Readers and listeners who relish heated passion and chilling suspense love New York Times best-selling author Karen Robards's acclaimed novels featuring Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone. A heroine with a keen mind for catching killers and a soft heart for bad boys, Charlie is back in this third sizzling paranormal romance thriller.
Her last whisper
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. An expert in the psychology of serial killers, she's faced down more than her share of human monsters. But Charlie can also communicate with the spirits of those who die violently, an extrasensory skill that has helped the FBI bring lethal predators to justice. Now, after narrowly escaping death a second time, Charlie's ready to step away from the edge - before her luck runs out.
Too bad Charlie is too dedicated for her own good - and too devoted to federal agent Tony Bartoli to say no when he asks her to ride shotgun on yet another risky mission. Of course, she already has her hands full with Michael Garland: the handsome, roguish ghost with whom she's hopelessly in love - a spirit who depends on Charlie to keep him from slipping forever into the dark side of the afterlife. But in the mortal world, beautiful single women are vanishing from Las Vegas hotels at night. All signs indicate that a psychopath is on the prowl in Sin City, and Bartoli's FBI colleague Lena Kaminsky has reason to fear that her missing sister may be just the killer's type.
In a town full of fast players and few rules, flushing out a smooth-talking stalker like the Cinderella Killer might be a loser's game. But for Charlie, the only way to cage her quarry is to plunge back into the homicidal hell she vowed to leave behind - and may not leave alive.
©2014 Karen Robards (P)2014 Random House Audio
I would, as long as the person can suspend belief to deal with the main character's nonsensical affection for a dead guy. I just don't get it... Maybe its because I have background in Forensic Psychology (the background of the main character), but that for me is the main draw of this series, not the romance that I just can't seem to get into.
I love Tam, Charlotte's psychic friend. She sees sense and is a nice voice of reason to her friend.
I do have to hand it to Karen Robards, she knows how to get her characters into some very nasty situations and keep the tension going even if we, the readers, are reasonably sure things will end up all right. The finale in this one didn't quite go down how I thought, but it was satisfying.
The ending was nice and tense, but I was expecting it
It's frustrating reading a series in which I am not interested in the "romance", or the main character constantly checking out the dead guy over the nice living guy, but the murder cases are excellent. I wish the focus was on them rather than the infatuation with Michael, though it wasn't as frequent in this one as it was in the second one.
Enjoyed the first two books in the series and found this one lacking and overtaxing my imagination. Premise: meh!! Agree with another reviewer who described the sex scenes as being too long.
Better next time?
genuine book worm
I listened to all three of the Charlotte Stone mysteries by Karen Robards over a weeks time.While at first I wasn't a fan of the narrator, after I had been listening for a while, I thought she did a good job. I really liked all three books in this series. I liked Charlie and Michael, the 2 main characters. Michael was definitely a sigh worthy "ghost felon". The paranormal aspect was a plus for me, one of my favorite types of mysteries. The writing was descriptive which for me is a must when listening to audio books.The settings of the books and the mystery aspects of each book moved along, I never felt bored or that the narrative dragged. By the time I finished the first book, I was hooked and immediately purchased 2 and 3. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, this was not the best I've ever listened to, but it was thoroughly enjoyable, held my attention and made me smile. I rooted for this couple all the way to the twisty paranormal HEA.
Karen Rose, Linda Howard, and Nora Roberts romantic suspense style books. Not too graphic with either sex or gore, Mysteries are usually not too disturbing, and most have elements of humor here and there.
She had a nice voice and I ALWAYS appreciate a narrator that does separate voices for characters. Monotone, with no differentiation between characters is nearly always a DNF for me.
? classic romantic suspense with a paranormal theme.??
Recommend to lovers of Romantic suspense. Main character Michael Garland was a memorable hero.
The story itself was good. Knocked off one star because the sex scenes were just too long. You expect a few sprinkled in a romance suspense novel but these are so long you find yourself drifting and not paying attention to the book then having to back it up when you realize the story has picked back up.
SPOILER: Grrr have to wait for the next book to come out to find out what happened to Michael. I figured out in the last book how he was accused of being a serial killer was able to stick, the end of this book cemented it. Now it's a matter of unfolding the rest of his story.
I hope Ms Robards doesn't leave Tony out in the cold, he is a good guy and needs a happy ending.
I really lone this narrator she brings the book to life. there were a number of places she made me laugh and some almost cried. good book
Dr. Charlotte Stone was no stranger to murder and madness. As a young girl she witnessed the horror of seeing her best friend and friend’s family slaughtered by a madman. Today as an expert in the psychology of serial killers, she faces some of the worst of examples of human monsters. The one thing that makes her unique, be it a gift or curse, she has the ability to communicate with the spirits of those who die violently – a skill that has helped the FBI bring such monsters to justice.
Anyone who has read the first two books of Ms. Robards Dr. Charlotte Stone series will thoroughly enjoy HER LAST WHISPER, Book #3. Once again, Charlotte “Charlie” is so dedicated she is ready to put her life on the line when a call comes in from one of her FBI pals, Lena Kaminsky when Lena’s sister disappears and it looks like another serial killer is operating in Las Vegas.
Add to that the issues Charlie has with her resident ghost Michael who is having issues staying on this earthly plane. As much as Charlie tries to convince herself that she is not in love with a ghost, Michael is not easy to forget, or ignore. Charlie knows that FBI special agent Tony Bartoli is real, handsome, and longs for a relationship, and a perfect match for her, he doesn’t light up her life the way Michael does.
Robards doesn’t slow the action down and from the first page to the last, the action is non-stop with danger, humor, and adventure. Going from the demons from down under who are trying to drag Michael to ‘ghoul city’ to the real human monsters amidst the lights of Las Vegas who are snatching young women never to be seen again. The action is fast, and the villain is hiding well in plain sight. And of course, Charlie ends up in the cross hairs, with only Michael who in his uncorporeal form is of no real help. Will this be the end, for Charlie, or for Michael.
Bottom Line: Wonderful narration on another fabulous entry in the Dr. Charlotte Stone series. I will never tire of this series and hope (PLEASE) that author Karen Robards continues this series forever! Obviously, I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, recommend HER LAST WHISPER and this entire series!
I am a 57 year old book addict. I started out reading Daniel Steele and Sidney Shelton novels 30 years ago. Since then I have added literally hundreds of authors. I take the time to write reviews on books that sweep me away. So if I have really loved that particular book. There have been a couple over the years I reviewed because I truly hated them too.
I enjoyed the basic story line, but the amount of time the author spent detailing EVERY thought the protagonist could possibly ever have, I was wanting desperately to get on with the story. An abridged version might be a better listen.
The plot was good, but again it got lost in all the"thinking" .
I found myself fast forwarding through a all 3 books in this series.
Ms Robards has written some wonderful books. I will continue to be a fan. I hope she'll continue this series, but leave out some of the needless prattle.
No, as a matter of fact I quit listening at the second chapter. Ms Lee's voice is very good - maybe a little girlish, but her narration is slow and soft with very little emotion. Now, maybe I'm confused about the heroine's personality but I pictured her as a strong, no nonsense type of woman (except when it comes to ghosts). This audio book does not put that across to me.
Don't know - I'll have to buy the book to find out.
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