The Last Victim

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The Last Victim

Charlotte Stone, #1

Bruno “Fence” Washington was on a cave expedition 50 years ago when the world fell apart. Waking up in the future to find everything he once knew destroyed. The landscape is vastly different and so are the people and creatures he has so far encountered. He and his friends make new lives for themselves in, Envy, a city of survivors. Now he is trying to discover more answers about the Strangers who perpetrated the destruction of the Earth. Fence is intrigued by the lovely Ana, though to love her, first he will have to conquer his own fears.

Ana was born into this new world, part human and part Atlantean. Her father and her escaped Atlantis when they felt they had no other choice for their survival. Now they hide from her people, as they make their life in this unfriendly world.

*****

Joss Ware has created a fascinating post-apocalyptic world that I enjoy revisiting. Her latest addition to the Envy Chronicles didn't disappoint, as we learned more about the Strangers and the Atlanteans, opening up more possible directions for Ms. Ware to take us.

Fence had deep-seated fears that he needed to overcome, he tried to ignore them, hoping avoidance would work. Unfortunately for him, he was forced to face his anxieties head-on. He tried to keep a distance between him and Ana, but that became unavoidable as he was constantly drawn to her. Ana tried to be aloof, but their desire was more than either of them could resist.

Soon danger threatens Envy and the small civilization that they have preserved. Ana is the only one who can help them discover what is jeopardizing the new world. Fence knows that with her help, they can stop the menace. Thrilling adventure pulls them along as they try to save the world, and as they find love along the way.


Book Blurb for The Last Victim

Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not.

A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life—no doubt because when she was sixteen, she herself survived a serial killer’s bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie’s best friend, Holly, then left the girl’s body on a seaside boardwalk one week later.

Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground. She kept to herself her eerie postmortem visions of Holly and her mother. And even years later, knowing her contact with ghosts might undermine her credibility as a psychological expert, Charlie tells no one about the visits she gets from the spirit world.

Now all-too-handsome FBI agent Tony Bartoli is telling Charlie that a teenage girl is missing, her family slaughtered. Bartoli suspects that after fifteen years, the Boardwalk Killer—or a sick copycat with his M.O.—is back. Time is running short for an innocent, kidnapped girl, and Bartoli pleads for Charlie’s help.

This is the one case Charlie shouldn’t go near. But she also knows that she may be the one person in the world who can stop this vicious killer. For Charlie—whose good looks disguise a world of hurt, vulnerability, and potent psychic gifts—a frantic hunt for a madman soon becomes a complex test of cunning, passions, and secrets. Aiding Dr. Stone on her quest to catch a madman is a ghostly presence with bad intentions: the fiery spirit of seductive bad boy Michael Garland who refuses to be ignored, though in his cat and mouse game they may both lose their hearts.

Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. And she sees the Boardwalk Killer coming for her.


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2013 4.50