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The Last Victim

Book 1, Dr. Charlotte Stone - A Novel

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“[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to [Karen] Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews
A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Dr. Charlotte Stone regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. At the age of sixteen, she herself survived a serial killer’s bloodbath. Because of the information she gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground, but Charlie kept her postmortem visions of the victims to herself. Years later, to protect her credibility as a psychological expert, she tells no one about these apparitions. Now a teenage girl is missing, her family slaughtered. The Boardwalk Killer—or a sick copycat with his M.O.—is back. This is the one case Charlie knows she shouldn’t go near. But she also knows that she may be the one person in the world who can stop this vicious killer, especially when she receives help from an unexpected source: The fiery spirit of a seductive bad boy who refuses to be ignored.
“Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Thrilling . . . a fun and sexy read.”—Booklist
“Tantalizing.”—Library Journal
Features a preview of the next Charlotte Stone novel, The Last Kiss Goodbye.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 25, 2012 – Bestseller Robards (Sleepwalker) kicks off a paranormal romantic suspense series with this engaging but uneven tale of serial murder and ghosts. When she was 17, Dr. Charlotte Charlie Stone was the sole survivor of a horrific attack by the Boardwalk Killer and has spent her life studying serial killers as a result. Fifteen years later, Charlie is called in to help the FBI solve a series of murders eerily similar to those committed by the Boardwalk Killer. In addition to her psychiatric knowledge, Charlie also has the ability to see ghosts, like Michael Garland, an inmate Charlie was studying before he was stabbed to death. Michael s ghost becomes attached to Charlie, and Charlie surprisingly finds herself turning to Michael for comfort as the Boardwalk Killer, or a copycat, escalates his killing spree. Robards sets up an interesting dynamic between Charlie and Michael, but too much focus on their relationship overshadows the hunt for the Boardwalk Killer.

Customer Reviews

Very good

Some of the reviewers are put off by the Hero. But he is hot, loving, and loyal with an attitude and a sense of humor. Strong and tender. And he's there's when Charlie needs him. I'd put flowers on his grave in a heartbeat. Hope this series is lengthy, because I'm not ready to let Michael go.

The Last Victim is the last book I will be reading by this author...

This book was so totally absurd, that the supernatural element in it was funny. Charlie, the "expert on serial killers" is in love with and has sex with an ectoplasmic convict . I was so disappointed in this story line. REALLY???
This could have been a riveting story. Instead, all I got were the usual observations of serial killers and repetitive diatribe every time Charlie sees a ghost. Weak in the knees, dizzy, nauseated. Good grief!! She has been seeing them her entire life. One would imagine that she would be a pro by now.
This whole ghost thing really ruined this book. Horribly written, weak plot, predictable and not worth the time. I can't believe all the folks who actually thought that this was an exciting read!! I only finished it because I paid for it.

Loved it

Read it in one day. Couldn't put it down. Wanted it to keep going. What happens next?

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The Last Victim
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Suspense
  • Published: Aug 07, 2012
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Dr. Charlotte Stone
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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