Her Final Words
It seems like an open-and-shut case for FBI special agent Lucy Thorne when Eliza Cook walks into the field office. The teenage girl confesses to murdering a young boy. Disturbingly composed, she reveals chilling details only the killer could know. Beyond that Eliza doesn’t say another word, leaving a vital question met with dead silence: Why did she do it?To find the answer, Lucy goes to the scene of the crime in the small Idaho town of Knox Hollow. But Lucy’s questions are only mounting. Especially when she’s drawn deeper into the life of the victim. Then a combing of the woods yields unsettling evidence that Eliza isn’t the only one in this close-knit rural community with secrets.Getting to the truth is becoming Lucy’s obsession. And it’s a dangerous one. Because for the good folks of Knox Hollow, hiding that truth will take more than silence.

Her Final Words Details

TitleHer Final Words
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
ISBN-139781542005968
Rating
GenreMystery

Her Final Words Review

  • Christi M
    January 1, 1970
    While only my second book by this author, it's clear that the setting and mood are important characteristics to the stories she tells.Her Final Words centers around a small town in Idaho called Knox Hollow. Within its borders is a church known for its strict doctrines and tight control over its members. While FBI Agent Lucy Thorne investigates the murder of Noah Dawson, this church and their beliefs are woven into the story. None moreso than their belief that there should be no medical intervent While only my second book by this author, it's clear that the setting and mood are important characteristics to the stories she tells.Her Final Words centers around a small town in Idaho called Knox Hollow. Within its borders is a church known for its strict doctrines and tight control over its members. While FBI Agent Lucy Thorne investigates the murder of Noah Dawson, this church and their beliefs are woven into the story. None moreso than their belief that there should be no medical intervention when someone is sick or hurt including children. The state's Shield Law protects parents in these instances, but it is no less controversial. Throughout the story we learn how difficult it is for the small Knox Hollow police department to coincide with this church.One of the fascinating aspects of the book is how little we know of our main character, Agent Thorne. Often, this genre will provide a detailed character description along with a list of their flaws and demons. Instead, Agent Lucy Thorne enters the story with very little background given. As the story progresses we learn about who Lucy is not by her history, but by her actions and by how she interacts with Sheriff Hicks and Deputy Grant.While Lucy's narrative is the central POV, mixed in are chapter's from the events leading up to when Eliza confesses to FBI. Initially, I feared I would get bored of seeing only one person's flashback. So I was pleasantly surprised when the past events were told from multiple points of view. By doing so we are given an incomplete picture of what transpired that helps to keep us guessing until the pieces finally start to fit together at the end.In general, Her Final Words comes across as a straight mystery/suspense story with no alternating story lines told. For me, this approach worked as it allowed me to focus only on the story at hand.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...I loved this story. I was desperate to finish it but at the same time, I wanted to delay the pleasure. It surprised me, it captivated me and it had me guessing all to the ending. A superb piece of writing from Labuskes!For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...I loved this story. I was desperate to finish it but at the same time, I wanted to delay the pleasure. It surprised me, it captivated me and it had me guessing all to the ending. A superb piece of writing from Labuskes!For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...
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  • Tony Wirt
    January 1, 1970
    Brianna Labuskes has done it again, giving us another fantastic mystery to crawl inside our skulls and dance around for a bit. She lays out tons of threads all over the small Idaho town of Knox Hollow, then expertly weaves them back together for a finale that will leave you unable to turn the pages fast enough.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    A motive would be nice. In Seattle, FBI Special Agent Lucy Thorne looks at Eliza Cook, a teen with porcelain skin and golden-white hair who just confessed to the murder of twelve-year-old Noah Dawson in remote Knox Hollow, Idaho. Eliza had traveled far and asked for Lucy by name. Agent Thorne has just one long weekend to determine what happened in this secretive tight-knit community strongly influenced by a church sect that shuns government interference. Josiah Cook is the face of the church and A motive would be nice. In Seattle, FBI Special Agent Lucy Thorne looks at Eliza Cook, a teen with porcelain skin and golden-white hair who just confessed to the murder of twelve-year-old Noah Dawson in remote Knox Hollow, Idaho. Eliza had traveled far and asked for Lucy by name. Agent Thorne has just one long weekend to determine what happened in this secretive tight-knit community strongly influenced by a church sect that shuns government interference. Josiah Cook is the face of the church and his wife Rachel is the backbone. It is said the church takes care of its own. Taciturn Sheriff Wyatt Hicks has secrets. His young stunning new deputy has secrets. The cemetery is home to many young bodies and now Eliza’s friend is missing. Who could she turn to? But a motive would be nice. Labuskes offers an intense mystery with an excellent character in Agent Thorne who methodically uncovers layers of deceit while trusting no one. Some developments are too convenient and a few questions are left unanswered, but there is a great concluding twist.Note: This review was prepared for Library Journal.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    A decent enough thriller, if light on the characterisation and dialogue.
  • Suesyn Zellmer
    January 1, 1970
    I figured I would like this book, but I had no idea how much I would end up loving it! If it involves small town secrets and shadowy religious organizations, I'm in. And boy, does this story have both. When FBI agent Lucy Thorne is asked to hear a confession of a teenage girl, she doesn't think much of it. But she soon realizes that there has to be more behind this crime. Since when do murderers just casually come and turn themselves in? But the girl has the facts, and the body is found to be ri I figured I would like this book, but I had no idea how much I would end up loving it! If it involves small town secrets and shadowy religious organizations, I'm in. And boy, does this story have both. When FBI agent Lucy Thorne is asked to hear a confession of a teenage girl, she doesn't think much of it. But she soon realizes that there has to be more behind this crime. Since when do murderers just casually come and turn themselves in? But the girl has the facts, and the body is found to be right where she says it is. The poor victim is a young boy with a bible phrase carved into this chest. Lucy knows she needs to visit the town of Knox Hollow where the boy was found to ensure that this really is as clear a case as everyone else believes. Her gut is telling her otherwise and as soon as she arrives, she knows she made the right decision.Knox Hollow is home to The Church, as locals call it. A small, very strict religious enclave that would seem the last place for such a vicious crime to occur. But this town has plenty of secrets. Lucy has the help of the local Sheriff, but his reputation of mistrust towards The Church doesn't do them any favors in trying to dig deep. The more Lucy discovers, the more she's convinced that this body could be the key to everything the tight-lipped community of Knox Hollow is hiding. But The Church protects its own and Lucy may be in more danger than she ever would have feared.I read this book in one sitting - i just couldn't stop. The author creates a dark atmosphere that surrounds you while you read. You can picture yourself right there in Knox Hollow with Lucy, feeling the eyes of the town upon you. Secrets and twists reveal themselves at an engrossing pace and you won't stop until you discover everything and everyone this community is hiding.
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of those stories that is so hard for me to review. On one hand, it drew me in and kept me reading hours past the time I would have usually gone to bed. The story moves at a steady pace, introducing new twists and turns the more you read (there were a couple of surprising moments, although one of the "main ones" seemed rather obvious to me). I liked the complexity of the characters, and I enjoyed the not just the secrecy surrounding the church, but the way the author managed to reali This was one of those stories that is so hard for me to review. On one hand, it drew me in and kept me reading hours past the time I would have usually gone to bed. The story moves at a steady pace, introducing new twists and turns the more you read (there were a couple of surprising moments, although one of the "main ones" seemed rather obvious to me). I liked the complexity of the characters, and I enjoyed the not just the secrecy surrounding the church, but the way the author managed to realistically grasp small town life and the way (cult-like church aside) those who live there tend to view outsiders as a threat and close ranks to protect their own. Another point in this stories favor is how unlike other novels of this same ilk there was no attempt to weave a romance into the story-line the way I have seen other authors try to do. On the other hand? As it wound down I felt like the author started throwing too much at the reader to "shock" them (or because it was a convenient to tie up a loose end). It became less of "OH MY GOD WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?" and more of a "Oh... okay... um... what?" People acting (in my opinion) out of character based on what we know about them, other characters made to look guilty that aren't, and entire plotlines built around something that wasn't. For me, it just put an abrupt halt to what had otherwise been a solid read. Even with that, I would definitely give this author another chance because of their ability to create a realistic world that draws people in.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I kept reading it, so I guess I'll give it two stars. Totally disappointed in the story, the characters, the incorrect details, the attempts to create mystery when there was no need, and once again, a supposedly smart heroine who has no reason whatsoever to have a phone with a dead battery at a crucial point in the story. I was not compelled to keep reading the story, not driven by caring about any character, but I read it all anyway. The conceit of telling the story in flashbacks to various mom I kept reading it, so I guess I'll give it two stars. Totally disappointed in the story, the characters, the incorrect details, the attempts to create mystery when there was no need, and once again, a supposedly smart heroine who has no reason whatsoever to have a phone with a dead battery at a crucial point in the story. I was not compelled to keep reading the story, not driven by caring about any character, but I read it all anyway. The conceit of telling the story in flashbacks to various moments in time, through the eyes of different characters was fine, but tedious after a while. I just wanted the author to get on with it, already. (This could just be me....I don't have much patience for tedium in the time of corona). The character of Kate, thrown in late in the game to provide a reason for Zoey to be in Knox Hollow, was contrived. I figured out early on that Noah wasn't a victim of the serial killer, that he knew his death had a purpose, but that didn't become clear until later. And really, what was the point of not being straight out with the facts of the case when Eliza first met up with Agent Thorne? Why drag it out? Another Kindle First book that disappointed.
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  • Antigone Walsh
    January 1, 1970
    When an oddly composed teenage girl confesses to the murder of a twelve-year-old boy FBI Agent Lucy is troubled and perplexed. Although the body is recovered and the scene fits the girl's description something seems terribly off. Given the weekend to investigate essentially an open and closed case, Lucy finds herself caught in a web of religious fervour and fanaticism, abuse, abduction and murder. The small-town atmosphere hits too close to home for Lucy but she is determined to make sense of th When an oddly composed teenage girl confesses to the murder of a twelve-year-old boy FBI Agent Lucy is troubled and perplexed. Although the body is recovered and the scene fits the girl's description something seems terribly off. Given the weekend to investigate essentially an open and closed case, Lucy finds herself caught in a web of religious fervour and fanaticism, abuse, abduction and murder. The small-town atmosphere hits too close to home for Lucy but she is determined to make sense of the murder.This was an interesting read. Told from the POVs of Lucy and some other characters including Eliza, the confessor, Molly her BFF and Hicks the sheriff, it keeps the story moving. I liked that the story is fairly free of any convoluted backstory or romantic involvements of Lucy. Sometimes less is more and the story would have been better without the Deputy Zoe sub-plot and the politics of the shield law. Still an interesting and engaging novel.
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  • elizrdbthspeaks
    January 1, 1970
    totally new to this author, wow!! so amazing, great book cover. i found it as one of my "kindle first" you get the chance to pick 2 books if you are a prime member ... and this was my 2nd one ... you get it before it is released to the public. the other one i grabbed a kiddie read "Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten", that is just a precious read if you are looking for a great present for a little one. loved it. great illustrations. this one is totally different ... no comparison there. but i love totally new to this author, wow!! so amazing, great book cover. i found it as one of my "kindle first" you get the chance to pick 2 books if you are a prime member ... and this was my 2nd one ... you get it before it is released to the public. the other one i grabbed a kiddie read "Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten", that is just a precious read if you are looking for a great present for a little one. loved it. great illustrations. this one is totally different ... no comparison there. but i love jumping around in my genres ... i love mysteries ... they are my go 2 genre. i am new to this author and i wanna read more ... i will do that soon. gorgeous profile picture. i love it when an author gives us a realistic photo ... i mean i get it .. i understand folks have to be careful of their families etc. but allow us your readers a bit in, if you can. please. makes you feel a bit more real .. and relatable. will read more. i will soon.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    What a struggle to get through! Sorry, this just didn't work for me. It was WAY too much of unsaid words, reading expressions and knowing EVERYONE was lying. The author constructed a plot with everyone having the ability to easily lie, cover their tracks, and read meaning into every single facial expression. It was exhausting as the reader to deal with this on every single page. And why does every author insist on the hero or protagonist having a dead or almost dead cell phone?? Seriously? If I What a struggle to get through! Sorry, this just didn't work for me. It was WAY too much of unsaid words, reading expressions and knowing EVERYONE was lying. The author constructed a plot with everyone having the ability to easily lie, cover their tracks, and read meaning into every single facial expression. It was exhausting as the reader to deal with this on every single page. And why does every author insist on the hero or protagonist having a dead or almost dead cell phone?? Seriously? If I was in the FBI, and I'm BY MYSELF IN THE REMOTE IDAHO, wouldn't I make sure my cell phone is charged? It's just insulting to the reader that to accept that law enforcement would not have a charged phone and back-up. Figure out another way for the bad thing to happen!
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  • KATHY HINDENACH
    January 1, 1970
    Not just another female lead crime novel, it has wonderful character depth & complexity along with an intriguing story line. It's complicated. It would have been easy to get lost if the author hadn't done a good job keeping us on plot.I like how the author said in her acknowledgements: "Thank you both for trusting my voice, knowing what I’m trying to say, and helping me get there." I think that was very well said & is a good example of how well-spoken Brianna Labuskes is. I also agree that Thoma Not just another female lead crime novel, it has wonderful character depth & complexity along with an intriguing story line. It's complicated. It would have been easy to get lost if the author hadn't done a good job keeping us on plot.I like how the author said in her acknowledgements: "Thank you both for trusting my voice, knowing what I’m trying to say, and helping me get there." I think that was very well said & is a good example of how well-spoken Brianna Labuskes is. I also agree that Thomas & Mercer has stood out to me as an amazing team in delivering good books. I often find an author's profile telling & I believe this one's professional experience comes through well.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    A roller coaster of a readFBI agent Lucy Thorne goes to Knox Hollow to investigate a murder. Eliza Cook has confessed to murdering a young boy, but Lucy doesn't know why she did it. Once in Knox Hollow Lucy is faced with a cult like church and a town full of secrets.Her Final Words is a brilliant book that kept me hooked from beginning to end. It is full of red herrings and dead ends. The characters are well written and the story line tense.Highly recommended.
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  • Cedar Sanderson
    January 1, 1970
    Poor pacing, badly researchedSlow and dragging. Terribly researched. Multiple mistakes in the setting that would have been easy to correct given a modicum of care in research, or a decent editor. Strong anti-Christian bias in the plot could be overlooked if it was not so preachy in message and ignorant of its target. Not impressed with my first taste of this author, wont try another of hers.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Another free monthly Prime First Reads bust.HER FINAL WORDS is a story with a terrific premise and plot, but dreadful, execution. The book grabbed my interest, which waned rapidly after the first chapter. With too many points of view and time shifts, I found myself losing investment in the story quickly before giving up and skimming to the end. HER FINAL WORDS is a story that could have been so much more.
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in 24 hours! Up until reading this book, I hadn’t been a crime thriller reader. This booked changed everything. I couldn’t put it down. I thought I had worked out what had happened and was desperately willing Lucy to see the clues I had seen, but of course I still wasn’t right! I loved it. Thankyou!
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  • Blair H. Prigg
    January 1, 1970
    Keeps You GuessingA thriller that doesn't stop. The author always has you going six different directions. It was hard at times to keep track of all of the characters. I was able to keep track of all the kids but the adults was a different story. The ending could have gone many different ways. I don't think that I would have ever figured out the ending.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    Her Final Words by Brianna Labuskes This one catches on very quickly and sinks the hook deeper with every page. It is tragically obvious from the beginning who is behind these murders, but Labuskes writes a twisty path through the plot. As my Amazon Prime reads for July, I really enjoyed this one. It has a lot of characters, so it hung on a bit at the end, but still really well done.
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  • Tanis Blount
    January 1, 1970
    I struggle with mystery. I tend to have it all figured out early on. So, if the characters aren’t spot on, I am typically bored out of my mind. This was the total opposite. I didn’t see the twists coming. I mostly enjoyed the characters but wasn’t sure who to cheer for. Read it. As a Prime Read this month it was well worth my time.
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  • Karen Schwoerer
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner :After reading Girls of Glass, I knew my Kindle first read for this month would be another of Brianna Labuskes books. Her Final Words did not disappoint. Intriguing characters, interesting storyline and certainly kept me reading. I devoured it in almost one sitting.
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  • Leah Parker
    January 1, 1970
    Twisty, sadChildren of all ages and others were disappearing. A young girl seems out an FBI agent and confessed to a crime. Was it the truth? What we the motive? I will try this author again.
  • patricia tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Good storyNot prize winning writing but good enough. The story holds your attention and is hard to solve which makes a mystery good! Main character is believable and I loved the fact that there was zero romance!!
  • Bitchin’ Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    Truly original thriller This was a truly original story by Brianna. I had no idea what I was getting into and it truly made a turn for the best. I absolutely loved the twists this story took. My biggest complaints are that I did not love the cult aspect.
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  • Erica Shipp
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book. Had me on the edge of my seat. At first, I felt confused but I kept pushing on. Got totally absorbed in the story. I guessed it was Rachel early on but didn’t put everything together. Want to read more by this author.
  • Sandra B. Culbertson
    January 1, 1970
    BlockbusterI am a big fan of this author. She consistently produces thrilling mysteries. This story consists of more than one theory that makes the reader think they know who did it , but the ending will surprise you!
  • loraine cooke
    January 1, 1970
    IntriguingI picked this from the kindle new release list as it intrigued me. I have not read any books by this author before and found the style of writing , storyline and characters well set out and intriguing. Lots of twists and turns , well thought out , a good read.
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  • Lillie Ward
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not the best at reviews, but I love reading and read most anything I can get my hands on...I liked this book, I was not able to wait to finish it by reading a little a day...I read whole book till it was finished. And enjoyed it!
  • Robert L Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Heck of a readThis is a gripping story,skillfully crafted. It builds slowly, adding characters and layers, with plenty of twists and turns. Once you begin you have to keep going to the end.
  • Janet Moyer
    January 1, 1970
    Great book!This story gripped you and kept you reading. There were many twists and turns that kept you wondering who the villain was. I loved the flow of the story. You were given information and then time to process it.
  • Megan Heys
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book‘Her Final Words’ is definitely a book that keeps you on your toes. Very well written and is like reading an episode of criminal minds, where you’re always wondering what’s coming next. I really enjoyed it. Definitely an easy read with interesting characters.
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