The Last Girl, Paperback

The Last Girl Paperback

Part of the Maeve Kerrigan series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The teenage girl was the first victim. Her throat cut to the bone, she didn't stand a chance.

Her mother was the second. She, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly. Called to the South London crime scene, Maeve Kerrigan's first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad.

But the husband - found bloody and unconscious in an upstairs room - insists he's the third victim not the killer.

However, the only witness is his young daughter. And she's not talking...




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This latest instalment in the Maeve Kerrigan series centres around the brutal murders of two members of the same family. Why were they targeted and is the man of the house involved? The team are also investigating a spate of gangland murders.This book could be read as a standalone novel, but it works better if you know a bit of the background. The real shining light in this book is the banter between Maeve and her new boss, DI Josh Derwent, a sexist and crude man who, nevertheless, sticks up for her when required to do so and is a great character.I really enjoyed this book and was kept guessing as to who the killer was, which is the mark of a good crime thriller.

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High summer. Wimbledon. 14-year-old Lydia Kennford returns home to discover the bodies of her mother and twin sister in the family living room, while her father, Philip, lies unconscious and bleeding in an upstairs bedroomDC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent begin to investigate, discounting a burglary quickly and focusing instead on Philip Kennford QC himself. There is no easy explanation for why he survived when the others were shown no mercy, and they suspect he might have staged the attack on himself after killing his wife and daughter. But Kennford is a self-possessed, intelligent man who knows criminal law inside out; proving that he's guilty will be difficult.My Thoughts:What I hate is reading books that are part of a series out of order. I did read ‘The Reckoning’ which is number two in the Maeve kerrigan series and felt like I was missing out somwhere. I do prefer to read books in order so I can get to know the characters. However after reading this book which is number three I feel like I am now getting to know the characters and was realling getting into the book quite well. I quite enjoyed the book and it was very much unlike the romantic thrillers which I enjoy. There is an ongoing romance but unlike the other authors I like, this book and the previous one is more crime focused. I have enjoyed it that much I have ordered the first one ‘The Burning’ to see how it all begins.I didn’t guess who the killer was which I find quite enjoyable as some thrillers can give it away quite early on. There were plenty of twists to keep me guessing and wanting to pick up the book to see how it goes. It’s also left some unanswered questions which have overflowed from the previous book too.Maeve Kerrigan is a character that I will look forward to reading about in future works if possible and would recommend these books to anybody who like perhaps the Alex Kava books.

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