Excellent sequel!, February 13, 2004
Reviewer: mahikahn (Columbus, Ohio USA) - See all my reviews
I think I like this one even better than The Fifth Victim. While Jamie was a complete jerk, he didn't deserve to die like that! Jazzy & Caleb's relationship was great and I enjoyed catching up on Genny & Dallas. I can't wait for the third and final book of the trilogy!
The only thing I'm not looking forward to is the return of Reve. What a shallow, arogant creature she is! She believes she's better than everyone else who wasn't raised in money! Which is ironic considering she wasn't born into privilege but found in a dumpster! She was a complete snob, insulting, bigoted and downright cruel and those were her best qualities! I hate to see her involved with Jacob (the neanderthal savage, as she thinks of him) since he deserves so much better! But regardless I'm still looking forward to seeing more of Jazzy and the rest of the folks in Cherokee Pointe!
AMAZON.COM READER'S REVIEW
Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee, has seen murder before, but nothing like what has claimed the life of Jamie Upton, heir to the Uptone fortune. The crime is so vicious, so personal and filled with hatred, the authorities are certain it had to be someone he knew..someone hiding an unimaginable sadistic streak behind a friendly facade. The number one suspect is Jamie's former lover Jazzy Talbot. The girl from the wrong side of the tracks has always been Cherokee Pointe's favorite target for gossip and worse, Jazzy knows she didn't kill Jamie..just as she knows, she's being watched, stalked like prey...And then the kille strikes again, and again. No one believes her innocence except enigmatic drifter Caleb McCord. Jazzy plunges into a small town's long-buried secrets and shocking family sins..each startling truth bringing her dangerously close to a killer determined to make Jazzy the last to die.....
Takes forever to get the story started, it just drags and drags in the beginning and lost interest quickly. The characters just didn't seem to come to life after it takes so long to drag out the first 100 pages, and it needed to be cut down about 100 pages
Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee, has seen murder before, but nothing like what has claimed the life of Jamie Upton, heir to the Upton fortune. The crime is so vicious, so personal and filled with hatred, the authorities are certain it had to be someone he knew...someone hiding an unimaginable sadistic streak behind a friendly facade. The number one suspect is Jamie's former lover Jazzy Talbot. The girl from the wrong side of the tracks has always been Cherokee Pointe's favorite target for gossip and worse. Jazzy knows she didn't kill Jamie....just as she knows she's being watched, stalked like prey....And then the killer strikes again...and again...with the same chilling signature. With no one to believe her innocence except enigmatic drifter Caleb McCord, Jazzy plunges into a small town's long buried secrets and shocking family sins...each startling truth bringing her dangerously close to a killer determined to make Jazzy the last to die..
In Cherokee Point, Tennessee, heir to a fortune Jamie Upton may be engaged but he still plays the field. One of his ladies is Jazzy Talbot, owner of Jazzy's Joint, a popular restaurant and bar. She knows she should stop seeing the philanderer, but so far has not cut the ties. However, a third party severs the connection when that person brutally kills Jamie.
Most of the townsfolk believe that Jazzy killed her lover in a crime of passion because the evidence points towards someone he knew and trusted. However, Sheriff Butler and psychic Genny Madoc believe otherwise though they feel a woman committed the atrocity. Soon other murders follow and a frightened prime suspect Jazzy turns to her new bouncer, drifter Caleb McCord for protection, but neither expected love to spring up between them.
This sequel is an exciting serial killer romance that gains the attention of readers from the start as everyone will wonder who the red haired killer is. Jazzy and Caleb are a delightful duo; however, the return of Genny from THE FIFTH VICTIM is duel edged as fans will enjoy reading her latest visions but also wonder how many serial killers stalk Cherokee Point (population control?). Still THE LAST TO DIE is a terse thriller that fans will appreciate and wonder who will be AS GOOD AS DEAD when Jazzy's doppelganger arrives in Cherokee Point next November.
I didn't realize when I put this on my WL that I've already reviewed this book under a different IBSN, I don't change my rating of only 2*, by page 100 nothing and I mean nothing toward the suspense of this story has happened, it just another 'romance' book and the first 100+ pages are nothing but that, I don't exactly know when the suspense started because I gave it up before page 150, it just a long drawn out romance and I hate those kind of books
Also, this is just a current REPRINT, the copyright on this book is 2004 and Barton passed away a long time ago so someone else is making money