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The Last Victim: A Dr. Charlotte Stone Novel | [Karen Robards]

The Last Victim: A Dr. Charlotte Stone Novel

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 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's friend, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Electrifying suspense, cutting-edge psychological insight, and an unforgettably sensuous love story - these are the trademarks of Karen Robards' sizzling novels. Now the New York Times best-selling author launches a red-hot new paranormal romantic thriller series featuring the fascinating Dr. Charlotte Stone, a serial killer expert whose extraordinary powers lead her from ecstasy to terror.

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 16, 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 15 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.

©2012 Karen Robards (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Robards has a true flair for characterization and excels at adding large doses of humor to the spicy mix." (RT Book Reviews)

"One of the most popular voices in women's fiction." (Newsweek)

"Robards is one terrific storyteller." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Leigh 09-18-14
    Leigh 09-18-14 Member Since 2009

    As a psychiatrist addiction is important to me. I am addicted to audible books, kindle books, my husband, and my thirteen cats.

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    "Best new series I have read this year!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Victim to be better than the print version?

    This book is interesting, creative and a lot creepy. How do you fall in love with a ghost, serial killer, blow off the best FBI agent you every had the chance to date and still solve the crime and save the girl. You have to read this one it is unique and very interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy MAGNA, UT, United States 09-30-13
    Cindy MAGNA, UT, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Karen Robards and/or Ann Marie Lee?

    I don't believe I would


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ann Marie Lee?

    This narrator was sappy in my opinion. She made the main character seem ditzy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Montoya St. Petersburg, FL United States 08-27-13
    R. Montoya St. Petersburg, FL United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Noooooooo!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that reads trashy "bodice ripper" novels.


    Has The Last Victim turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Mmmm probably.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ann Marie Lee?

    Don't have a specific favorite narrator. I am open-minded but I don't care for Anne Marie Lee


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Victim?

    I would have cut the erotic scene in half! I lost interest before they even consummated the act!


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    Ruth LA, USA 08-24-13
    Ruth LA, USA 08-24-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Can't believe I bought this"

    Don't bother. I didn't after the first few chapters. Description of the story fails to disclose the ugly nature of the relationship between the protagonist and her serial killer ghost pal. Can't rate the narrator.

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    Coftse 03-07-13
    Coftse 03-07-13 Member Since 2011

    I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)

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    "Pass on this"

    Blah story, crappy narration, I had to force myself to finish this one. Save the credit for something else.

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    Stephanie Clarkston, WA, United States 01-08-13
    Stephanie Clarkston, WA, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Needed more... hoping for series?"
    If you could sum up The Last Victim in three words, what would they be?

    Intriquing, different, unique


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Charlie and Garland.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt as though it left the reader with a lot of questions regarding Garland and his story. I hope there is another book to follow. Too many questions left unfinished.
    The story itself was great! I loved what felt like the multiple story lines. Easy to follow and very intriquing!

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    Robert Pensacola, FL, United States 12-26-12
    Robert Pensacola, FL, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved this story"

    This was a great story! From the beginning, I didn't want to stop listening.
    Definitely recommend this book.

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    brianlecher 09-23-12
    brianlecher 09-23-12
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    "Torture to listen to!!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Good story but a bit too predictable.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Reading was way too slow and voice was boring and annoying. Even the action scenes were boring they were read so slow. The same can be said for any romantic parts. If not for the story line I would've stopped listening.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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