Review: LAST SCREAM by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

EACH SCREAM COULD BE YOUR LAST He kidnaps them. Punishes them. Sends them to hell. Then he displays them so everyone will know they are sinners. IF HE FINDS YOU Texas Ranger William H. Thomas is called to a small town where the body of a mutilated woman has been found. She's kneeling and trussed to a tree, and her hands are tied together as if in prayer. Something horrific lies in her arms. No sooner does he catch the case, when the FBI swoops in to take it.  HE WILL NEVER  Special Agent Savannah St. Germaine, from the Louisiana branch of the FBI, is working a case in which the killer leaves his victims nailed up in crucifixion fashion. A similar MO shows up in Texas. Certain it's the same killer, she heads to Austin to investigate further. Her suspicions are confirmed, but the powers that be aren't willing to hand over the case. If she wants to work it, she'll have to partner up with one of their own.  LET YOU GO Lorelei Hamilton finally gets the nerve to leave her abusive husband. Everything is well thought out. She’ll ditch her car, dump her cell phone, change her name and establish a new identity. But she hadn't planned on being abducted by a psychopath who makes her husband's violent outbursts look like child's play. Now Will and Savannah are on the hunt for the most sadistic serial killer the South has ever seen.

EACH SCREAM COULD BE YOUR LAST
He kidnaps them. Punishes them. Sends them to hell.
Then he displays them so everyone will know they are sinners.
IF HE FINDS YOU
Texas Ranger William H. Thomas is called to a small town where the body of a mutilated woman has been found. She’s kneeling and trussed to a tree, and her hands are tied together as if in prayer. Something horrific lies in her arms. No sooner does he catch the case, when the FBI swoops in to take it.
HE WILL NEVER
Special Agent Savannah St. Germaine, from the Louisiana branch of the FBI, is working a case in which the killer leaves his victims nailed up in crucifixion fashion. A similar MO shows up in Texas. Certain it’s the same killer, she heads to Austin to investigate further. Her suspicions are confirmed, but the powers that be aren’t willing to hand over the case. If she wants to work it, she’ll have to partner up with one of their own.
LET YOU GO
Lorelei Hamilton finally gets the nerve to leave her abusive husband. Everything is well thought out. She’ll ditch her car, dump her cell phone, change her name and establish a new identity. But she hadn’t planned on being abducted by a psychopath who makes her husband’s violent outbursts look like child’s play.
Now Will and Savannah are on the hunt for the most sadistic serial killer the South has ever seen.

LAST SCREAM by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This author’s gift of writing gruesome scenes along with also having a good dose of humor always amazes me when I read her books. It might make me a bit morbid, but the combination works for me.

This is the third book in the Thomas family series and its opening scene of a murdered woman posed in a religious fashion grabs your attention and doesn’t let go until the very end. Texas Ranger Will Thomas is the first called in. Its not long though before FBI Agent Savannah St. Germaine shows up saying she’s been chasing this murderer for a couple years and wants in on the case. Will and Savi team up to try and figure out how the women who are taken and killed are related and to also try and create a profile of the man doing it. The killer is one sick religious fanatic.

Each of the books in this series has multiple plots going on. Cody Thomas who is also an FBI agent and the hero from the second book has a pretty decent amount of face time in this book when he is asked to look into a case that happens to coincide with a Russian mafia case he has been working on. Even though Cody and Will have no page time together their two cases end up intersecting in a surprising way.

As there isn’t really any back story given on the previous characters I recommend reading this series in order. As I was reading this book I realized the author is leaving more and more threads open at the end of the books and even having some cases that were thought closed in a previous book reopened. There is always closure on the main case of the book – these are not cliffhanger books – but it looks like some threads are defiantly going to be crossing over from book to book. Bonus of this is it means we get to see more of the previous characters!!

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