Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for “Her Last Breath”, by Charlie Gallagher.
About the book:
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 is 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?
Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
At 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.
People higher up than George agree to it, and George finds himself in Symonds Yat, delivering the bad news to the team who initially caught Henry. While he’s there two more women go missing – both matching Henry’s likes.
Will the girls be found in time? Is it possible Henry did not work alone?
When I agreed to take part in this Blog Tour, I will admit that I hadn’t realised that this was the 5th in a series. Luckily this works well as a stand alone book. Part of the reason for it working so well is most of the time George is actually visiting another force, so most of the characters are new.
I found the pacing a bit slow at first, although it picked up as the book went on. I also found some of the descriptions of how the girls died particularly gruesome.
Henry Roberts is a vile character, someone who makes your blood run cold from his first scene. On the opposite side, George Elms is a very likeable character, although he does get a pretty raw deal on this investigation.
I would give this 3*.
About 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.
ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME
THEN SHE RAN