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!

WWW Wednesdays #98 – July 6th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m currently reading one of my pending Netgalley reads: My Girl by Jack Jordan. It’s still too early to tell what I will think of it, but it looks like it’s a fast read. I have also finally started Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys; a book I have been wanted to read for a while and it is a nice change of scenery after all those mystery/thriller reads. So far I’m really enjoying it! I also want to continue Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain, but I might read another pending Netgalley mystery/thriller or two before that.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* After a few disappointing reads last week, All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda definitely made up for it all. This book is without doubt one of the best mystery/thriller reads I’ve read this year and on my favorites list!
* I then finished Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, which was quite good, although the many different POVs did make this read a little more difficult to read and less entertaining. Also, I liked some of the characters and prose better than others and I would have liked to see the whole seven sins theme playing a bigger role in the book.
* Last To Die by Arlene Hunt started off slow, but completely recovered with an explosive ending that definitely made this read worth reading! If you like twisted, creepy and intense reads, this one is definitely for you.
* I also read As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka on a whim after thinking about possibly seeing one of my Finnish friends again this summer (who lived in Tampere as well). I really liked the beginning of this read and the setting, but the whole plot and main character was a bit fantastical for a mystery/thriller read and it wasn’t as good as I hoped.
* I’ve also been able to finish Cascadia by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard yesterday evening. I ended up really enjoying this suspense/natural disaster/science story, definitely worth reading! More in the upcoming review…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as I finish at least one of my current reads, I will most likely start reading The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza. I really enjoyed the first book, so I was so glad Netgalley approved my request for the sequel! 😀 I also want to read Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, a book that has been on my TBR pile for way too long now and really want to read. The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne is high on my list as well, both because I’ve heard great things about it and I was able to get a Netgalley copy of the just published The Fire Child by the same author and I want to read the other book first. My latest TBR jar pick is still The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. (Which I should read soon since it’s been too long since I last read a TBR jar book.)

WWW Wednesdays #97 – June 29th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have actually almost finished All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda already and will do so after finishing this post, but technically I’m still currently reading this… This book is without doubt one of the best mystery/thriller books I’ve read so far this year and a must-read for fans of the genre! I’m also in the middle of Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, which I picked up on a whim and I’m enjoying so far despite a few flaws. I haven’t made much progress with Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain due to the Netgalley books, but I’m continuing it as soon as I finish the other two current reads! And I’ve decided to put all fantasy reads on hold until I’m in the mood for the genre again…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* I already knew Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All probably wasn’t going to be as good as Jonas Jonasson‘s other book The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, but that doesn’t take away the fact that I was REALLY disappointed by this read. It was boring, had flat characters, wasn’t funny, it took me ages to finish and I actually thought of DNFing it at one point. More details in the review that will be published later today.
* I also read We Awaken by Calista Lynne, which unfortunately turned out to be another disappointing read. I loved the cover, the blurb and the fact that it talks about asexuality, but the rest of the book just didn’t convince me. It was a fast read, but that didn’t make up for the flaws. More in my review…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as I finish my current reads, I will pick up my oldest ARC: Cascadia by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard. It promises to be an adrenaline-filled suspense story about the after effects of extreme natural events (in this case a massive earthquake and tsunami), so I’m definitely looking forward to it. I also still want to read Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys… And the Netgalley ARC Last To Die by Arlene Hunt is also on my list. My newest TBR jar pick is still The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz