Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
In this page-turner of a thriller by bestselling author T.R. Ragan, unlikely partners PI Jessie Cole and crime reporter Ben Morrison search for clues to a mystery buried in their own pasts—only to discover that sometimes the truth is better off buried.
Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives—and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare.
For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie’s daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.
For Ben, a horrific car accident resulted in scars both physical and emotional—and amnesia that has made his life a mystery. But curiously, out of his shattered memories, there’s one person he recognizes without a doubt: Jessie’s sister. He just doesn’t know why. Yet.
But Sophie isn’t the only phantom drawing Jessie and Ben together. An elusive serial murderer known as the Heartless Killer has reemerged from the shadows. His next move will cut even deeper into Jessie’s worst fears. And for Ben, what happens this time is going to be unforgettable.
Do you ever have mixed feelings when you pick up a book by an author you’ve heard plenty about but never actually read yourself? It’s like a blend of excitement that you may have just stumbled onto something great and apprehension that you’ll be disappointed. While the disappointment always stinks, finding a winner more than makes up for the flops and from the moment I started reading Her Last Day I knew that I had found a new favorite author!
This opens with an intense prologue that hooks you instantaneously, it’s fast and furious and that pace never lets up for one minute. It’s the beginning of a new series featuring Jessie, a PI with a troubled, complicated past who is flawed in the absolute best way. While I felt like I had a decent sense of who she is there is so much more to explore with her both in her personal life and her work life. It’s mostly told through the eyes of Jessie and Ben, a reporter that works cold cases, but there were chapters featuring the nameless serial killer that chilled me to the bone. The Heartless Killer is sadistic and twisted, there are some truly creepy moments that will make your skin crawl.
This was an effortless page turner, I absolutely flew through it, desperate to see how Ragan would weave various plot threads together. The chapters are short and snappy, the type that keep you up well past your bedtime, these type of reads are my hands down favorite. I’m so excited that Ragan has an extensive back catalogue that I can explore as the next book in this fantastic series won’t be out until next spring!
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.