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The Last Victim by Karen Robards
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Sep 03, 2012

really liked it

In one exciting opening, The Last Victim begins with a teen age party gone awry. ‘Way awry as the entire family is murdered with the exception of Charlie (Charlotte) Stone, a friend who happened to be hurling in the bathroom at the time. She saw the killer, she remembers him and she went to college, then med school to explore how to put people like him behind bars.
Gaining a Federal grant is next to impossible but Charlie does and is the middle of studying serial killer in prison when the Fibbies show up. The murders have started again, fifteen years later. They need her help and, against all her instincts, she agrees. Just at the time her last interviewee is shanked down the hall.
Michael Garland was imprisoned for life for the murder of seven women. He swears he didn’t do it but, of course, no one believes him. Charlie is at the head of the list of unbelievers until, in North Carolina, he shows up in her room. His ghost? Yep and something Charlie didn’t spill to anyone is that she can see the spirits of people violently murdered around her. Michael is a BIG spirit and obsesses with remaining in the present, not the hereafter (especially with that purple cloud of really, really scary things at his heels!).
This is a most excellent tale of the paranormal, psychics, FBI profilers, murderers and the beaches of Kill Devil Hills, NC. The characters were very believable, the ghosts more so and I absolutely LOVED the ending! Which, of course, you’ll have to read to get! What are you waiting for? GO!

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