Narrated by Traci Odom, Last Words by Mariah Stewart delivers a horrific murder-mystery. When FBI, special agent Mia Shields, is called in, Chief of Police Gabriel Beck will have to work to keep Mia from becoming the killer’s next victim. A chilling, suspense and the second is the Last trilogy.
by Mariah Stewart
Series: Last #2
Narrator: Traci Odom
Length: 8 hours and 57 minutes
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THIS KILLER TAKES THEIR BREATH AWAY.
A nine-year veteran of the FBI, special agent Mia Shields thinks she’s seen it all. But nothing prepares her for the terror that descends upon the idyllic bayside community of St. Dennis, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where a depraved killer has left a grisly surprise for Chief of Police Gabriel Beck: the body of an unidentified woman, naked and completely encased in plastic wrap, stretched across the back-seat of Beck’s car. Hidden in the wrapping is a tape recording of the victim’s last, gasping words, terrifying evidence of the horror endured at the hands of a madman. Soon the body count begins to rise as more victims are found, all gruesomely cocooned, their final pleas also captured on tape.
Determined to catch the sadistic killer, Beck and Mia team up and set a trap–with Mia as bait. But their prey is closer than they ever could have imagined. Now Beck must race against time to save Mia from becoming the next victim of a serial killer as elusive as he is evil.
I am glad to see these works originally published in 2007 come to audio. This is the second standalone in the Last trilogy but also part of the John Mancini series. The story takes place in the coastal community of St. Dennis, situated along the Bayside of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Chief of Police Gabriel Beck is dealing with missing person cases when the first victim is left on her parent’s front porch wrapped in cellophane. Inside, the police find a recording of the victim’s last moments. The second body is left in Beck’s backseat and that’s when he calls in the FBI. Agent Mia Shields arrives and the story that unfolds was suspenseful with a side of romance.
Like Nora Roberts or Karin Slaughter, Stewart weaves a suspenseful murder-mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat despite guessing the killer early on. Stewart delivered plenty of red-herrings and twists that made discovering all the details enjoyable.
The romance which was served on the side felt genuine. I liked both Mia and Beck. They worked well together, and the budding relationship felt genuine. Those looking for heavier romantic aspect might be disappointed.
The story really picked up at the midway point. I really liked FBI profiler Anne Marie McCall, who was called in. I am told she is in previous books, which has me tempted to look for stories with her.
Last Words was an enjoyable story despite my early discovery of the villain. I wouldn’t call these re-readable, but great library picks.
Traci Odem did a stellar job with the narration. Her voices and tone felt authentic and enhanced my overall enjoyment of the tale.
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I like these once off who-dunnit reads. You don’t want to read them again, but it’s entertaining enough while you’re at it .
Will take a look at the series.
Maureen @ Maureen's Books
I haven’t heard about this book. Sounds like a good one. 😉
I remember liking these books but agree that they’re not re-readable.
Lover of Romance
Having a genuine romance whether its a main focus or on the side, is vital in a story, I am sorry to hear that the mystery element to it was a disappointment though.
Lovely review…as always!
Nice review, Kimberly. I like Mariah Steward, but haven’t seen this series.
Definitely my kind of story. Thanks for sharing.
Oh I thought this sounded familiar I love it when they bring older novels into the audio age, Thanks Kim
Well, the set up of bodies popping up sure does grab one. 🙂 Hope to try this one at some point.
that sounds scary and horrifying to say the least, I guess Mia was seriously regretting it when she was caught.