Thursday, September 28, 2017

ARC Review: Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh

Her Last Goodbye
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Morgan Dane (Book 2)
Publication: Montlake Romance (September 26, 2017)

Description: Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Morgan Dane series continues as the fearless attorney and her partner, investigator Lance Kruger, take on a disturbing disappearance…

Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.

As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.

Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.

My Thoughts: Leigh has written another engaging and heart-pounding thriller in HER LAST GOODBYE. Morgan Dane is establishing herself as an independent lawyer with an office in Sharp Investigations who employs former police officer Lance Kruger. Morgan is still adjusting to her new life. She is finally able to see past the grief that consumed her with the death of her husband two years earlier when he was deployed. She is busy taking care of her three young daughters and worrying about her aging grandfather. She and Lance are starting a romance but both are so busy that it is progressing slowly.

When Tim Clark comes to hire her and the Sharp Investigations to find his missing wife, a new case begins that puts Morgan and Lance in grave danger. Tim feels that the police are so fixated on him as a suspect in his wife Chelsea's disappearance that they aren't looking anywhere else. Morgan sympathizes with the young father who doesn't know what has happened to his wife. Lance, whose own father disappeared when he was eleven, wants to find Chelsea so that her family doesn't have the years of uncertainty that he had.

The two investigate neighbors, Chelsea's work colleagues and friends, and Tim's work colleagues which gives them a pool of suspects. They also discover that Chelsea had her car worked on at a automotive shop where a level 3 sex offender works. While they investigate, they also have to deal with a sheriff who isn't at all in favor of independent investigators getting in the way of his officers.

Chapters from the kidnappers point of view add to the suspense in this title and really ramp up the creepy. What happens to Chelsea sent chills up my spine.

Fans of suspense stories with some very realistic romance will enjoy this second Morgan Dane adventure.

Favorite Quote:
She pulled a blue, flowered scarf from her massive purse, in which she seemed to keep everything but a side of beef. She tied the scarf in a fancy knot around her throat to cover the bruises. But he knew they were there.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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