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Thursday, December 19, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Her Last Whisper by Jennifer Chase (Thriller)


HER LAST WHISPER
(Detective Katie Scott #2)
by 
Jennifer Chase

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 320
Genre: Thriller/Crime





Katie focuses her mind, trying to keep another anxiety attack at bay. The victim’s long brown hair is slick and wet, her body rigid in the grass. She looks more like a mannequin than the woman Katie had spoken with only yesterday, the woman she had promised to protect…

When a cold, naked body is discovered by a couple on a jog through the lush woodlands of Pine Valley, California, new recruit Detective Katie Scott is stunned to discover the victim is Amanda Payton – a much-loved local nurse and the woman at the heart of an unsolved case she’s been investigating whilst getting a grip on her crippling PTSD.

Weeks earlier, Amanda had run, battered and bruised, out into the headlights of a passing patrol car. She claimed to have just escaped a kidnapping, but with no strong evidence, the case went cold. The Pine Valley police made a fatal mistake…

Katie is certain the marks on Amanda’s wrists complete a pattern of women being taken, held captive and then showing up dead in remote locations around Pine Valley – and she won’t let someone die on her watch again.

But then a beautiful office worker with a link to the hospital where Amanda worked goes missing. With only days before the next body is due to show up, can Katie make amends for her past by saving this innocent life?

PRAISE FOR JENNIFER CHASE:

THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PUTTING THIS BOOK DOWN!!!!!… I was literally holding my breath I HAD TO KNOW!!!!! As for the explosive ending WOW definitely not what or who I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I was really wowed by it… I couldn’t put the book down and was trying to read as fast as I could so I could find out who the killer was. The ending took me by surprise… I was literally gasping for air… I would definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow what an absolutely amazing fantastic read. I was hooked almost as soon as I started this book. I am still trying to pick my chin off the floor. I loved it from page one and couldn’t read the pages quick enough. I did not see the end coming…Awesome.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

If you read one police thriller this year make sure that it is this one… it will grip you from the start and will drag you into the story trying desperately to work out who the killer is but I promise you that you will not be able to figure it out.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A great way to start a new series! It’s a wonderfully written roller-coaster ride. A must read!’ Book Obsessed Introverts, 5 stars

'Wow!… The hairs on my head stood up with this one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


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Ready to return to work following events from the first book, DEAD GIRLS SLEEPING, Katie Scott is a war veteran, K9 handler, and former Sacramento police officer who joins the Pine Valley Sheriff's Office because her uncle is the sheriff. Her successful and diligent work in the missing girls case from the previous book has given her more confidence and determination to remain in her childhood hometown. And as a rookie on the force, the respect she garners from fellow law enforcement certainly drives her to accept the position of lead detective for cold cases. 

Katie is an incredibly well developed character. She is likeable, strong-willed, and just vulnerable enough to make her even more relatable to readers. Having served in the military myself as well as dealing with my own diagnoses of anxiety and PTSD, I greatly appreciated the level of authenticity presented throughout the story. There was never a moment when I didn't believe or empathize with Katie's struggles to cope with her previous experiences. Her emotions are so honestly expressed that readers regardless of their own experiences and emotions surrounding trauma can't help but relate to her circumstances and condition. 

I cannot stress enough in my reviews that Katie's character is a testament to the author's level of research and the advisers she consulted in creating an authentic work of fiction that could be enjoyed by laymen. You don't have to have a background in criminology to recognize how well written these stories are.  Additionally, Katie's character provides the strong representation that service members and law enforcement officials greatly appreciate seeing reflected across all media formats. 

Fast-paced chapters keep the tension and suspense mounting until the very end. This series continues to be a great example of what a compelling police procedural should be! The plot grabs your attention, but the author's deft storytelling keeps you turning the pages! Dialogue and interactions between characters flow naturally. Clues and evidence were introduced seamlessly, while also quite surprisingly so as to add the twist and turn that will keep you guessing right along with the characters. 

Despite being the second book in the series, this book can be read as a standalone. Katie's work in the Army as an explosives detection dog handler is introduced in the previous book, but new readers will not miss out on the beautiful bond she shares with her dog, Cisco, who retired from his work with Katie after their deployment to Afghanistan. Their connection is beautiful to read about and highlights the exceptional and important work dogs provide to humans.

I continue to be such a fan of how the author uses her experience with criminal behavior to craft such compelling cases and characters from aspects of both the investigative and criminal sides of law enforcement. She masterfully captures the realism that only someone with so much insight in the field would be able to express. The use of forensics and profiling make this a riveting read that will satisfy any fan of true crime or crime thrillers. Her books are completely underrated and an absolute steal for the quality of writing she delivers every time!

Detective Scott is a force to be reckoned with, and I will definitely be waiting with anticipation for the next installment!



A heavy evening mist clung to the windshield of the police car, obscuring the view of the forgotten neighborhood. In the few occupied houses curtains were drawn tightly leaving only thin cracks of light seeping around the edges. Some homes even had bars across the windows. This small rural community had been ignored by the rest of the lively, growing town around it for too long. It was in desperate need of attention and restoration.
Deputy Stan Miller flipped on the wipers to clear his view, only to smear streaks of dirt across the windshield. He let out an annoyed sigh and turned the wipers to a higher speed—making it worse—and then off again.
“Now you’ve done it,” said Deputy Karl Windham beside him, and Miller laughed in spite of himself after a long and uneventful night shift.
“You’re going to criticize me?” Miller joked. “Me? The guy who has your back?” He sat up straighter, sucking in his waist and adjusting his seatbelt; it was no use pretending he hadn’t put on a few extra pounds recently.
“It’s the kiss of death out here tonight,” complained Windham watching out the side window as the mist turned to light rain.
“I bet it was Sheriff Scott’s idea to double us up, with all those recent ambushes on cops around the state.”
“It probably has something to do with the mayor’s office. Who knows? You know how they don’t tell us anything, even though we’re the ones putting our asses on the line every shift.” Still gazing out of the window, he watched a dark figure dart around a garbage can and disappear into the darkness, then he turned his attention to a skinny cat scurrying along the sidewalk, nose close to the ground tracking something.
The rain got heavier as they drove deeper into the Basin Woods Development. There were no other vehicles on the road. No lights in the distance. Only darkness.
“You hungry?” asked Miller.
“I wouldn’t turn down a cup of coffee,” replied Windham.
“Me neither.”
Deputy Miller took his eyes off the road for a moment to check the time and looked back just in time to see a slender woman stagger into the road ahead of them. She stopped still in the headlights. Her long hair, wet from the rain, was plastered against her head and around her face. She wore only a pair of panties and a tattered tank top. She looked terrified, dark eyes pleading in the glare of the lights, her mouth forming words they could not hear.
“Hey!” yelled Windham to his partner. “Stop!”
Miller jammed on the brakes, making the patrol car bounce to a stop inches before hitting the young woman. Weak and unbalanced, she fell to her knees. In the glare of the headlights, both men could clearly see the dirt embedded on her face and neck, the blood seeping from wounds on her hands, elbows, legs, and feet.
Deputy Miller turned to his partner with wide eyes. “What the…?” Jamming the vehicle into park he picked up the radio. “Dispatch, this is 3741, we have a possible 10-16 at Lincoln and Travis. Will keep you updated. Copy.”
“Copy that,” replied Dispatch.
He nodded to Windham who swung open the car door and ran to kneel beside the woman. “Miss…” he spoke gently. “Are you alright?”
She shook uncontrollably. Her head and shoulders drooped as her mouth tried to form around a word.
“Can you tell us what happened?” Windham said.
He gently touched her shoulder and she flinched away from him. “It’s okay. You’re okay now,” he reassured.
“Truth… truth… the truth… you don’t understand… otherwise…” she finally managed between gasps for breath. “I told the truth…” she muttered.
“What truth?” asked Deputy Miller who had retrieved a blanket from the trunk and now stood a few feet away.
She stopped speaking and slowly looked up at the deputy, her eyes filled with fear. Then she whispered, “I told the truth… I told the truth… told… the truth.”
Both deputies carefully helped the woman up and gently wrapped the blanket around her.
“What’s your name?” asked Windham.
“A… Aman… Amanda,” she said slowly.
“Okay, Amanda. We want to help you. Can you tell us what happened?”
“I tried…” she whispered. “It was…” Her voice trailed off.
Deputy Miller opened the back door to the patrol car as his partner gently guided her to sit down in the backseat. Miller handed her a small bottle of water and, after a few moments, her eyes focused on the officers and her breath began to steady.
Deputy Windham kneeled down to her eye level and asked, “Amanda, can you tell us what happened to you? Do you remember what happened? Anything?”
She shook her head as more tears welled up in her eyes.
“It’s okay.”
“A blue door with white trim,” she said quietly. “A big box…”
“What else, Amanda? Can you remember anything else?”
“There was a fantasy tree…”
Confused by the description, the deputy tried to make sense of it, pushing gently to pry out any more details from her. “Can you tell us what happened?”
Taking a couple of deep breaths, she finally spoke: “I was k-kidnapped.”




Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.





Many thanks to the author and Pump Up Your Book blog tours. It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other great blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!


Monday, November 4

Virtual Book tour kick off at puyb virtual book club

Tuesday, November 5

book teaser trailer feature at youtube

Wednesday, November 6

interview at bookhounds

Thursday, November 7

Book Feature at the writer’s life e-magazine

Monday, November 11

Book Review at Gimme The Scoop Reviews

Wednesday, November 13

book review at fairy booklover On Goodreads

Friday, November 15

Book Feature at what Is That Book About

Monday, November 18

Book Feature at Jazzy Book Reviews

Tuesday, November 19

Book Feature at Shewrites

Monday, November 25

Interview at Book Publishing Secrets

Book Feature at Momma Says: to read or not to read

Wednesday, November 27

Book Review at Rachael’s Thoughts

Book Feature at The Bookworm Lodge

Thursday, November 28

Book Feature at I’m Into Books

Friday, November 29

Book Review at Books for Books

Book Review at The Voracious Bibliophile

Monday, December 2

Book Teaser Trailer Feature at Blogging Authors

Wednesday, December 4

Book Feature at Readeropolis

Interview at As The Page Turns

Thursday, December 5

Book Feature at The Dark Phantom Reviews

Tuesday, December 10

Book Review at The World As I See It

Book Review at sefina Hawk’s Books

Wednesday, December 11

Book Teaser Trailer Feature at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, December 12

Book Review at fundimental

Monday, December 16

Character Interview at The Literary Nook

Thursday, December 19

Book Review at That’s What She’s Reading

Book Review At Lynchburg Mama

Book Feature at I’m Shelf-Ish

Monday, December 23

Book Review at Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Thursday, December 26

Book Review at Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews

Friday, December 27

Book Review At Amy’s Booket List



2 comments:

  1. Wow, so rare to find a book that you can't put down. Will have to check this out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. Thank you so much for the incredible review and for spotlighting Her Last Whisper! Have a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year :)

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