Thursday, 14 August 2014

Review - Last Kiss by Louise Phillips

Her husband is having an affair with a woman who wants her life. How far will she go to take back control?            
In a quiet suburb, a woman desperately clings to her sanity as a shadowy presence moves objects around her home.
In a hotel room across the city, an art dealer with a dubious sexual past is found butchered, his body arranged to mimic the Hangman card from the Tarot deck.
But what connects them?

When criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is brought in to help investigate the murder, she finds herself plunged into a web of sexual power and evil which spreads from Dublin to Paris, and then to Rome.

Will Kate discover the identity of the killer before it's too late to protect the innocent? But what separates the innocent from the guilty when the sins of the past can never be forgotten?
What did I think?
Wow! What a fabulously gripping thriller this was. 
The third in the series and in my opinion the best yet, meant that we get to know Dr Kate Pearson a little more in each book.  I love that!  She's a terrific character and I love that she's so flipping clever!  I could sit in a pub with her and listen to her talking for hours!  I wish she'd find as much happiness in her personal life.  She seems to struggle with juggling her work and being a parent as she did being a wife.  Let's hope that in the next book she overcomes those issues and gives love a chance with someone who understands her work a little more.  I hope Louise that there is another book, I'll be quite devastated if not!!!
I read the last 50 pages or so while I was in a kid's play area and I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat and holding my breath.  The suspense was incredible.  I actually tweeted Louise as at one particularly gruesome part when I felt myself pull such a "ew" face!
It reminded me of when I used to devour every James Patterson book.  I couldn't put Last Kiss down, was desperate to unravel more of this psychological tale! 
It was dark, it was deep, it was scary, it chilled me to the bone.  It was brilliant!
About the Author
Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips returned to writing in 2006, after raising her family. That year, she was selected by Dermot Bolger as an emerging talent in the county. Louise's work has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In 2009, she won the Jonathan Swift Award for her short story Last Kiss, and in 2011 she was a winner in the Irish Writers' Centre Lonely Voice platform. She has also been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition.
In 2012, she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council. Her debut novel, Red Ribbons, was shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year (2012) in the Irish Book Awards.

The Doll's House, her second novel, won the Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award at the BGE Irish Book Awards 2013.

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1 comment:

Louise said...

Thanks a million Kim...delighted you enjoyed it so much!!!