By: Karen Robards
Series: Dr. Charlotte Stone Book #4
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 8/25/2015
My Review: 4 Stars
In the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, Dr. Charlie Stone must prove the innocence of a dangerously sexy condemned man, or lose her one chance at true love.
THE LAST TIME I SAW HER
In this world, Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte's ghostly lover—convicted killer Michael Garland—is facing death yet again. It seem the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man's dead ringer may just be the key.
A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland's identical twin. But she suspects the resemblance is only skin deep—and that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. While using all her keen profiling gifts, Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael's name.
Then a breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. No one has a better chance of tracking down the deadly fugitives than Charlie—unless the rampaging killers manage to find her first and make this case her last. But Michael will move heaven and hell—and even make a devil's bargain—for the chance to save Charlie's life, and feel her touch once more . . . if only for the final time.
A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. (also purchased the audiobook version)
Karen Robards returns with her much awaited (Dr. Charlotte Stone #4) installment THE LAST TIME I SAW HER, continuing with a mix of mystery, intensity, paranormal, and ghostly romantic suspense with supernatural intrigue.
"His eyes are the wrong color. They should have been sky blue. They weren’t. they were a hazel shade of brown. It has to be him. Who else could it be?" Michael?
Charlie had been told there were five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It had been seventeen days since Michael had disappeared and she went right to the third stage. She would do anything to see him. Please let it be him. She has to face it. This gorgeous man is not Michael.
Dr. Charlotte (Charlie) Stone. She is a psychiatrist, conducting research on a government grant, studying the psychology of serial killers. Madness and murder invaded Dr. Charlotte Stone’s life when she was just a girl—and made her a woman determined to save others from the horror she survived.
She studies patterns. Charlie, a serial killer expert hears voices and can see ghosts of those who suffer from a violent death, studies behaviors of serial killers and works closely with the FBI.
Michael had been one of the serial killer she was studying. He insisted he was innocent. He had gotten himself murdered. He had come back as a ghost to haunt, taunt, and otherwise make her life miserable until she’d made the truly colossal mistake of falling in love with him. Michael Garland. As time goes along, she starts believing in his innocence.
Now she is standing in front of a man. He says his name is Rick Hughes-a criminal defense lawyer. The client he is representing was charged with murdering his girlfriend. In the course of investigating they discovered it was identical in every significant detail to those committed by a serial killer known as the Southern Slasher, known as Michael Garland. However, he was in prison at the time of the murder.
The last thing in the world she wants is to talk to him about anything. How can she look at him or discuss Michael? After all, her psychic friend says she is certain Michael’s soul had been terminated after he was snatched away. Could this man be his, brother or a twin? After Michael had been adopted at a young age—could this be the answer?
Next Charlotte finds herself in the middle of a prison break and she is taken hostage. Will Michael’s ghost save her this time? Time travel? A spell? The graveyard? An illusion? Is he real? Spirits? Is there a bigger conspiracy which will help clear Michael’s name?
All the while, Michael had wanted her to quit her dangerous line of work. Will receiving the NARSAD award, encourage her to follow her passion and start writing? Charlie and Michael will transport you with their love, passion, and romance. Their path? Will they get a HEA?
If you have read any of Karen Robards’ books and the previous ones in the Dr. Charlotte Stone series, you can expect complex, multi-layered, mysterious, intriguing, suspenseful, passion, and romance with a paranormal twist. Would recommend reading the previous books in the series to get the big picture; otherwise you may think you are nuts, and have lost your mind.
Fans will be pleased with the wrap up, enjoy revisiting with Tony and Tam, and the hot intensity between Michael and Charlie!
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About the Author
Karen Robards is the author of 40 books and one novella. She is the mother of 3 boys (25, 19, and 14) and lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
A regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, she published her first novel at age 24. "I read, I write, and I chauffeur children," she says with a laugh. "That's my life." Website Twitter