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‘Last Place You Look’ by Louisa Scarr

Last Place You Look: A gripping police procedural crime thriller (Butler & West Book 1) by [Louisa Scarr]

Synopsis

When does a secret become a crime?

Jonathan Miller and his wife are invited to his best friend’s lavish 40th birthday celebrations. Four days later, Jonathan is dead, apparently asphyxiated during a solitary sex act gone wrong. A tragic case of misadventure.

DS Robin Butler is accompanied by his new partner DC Freya West to notify the widow. He can’t understand why West behaves like a nervous rookie. He doesn’t know that the victim was West’s lover, and until that moment she had no idea he was dead.

West is devastated and confused. Jonathan’s wife hints that he was troubled, and West chooses to withhold her connection to him. If it came out it would end her career. Yet she cannot accept any version of events other than murder. His wife, she is sure, is lying.

As the pair investigate, Butler’s past and present also collide. When the truth is finally revealed, there is no mistaking who the guilty parties are. But can they trust each other with their darkest secrets? And how can justice be served when the laws that were broken go unnoticed?

My Review

I love to discover new authors and Louisa Scarr is certainly a new author for me.  I read the synopsis for ‘Last Place You Look’ and it certainly sounded like the gripping, fast paced police procedural type of book that I particularly enjoy.  Well ladies and gents it certainly ticked all those boxes and then some.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Last Place You Look’ but more about that in a bit.

As soon as I started to read the book, I found that I just couldn’t put it down.  My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story.  The apparent suicide intrigued me and I had the funny feeling that there was more to the case than met the eye so of course I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or if I was on another track entirely.  The pages turned over increasingly quickly as I raced my way to the end of the story.  All too quickly I reached the end of ‘Last Place You Look’ and I had to say farewell to Butler and West.

‘Last Place You Look’ is superbly written.  The author certainly knows how to catch your eye with an intriguing synopsis and then draw you into what proves to be a compelling story.  I can honestly say that I have never read a book that starts in a similar way to this one.  Butler ends up going to a house to investigate a case of vandalism but when he turns up, he soon realises that all is not as it seems.  The fella certainly has his eyes opened that day.  For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout.  Reading ‘Last Place You Look’ felt like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with lots of twists and turns along the way.  I found ‘Last Place You Look’ to be a gripping and entertaining read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

In short I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Last Place You Look’ and I would recommend this book to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Louisa’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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