Last Seen Alive by Carolyn Arnold / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Carolyn_Arnold

The woman lies so still as her blood soaks into the soft bedcovers beneath her. A tear runs down her face as she looks at the wedding band on her finger. She had loved her husband so much…When Detective Amanda Steele unexpectedly reconnects with an old boyfriend, the last thing she expects to see lying on his bed is the dead body of his wife, Claire, who walked out on him four years ago.Logan begs Amanda to believe he’s innocent. But she doesn’t miss the gun on a nearby table, and she’s torn when forensics reveal that not only was this the murder weapon, but Logan’s fingerprints are all over it… Could he have been framed? Or is he using his connection to Amanda to get away with murder?Determined to uncover the truth, Amanda retraces Claire’s last steps and finds that she visited her best friend the day before her death. But Amanda is devastated to discover that the friend died in a car accident just hours after meeting with Claire. What deadly secret connected them, and could more women be in danger?But the killer is closer than Amanda realizes, and when her beloved daughter, Zoe, is threatened, she’s suddenly in a race to find the final clue before the person she loves most pays the price…




Amanda Steele, the Iron Lady… but only when she chases the baddies. Underneath she is as soft as butter especially where Zoe is concerned.

She does not open up her heart very easily now. Life has not always been kind to her on a personal level, but little by little she starts to see the other side of sadness again and of course Zoe has been a great help. This does not mean she did not have her family’s support, but sometimes, when you are hurt very deeply, you build a high wall around yourself and create a distance in stead of accepting what they are offering.

It’s nice to meet up with Logan again. Fans of the series will remember him from before. Life has not always been kind to him either and this time it seems like someone is trying to frame him for murder.

Time for Amanda and her partner Trent to take action and hunt the culprit down. In the beginning they could not make head or tail, but little by little the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place.

Once again I realise how devious people can be. On the outside they are summit of respectability. If you dig deeper though, you often find a much uglier personality.

When two people are in love, should they not talk about it to each other and do something about it  in stead of pining after them? In an ideal world, the answer would be most certainly yes. In our, often cruel, world, we are afraid to do this. We fear rejection or maybe becoming the laughing stock. Or maybe we are afraid to lose one of our best friends?

I honestly don’t think I could settle with being friends. In a way I feel like it would always be awkward. After all, a lot of good couples say their other half is their best friend and that’s the reason why they stay together. So…. 😉

Another great book in this series with great recurrent characters. 5 stars.

Thank you


About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from police procedurals, hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.


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