their belief that there should be no medical intervent
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Sarah
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this story. I was desperate to finish it but at the same time, I wanted to delay the pleasure. It surprised me, it captivated me and it had me guessing all to the ending. A superb piece of writing from Labuskes!


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Debbie
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a struggle to get through! Sorry, this just didn't work for me. It was WAY too much of unsaid words, reading expressions and knowing EVERYONE was lying. The author constructed a plot with everyone having the ability to easily lie, cover their tracks, and read meaning into every single facial expression. It was exhausting as the reader to deal with this on every single page. And why does every author insist on the hero or protagonist having a dead or almost dead cell phone?? Seriously? If I ...more
booksNpenguins
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
"I got lost."
"It's okay." Molly laid her head back against the fence post and breathed in the night - the smoky campfire in the distance, the rich earth devouring dying leaves, the sugar-sweet perfume Eliza sometimes wore. "You can be lost with me."




I'm gonna start by saying that, since the one I was sent was an uncorrected draft of the book, I obviously didn't take into account the minor mistakes and poor syntax I found at times, and that my judgment of the novel was affected only by the wei
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Another free monthly Prime First Reads bust.

HER FINAL WORDS is a story with a terrific premise and plot, but dreadful, execution. The book grabbed my interest, which waned rapidly after the first chapter. With too many points of view and time shifts, I found myself losing investment in the story quickly before giving up and skimming to the end.

HER FINAL WORDS is a story that could have been so much more.
Emma
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A decent enough thriller, if light on the characterisation and dialogue.

Linda Strong
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Knox Hollow, Idaho. FBI Special Agent Lucy Thorne is investigating the death of a teenage boy. He was thought of as 'missing' until Eliza Cook walks into the police station and confesses to murdering Noah Dawson. She tells them where he is, but gives no motive. She doesn't speak another word.

Lucy's gut feeling is that she made a false confession .... and getting to the truth is becoming an obsession.

What Lucy is learning is that this close knit town is full of secrets.. everyone from
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Tony Wirt
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brianna Labuskes has done it again, giving us another fantastic mystery to crawl inside our skulls and dance around for a bit. She lays out tons of threads all over the small Idaho town of Knox Hollow, then expertly weaves them back together for a finale that will leave you unable to turn the pages fast enough.
Teresa
Initially I had an extremely hard time getting into this book until about one -third of the way in. The first chapters were difficult for me to comprehend and invest in especially with all the back and forth from present day to “Three Weeks Earlier.” Between the back and forth timeline and new characters being added, I was very confused, but once I got to the one-third mark the story really picked up. FBI Agent, Lucy Thorne, arrives in Knox Hollow, Idaho to investigate the disappearance and poss ...more
Linda Strong
Welcome to Knox Hollow, Idaho. FBI Special Agent Lucy Thorne is investigating the death of a teenage boy. He was thought of as 'missing' until Eliza Cook walks into the police station and confesses to murdering Noah Dawson. She tells them where he is, but gives no motive. She doesn't speak another word.

Lucy's gut feeling is that she made a false confession .... and getting to the truth is becoming an obsession.

What Lucy is learning is that this close knit town is full of secrets.. everyone from
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Desiree
An excellent choice for crime fiction enthusiasts. This one kept up my steady attention, but as the tale approached the climax of the book, I was hooked. I literally raced through the last 30 pages and had one of those moments that are just great in books like this – you know the ones where you find yourself saying to yourself, “Nuh uh! That didn’t just happen.” For me, a great ending just “makes” a book.

While I did have a couple of moments of feeling like the author didn’t trust me to understan
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Nancy
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Gloria
A motive would be nice. In Seattle, FBI Special Agent Lucy Thorne looks at Eliza Cook, a teen with porcelain skin and golden-white hair who just confessed to the murder of twelve-year-old Noah Dawson in remote Knox Hollow, Idaho. Eliza had traveled far and asked for Lucy by name.
Agent Thorne has just one long weekend to determine what happened in this secretive tight-knit community strongly influenced by a church sect that shuns government interference. Josiah Cook is the face of the church and
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Page Turner
I found the book wordy and confusing. Often, the flowery descriptions didn’t add to the story. It would have been easier to read with succinct descriptions. Also, the chapters jumped around noting the time of the different events and plots. One chapter could be “now”, the next one “three weeks ago”, next “one month”, and then back to “now”, etc. making it very difficult to follow a storyline.
Monnie
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I'm reading an especially good book, I have one rule of thumb: If there's 10% or less left to go at bedtime, I stay up the extra few minutes to finish; anything more than that waits till the next day. For this one, I made an exception; with twice that much left, I waved goodnight to my husband without even looking up from my Kindle.

It's got murder, intriguing characters and plenty of action. One of the attractions to me is the setting, a remote Idaho community near Seattle that's home to a
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Denise
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Just because someone isn't lying...doesn't mean they're telling the truth."

At 3:00 AM, Eliza Cook walks into the Seattle FBI office and asks for Agent Lucy Thorne. The 17-year-old girl then confesses to a murder, tells Lucy where the body is, and also gives the location of the murder weapon. Despite further interrogation, Eliza refuses to give any other information or answer the main question of motive. Eliza does, however, repeat several times the fact that she carved a psalm into the victim's
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Krystal
This was one of those stories that is so hard for me to review.

On one hand, it drew me in and kept me reading hours past the time I would have usually gone to bed. The story moves at a steady pace, introducing new twists and turns the more you read (there were a couple of surprising moments, although one of the "main ones" seemed rather obvious to me). I liked the complexity of the characters, and I enjoyed the not just the secrecy surrounding the church, but the way the author managed to reali
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Donna Hines
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
“There was a lot someone could miss because they couldn’t bear the truth.”
― Brianna Labuskes, Her Final Words
The truth can be closer than you think so hang on.
The original premise was interesting but the process was very slow.
As we begin the investigative side we uncover that Knox Hollow may be a small town in Idaho but they also have a local church that appears to utilize cult like actions with strict doctrines and extremely tight control of its members.
While FBI Agent Lucy investigates the dea
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Trisha
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There was a lot someone could miss because they couldn’t bear the truth."

What a compelling, well written story! As soon as I started, I couldn't stop reading! The author does such a great job of really building the tension in a room - all just through words. Conversations felt real, the suspense was well done and I was left guessing until the very end. I absolutely loved this one!
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Mike Finn
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tightly plotted and tensely told mystery that kept me guessing and gave me a strong sense of a place and its people.

The only thing I didn't like about 'Her Final Words' was the opening. It's the hook the rest of the book wriggles on: a teenage girl from rural Idaho drives for five hours, crossing a State line, to the FBI field office in Seattle, asks for agent Lucy Thorne by name, confesses to having murdered a twelve-year-old boy, explains that the boy's body has a bible verse carved into it an
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Vicki
Oh. My. Gosh. This book...the mystery...the suspense...the page turner that it is! I was not able to guess who did what in this book and neither could my buddy read partner. We both loved the book.

17 year old Eliza asks specifically for Agent Lucy Thorne and tells her that she wants to report a murder (view spoiler), the killing of a 12 year old boy. Question is why is Eliza talking to Agent Thorne since she's never heard of this girl before? Lucy follows u
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Kristie
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler alert... but I loved it.

I loved this book, because it kept me turning pages. Kept me up at night wondering Why?!?! It did leave me wondering how things turned out for Hicks, Lucy & Zoey. molly long term? I felt connected to the characters... it left me wondering who the man was until close to the end... and one hole... where was she (Eliza) that extra day?
Wendy
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, suspenseful read that will keep you guessing almost to the end. Interesting characters, creative and believable plot, and some philosophical questions to grapple with.
Shelley J Hathaway
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Snoozesfest...

This book started off so interesting&I was really looking forward to reading it! I liked how the church similar to the Amish, had their own !oral convictions. (Not that I personally agree with them.) Sadly this is where the storyline, in my humble opinion, fell apart. The different theories of why the murders happened&how they related to the church's (mixed) beliefs&so many secrets~SPOILER ALERT~, related illnesses! Then as if all of this wasn't enough, the author repeats the many
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Ann
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Disappointing...

I liked the storyline and the book was great at the start but slowly started a down hill slide. It seemed to have too many characters to keep track of that were not necessary to the actual story. The book also hit on a couple of my pet peeves. There were way too many over-the-top descriptive phrases used that slowed the story down. And an FBI agent in the middle of nowhere, with a serial killer on the loose, should not have a dead cell phone! I’m sorry but I can manage to keep my
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Shirielle
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5

This story threw me for a loop but in a good way. I liked the characters and the setting in this multilayered story. I wasn't sure where the story was going but once I got there I was glad that I made the journey. The basic story is about a young woman, Eliza Cook who goes to see FBI special agent Lucy Thorne to confess to the killing of a young boy. Despite asking for Agent Thorne, Eliza shares very little details on the incident. Not a book to read before bed, you won't want to put i
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Caz Freeman
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf
I really wanted to love this book more, but unfortunately, it just didn't hit all the marks for me. The first few chapters started out strong and I thought I was going to absolutely devour the book, but I found myself unable to connect with a majority of the characters ... or perhaps I just didn't care about what happened to them 😔

If you like books that are heavily rooted in crimes of the church, this may be a great pick for you. I will give her credit for that unique element, but it could have
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Claire O'Brien
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing read. Found it difficult to get into. Halfway through it began to pick up. Was glad to finish it.
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