Last Seen Alive is the fifth book in Joanna Schaffhausen’s heart pounding Ellery Hathaway mystery series.
Boston detective Ellery Hathaway met FBI agent Reed Markham when he pried open a serial killer’s closet to rescue her. Years on, their relationship remains defined by that moment and by Francis Coben’s horrific crimes. To free herself from Coben’s legacy, Ellery had to walk away from Reed, too. But Coben is not letting go so easily. He has an impossible proposition: Coben will finally give up the location of the remaining bodies, on one condition—Reed must bring him Ellery.
Now the families of the missing victims are crying out for justice that only Ellery can deliver. The media hungers for a sequel and Coben is their camera-ready star. He claims he is sorry and wants to make amends. But Ellery is the one living person who has seen the monster behind the mask and she doesn’t believe he can be redeemed. Not after everything he’s done. Not after what she’s been through. And certainly not after a fresh body turns up with Coben’s signature all over it.
Although Last Seen Alive is the fifth book in the Ellery Hathaway mystery series, the story stands well on its own. And what a story! I got hooked immediately and didn’t want to put the book down. Intricate relationships that connect the characters are brilliantly written and the multi-layered plot makes for great entertainment.
I first read Schaffhausen with her book Gone For Good, the first in a new mystery series featuring Detective Annalisa Vega, and loved it. I gave that book a five-star review. When I had the opportunity to read and review Last Seen Alive I anticipated another great read and wasn’t disappointed. Don’t miss this one! Highly recommended.
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