Her Last Move
She’s chasing a killer. He’s watching her every move. He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career—and she knows that it will make or break her. But she can’t catch the culprit alone. Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell, she strives to get a lead on the elusive murderer, who is always one step ahead of them.Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list?

Her Last Move Details

TitleHer Last Move
Author
ReleaseNov 8th, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime

Her Last Move Review

  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars* (rounded up). The body count keeps rising and neither DS Becca Vincent or the rest of her team are able to work fast enough to track the killer. Knowing that time is of the essence, Becca calls in the help of super facial recognition expert Joe Russell. If Joe can’t find this guy, well then, all bets are off. One by one, the murders get more gruesome and more personal with Becca and Joe racing to try and figure out what their connection is. As the tension mounted in this crazy mystery 3.5 Stars* (rounded up). The body count keeps rising and neither DS Becca Vincent or the rest of her team are able to work fast enough to track the killer. Knowing that time is of the essence, Becca calls in the help of super facial recognition expert Joe Russell. If Joe can’t find this guy, well then, all bets are off. One by one, the murders get more gruesome and more personal with Becca and Joe racing to try and figure out what their connection is. As the tension mounted in this crazy mystery / suspense, so did my anxiety. "Her Last Move" is one John Marrs novel that improves as it goes on. Recommended for fans of police procedurals.This was another great buddy read with Kaceey!Thank you to NetGallley, Amazon Publishing UK and John Marrs for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 10.22.18.
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  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*Two murders within hours of each other. Both victims have identical tattoos on their hands. Both live at the same address. And…both died a horrific death, but in very different ways. Soon after, reports begin flooding in of yet more gruesome deaths. Sure gives the appearance of being related…unless you don’t believe in coincidences. So, are they all related? Is there a serial killer on the loose? Is there a reason they’re being targeted?“Everyone has their secrets”Detective sergeant Becca Vi 3.5*Two murders within hours of each other. Both victims have identical tattoos on their hands. Both live at the same address. And…both died a horrific death, but in very different ways. Soon after, reports begin flooding in of yet more gruesome deaths. Sure gives the appearance of being related…unless you don’t believe in coincidences. So, are they all related? Is there a serial killer on the loose? Is there a reason they’re being targeted?“Everyone has their secrets”Detective sergeant Becca Vincent. Single mother driven to prove herself by immersing herself into this investigation.Detective sergeant Joe Russell a “super-recognizer.” (Yes...that term actually exists!)Described as someone who has a photographic memory for faces. Quite a handy talent for police work. Working out of a special division, Joe has been brought in to assist Becca with this very difficult case.Let me start by saying how excited I was to see a new release by John Marrs! I adored his previous book The One. In fact it’s sitting on my favorites shelf right now! Unfortunately, this book lacked the magic of his previous release. I’m in the minority on this as there are some fantastic four and five star reviews. But somehow I lacked a connection with the characters. Just not the best fit for me.A buddy read with Susanne!Thank you to NetGalley, Amazon UK Publishing for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy John Marrs books and was delighted to receive an ARC of his latest book Her Last Move. I really enjoyed this thriller and was hooked from the first page to the last. The characters were very well written and each one had an interesting story.There is a serial killer working in London and the detective working on the case is Becca who is trying to find him before he strikes again. She is helped by Joe a super recogniser of faces who is assigned to her department temporarily. I thin I really enjoy John Marrs books and was delighted to receive an ARC of his latest book Her Last Move. I really enjoyed this thriller and was hooked from the first page to the last. The characters were very well written and each one had an interesting story.There is a serial killer working in London and the detective working on the case is Becca who is trying to find him before he strikes again. She is helped by Joe a super recogniser of faces who is assigned to her department temporarily. I think that this author just gets better and better and I can't wait for his next book.I would like to thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  •  Li'l Owl
    January 1, 1970
    Twisty and terrifying! This is not your standard detective vs killer story! Prologue:We are in the shoes of an unknown individual (I will use 'he' for simplicity). He's weaving through the packed crowds of the tube station, following a large man named Demitru. He has been stalking Demitru for some time and he knows his daily movements, which is what he's counting on. He closes in, closer and closer, using the crowd to remain unnoticed. Standing directly behind Demitru he stabs him with a syringe Twisty and terrifying! This is not your standard detective vs killer story! Prologue:We are in the shoes of an unknown individual (I will use 'he' for simplicity). He's weaving through the packed crowds of the tube station, following a large man named Demitru. He has been stalking Demitru for some time and he knows his daily movements, which is what he's counting on. He closes in, closer and closer, using the crowd to remain unnoticed. Standing directly behind Demitru he stabs him with a syringe. What happens next is the beginning of his quest to eliminate the people on his list, one by one. ******Detective Becca Vincent has put nearly everything into her career, now she's landed a place on a high profile murder case and she wants nothing more than to solve it. But what price will she pay at home? The description sounds like the standard detective storyline, I know. But hold on....It's not! Her Last Move by John Marrs is loaded with unusual twists throughout the entire storyline, with all three elements, the characters, the killer, and the victims.I've never read a book like it. So is that a good thing? For me it's a very good thing! I loved it! I was completely unprepared all the shocking events that occur throughout the entire story,HighlyThis is my first book by John Marrs but it won't be my last! Thanks to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK, and author,John Marrs, for my uncorrected advanced digital copy in return for my honest review.
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  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    January 1, 1970
    John Marrs is an auto-buy author for me, meaning I'll read anything he writes. When I found out he had a new book, Her Last Move, coming out, I couldn't wait to request it on Netgalley! Regular readers of my blog and reviews know by now that I love books that involve some element of stalking, and this one did, and I loved it. The book alternates between three POVs - our protagonist Becca, who is a detective hoping to have her big career break on this case, Joe, a "super-recognizer" that works fo John Marrs is an auto-buy author for me, meaning I'll read anything he writes. When I found out he had a new book, Her Last Move, coming out, I couldn't wait to request it on Netgalley! Regular readers of my blog and reviews know by now that I love books that involve some element of stalking, and this one did, and I loved it. The book alternates between three POVs - our protagonist Becca, who is a detective hoping to have her big career break on this case, Joe, a "super-recognizer" that works for the police, and our unnamed killer. I really enjoyed the killer's chapters and getting that creepy insight into his twisted mind. I was constantly trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and while I was able to figure out part of the mystery, there were other pieces that I didn't see coming, so I really enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the story. I feel like Marrs did an excellent job of developing all three of our POV characters. I felt like I could feel Becca's internal struggle as she fails to balance a career that the loves with her home life. I loved Joe's character - he was one of my favorites. His knack for remembering faces can be both a blessing and a curse. Lastly, the killer. He was dark, and twisted, and it was clear that he had a motive, but unclear what that motive was until later in the book. All in all, I loved the book, and I loved the ending. It started off with a bang, and kept up it's momentum throughout the book. If you're a fan of Marrs' other books, or if you enjoy reading police procedurals, I think this will be a winner for you! I'd like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. Her Last Move is out November 8, so be sure to pick up your copy! 
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars (rounded up) “HE” has a list of people that he plans to kill. And, he just knows that everyone will understand WHY each victim had to die, once he explains his reasons....Yes, it’s personal. BUT what is the connection between the victims? Tasked with solving this mystery are DS Becca Vincent and Joe Russell, a member of the Super Recognizer task force (yes, I googled it, and there IS such a department! 🤓) Each of them has lost a sibling, and neither has fully recovered from their loss. 3.5 stars (rounded up) “HE” has a list of people that he plans to kill. And, he just knows that everyone will understand WHY each victim had to die, once he explains his reasons....Yes, it’s personal. BUT what is the connection between the victims? Tasked with solving this mystery are DS Becca Vincent and Joe Russell, a member of the Super Recognizer task force (yes, I googled it, and there IS such a department! 🤓) Each of them has lost a sibling, and neither has fully recovered from their loss.And, each is also battling a “personal demon”, which will affect their judgment at times. But will these things, become twists in the story? Are they just “red herrings” the author used to try to throw his readers off track? Perhaps it’s just his way of developing characters that we can relate to, imperfect people just trying to do their best in an imperfect world?? These are the things that John Marrs excels at doing, and I will never tell! 🤫Although I did not enjoy this book as much as his previous books, “The One” or “The Good Samaritan”, I would still recommend it for readers who enjoy police procedurals, and I will always eagerly await his next book! Also of interest are the articles (links provided) about the real life facial recognition experts being used in the field today...I would like to thank Netgalley, John Marrs, and Amazon Publishing, UK for the ARC provided in exchange for a candid review. This title will be available on Nov 8, 2018 so you don’t have to wait long to receive your copy!!
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    So, with much excitement I started John Marrs 5th book having loved the previous 4 and ‘The One’ being one of my favourite books EVER!....one of the things I love about this author is his ability to surprise and the different writing styles he adopts and with that the range of stories he tells, never predictable and this book is completely different to any of his others...The story is set around ( and I don’t want to give too much away) a man on a killing spree to ‘right a set of perceived wrong So, with much excitement I started John Marrs 5th book having loved the previous 4 and ‘The One’ being one of my favourite books EVER!....one of the things I love about this author is his ability to surprise and the different writing styles he adopts and with that the range of stories he tells, never predictable and this book is completely different to any of his others...The story is set around ( and I don’t want to give too much away) a man on a killing spree to ‘right a set of perceived wrongs’ and the characters who are tasked to find him....the killer is no ordinary killer ( if there is such a thing!!! ) but has gone to great lengths to make ‘the punishment fit the crime’ and what a set of punishments he has decided on!!!! The killer has zero remorse and his only focus is the job in hand, he is chilling, ruthless, scary and fascinating!The Police who have the unenviable task to catch him include Joe a ‘super recogniser’, a little known dept of the Met who work with facial recognition and Becca a young DS trying to make her mark in the Met, both come with their problems and ‘pasts’ and both back stories are well integrated into the main story, I loved them both and their quirkiness and zeal! ( great word ) I enjoyed the London setting and especially the fact London was going through a heatwave in the book!!!As with all John Marrs’ books their is a wide range of people woven into the story, and they all have revelations to make about their lives, no one is quite as they seem!!!The story is fast paced and generous in its twists, turns and OOOOOOO moments and the ending, well in this books case, various endings were tense, sad and touchingSo I guess you can tell although this was a very different read as I started by saying its a great read and is hard to define as it could come under thriller, mystery, psychological, suspense, action, drama and police procedural but take all that, shake it up and start to read and it all comes out as one fantastic read that had me from page one Lovers of John’s previous books will again love this and I think a whole new set of readers will come to appreciate one of our finest story tellers10/10 5 Stars
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  • Rheama
    January 1, 1970
    A string of bizarre murders have London detectives chasing a serial killer. The story is alternately told by Detective Becca Vincent, a single mom struggling to balance work and home, the villain, and a “super-recognizer,” Joe, whose photographic memory of facial features makes him priceless to the police.There’s a fine line between classic and stale, and I felt like I zigzagged across it several times here. There’s no arguing the story is fast paced and addictive, and it definitely has some fla A string of bizarre murders have London detectives chasing a serial killer. The story is alternately told by Detective Becca Vincent, a single mom struggling to balance work and home, the villain, and a “super-recognizer,” Joe, whose photographic memory of facial features makes him priceless to the police.There’s a fine line between classic and stale, and I felt like I zigzagged across it several times here. There’s no arguing the story is fast paced and addictive, and it definitely has some flair, especially with the super recognizer bit. The killer’s angle was interesting but also extinguished much of the suspense. This author isn’t afraid to take risks, a quality I appreciate, but the unexpected death didn’t have quite the impact I suspect it should have.For me, this book was entertaining but missing that certain something that makes a story unforgettable. Until the last few sentences. Then my breath caught, and I realized my emotional investment had been hiding in a minor subplot all along. For that sneak attack, I’ll bump this one up to four stars. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Net Galley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. My thoughts on this book can also be found on my blog, Cheap Thrill Book Reviews.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Her Last Move, a stand alone procedural/thriller featuring DS Becca Vincent and DS Joe Russell of The Met.When DS Becca Vincent recognises the tattoos on a murder victim as the same ones she'd seen on a tube fatality the day before she manages to muscle her way onto the investigation. She is teamed with super-recogniser, DS Joe Russell and together they make a formidable team.I thoroughly enjoyed Her Last Move which i I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Her Last Move, a stand alone procedural/thriller featuring DS Becca Vincent and DS Joe Russell of The Met.When DS Becca Vincent recognises the tattoos on a murder victim as the same ones she'd seen on a tube fatality the day before she manages to muscle her way onto the investigation. She is teamed with super-recogniser, DS Joe Russell and together they make a formidable team.I thoroughly enjoyed Her Last Move which is an exhilarating read and held my attention from start to finish. The narrative alternates between Becca and Joe's points of view and the unidentified killer. Normally I find this approach quite distracting but with the body count rising, the killer's motive and identity concealed and vague hints of trauma in both detectives' pasts it is so intriguing that I was reading voraciously to see what was coming next. Mr Marrs does not disappoint with twist upon twist and some interesting conundrums. The novel is action packed from start to finish although it should be noted that some of the killings are violent and graphic and may not suit all readers. As a read the novel is extremely well done with a steady stream of teasers and reveals as it progresses so it had my curiosity on full alert throughout.I must admit that giving both protagonists a trauma filled past stretched my belief but such is Mr Marrs's storytelling skill that I swallowed it fairly quickly in my desire to know what that trauma is. He teases it out over the first half of the novel, long enough for the reader to want to know, but not long enough that the reader gets fed up and doesn't care. He saves the longer drawn out reveal for the killer's motive. I'm unsure about how plausible it is but it is good reading.Much of the novel revolves around Becca and her experiences in the investigation. Initially she is not a very likeable character, being self centred, apt to jump to quick conclusions and with a chip on her shoulder. She did grow on me as the novel progresses. Fortunately there is the lovable Joe Russell as a counterpoint who initially appears smart, dedicated and fair. He is a nice man but I came to question his judgement at times as the novel progressed. Two very human protagonists to add to the exciting plot.Her Last Move is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Marc Bougharios
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Marrs is back with another addictive disturbing novel. I don’t know how he does it, but he manages to hook his readers from the first page to the last page. I’m never disappointed when I’m reading one of his novels because I know it’s always great. This novel was very dark and I’m not ashamed to say that I loved it. The story was told in 3 different perspectives, two detectives and the killer. It’s very interesting to read because although this move serves as a thriller and most of t Once again, Marrs is back with another addictive disturbing novel. I don’t know how he does it, but he manages to hook his readers from the first page to the last page. I’m never disappointed when I’m reading one of his novels because I know it’s always great. This novel was very dark and I’m not ashamed to say that I loved it. The story was told in 3 different perspectives, two detectives and the killer. It’s very interesting to read because although this move serves as a thriller and most of the novel is the detectives trying to find the killer, we still get a glimpse of their lives and their past.I loved reading about each one of their lives, especially Becca. She’s such an interesting person and the life she lives and the struggles she encountered is what made me enjoy her perspective the most. I think Marrs balances the emotional and thriller aspects of this novel very well. We also get an answer as to why the killer is doing what they is doing and their his targets are who they are. Readers might sympathize or the might not, I think that is what makes this book a lot more interesting. It’s definitely a topic hat could discussed at a book club because if I talked about it here I wouldn’t be able to stop! I didn’t really like one part of the novel and how it ended, but it wrapped up quite nicely after that. Another job well done by Marrs! Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for providing me with an advanced digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Diane Merritt
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic John Marrs book. Pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you going until the very end! What a great book, cant wait for more from this author.Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an early release of this book
  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    A pacy and addictive police procedural, a fast and satisfying read - whilst I can't say it brought anything new to the table, also there were a few little irritating cliche plot devices, overall Her Last Move is a great read for anyone who loves this genre. There are some unexpected moments, always a pleasure for us readers who tend to see the path of a plot more often than not through the sheer volume we read - that raised the game slightly and I thought it had a brilliantly evocative ending.Jo A pacy and addictive police procedural, a fast and satisfying read - whilst I can't say it brought anything new to the table, also there were a few little irritating cliche plot devices, overall Her Last Move is a great read for anyone who loves this genre. There are some unexpected moments, always a pleasure for us readers who tend to see the path of a plot more often than not through the sheer volume we read - that raised the game slightly and I thought it had a brilliantly evocative ending.John Marrs is a good writer who knows how to tell a good and entertaining story. Her Last Move is quite dark, which I like and I will be recommending this to a few people I know will love it.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this arc.Having looked through the other reviews on NetGalley and seeing a consistent 4+ star ratings for the author's previous books on Goodreads, I was really looking forward to this one.While the story was compelling enough that I finished the book, the sheer volume of plot contrivances and all the implausibilities got to be wearying for me. But it was the 3 main characters that left me feeling overwhelmingly irritated. (I do think I showed grea Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this arc.Having looked through the other reviews on NetGalley and seeing a consistent 4+ star ratings for the author's previous books on Goodreads, I was really looking forward to this one.While the story was compelling enough that I finished the book, the sheer volume of plot contrivances and all the implausibilities got to be wearying for me. But it was the 3 main characters that left me feeling overwhelmingly irritated. (I do think I showed great restraint in that I didn't throw my kindle against a wall.) Their never ending pity-parties just left me worn out.1.5 stars rounded up.
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  • Ingstje
    January 1, 1970
    Without exception, I very much enjoyed each of the author’s previous novels. It’s no secret either that John Marrs is one of my favorite authors who I often recommend to other readers. Well if someone’s looking for a new detective novel I can now recommend Her Last Move as well. This novel is his first foray into the police procedural genre, using a detective’s point of view and I have to give him another round of applause because he pulled it off in a genre I read plenty of books in: the plot i Without exception, I very much enjoyed each of the author’s previous novels. It’s no secret either that John Marrs is one of my favorite authors who I often recommend to other readers. Well if someone’s looking for a new detective novel I can now recommend Her Last Move as well. This novel is his first foray into the police procedural genre, using a detective’s point of view and I have to give him another round of applause because he pulled it off in a genre I read plenty of books in: the plot is original, the cast authentic and the writing superb.Detectives usually pair up in novels, that’s a standard deal, but I’d never read a novel about a duo like the one (Detective Sergeant) Becca forms with Joe Russell. What am I saying, I hadn’t even heard about the job of a super-recognizer before. Joe Russell is the bunny in the hat and it works brilliantly. I was sceptical of his role and his usefulness but quite fascinated as well.I didn’t even read half the novel before I absolutely had to know if super-recognizers are really employed in the police force. Google and Wikipedia showed that Scotland Yard has a squad of over 200! Huh! The internet also provides many tests as well apparantly if you want to check if you are in doubt (or convinced) that you have this very special ability of being able to recognise 80% of faces, whereas normal people only score a good 20%.The author peppers Her Last Move with plenty of revelations and both of the main characters have very interesting backgrounds and family relationships that are out of the ordinary and make you sympathise with them right away as they both have their own personal issues as well. I can’t say much about the investigation but I can tell you that I was hooked as soon as the first murder occured in the very first chapter because I felt I could almost touch the murderer myself. The setting of the unfortunate event was a metro station so the thought that someone can harm someone else so easily if it’s a bit crowded makes me want to keep my distance from everyone from now on, even more than before ;-). The second murder was already more gruesome and I could only guess at the reasons why the killer let his victim suffer without remorse. Marrs kept me on my toes the whole time as I was trying to figure out what connected these people and who might have been doing this but the underlying reasons are of course not easy to spot. Just when Joe’s closing in on the suspect and the story shifts into its highest gear, there’s that one big twist that happened that I was totally unprepared for and it completely knocked me out of balance. I’m talking about one VERY intense scene. I still can’t get over it. There were so many thoughts running through my head at the time and I was holding onto my dear heart too. The author kept me guessing about the outcome for sooo long, it was bloody torture and I could only think nooooo in my head. I didn’t expect this turn of events AT ALL and I loved it as much as I hated what came out of his twisted mind.Overall, Her Last Move was amazingly entertaining so I definitely recommend!
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    Her Last Move is the latest offering from author John Marrs and his first police procedure novel, so I was interested to see if he could manage to put his own unique spin on a genre that can sometimes feel oversaturated with similar plots. Although parts of Her Last Move felt familiar, for example serial killer becomes vigilante, I do think John Marrs has managed to add a couple of unique features to the read, I was especially intrigued by Joe Russell a facial recognition expert, I must admit I Her Last Move is the latest offering from author John Marrs and his first police procedure novel, so I was interested to see if he could manage to put his own unique spin on a genre that can sometimes feel oversaturated with similar plots. Although parts of Her Last Move felt familiar, for example serial killer becomes vigilante, I do think John Marrs has managed to add a couple of unique features to the read, I was especially intrigued by Joe Russell a facial recognition expert, I must admit I thought it was something the author had dreamt up, but no! one search on google proved me wrong, I ended up doing a test I found and I’m potentially a super-recogniser, how cool is that? Anyway I’m digressing here I throughly enjoyed this fast paced, dark and sometimes disturbing read.Detective Sergeant Becca Vincent is trying to balance her career and family life without much success. In the hope of advancing her career she takes the lead on a new case, which finds her tracking a vigilante serial killer, where each death becoming more violent and gruesome than the next. With no leads and no idea who the next victim will be, Becca is teamed up with a facial recognition expert, Joe Russell. As she strives to get a lead on the elusive murder, time is running out as the killer plots the murder of the final victim on his “to kill” list. Both Becca and Jo have very interesting back story’s and personally I thought this added another layer of suspense and intrigue to the overall plot. As to the serial killer John Marrs has created a monster, he is calculating, cold and lacks any remorse for his actions, making him an unsettling character. The killers identity is revealed early on which can sometimes spoil my enjoyment of a read, but in fairness to the author the story lies in his motives and once revealed you realise just how warped the killer really is. There were parts of Her Last Move I found predictable but then the author threw in a couple of curve balls which made this novel stand out from many other police procedure novels I have read. This book is darker than some of the author’s previous books, but personally that’s the way I like them. John Marrs takes one very bold step that really shocked me,(that’s all saying) but it worked perfectly and made the read all the more riveting. It’s certainly a book I would recommend to those who enjoy a crime procedure novel with a compelling plot. All my reviews can be found at http://thebookreviewcafe.com
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    John Marrs has done it again! Another amazing page turner! This time Marrs writes his first police procedural book. The complexity of his characters along with the detail he uses in his writing is superb! He manages to give you just enough information to make you wonder, to make you really think as you try to solve this crime and the reasons behind it. He brings in just enough of the sick and twisted inner makings of a killer on the loose and at points makes your pulse quicken as you devour the John Marrs has done it again! Another amazing page turner! This time Marrs writes his first police procedural book. The complexity of his characters along with the detail he uses in his writing is superb! He manages to give you just enough information to make you wonder, to make you really think as you try to solve this crime and the reasons behind it. He brings in just enough of the sick and twisted inner makings of a killer on the loose and at points makes your pulse quicken as you devour the pages to find out what happens. Brilliant!
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I love the authors writing style, you know from the first to the last page you are going to be hooked. He encompasses everything I love in a police procedural/crime thriller, the serial killer that no one wants to believe it is a serial killer as there doesn't seem to be any connection to the victims or the method of the killings. The main characters are likeable they try to have a life outside of the enquiry but it sometimes feels impossible to juggle work and their home life.
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  • Deborah Dobrin
    January 1, 1970
    I wouldn’t usually pick up a police procedural book; It’s not one of my go to genres but as this was written by John Marrs I’d give it a go. It was brilliant. As with all his books it had an OMG moment that hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s brilliantly crafted and kept me awake reading all night. Another sure fire hit
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  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible! One of my favorite books of the year without a doubt. Full review to follow
  • Zuzana
    January 1, 1970
    Too emotionally drained to write a full review.... Review to follow when I recover 😂
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Her Last Move by John Marrs Oh my word! I’m speechless to how good this was! I’ve read books by John Marrs previously and knowing this would have a crime element was keen to see how he would execute a different genre. I was pleasantly surprised! Marrs created detailed and authentic dialogue and settings considering this to be his first novel with crime themes and police procedural dialogue that were on par to other crime writers that I’ve read. Along with his style of writing thrillers were the Her Last Move by John Marrs Oh my word! I’m speechless to how good this was! I’ve read books by John Marrs previously and knowing this would have a crime element was keen to see how he would execute a different genre. I was pleasantly surprised! Marrs created detailed and authentic dialogue and settings considering this to be his first novel with crime themes and police procedural dialogue that were on par to other crime writers that I’ve read. Along with his style of writing thrillers were the unexpected twists that shock as well as the excellent character and setting development that you always find in his books. A great read! Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read an ARC.
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: October 27th 2018 "That's how his mind operated - he was all or nothing. When there was a goal to achieve, he could become so ruthlessly single-minded that he wouldn't allow anything to stand in his way." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I've been meaning to try one of his thrillers for some time now, so when I saw Her Last Move I grabbed my chance. I had hig Finished reading: October 27th 2018 "That's how his mind operated - he was all or nothing. When there was a goal to achieve, he could become so ruthlessly single-minded that he wouldn't allow anything to stand in his way." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I've been meaning to try one of his thrillers for some time now, so when I saw Her Last Move I grabbed my chance. I had high hopes for this newest thriller, both because of the fascinating blurb and the fact that fellow bloggers seemed to have enjoyed it. There is no doubt that those expectations were met. Her Last Move has a well crafted, complex and interesting plot, where we follow three different POVs that each has its own subplot apart from the main investigation. This isn't just another detective thriller, as we get a look inside a serial killer with a very twisted sense of justice as well as a new investigation angle with facial recognition expert Joe Russell. Both DS Becca Vincent and Joe have complicated backgrounds that might be considered cliche (the whole damaged detective angle). But while those backgrounds didn't add anything sustantial to the plot and might distract from the main story at times, it did help making it easier to relate to them. The suspense and amount of information available about the ongoing investigation are well distributed, giving you just enough to try and guess what is happening without revealing its secrets. There are a few twists that will no doubt surprise you! The character development is excellent and it was fascinating to learn more not only about the how, but also about the why behind it all. If you are looking for a well constructed, elaborate and intriguing detective thriller with an original twist, Her Last Move is a great choice.DS Becca Vincent is determined to be involved in the new murder investigation, especially since she finds out it is connected to a scene she witnessed herself. Despite the fact that it might be difficult to balance her personal life as a single mom, she knows this case will determine her career...Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell and a growing team, it is their task to stop the killer before he strikes again. But he seems to be one step ahead of them every time, and  it is a race against the clock to stop him before the body count rises even further.I really like how Her Last Move isn't just another detective thriller, and adds its original twist to it. The plot itself is quite complicated with three different POVs to consider as well as various background stories. But it all just worked for me, and both the suspense and plot twists are well handled. The story also has a few surprises in store, and the character development is very well done. Plus, getting to look inside the head of another twisted serial killer is always a bonus, right? Fans of the genre will enjoy this one. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Her Last Move is the second John Marrs book I have read and I was hesitant to read another in case it didn’t live up to very high bar that had been set when I read The Good Samaritan earlier this year. I needn’t have worried as Her Last Move is incredible. I am a big fan of psychological thrillers however with many books in this genre they often become quite predictable and it is easy to spot the killer or work out the ending. This is not the case with John Marrs books. There are so many twists Her Last Move is the second John Marrs book I have read and I was hesitant to read another in case it didn’t live up to very high bar that had been set when I read The Good Samaritan earlier this year. I needn’t have worried as Her Last Move is incredible. I am a big fan of psychological thrillers however with many books in this genre they often become quite predictable and it is easy to spot the killer or work out the ending. This is not the case with John Marrs books. There are so many twists and turns and the author ensures his readers are kept guessing right until the end.This book was told through the eyes of the killer and two members of the police force. It was good to know from the beginning who the murderer was and discover his motives and his psyche as the story progressed. Of the two police officers, I found Joe to be very relatable however I could not connect with Becca. I found her to be quite rude and emotionally lacking, although her family circumstances could account for her personality. Perhaps it was the mother in me that could not relate to her lack of maternal instinct. The conclusion of Becca’s story was a surprise to me. I do not want to give any spoilers but I will say well done to John Marrs for ending her story that way. I had only been contemplating just a few days ago why more plots don’t play out that way!This is a brilliant book, one of the best you will read in the psychological thriller genre. I cannot recommend it highly enough. John Marrs is an incredibly talented writer and if you are looking for a book to keep you on your toes then this is it.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!This is one hell of a page turner. I devoured this book in one sitting. The blurb for this book was good, but after reading this rollercoaster of a read it was way beyond my expectations. This book is a marathon of suspense, tension and a really nasty killer who has his own agenda. A new breed of detective and a female detective who just wants to prove to herself and others that she is good at her job.This is the second book I have read by this author, I thought his f OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!This is one hell of a page turner. I devoured this book in one sitting. The blurb for this book was good, but after reading this rollercoaster of a read it was way beyond my expectations. This book is a marathon of suspense, tension and a really nasty killer who has his own agenda. A new breed of detective and a female detective who just wants to prove to herself and others that she is good at her job.This is the second book I have read by this author, I thought his first was good but this one is mind. I am one exhausted and very happy reader. I would like to thank the author John Mares, Amazon Publishing UK and Net.galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for giving an honest review.
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    5* without second thought!Excellent writing style, which helps you read the book very easily!Amazing plot and the twists keep you interested until the end!If you havent introduced yourself to John Marrs' books then you should do so immediately!
  • Helen (TBC)
    January 1, 1970
    I've read I've read and loved all John Marrs' books to date and also read a lot of police procedurals, some good, some just okay so I was intrigued to read his first venture into this genre.As always with this author the writing is engaging and the characters are believable, none are stereotypical and their back stories are deftly woven into the storyline. The juggle between the professional and personal lives of key characters was absolutely nailed, I was enthralled to learn about the super-rec I've read I've read and loved all John Marrs' books to date and also read a lot of police procedurals, some good, some just okay so I was intrigued to read his first venture into this genre.As always with this author the writing is engaging and the characters are believable, none are stereotypical and their back stories are deftly woven into the storyline. The juggle between the professional and personal lives of key characters was absolutely nailed, I was enthralled to learn about the super-recognisers (yep I checked they are real!) and this added a clever dimension to the storyline. The utterly compelling plot is really well crafted, brilliantly paced and I'm a bit gutted that it doesn't seem to be the first in a series as I'd love to read more!Original and riveting - imo the author has mastered this genre too!Many, many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this book, my honest thoughts and opinion are expressed in this review.
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    I’m going to be honest here as I think I am John Marrs’ #1 superfan and this particular book took me ages to get into. This is a complete change in genre and style for John – his previous books have been quirky, original psychological thrillers with brilliant characters and unusual story-lines, but Her Last Move is a police based crime thriller which took me quite some time to connect with.Once I had accepted that this book didn’t have the usual Marrs hint of quirkiness and concentrated on the m I’m going to be honest here as I think I am John Marrs’ #1 superfan and this particular book took me ages to get into. This is a complete change in genre and style for John – his previous books have been quirky, original psychological thrillers with brilliant characters and unusual story-lines, but Her Last Move is a police based crime thriller which took me quite some time to connect with.Once I had accepted that this book didn’t have the usual Marrs hint of quirkiness and concentrated on the main two police characters chasing a serial killer it became an easy read. Each character has quite a detailed background and at times their personal stories overshadowed the serial killer they were chasing. Having said that – the serial killer was a seriously disturbed and sick individual with obvious anger issues and reading his point of view made for very uncomfortable reading.There is no doubt that John is a wonderful storyteller and has a very vivid and often disturbed imagination. His ability to create characters and weave an enjoyable and often shocking story together is evident in Her Last Move. If you are a fan of his previous books you won’t be disappointed.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    DS Becca Vincent is on the hunt for a serial killer but is she the one being hunted?The role reversal will have you up at night and the characters will have you questioning everything you think you know up till the very end.The killer is evasive always a step ahead but with facial recognition expert Joe Russell perhaps the tide is turning in their favor.One by one the bodies turn up and the heat to capture is about to reach its peak.Can they stop this madman before he kills the last on his list? DS Becca Vincent is on the hunt for a serial killer but is she the one being hunted?The role reversal will have you up at night and the characters will have you questioning everything you think you know up till the very end.The killer is evasive always a step ahead but with facial recognition expert Joe Russell perhaps the tide is turning in their favor.One by one the bodies turn up and the heat to capture is about to reach its peak.Can they stop this madman before he kills the last on his list?The men paid for his company but sadly it was company he did not seek. Sedation of victims is just one aspect of this psychopaths M.O. as he did find Audrey sexually attractive.Where will this lead, how will this end, who will come out alive?It's quite the wild ride.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars (rounded up) “HE” has a list of people that he plans to kill. And, he just knows the everyone will understand WHY each victim had to die, once he explains the reasons why...Yes, it’s personal. BUT what is the connection between the victims? Tasked with solving this mystery are DS Becca Vincent and Joe Russell, a member of the Super Recognizer task force (yes, I googled it, and there IS such a department! 🤓) Each of them has lost a sibling, and neither has fully recovered from their los 3.5 stars (rounded up) “HE” has a list of people that he plans to kill. And, he just knows the everyone will understand WHY each victim had to die, once he explains the reasons why...Yes, it’s personal. BUT what is the connection between the victims? Tasked with solving this mystery are DS Becca Vincent and Joe Russell, a member of the Super Recognizer task force (yes, I googled it, and there IS such a department! 🤓) Each of them has lost a sibling, and neither has fully recovered from their loss.And, each is also battling a “personal demon”. But will these things, become twists in the story? OR, are are they just “red herrings” the author uses to develop the characters or throw his readers off track? That is one of the things that John Marrs excels at doing, and I will never tell! 🤫Although I did not enjoy this book as much as his previous books, “The One” or “The Good Samaritan”, I would still recommend it for readers who enjoy police procedurals, and I will always eagerly look for his next book! Also of interest are the articles (links provided) about the real life facial recognition experts being used in the field today...I would like to thank Netgalley, John Marrs, and Amazon Publishing, UK for the ARC provided in exchange for a candid review. This title will be available on Nov 8, 2018 so you don’t have to wait long to receive your copy!!
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  • Jacqueline Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Right so now that I can breathe again, I can start my review, this is my first read by John Marrs and very happy to report that it certainly won’t be my last.What an action packed book full of twists and turns. To say this grips you from page 1 is an understatement. DS Becca Vincent and super-recogniser DS Joe Russell are on the investigating team in the search for a serial killer on a spree in London. The killer is organised, methodical and leaves no trace or DNA evidence, each kill different f Right so now that I can breathe again, I can start my review, this is my first read by John Marrs and very happy to report that it certainly won’t be my last.What an action packed book full of twists and turns. To say this grips you from page 1 is an understatement. DS Becca Vincent and super-recogniser DS Joe Russell are on the investigating team in the search for a serial killer on a spree in London. The killer is organised, methodical and leaves no trace or DNA evidence, each kill different from the other. The pressure is on as the body count rises, can they track him before its too late? With both Vincent & Russell having their own personal issues, can they put them to one side and focus?Thoroughly enjoyed this and would highly recommend as MUST READ, can’t wait for the next one… will we find out about Linzi….. oooh that was an evil way to leave it!!!Many thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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