HER LAST BREATH by Charlie GallagherAvailable from Amazon Discover a crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive start to one of the most shocking endings of the year. Henry Roberts is a serial killer. He has a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence. Two of his victims were never found. Now, Henry Roberts is dying. He wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are. The offer is accepted and Detective George Elms travels to the force who led the original investigation. He is the messenger. He finds a police force and a community still shattered. As he reviews the old case notes he also learns something else. Henry Roberts didn’t work alone. A woman goes missing. She fits the profile of the other victims. The circumstances of her disappearance do too — she never made it from her commuter train to her car. Then a second woman goes missing. George is convinced they are linked. Henry Roberts told him on his prison visit that two is better because: you can make the other one watch. Time running out for George. He is convinced that Henry Roberts knows who he should be chasing, but will he help before he takes his last breath? Or the women take theirs?
My ReviewThis is a stand-alone book featuring the loveable George Elms. I have read several George Elms books and the character has grown on me until he is an addiction and I need to read about him on a regular basis so I really hope this is not the last I hear of him. Once again George is handed the crap nobody else wants. What is unusual this time, however, is that a terminally ill serial killer, of young women, who was locked up a few years ago wants to give up the location of 2 missing bodies. George had nothing to do with this case so he has no idea why he should be ‘the chosen one’. He sets off to Symonds Yat a remote village in the middle of beautiful countryside that has known horrors that nobody could imagine. The trauma of the case has had long term effects on the team that investigated and the lead detective resigned and lost himself in a bottle. George is not welcomed and the general opinion is that he has turned up with a big tub of salt to pour in open wounds and the secrecy around him being there doesn’t help. George learns that there was a slight hint that Henry was not working alone. Then another girl goes missing……. This is not a book for the faint hearted the murder method is particularly gruesome but for sadistic souls like me that love the adrenaline pumping gore and pain that keep the pages turning this book definitely delivers. It is fast paced despite the problems everyone has finding a way forward. Then George’s biggest fear is realised and the everyone is racing against time to find the answers before it is too late. Once again Charlie Gallagher has delivered a book that keeps me turning page after page and holding my breath willing George on to do what he does best and find the bad guys. What is different about this book is that Charlie has given George the chance of happiness interwoven into his worse case yet. Will George be back? I certainly hope. Definitely 5 golden stars from me. Keep ’em coming Charlie.
What the bloggers thought
Black Books BlogThe book kept me hooked all the way through and i read it in one sitting, as i couldn’t put it down, it alsi kept me guessimg all the way until the end as i had no idea what would happen. Read more here
Ginger Book Geek‘Her Last Breath’ is extremely well written. The author grabbed my attention from the moment I read the synopsis, never mind started reading the book properly. I just knew that this was one book I had to read sooner rather than later. Read more here
By the Letter Book ReviewsIf I were to do book crushes, George would definitely be one of them. I love his character. He is a really genuine guy that is trying to do his best. I could feel his frustrations at being sent on another case that involves someone giving Hannibal Lecture a run for his money! Read more here
The Quiet GeordieAt the beginning, we are introduced to Inspector George Elms, who is visiting serial killer Henry Roberts in Belmarsh Prison. He is dying, and wants to make a deal – he will give up the remains of the still missing girls in exchange for a transfer to a secure unit by the sea near the village where George is based. Read more here
Beth in a BoxHer Last Breath is the second book I have read in the George Elms series and hit me much harder than Charlie’s previous book, Then She Ran. Read more here
Joanna Larum’s ReviewsI have been waiting for this one to be published and it is oh-so-worth the wait. I have read and enjoyed a number of Charlie Gallagher’s books, but this one has raised the bar yet again. I was intrigued by the ‘blurb’ but once I started to read it I couldn’t stop. Read more here
Dole Whip and BooksThe plot of this book had so much potential and Gallagher did not disappoint! George Elms is a great detective. He knows how to do his job and he knows how to get things done. It’s not a surprise to him why he was sent to see Henry Roberts (his boss is busy and he’s just there to take his place). Read more here
Nicki’s Life of CrimeIn stark contrast to the stunning settings where some of the scenes are set,the descriptions of the crimes that Henry Roberts was convicted for are dark,disturbing and spine chilling.This is a gripping,well written thriller that holds the readers attention throughout and has a surprising,twist ending.Sadly this is the last George Elms thriller. Goodbye George,I’m going to miss you. Read more here
Jen Meds Book ReviewsI have not read any of the Langthorne Police series before and after reading Her Last Breath I have found myself wondering why not. George Elms loves his job and is determined to do the best that he can even if it means that at times he gets on the wrong side of some of the people he has to deal with and with this case it seems to happen a lot. Read more here
Donna’s Book BlogI loved the plot line and the story was one that completely gripped me, so addictive and I needed to keep reading right to the end, finishing the book in the early hours of the morning. The character development was completely on point and I loved their interaction as the story progressed. Read more here
Linda Strong Book ReviewsThis is an exceptionally well written thriller with unforgettable characters. Surprises at every turn and an amazing ending. Action-packed and Fast Paced. Although this is the latest in a series, I always recommend starting at the very beginning. Read more here
THE AUTHOR Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.
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