Her Last Breath by Alison Belsham #herlastbreath

I’m thrilled to be part of the Her Last Breath blog tour today. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for my blog invite. And although I was sent a review copy of the book I had already bought my own last year!

What’s this book about?

The body count is rising…and the clock is ticking.

When a young woman is attacked and left fighting to survive in hospital, the police are pulled into a race against time to save her life. But just 24 hours later, she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body. 

And when another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of Brighton. 

His team identify a suspect, Alex Mullins, son of Francis’s lover, Marni. Can Francis forget their shared past and save the next victim before it is too late?

A gripping crime thriller from the author of The Tattoo Thief.

My review

I absolutely loved The Tattoo Thief so was thrilled to pick up a copy of Her Last Breath when I was attending Morecambe and Vice last year. I think it can be read as a stand-alone but you definitely could do with reading The Tattoo Thief first if you fancy more of an insight into Francis and his relationship with Marnie Mullins and their backgrounds.

Her Last Breath was just as good as The Tattoo Thief, if not better!! It was gripping, gory and gruesome with a fantastically dark and intriguing storyline. Detective Francis Sullivan is called in when a girl is found injured after an attack. When she later dies and another woman is snatched off the streets, Francis realises a serial killer is once again stalking the streets of Brighton. And if that’s not enough, he also has to face the “Tattoo Thief” trial plus the son of his ex lover is now a prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend. I’m not even going to mention the other problems he is facing but it’s safe to say that nothing is going well for DI Sullivan…

I was blown away once again by how involved I became in this case. Alison Belsham writes a disturbing yet fascinating narrative that winds its twisty way down the path of suspense until that shocking conclusion. Yes, the clues may have been there but I didn’t see them coming and was totally in awe of the plot development that crept up on me, hidden by some great camouflage! I think I suspected everyone whilst still suspecting no one!

Alison Belsham got this second book just right. It can be hard to follow up on a debut crime novel that has been so well received but Her Last Breath worked perfectly for me. It’s a stylish thriller with a likeable “closed book” main character who always leaves me wanting to know more.

Highly recommended by me!

Meet the author

Alison Belsham initially started writing with the ambition of becoming a screenwriter-and in 2000 was commended for her visual storytelling in the Orange Prize for Screenwriting. In 2001 she was shortlisted in a BBC Drama Writer competition. Life and children intervened but, switching to fiction, in 2009 her novel Domino was selected for the prestigious Adventures in Fiction mentoring scheme. In 2016 she pitched her first crime novel,The Tattoo Thief, at the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and was judged the winner.

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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.

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