‘Their Final Moments’ by Jane Adams

THEIR FINAL MOMENTS an addictive crime thriller full of absolutely breathtaking twists by [ADAMS, JANE]



DECEMBER: Detective Mike Croft is in pursuit of a serial attacker whose victims are all young blonde women.

But forensics on the victims reveals an even more horrific scenario.

Many miles away, in Wiltshire, a young woman dies in a burning car.

In Norwich, an actress is found dead in her own home and a teenage boy runs away from a past he doesn’t know how to face.

Can DI Mike Croft work out what links these events?

Then a greater threat emerges.

JAKE BOWEN: filmmaker and serial murderer. There is no pattern to his victims. He doesn’t care who dies, so long as their final moments make good film, and Jake is very imaginative in deciding how his victims will die.



My Review

I have an embarrassing confession to make- yes yet another one.  If I had a pound for every confession I need to make, then I would be very rich.  Anyway I digress so back to the confession.  Although I have Jane’s previous books on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read them before.  What a big mistake to make!  Judging by how much I enjoyed ‘Their Final Moments’, I can guarantee that those books will not be on the mountain for long.  I absolutely LOVED reading ‘Their Final Moments’ but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about Detective Inspector Mike Croft?  He is a career detective with many years experience. He is very thorough when investigating and he will not hesitate to chase the guilty parties to the end of the earth if it means that he can achieve justice for the victims of crime and their families and if it means that he can achieve a result.  Croft also has a gut instinct that is almost 100% correct.  If something doesn’t seem right to him then that usually means that it isn’t.  The case becomes ever more personal to Croft when the niece of his partner is kidnapped by a rapist and this fuels Croft’s determination to solve the case.  Croft can be stubborn, he is determined, he is strong and he leads from the front.  He takes on his fair share of the workload and he wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do himself.  He often places himself in the way of danger to save his colleagues.  Will Croft solve the case and rescue his partner’s niece before it’s too late?  Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

Oh my giddy aunt ‘Their Final Moments’ was one hell of a read.  This volume is actually two books in one.  The first part/ book deals with the rapists and the latter half of the book sees Croft go on secondment to another force area to assist in the hunt for and apprehension of Jake Bowen, who is allegedly the second rapist.  I admit that I did have my reservations about whether or not two books in one would work but I needn’t have worried because it works so well.  Had I not previously known that it was two previous books in one, then I would never have guessed.

I was hooked on this book from the moment I read the synopsis, never mind from when I began to read.  By the time I got to the bottom of the first page, I knew that reading the book would be an addiction and the book would prove to be unputdownable.  That most definitely proved to be the case.  Once I picked up the book I couldn’t bear to be parted from it.  Woe betide anybody who tried to take the book out of  my hands.  They got a ticking off and then some.  I literally couldn’t stop reading this book and as a result I seemed to race through the story.  I think binge reading the book really worked in this case because it gave me a real sense of the intensity and the urgency of the police investigation, as well of the sense of fear that prevailed in the area at the time.

For me, ‘Their Final Moments’ is brilliantly written.  The author certainly knows how to grab your attention and once she has it, she doesn’t let it go.  She has a writing style that is easy to get used to and it is easy to get along with.  The author writes so convincingly and realistically that I did feel as though I was part of the story myself.  I felt like an extra police officer on the case and I even found myself beginning to interact with the book.  I was even trying to give tips to the police on how to progress the investigation.  (Get me I watch lots of police dramas and think I know it all).  Before anybody starts, yes I know that ‘Their Final Moments’ is a work of fiction but if I enjoy a book as much as I enjoyed this one, then I tend to ‘live’ the story as if it were real.

Reading ‘Their Final Moments’ was much like being on a very scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you would find on a ‘Snakes and Ladders’ board.  Some of the twists and turns I saw coming and others crept up on me and hit me like a punch to the gut, taking my breath away.  ‘Their Final Moments’ is just as it is described on the tin as it were.  It really is an addictive read with lots of breath taking twists. I was gripped by the story and I remained on the edge of my seat throughout, which did prove rather painful.

In short, I absolutely loved reading ‘Their Final Moments’.    I would definitely recommend this book and this author to other readers.  I can’t wait to read what Jane comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait but whilst I wait I will definitely be catching up on the books that I already have on the reading mountain.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.



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