ARC REVIEW: Last To Die – by Arlene Hunt

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Title: Last To Die
Author: Arlene Hunt
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
First published: June 24th 2016 
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: July 2nd 2016
Pages: 331
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“Hero. People didn’t even know the meaning of the word.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Last To Die definitely left the best for last! The last part of this novel by Arlene Hunt starring Caleb the hunter and his final hunt of the story is without doubt terrifying, intense, graphic and well written. In fact, the whole storyline focusing on this character is something that comes straight out of your worst nightmare, and in a good way. But why the lowish rating for such a good ending, would you ask? Unfortunately, the story started off slow and the many different storylines and POVs were quite confusing in the beginning. It takes a while to figure out what the main plot is and which two characters are most important, but once the background stories start to merge with the main plot things start to become really interesting. Creepy, terrifying, sick, but without doubt a great thriller/horror ending to what was a slow start. I’m not sure I was able to connect to all the characters right away, but especially Jessie’s character made it up to me. I’m still not sure I actually like her, but she is one strong woman! The pace started out slow, but I guess that was mostly because of the different POVs each chapter, because the pace picked up considerably later on and soon I found it hard to stop reading. The prose is easy to read and ‘graphic’, describing the horrifying scenes really well. If you are looking for a good thriller and don’t mind a slow start, Last To Die is definitely for you!

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Jessie Conway thought she was starting a new life in the small town her husband was born, but the quiet life is roughly interrupted when the school Jessie works is involved in a horrific mass shooting. Jessie survives while others don’t, and she ends up becoming the local hero after it comes out she actually confronted the young shooters during the killings. She suddenly finds herself in the media spotlight and draws all kinds of attention, but that is the last thing Jessie wants. And not just because she was injured herself and lost people close to her; it looks like she might be having something to hide. But that is not her biggest problem, because the media attention also caught the wrong kind of audience. Soon she might be in a lot more trouble, because Caleb Switch is both a skilled hunter and a sadistic serial killer, and has his mind set on a new human hunt with a very special prey…

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Like I said before, Last To Die started off quite slow and it took me a while to get a proper feel for the story with all those different characters and storylines that don’t really seem to connect in the beginning. But as soon as the different POVs started to merge, I was hooked. This story by Arlene Hunt is without doubt twisted and has a really strong (and terrifying) ending. Worth the read if you enjoy reading these kind of books!

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7 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Last To Die – by Arlene Hunt

  1. Great review. I have to admit to not being keen on books with multiple pov’s. Two maybe three is fine but more than that and I often get lost. I’m still wondering if it’s worth reading for the ending.

    • The different storylines are a bit confusing in the beginning (also because the chapters are quite short and seem to be completely unrelated), but once the different storylines start to merge things are definitely good.

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