I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for excellent thriller Her Final Prayer by Kathryn Casey. Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
About the book:
Her pulse pounded in her ears as she scanned the house. Her eyes traveled over the porch where three empty chairs lazily rocked in the breeze, surrounded by scattered children’s toys. In the yard, there were mounds of earth. Graves. Only big enough for children…
When Detective Clara Jefferies is called to a family ranch just outside of Alber, Utah, she’s horrified to find two innocent young children murdered alongside their mothers. But she arrives at the scene quickly enough to rush their father, Jacob Johansson, to hospital where he begins fighting for his life, and to save his two-month-old son Jeremy, left untouched in his crib.
As Clara begins to investigate, nothing she finds out makes sense. Though she uncovers photos of one of Jacob’s wives in his best friend’s trailer, her flower necklace underneath his bed, there are rumors that she was in love with a different man altogether. And as the close-knit community comes together to support Jacob, Clara’s own family shut her out of the investigation…
But Clara won’t give up. With the killer still at large, baby Jeremy is at risk, and every moment her family are helping Jacob they are also in danger. To earn her family’s trust, Clara finally has to face the past, but can she do it before it’s too late?
Impossible to put down, Her Final Prayer is perfect for readers of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. You’ll race through the pages until the final heart-pounding twist.
About the author:
A novelist and award-winning journalist, Kathryn Casey is the author of eleven highly acclaimed true crime books and the creator of the Sarah Armstrong mystery series. Library Journal picked THE KILLING STORM as one of the best mysteries of 2010. Her latest true crime, IN PLAIN SIGHT, investigates the Kaufman County prosecutor murders, a case that made worldwide headlines. Casey has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Biography Channel, Reelz, The Travel Network, Investigation Discovery, and many other venues. Ann Rule called Casey “one of the best in the true crime genre.”
Her Final Prayer by Kathryn Casey is a fast paced and gripping thriller that kept me on my toes throughout. As someone who was very impressed with the first book in the series, I loved this second outing featuring Detective Clara Jefferies, who has now been promoted to Chief of Police.
Still struggling to come to terms with her past, Clara is called to a ranch just outside Alber, Utah, the place where she grew up. Two young children and their mothers have been murdered, their father left for dead. Only two month old Jeremy has been left untouched in his crib.
Now Clara must find out who carried out this monstrous attack, but with her own family shutting her out of the investigation she is facing an almost impossible task. With the killer still at large, will Clara be able to face up to the demons of her past and catch the killer before it’s too late?
Although Her Final Prayer can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the previous book in the series first, which in my opinion would make for a far richer reading experience.
Kathryn Casey’s writing is top notch as she weaves a thrilling tale with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Clara is a fabulous character who I grow to like more and more as her story continues. Growing up in a polygamous community has left its mark on her and she continues to struggle with the effects of her upbringing and the rift between herself and her own family. After spending so much time building a wall around her own emotional wellbeing, is Clara finally ready to let go of the past?
Fast paced and gripping, Her Final Prayer is a wonderful mixture of crime thriller and family drama, with an intricately woven plot that kept me guessing throughout. A brilliant read that I would recommend, I can’t wait to see where Kathryn Casey is going to take Detective Clara Jefferies next!
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