Saturday, October 16, 2010

Review: Last to Die by Kate Brady

Title: Last to Die
Series: Sheridan
Author: Kate Brady
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0446562033
ISBN-13: 9780446562034

A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, someone no one believes is capable of murder. Within a week, six women will be murdered, all punished for their dark pasts. Detective Dani Cole is determined to track down this serial killer whose victims include a young woman she pulled out of a life of crime. Her investigation leads her to a photography foundation and the renowned photographer Mitch Sheridan, a man she she fell in love with years ago but has tried to forget. Dani and Mitch are instantly attracted to each other again, though their troubled pasts keep them from getting too close. Together, through the course of the investigation, they unearth a dark chain of deception that leads to a killer who is closer than they think.

My rating:

Ms. Brady's previous book, One Scream Away, was one of my favorite books from 2009. Everything worked, the hero, the heroine, the villain, it was as close to perfection as it could get. So I had to read about Neil's (hero from the previous book) brother, Mitch.

I have absolutely nothing against Mitch, he was a much a perfect romance novel hero as his brother was, maybe even more so, because he was (almost) a perfect man. Heart of gold, protective streak a mile wide, he never forgot his first (and only) love, trying to save the world...In short, one heck of a guy.

I have a lot against the heroine, though, which isn't that surprising. Dani annoyed me from the first. And things didn't get any better with the pages. If possible she annoyed me even more. Usually the heroines slowly change during the novel, becoming less annoying, but the change in Dani happened too late in the story for her to be redeemed for everything she's done eighteen years ago and at the beginning of the story.

The villain also had much to be desired. Don't get me wrong, the plot was chilling and the villain nicely twisted, but Chevy Banks (the villain in the previous book) set the bar too high to be reached and a legacy that could not be surpassed in this second book in the Sheridan series.

The plot was nicely developped with good pacing and good characterization, but I couldn't help but feel something was missing. It just wasn't as good as the previous book...And it wasn't as good as it could've been.


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