Last Seen Alive (Detective Amanda Steele Book 6) – ARC Book Review

Title:- Last Seen Alive (Detective Amanda Steele Series Book 6)

Author:- Carolyn Arnold

Date published:- will be published on 4th October 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages;- 286 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

The woman lies so still as her blood soaks into the soft bedcovers beneath her. A tear runs down her face as she looks at the wedding band on her finger. She had loved her husband so much…

When Detective Amanda Steele unexpectedly reconnects with an old boyfriend, the last thing she expects to see lying on his bed is the dead body of his wife, Claire, who walked out on him four years ago.

Logan begs Amanda to believe he’s innocent. But she doesn’t miss the gun on a nearby table, and she’s torn when forensics reveal that not only was this the murder weapon, but Logan’s fingerprints are all over it… Could he have been framed? Or is he using his connection to Amanda to get away with murder?

Determined to uncover the truth, Amanda retraces Claire’s last steps and finds that she visited her best friend the day before her death. But Amanda is devastated to discover that the friend died in a car accident just hours after meeting with Claire. What deadly secret connected them, and could more women be in danger?

But the killer is closer than Amanda realises, and when her beloved daughter, Zoe, is threatened, she’s suddenly in a race to find the final clue before the person she loves most pays the price…

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

I finished this book in a span of two days! It was compeltely a mind blowing thriller that will keep you on the edge from the beginning till the end!

The story starts with Amanda preparing a night cap with Logan in his house…until when they reach the room, they find the body of a woman fatally shot to death. And the woman happened to be Logan’s wife named Claire. Amanda was asked to step away from the case and Logan was labeled as the main suspect. However, Amandha believed that Logan was innocent and with her partner Trent, she is determined to find out who actually killed Claire. As the investigation is going on, Amanda finds out that Claire has gotten a secret that involved stealing various artifacts and might be working under someone.

As always, this was a mind blowing thriller. Completely fast paced with twists and thrills along the way and the author has done a good job of making the reader feel like a part of the story. Though Logan was the “main” suspect, the real person who might be responsible for Claire’s death is out in the open, and so as a reader you are in a guessing game as to who might be the killer. Great writing by the author and I as a reader was completely absorbed into the story. Overall, this was a great fast paced unputdownable thriller that will put you on the edge of the seat. Worth a whopping five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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