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  • Excellent addition to the series.

    Detective Katie Scott has her hands full when she begins an investigation after the body of a young girl is found. Along with being the niece of the sheriff and involved in a relationship, as well as dealing with the effects of serving tours in Afghanistan, Katie is juggling a lot of balls. Fighting off anxiety attacks with everything on her plate, while hoping to catch an elusive killer before another body is found hardly leaves Katie any time to even sleep. Clues are difficult to follow, but things point back to a time when there was a home for wayward teen girls. What happened when those girls were in residence and how does that play into the murders happening now? Katie and partner Deputy McGaven are working feverishly to turn over any clues and interview any potential suspects all while looking for any of the other girls who were once at the home. The killer is leaving a very specific clue. Katie and McGaven are certain that this clue is the answer to everything. Whether or not they find answers before another life is taken proves to be quite the challenge. All the while Katie is fighting her own battles and must struggle past this in order to give her all to the case at hand. What a thrilling book and an excellent addition to this series. All while the story is focused on Katie and her investigation, the killer's point of view is peppered within certain chapters, thus pushing a chilling agenda forward while eliminating those poor girls. I felt for Katie throughout while she searched for the killer and felt her pain and the effects of PTSD. Often accompanied by her war dog Cisco, who was a strong emotional support to Katie as well as the love of firefighter boyfriend Chad offered a bit of levity to the difficult and sad story of the lives of girls being lost. I am a fan of police procedurals so I loved the investigative process as well as the personal moments this book offered. Suspense and danger play hand in hand in this exciting book. I love this series and am truly looking forward to the next book in the series. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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  • A Riveting Instalment

    Last Girls Alive is the 4th instalment in the police procedural series featuring Detective Katie Scott. Having followed this compelling series from the start I was keen to jump straight in and read this next superb instalment. The book starts with a chilling prologue that immediately had me hooked. In Pine Valley, California, Katie is working on a cold case when she is called to the grounds of a former children’s home. When Katie arrives at the former Elm Hill Manor site she finds the body of a young girl there, but it does not seem to be linked to her cold case. Candace Harlan ran away from Elm Hill Manor five years ago but the girl in the ground is not Candace although the victim is almost identical to her, down to the inked message tattooed on her back. Following another death, and now certain that Elm Hill Manor is central to the cold case, Katie and her partner, Deputy Sean McGaven set about finding the killer. Once again, Katie brings her warming and personable attributes to this thrilling story, though she remains troubled. This novel was a fantastic, solid and well-balanced police procedural that had me glued to the pages and I didn't want to put it down as I was desperate to know the outcome of the story. The exciting plot was clever, gripping, and wonderfully paced, as Katie embarked on an exhilarating mission to solve the case. I continued to be impressed by Jennifer Chase’s stylish writing and masterful prose that elevated the novel above that of traditional police procedurals. A spellbinding, highly recommended read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • both thrilling and suspensful

    I really enjoyed reading The Last Girl Alive! This is the first book I have read in this series, and I definitely want to read the others.. Katie is an Army Vet turned cop in the cold case unit. She is stubborn, and determined to do whatever she needs to do to help her case. Last Girl Alive is the perfect amount of thriller/suspense with both serious and lighthearted moments.. and how much to I love her dog Cisco, who was with her in the army.. I mean who doesnt love a canine sidekick? This case had me on the edge of my seat from the moment the body was found until the very end.. Throughout the whole story I had no idea who the bad guy was, or what was going to happen next, and when it was finally revealed I was super suprised as I had not even suspected this person. I can't wait to read more from this series, and this author..

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  • Terrific series!!

    Love all the books in this series & look forward to more. Katie is a war veteran, turned detective, with a K9 dog "Cisco" assigned in solving cold cases. Suspenseful, great characters and storyline. Recommend the whole series. Thanks to Bookouture & NetGalley for a copy of this book.

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  • procedural and whodunit

    A new Luxury housing development starts by excavating the site of a former girl’s home and when a body is found, they assume at first that it is the body of runaway teenager Candace Harlan. On her back are carved the words ‘raccoglitorre di cacciatori’, Italian for ‘hunter-gatherer’. But the body is just a few months old. Why would she return to a place that she ran away from? Because this is clearly a cold case, detective Katie Scott and deputy Sean Mc Gaven get to investigate this strange discovery, even when it turns out that the victim is not Candace but her sister. Detective Hamilton who was the lead detective in the murder of her aunt makes up with her and they have to work together when another girl that lived in the home is found murdered with the same markings. There are several leads and just as many red herrings that complicate the investigation. On top of all this, there’s a new undersheriff who has her eye firmly on Katie. Katie still struggles with her anxiety and PTSD but sees a psychologist who helps her cope with this. The problem has the unpleasant habit to pop up at the worst possible times. She’s also in trouble for her lack of procedure and endangerment during the previous case. If you haven’t read the previous book, it may be a little difficult to place those events but for the rest, you can read this as a standalone. What’s nice is to see how Katie and Mc Gaven bond and have each other’s back when sometimes they have to rely heavily on the other. Something I think strange is how Katie is always referred to by her first name, but Sean and the other male persons are called by their surname. I don’t know why this is done, is that a language rule or a social concept? Enlighten me please, if you can. The story is filled with suspense and repeated danger and I thought it better than the last previous book. It’s an excellent police procedural and whodunit. The story is entertaining and engaging. I couldn’t guess the perpetrator this time. Most characters are easy to like and Cisco plays a major role in this volume. That’s something I like. The author has clearly thought about issues as the mental condition of working dogs that are retired. In my own experience, dogs do enjoy to work, regardless if they’re sniffer-, guard-, busking, or sheepdogs. I can imagine very easily that they miss their job when they’re pensioned off. I thank Netgalley and Bookouture for the free ARC they provided me with and this is my unbiased, honest review of it.

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