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The Last Girl Audiobook

The Last Girl: Maeve Kerrigan, Book 3

Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters...and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors - Philip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydia - both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.
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Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters...and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home.

When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors - Philip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydia - both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets. Maeve soon finds herself entangled in a case with a thousand leads that all seem to point nowhere, and it doesn’t help that her boss, whom she trusts more than almost anyone, is starting to make decisions that Maeve finds questionable at best.

In The Last Girl, Jane Casey once again demonstrates her ability to write vivid, three-dimensional characters and spin a gripping, unpredictable mystery.

©2013 Jane Casey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Maeve Kerrigan [is] a fascinating and plausible character.... What she has is persistence, integrity, and emotional intelligence, and a very deft way of insinuating herself into a reader’s affections." (The Irish Independent)

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    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 09-21-13
    Karen HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, cartoonish narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the print version. It's a good story with interesting characters and an intricate plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Having read Jane Casey's first two books and really liked them I decided to listen to this one. The other two had a serious and slightly dark mood. The narration in this tends toward the stereotypical and lends a comical air to the book. Many of the characters' voices sound like creaky doors and are distracting and annoying. It's too bad because I'm not really enjoying the story.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 09-30-13
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Liked It But New Readers Shouldn't Start Here"

    Half a family is killed in a bloody violent attack. The mother and one twin daughter are slaughtered. The father is struck on the head and left unconscious. The other daughter discovers the bodies and calls 999 before collapsing. Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan and her superior DI Josh Derwent arrive on the scene to help with the investigation.

    Digging into the details of the lives of Philip Kennford, his wife Vita and their two daughters reveals an extremely dysfunctional family. Kennford, a criminal lawyer, has enemies both among his clients and the victims of clients he has represented. He is also a philanderer and a less than than admirable family. Vita is willing to take any action to keep her marriage intact.

    Meanwhile story lines from earlier books in the series concerning Maeve's relationship with another member of the force and the struggle between a jailed mob leader and a rival weave their ways through the plot. These plot strands are the reason I suggest that a reader go back to the first book in the series and read forward.

    I found this entry in the series better written than the first book and I'm looking forward to the next one.

    The narrator is quite competent and easy to listen to. I have no complaints about production values.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 04-10-15
    Paul New York, NY, United States 04-10-15 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "What happened ? this is a train wreck"

    I really enjoyed the first two books then this one came along and boom....thud...splat! Every single character is angry, bitter and the narrator makes them all sound like little point brats. I cannot imagine the author actually believes everyone in the serious crimes squad actually speaks to each other like this let alone to the public.

    Weaker plot than previous books too means that it's bye bye Maeve....I hardly knew thee.

    Avoid.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 11-05-15
    Paul 11-05-15
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    "Good story but the narration detracts"

    I have read 2 other books in this series, all read by the same narrator. In the other 2 the narration was good, not great but it did not detract from the story line. In this book the narration, in particular the accents and intonations were so overdone as to be annoying at best and cringeworthy at worst.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    imcharle Shenandoah, Va, United States 01-31-15
    imcharle Shenandoah, Va, United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2009
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    "terrible narrator"

    Struggled to listen for any length of time. narrator irritating. dialogue irritating, don't bother buying

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelin Asheville, NC, United States 08-24-13
    Kelin Asheville, NC, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "worst reader ever"

    I was so annoyed with the reader could barely keep up with the story. Every sentence doesn't have to be laced with irony.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 10-27-14
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 10-27-14
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    "Really Like Maeve Kerrigan"

    I really do like Maeve Kerrigan and the team she works with as well as her romance with Rob. I do think Maeve is a little odd in that she doesn't trust Rob to really love her and even when DI Derwent is being nice, she doesn't really give him credit.

    I WANT to listen to the last couple of books in this series. I REALLY hope Audible brings them SOON!!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-01-16
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-01-16 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Interesting Police Procedural"

    In Jane Casey's "The Last Girl," DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent investigate the murders of Vita and Laura Kennford, a forty-nine year old mother and her fifteen-year-old daughter who were stabbed to death by a knife-wielding assailant. The man of the house is a successful defense barrister, Philip Kennford, a handsome, arrogant, and cold-hearted narcissist. He can be charming or rude, depending on whether he is speaking to someone he wants to impress or to an "inferior."

    The sweltering heat makes Maeve and Josh even crankier than usual; that is saying something, since the two routinely squabble like overwrought siblings. Derwent is a fine police officer, but also a sexist pig who refuses to censor his offensive remarks. The Kennford case proves to be exceptionally complex and challenging. Even after the detectives interview everyone they can find who may have pertinent information to offer, there are no solid leads that point to the perpetrator's identity. When Derwent and Kerrigan look into Philip and Vita's relationship, they learn that the marriage was rocky and their troubled children hated living in a dysfunctional household.

    "The Last Girl" is a well-constructed and engrossing police procedural in which Casey carefully delineates each character's personality, warts and all. Maeve is a strong and appealing woman, independent, stubborn, and impulsive. Unfortunately, she faces personal and professional issues that threaten to derail her love life and career. The author holds our attention with sharp-edged dialogue, expressive descriptive writing, and an eventful plot that is capped off by an unpredictable, albeit improbable, conclusion. One quibble worth noting: Several key pieces of evidence that would have identified the killer sooner pop up late in the game; this and a slew of red herrings conveniently keep us and the police officers in the dark. Whether this misdirection is "playing fair" with the reader is open to question. In any case, Maeve is a worthy heroine with some interesting baggage (including a stalker), and her loyal fans will eagerly anticipate the next installment in this series to see what other adventures await her.

    Sarah Coomes was good with the delivery of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teacher Lady Midwest 04-06-16
    Teacher Lady Midwest 04-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "What happened to the narrator?"
    Any additional comments?

    I really like this series and enjoyed listening to the first two titles. With this one, I was glad I had purchased the Kindle version as well, because the narration was so disappointing. Just way overdone, melodramatic, sing-song. The male character voices were awful; I don't remember that from the first two books. I can't for the life of me figure out why the narrator changed her style.

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    Ann 03-26-16
    Ann 03-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great series, but stands alone as well"

    I liked the first 2 books in the series best, but this is still worth every penny (credit). Loads of twists and turns, with great narration. ( I love Sarah Coomes British accent.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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