Her Last Breath (The Tattoo Thief, #2)
He leaves his victims fighting for life,And with the mark of death...After old remains resurface in a heatwave, a young woman is attacked and left fighting for her life in hospital. 24 hours later she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body. When another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of Brighton. His team identify a suspect, Alex Mullins, son of his lover, Marni. Can Francis forget their shared past and save the next victim before it is too late?

Her Last Breath (The Tattoo Thief, #2) Details

TitleHer Last Breath (The Tattoo Thief, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 19th, 2019
PublisherTrapeze
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime

Her Last Breath (The Tattoo Thief, #2) Review

  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliant follow up book which I although it's hard to believe it was even better than the first. It's a bit gruesome in places but not over the top. I love the leading character Detective Francis Sullivan, he has his faults but the job always comes first. and when finds himself faced with two murders in quick succession he realises that they have a serial killer to catch. I love the author's style of writing it sucks you in and doesn't let you go while the very last page.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of Her Last Breath, the second novel set in Brighton to feature DI Francis Sullivan and tattoo artist Marni Mullins.Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend, Alex Mullins, for help after being attacked. She is rushed to hospital but sadly dies the next day. After her death a strange tattoo is found on her back and this makes Alex the prime suspect. When another girl with links to Alex disappears he becomes the only suspect. I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of Her Last Breath, the second novel set in Brighton to feature DI Francis Sullivan and tattoo artist Marni Mullins.Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend, Alex Mullins, for help after being attacked. She is rushed to hospital but sadly dies the next day. After her death a strange tattoo is found on her back and this makes Alex the prime suspect. When another girl with links to Alex disappears he becomes the only suspect. Francis isn’t as convinced as the rest of the team of his guilt and Marni will do anything to clear her son’s name.Her Last Breath is a roller coaster of a read with incident upon incident and a well concealed perpetrator which will appeal to many readers. I found it compulsive in parts but not enough to say I loved it. I found it a very choppy read with its constant switches between characters and the insertion of chapters about a young girl called Aimée which have no relevance until the denouement just seemed like a distraction. Having read the whole novel they are given much more prominence than they deserve. The murder plot is well conceived and executed but it gets bogged down in extraneities, mainly interpersonal relationships and the court case from the previous novel. This latter means that there is no going back to The Tattoo Thief after reading this one. The balance is not right for my tastes.The characters are very well developed so the reader gets to experience their highs and lows along with them. This is fine if you like them but try as I might I really don’t like Marni, finding her impulsive and too quick to jump to conclusions. It’s harder to get a handle on Francis as his life seems to be one long confrontation with his workmates, his sister and Marni.
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  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    http://viaggiatricepigra.blogspot.com...Un seguito che non mi aspettavo (non seguivo le notizie) e alla cui notizia ho reagito con gioia. Sono davvero grata per l'esser finita in questo Review Party (che mi ha permesso di scoprirlo) e leggerlo in anteprima per potervene parlare. Ci troviamo un anno dopo le vicende raccontate nel primo volume, ovvero "Il Tatuatore" (trovate la mia opinione quì). Ritroviamo i protagonisti che avevano reso così avvincente quella storia, eppure qualcosa è cambiato, http://viaggiatricepigra.blogspot.com...Un seguito che non mi aspettavo (non seguivo le notizie) e alla cui notizia ho reagito con gioia. Sono davvero grata per l'esser finita in questo Review Party (che mi ha permesso di scoprirlo) e leggerlo in anteprima per potervene parlare. Ci troviamo un anno dopo le vicende raccontate nel primo volume, ovvero "Il Tatuatore" (trovate la mia opinione quì). Ritroviamo i protagonisti che avevano reso così avvincente quella storia, eppure qualcosa è cambiato, nonostante serva un'altra indagine per farli rincontrare. Ahimè, essendo abbastanza collegati, potreste leggerli separati, ma ve lo sconsiglio. Vi spoilereste il primo volume e temo che alcuni dettagli potrebbero creare confusione. Anche questa recensione contiene Spoiler, quindi se non avete letto "Il Tatuatore" non andate oltre. Una ragazza viene brutalmente aggredita, seviziata e lasciata morente. In meno di ventiquattr'ore muore in ospedale. La polizia si ritrova a passare da un caso di aggressione ad uno di omicidio. Ad investigare ci sarà ancora l'ispettore Francis Sullivan con la sua squadra, ma c'è un problema. Il principale sospetto è il fidanzato della vittima. Ovvero, Alex Mullins, il figlio di Marni, la tatuatrice che ha aiutato Francis nelle precedenti indagini e quasi diventata vittima del "Ladro di Tatuaggi". A complicare il tutto ci si mettono anche problemi familiari, che danno modo ad un elemento della sua squadra di cercare di farsi notare, per prendere il posto di Francis.Di più non voglio dirvi.Come il precedente, avremo una visione corale della storia attraverso molte voci, da Francis, ad Alex, a Marni, fino ad alcuni agenti di polizia ed altri. Persino l'assassino ci darà alcune tracce di sé, ma rendendo difficile capire chi sia e perchè stia facendo questo.Un thriller davvero interessante e che in pochissime ore si divora. Adrenalinico quanto basta per tener il lettore attaccato alle pagine, mescolando abilmente colpi di scena e rivelazioni, con parti della vita privata dei vari personaggi che danno loro spessore. Una scrittura leggera, che permette di scorrere velocemente capitolo dopo capitolo l'indagine, senza appesantirci mentre si arriva alla rivelazione finale. Un secondo capitolo di una serie che promette bene, anche se è difficile capire dove l'autrice troverà spunto per un prossimo capitolo (o magari più d'uno?!). Staremo a vedere.Nel frattempo, se avete amato "Il Tatuatore", non potete farvi scappare questo seguito. Una piccola nota stonata: il titolo! La Newton in questo pecca clamorosamente. Infatti era il precedente volume da noi chiamato "Il Tatuatore" ad essere in originale "The Tattoo Thief" (ovvero "Il Ladro Di Tatuaggi", che si collega perfettamente alla trama), mentre questo era "Her Last Breath" (ovvero "Il Suo Ultimo Respiro", riferendosi ad una donna per l'uso di "her"). Non ha alcun senso questo titolo. Mi spiace, ma ci sono rimasta davvero male. Poteva essere di tutto, ma questo non ci sta proprio.
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  • Louise Mullins
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a while to get into this story, but I found it very well drawn out when I did. There was a blooper in Chapter Sixty-Five: WPC's have not existed since the nineties and this book is based in 2017. A PC is a Police Constable, whatever their sex. I felt rather distanced from the characters in this novel, some of their motivations and behaviours didn't ring true or weren't fully explained. However the plot had an interesting concept and an original route that kept me intrigued throughout, It took me a while to get into this story, but I found it very well drawn out when I did. There was a blooper in Chapter Sixty-Five: WPC's have not existed since the nineties and this book is based in 2017. A PC is a Police Constable, whatever their sex. I felt rather distanced from the characters in this novel, some of their motivations and behaviours didn't ring true or weren't fully explained. However the plot had an interesting concept and an original route that kept me intrigued throughout, so it deserves four stars.
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  • Jacqueline sharp
    January 1, 1970
    This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of the This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of them seemed a little bit pointless as they didn’t really add anything much to the story. The story wastold through the points of view of some of the characters, I’m not always keen when books do this as they flit back and forth but this wasn’t too bad and I managed to keep up.Set in Brighton with DI Francis and his team and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend after being attacked and is rushed to hospital, but unfortunately she doesn’t make it and dies the following day. This puts the boyfriend Alex Mullins under suspicion, when another girl linked with Alex disappears, he becomes prime suspect.Marni Mullins will do anything to prove her son is innocent, and DI Francis doesn’t believe that Alex is guilty either, despite the rest of his team thinking he is guilty.This is overall a really good read I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book before this one, but that is just my opinion.The characters are well rounded and if there are more books to come I’m sure we will get to know more about them, I love seeing characters grow over time.I would like to thank netgalley and Trapeze publishers for letting me have an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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  • Jacqueline sharp
    January 1, 1970
    This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of the This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of them seemed a little bit pointless as they didn’t really add anything much to the story. The story wastold through the points of view of some of the characters, I’m not always keen when books do this as they flit back and forth but this wasn’t too bad and I managed to keep up.Set in Brighton with DI Francis and his team and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend after being attacked and is rushed to hospital, but unfortunately she doesn’t make it and dies the following day. This puts the boyfriend Alex Mullins under suspicion, when another girl linked with Alex disappears, he becomes prime suspect.Marni Mullins will do anything to prove her son is innocent, and DI Francis doesn’t believe that Alex is guilty either, despite the rest of his team thinking he is guilty.This is overall a really good read I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book before this one, but that is just my opinion.The characters are well rounded and if there are more books to come I’m sure we will get to know more about them, I love seeing characters grow over time.I would like to thank netgalley and Trapeze publishers for letting me have an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Orion publishers and NetGalley for this advanced copy of the latest Alison Belsham novel Wow what can I say but what a superb second novel. ‘This is a fantastic sequel to The Tattoo Thief featuring Marni , Francis and the rest of the team. You are gripped from the opening pages to the last. It is really well written and the characters and the story come alive before your eyes. Cracker of a read.
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  • Zubeth
    January 1, 1970
    This was a well written mystery with a wide variety of characters. The murders were definitely of the more gruesome variety. The story felt like a more realistic portrayal of a police investigation in comparison to other books I have read. I did feel that the story was told through too many different points of view but a great read nevertheless.
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  • Giovanna Conte
    January 1, 1970
    4,5
  • LeggerePerSognare
    January 1, 1970
    qui la mia recensione https://booksdreamer.blogspot.com/201...
  • Shkolnikjx
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent novel with a fascinating depiction of characters. I very much enjoyed this wonderful story and highly recommend it.
  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars
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