Book Review: Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

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Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?

Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tracy Crosswhite is a character that can easily be put on the list of great and strong female detective fictional characters. Still recovering from her sister’s death and catching her killer, another hard case is on her desk. This time, women are killed in cheap motel rooms, tied, with no sexual violence. The media gives the killer the name Cowboy. Victims are not raped, just tied and the life is sucked out of them. Some of them are prostitutes and the society isn’t paying much attention for them. But Tracy is the one who connects the dots and is in the search for justice for all the victims of the Cowboy, including himself because she sees him as a victim of someone else long time ago. In the very same time, someone is after her. Maybe is the killer himself, maybe it is someone else. But Tracy knows one thing. She has to catch this monster!

Tracy’s character has everything that a fictional detective suppose to have. Crappy personal life, great lose in the past, amazing sense of justice and stubbornness to finish what she started. She doesn’t get scared easily, but she fears for others. Her career is the last thing she cares about, finding the murderer and bringing him to justice is always number one in her life.

This is my first book that comes from this author, second in the series. I read many great reviews about the book one, so I put it on my TBR list. Here in this book, there are some gripping details and unpredictable turnovers, what makes the book interesting to the very last page. I like the main character and I like the plot. The end is everything but predictable, so the story is more than intriguing. Perfect for serial killer fans.

One tiny little detail. I found the book little bit too long. I don’t say this about books very often, especially about books I like, but sometimes less is more. It was easy to get in the story, hard to get out. That is the only reason I rated it with four and not five stars.

My opinion: 4 / 5.

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