Last light by C J Lyons

About this book…

1987: Lily Martin is horrifically murdered along with her young child in Texas.

Today: Life should be easy after leaving the FBI –  but not if you’re detective Lucy Guardino. Lucy has always seen herself as a normal mum who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst. But after a violent predator targets her family and she’s injured, Lucy sacrifices her career at the Bureau.

She joins the Beacon Group, a firm that specializes in cold cases. Lucy fears she’s traded the elite for shepherding a team of amateurs.

She is sent to rural Texas to investigate a case that’s already been closed with the killers behind bars for twenty-nine years.

But who really killed Lily Martin and her infant daughter? Why was an entire family targeted for annihilation? What price will Lucy pay when she fights to expose a truth people will kill to keep buried?

My review…

I must admit that not only is this the first book I have read by C.J Lyons but I hadn’t actually heard of her books before either! I find it hard to believe that I haven’t as I have been missing out! She weaves a great thrilling tale with a colourful cast of characters.

Lucy Guardino has now retired from the FBI on medical grounds but has taken a consultancy position at the Beacon Group based in Beacon Falls. The group has recently been set up to privately investigate cold cases. Their first case involves the twenty nine year old murder of a married couple and their baby. Their six year old son was left at deaths door but survived and has never spoken a word since that day. Lucy and TK O’Connor head off to investigate a miscarriage of justice working alongside the convicted murders son. But could digging into the past bring back painful memories and put lives in danger once again?

This book was actually a pleasant surprise for me! I do love watching real life crime programmes especially those set in the USA and although this was a fictional account it felt very authentic. Lucy was a great character, strong minded and determined and so was her her sidekick TK. I loved that they were out in the field getting stuck in to the action and facing danger head on while the men on the team were back at headquarters! I also loved the cold case investigation and got thoroughly engrossed in the story which although quite disturbing at times, due to the murder of a small baby, wasn’t done in a graphic or gratuitous way. I couldn’t put the book down towards the end as it became an action packed drama to bring down a murderer.

I loved the way these characters came together and really look forward to reading more about them in future books in the series. TK stood out for me but also looking forward to discovering a bit more about the backstory of Wash and Tommy as well.

Thanks to Haley and to Canelo for my advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 3rd May 2016

About the author…

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. CJ has been called a master within the genre (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as breathtakingly fast-paced and riveting (Publishers Weekly) with characters with beating hearts and three dimensions (Newsday). Her novels have won the International Thriller Writers prestigious Thriller Award, the RT Reviewers Choice Award, the Readers Choice Award, the RT Seal of Excellence, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. Learn more about CJ s Thrillers with Heart at

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

6 thoughts on “Last light by C J Lyons”

  1. Great review. It sounds like the characters and the plot are both equally good. Hop, into the wishlist! I love life crime programmes too, although sometimes they can be a little too heavy on gruesome details.

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