Zoe Duncan was living a normal life as she could when the unthinkable happens. She will come home to find that her daughter has gone missing. Zoe is frantic with worry thanks to her past and fears for her little girl. She will find help in a private investigator, Jonathan, but leads will be scarce and Zoe will be worried that she wouldn’t find her daughter.
Jonathan Stivers is a private investigator on a job trying to find a missing girl. He will do all that he can for Zoe to find her daughter with searching every possible clue that he can think of. He will come up with very little until he starts to think closer to Zoe’s home and wonder about the perfect neighbors.
The Perfect Couple is the fourth book to Last Stand series by Brenda Novak. First thought after reading this book was wow, that was messed up. I really loved the twisted characters and plot that occurred as Novak wrote the book well but still it was messed up.
Zoe was a fighter through and through especially with all that she had to go endure in their lifetime. She is given another problem with her daughter being taken. Okay now throughout this book since you knew who the bad guys were you wanted to shout at Zoe to see them. They were right in front of her and she had no idea. That was the most frustrating part of the novel but it did bring in that element in the book that made it that more intriguing. With Jonathan who you heard about from the previous books gets his own book. I was interested to know more about him as his name was mentioned. I liked Jonathan’s character in the book. He was an investigator and good at his job but he was flawed with his own demons to battle. They do make a good team with chemistry and helping each other in this mission to find her daughter. Well maybe in the initial search it wasn’t going very well but when things started to fall into place they were there for each other.
The villains were very clear in the book. This doesn’t always happen when you know right away who the bad guys were as it is a mystery. I was worried that the book might not be intriguing as I already knew who the villains were, but by knowing these people you were given the insight to their twisted world. It was a plot that kept you going, you think when a child is kidnapped they take them far away. You would not expect that the villains would be the neighbors next door. So since you knew the villains were the neighbors that opened up the plot and let you find out more on these neighbors which was disturbing. Colin was a sadist and so was Tiffany but she was submissive to Colin. They were twisted keeping these kids and treating them like pets. There was a point when Zoe was in danger by Colin and because of what happened to Zoe in her past I was really hoping that she would be alright, she was but it was a close call.
Well with The Perfect Couple now finished I am done with the Last Stand series and I have to say it was a series to read. There was no easy plot as they were all victims but these were strong woman who fought to survive and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Sheridan Kohl was coming back home due to new evidence that was found about the shooting she survived while Jason Wyatt did not. Sheridan is guilt ridden over that night as she only went out with Jason to make Cain jealous. Coming back home she will be given a surprise with an attack that will leave her almost dead but she will survive thanks to Cain. Together they will try to find her attacker and ultimately who attacked her twelve years ago.
Cain Granger was the troubled kid, the unwanted kid once his mother had died. Then he got the chance with a popular girl and knew he the day after he made a mistake by not calling her. He knew they had something but he pushed it aside. Now twelve years later Cain will be playing protector for her as they try to find out what happened exactly twelve years ago.
Watch Me is the third book from the series Last Stand by Brenda Novak. Like the other two books this story was very captivating. It intrigued me with all the deceit and the hatred the characters shared for each other and who this murderer was. Needless to say I was on my couch reading each page with anticipation.
Sheridan is ridden with guilt and a broken heart from twelve years ago. It was not easy for Sheridan coming back but she was determined. I liked her bravery with coming back to the place where she almost died. That shows how strong her character was and I liked that about her. It was pretty horrific with what happened to Sheridan when she comes back home, almost beaten too death. She will stay to find the murderer. She still plays the good daughter but I am happy to read that she was becoming more than just her parents daughter and wanting something or someone for herself like Cain. Now Cain is considered the outsider of the family and really only works with his dogs, away from people. He was more comfortable with animals than with people. I liked Cain as he was flawed thinking he was worthless and he had some bumps in the road. When it comes to Sheridan he still that scared kid thinking they couldn’t make it work. They get it together but it will be far from perfect as there needs to be trust that is to built. There is also his ex wife of 3 months, divorced 10 years ago, was still obsessed with him and it was not healthy. I didn’t like Amy and she caused a lot of problems and was the instigator for Cain’s problems. She will be having her own problems later on in the book.
So bad guys are overwhelming in this book. Maybe they are not true villain but they are mean spirited people with lost of hatred or followed the hate that was attached to Cain. With all of that hatred it was hard to guess who would be the person who attacked Sheridan, both times. I had a guess of the attacker but then I decided to change my mind. I guessed again but after that time I stopped trying because even though Novak was giving clues it wasn’t conclusive as it had you guessing from one to another. When the villain is revealed I am not shocked as that person was my first guess but what is shocking is the amount of hatred they had for both Cain and Sheridan.
I am reading The Perfect Couple which is the fourth book to the series.
Romain Fornier has lost everything he held dear in life and became a shell of a man. He will not be interested in looking back on his daughters murderer but he will find himself being pulled into the case by Jasmine Stratford. She claim the wrong man was killed and that his daughters murderer and her sisters kidnapper are the same person.
Jasmine Stratford has been searching for her sister for sixteen years and she will never stop until she finds a body to bring home. She will be lead to New Orleans and find that the case might not be dead and that her sisters abductor was now taunting her after all this time.
Stop Me is the second book to the series Last Stand by Brenda Novak. So from this series I have read the first, the fifth and sixth book. I will say I am captivated by this series because it is not simple. There is a lot of violence that goes through this book and a great deal of mystery and suspense where you will be wondering what will happen next.
I very much enjoyed the book with Jasmine’s character as she was a psychic you could say. Her gift will be used in this process of trying to find the man who is taunting her. I liked her feelings or her dreams she had as they were vivid but didn’t happen every time and she was even wrong some of the time. This gift was not an exact science. Romain was a man living in his own hell. He is brought back thanks to Jasmine who gives him a purpose to live again and to find the true murderer of his only daughter. Now there is that steamy connection that happens between Jasmine and Romain and it will get intense but because of their situation it is not very easy. I will say it was interesting when Jasmine was able to tap into Romain’s dream and that got very steamy.
The mystery of Kimberly and was she alive or not was the major question through the whole book. You really don’t know much but as the story goes along more clues on what happened to Kimberly were revealed little by little. I thought Novak does a good job with Kimberly and you will will find out for once and for all what happened at the end of the book.
The villains are pretty clear in the book as Novak lets us in on their parts in the book. They are some pretty horrible people and sick minded with what they were doing. You wanted justice for all those victims who could not find justice for themselves. Now what is unclear is this mystery person who is kind of like the guiding force of this group. There are several possibilities and I was shocked to find out the identity of this person because I was not expecting that person.
I am reading the third book, Watch Me, next which is with Sheridan.
Sebastian Costas has been driven for the past year to find his ex wife and son’s murderer. Sebastian will be getting closer to the killer and will be led to California, and to the organization Last Stand.
Jane Burke started working with Last Stand hoping to find something that she could do. She will soon be finding herself on a case of missing sisters and will find help with a Sebastian who was looking for his own killer. She will soon realize that their killers are one of the same.
The Perfect Murder is the sixth and final book to the series Last Stand from Brenda Novak. I was once again engrossed in the novel wondering how it would end and hoping that the villain gets caught and punished. It seems that Brenda Novak gets me to turn the pages of her books especially with all the suspense that was involved.
Sebastian was a dedicated to finding the killer who took his ex wife and son. I was enthralled with him and impressed with all that he was able to do to even track the killer. Jane’s character was scared and still healing from all that she had endured. I liked that she found her voice and helped those who could not help themselves. I liked the romance that started and it gave this couple a chance at happiness of course there are bumps in the road that get a little dicey when the killer starts to look towards Jane.
The villain was pretty much a man who was deranged and diabolical when it came to violence and getting what he wanted. Novak does a good job making sure that he acted like a man insane with his thoughts and actions throughout the novel.
I thought this was a good finish to end the book and the series. Of course I will still have to find the second, third and fourth book to completely finish the series.
Luke Trussell was a good man in the air force but will find himself drunk one night and making a mistake with a one night stand. He will be soon charged with rape but will fight it as he did not force her to do anything. Luke will find help from Ava who helps protect victims, but will soon find that he is putting her in danger.
Ava Bixby works at the Last Stand and helps victims. She will be receiving her next case but as she goes further into this case she will find not all things were adding up. Ava will soon be siding with Luke and find a way to clear his name while trying to keep away from trouble that keeps getting closer.
The Perfect Liar is the fifth book to the Last Stand series from Brenda Novak. From this series I have only read the first book which was compelling to read with all the action and underhanded things that occurred in the book. I came across the fifth and sixth book on the shelves in my library and started the fifth one right away as I was eager to read more from this series.
Ava was a strong woman who just wasn’t sure of herself especially when it comes to following her gut about victims. She had failed once and didn’t want to fail again. I liked that she didn’t just give in and gave Luke a chance to tell his side of the story. Luke was a boy scout and always did things the right way. It was interesting to read about him through the story as things started to unravel around him. He became more aggressive which was needed so he would survive this attack to his character. Now there is a budding romance that starts with Luke and Ava but it starts out slow and will find a way to steam up even through all the chaos that happens with the crazed stalker who only wants Luke.
The book weaves through some very serious crimes and Novak does it well especially with the villain who is clearly stated pretty much in the beginning of the book. The stalker was psychotic and clearly had been screwed up for a very long time leading her to do many horrible things. What I found interesting was there were a couple surprises that dealt with the idea that there could have been more than one villain and more than one death happening in the book.
The sixth book is with Jane who was featured in the first book of the series. I am looking to reading how Jane changed from a victim, that is once she figured out the truth out her now deceased husband, to helping victims.
Skye Kellerman was attacked four years ago by a deranged man but she was able to get away by stabbing him with a pair of scissors. He was put away but with only three years in prison he gets out and Skye is preparing for the inevitable attack but this time she wouldn’t be alone with her friends and Detective Willis behind her.
Detective David Willis knew that Dr. Oliver Burke was the man that attacked Skye four years ago and wouldn’t let anything happen to her now that he was getting out early. He will do everything to protect Skye who he can’t stop thinking about which is threatening his reconcile with his ex wife. He will becoming closer with Skye as her life is being threatened.
Trust Me is the first book to the series Last Stand by Brenda Novak. I have read Novak before with the first book from Whiskey Creek, a series I will have to get back to, and really liked how she wrote the plot and characters. This book was completely different with a cat and mouse game that the main characters had to play in this thriller.
From the first page I was hooked. I like these kind of thrillers as it gets you thinking about what is going to happen next. The only thing that threw me was I felt that I was coming into the story already being told but it is still very easy to follow. There is no story before this but it was the crime that happened several years ago.
I loved Skye and David. Each of them were compelling characters for their own reasons. Skye went through a traumatic event and made it through. She wants to move on and wants David but doesn’t want to be hurt as she knows that he will be going back to his ex-wife. I liked that David does think about going back to his wife but it is to care for her as she is sick with MS. He has a lot of trouble staying away from Skye, he is not cheating but he feels like he is cheating on giving his son a normal life. There is a point in the book that will have David feeling just fine that he can be with Skye which I was happy that Novak put in so they can have their happy ending.
The villain in the book is clearly known within the book as there is no doubt but there is a good twist at the end of who was connected to the man that Skye shot. I was surprised but it made sense as that person was clearly going out of their mind.
The Last Stand series is one I want to keep following. The organization in the book intrigues me as do the characters. I will be on the lookout for the second book from the series or which ever one I come to next.