‘The Last Friend’ was published as an eBook on the 9th January 2018 and is also available in paperback. I was invited to take part in this blog tour by the lovely Caroline Vincent of Bits about Books. I would like to thank both the author and Caroline for my review copy.
You will find out in a minute exactly what I thought about ‘The Last Friend’. First though, here’s what it’s about.
The Knock on his Door…That Changed his Life
Fifteen years after Donovan’s daughter is abducted, Monica Russell knocks on his door. She claims she knew his daughter while in captivity and says she made a promise to tell him about their friendship.
The Last Friend to hold His Daughter’s Hand
When Monica claims to know where his daughter’s remains are buried, Donovan is immediately committed to doing whatever this last friend needs from him, regardless of the warnings from his family and friends.
The Friend Who Can Help Him Seek Vengeance
And when Monica claims to know where he can find the man who abducted, assaulted, and murdered his princess, Donovan knows he will stop at nothing to get his vengeance.
What Cost Will He Ultimately Pay?
Monica claims she can show Donovan a lot of things about his daughter, but what price will Donovan ultimately pay the young lady who claims to be the last friend to know his daughter?
I really liked the sound of this book and was so happy to be given the opportunity to read and review it. As always it’s great to discover another author’s work. I knew from the start that I was going to enjoy this book and seeing how many chapters there were simply filled me with joy. I liked the author’s style of writing and the storyline kept me reading on.
The first chapter goes back to six years earlier. Donovan Glass had just arrived home from Detroit to make a horrifying discovery; his wife dead in the bathtub having killed herself. Their daughter Elizabeth was abducted nine years previously and the FBI were no closer to finding her.
I didn’t really know what to make of Monica Russell at first. Although she seemed genuine enough, I wasn’t totally sure if she could be trusted. I was fascinated by her though and was interested in seeing exactly where the story went.
This story deals with a very tough subject. What Donovan and his wife went through was just so painful and horrific. How can you even get on with your life when your child is missing. What their daughter went through together with a number of other girls was absolutely abysmal. I could totally understand Monica wanting to take matters into her own hands.
‘The Last Friend’ is a fast-paced, shocking and gripping read. Harvey Church is an author to watch.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
‘The Last Friend’ is available to buy from:-
Amazon UK – http://bit.ly/AmUKtoTheLastFriendHarveyChurch
Amazon US – http://bit.ly/AmUStoTheLastFriendHarveyChurch
About Harvey Church
Harvey Church has a background in finance, which is how he found himself writing about the people and ridiculousness (sometimes the same thing) of that field in his Edwin Burrows light mystery series. Although he considers himself retired from that field (aka not working), he’s planning another three Edwin Burrows novels for 2018.
His first “serious” novel, The Last Friend, is a Kindle Scout writing competition winner and was published by Kindle Press on January 9, 2018. The BookLife Prize called it “an entertaining read for mystery and thriller fans alike,” and said it is “an unexpected and exciting series of events that will grab readers.” Harvey plans two sister novels to The Last Friend in 2018, one titled The Last Night (Spring 2018) and the other tentatively titled The Last Survivor.
For fun, Harvey likes to practice street magic and spends hours engineering tricks to wow his audiences. He is also an avid hockey fan (Go Leafs Go). He has a wife and two kids. His favorite color is blue, but he drives a black car because he read somewhere, back in the 90’s, that radar detectors have a tough time seeing them. Interestingly, he never speeds because he’s too busy singing like nobody’s watching, or maybe it’s that everybody is deaf.
He’s a supporter of double-chins, double-dates, and double-dipping (though never on double-dates), and obviously enjoys writing about himself in the third person, in the voice of the narrator from The Royal Tenenbaums.
Connect with Harvey Church by searching Harvey Church Mysteries on Facebook, at @hashtag_harv on Instagram, and @harveychurch1 on Twitter. You can also find him wandering the streets of Chicago, Toronto, Montreal or the Lido deck of a Princess Cruise ship. If you ever meet Harv, ask to see a magic trick!
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