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When New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards brought her irresistible brand of hot passion and chilling suspense to the paranormal romance scene with The Last Victim, it was just the beginning. Now her series cranks up the deadly danger and intense desire to the next level, as sexy serial killer hunter Charlotte Stone returns to action in her thrilling second adventure.
Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge—Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing—or curse—gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of charismatic bad boy Michael Garland.
But there’s little time for romance with her supernatural suitor when murder comes pounding at Charlie’s door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie squarely in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator nicknamed “the Gingerbread Man,” notorious for manipulating his victims like pawns in a deadly chess game. And now the queen this psychopath’s bent on capturing is Charlie. Refusal to play will only put more innocent lives in danger. Matching wits with this cunningly twisted opponent will require all of Charlie’s training and expert skills. But even with her devilish “guardian angel”—not to mention her favorite flesh-and-blood Fed, Tony Bartoli—watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man’s horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees.

Features a preview of the next Charlotte Stone novel, HER LAST WHISPER

Praise for The Last Kiss Goodbye
"Top-notch . . . Suspense mixed with heart-pounding sensual tension."—Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with gritty thrills and featuring a psychopathic madman, this suspense tale will truly have you on the edge of your seat!”RT Book Reviews
Praise for Karen Robards
“One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek
“Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union
Praise for The Last Victim
“[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews
“Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Thrilling . . . a fun and sexy read.”—Booklist

August 13
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Cpitcock ,

Good Addition to the Series!

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Although I enjoyed the first one, it had some strange aspects that were a turn off for me. Although those same things were present in this book, I guess I have had enough time to come to terms with them. I like the character of Charlotte Stone even more after reading this book, and I really like the FBI team that she's working with. The ghost of Michael Garland is growing on me too. He had some good moments in the first book, but many more in this one. I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes next.

Dr. Charlotte Stone is drawn into a serial killer's web when he sends a victim her way and then begins sending her notes. As she works with Toni Bartoli's team of FBI agents, it quickly becomes clear that she is in danger. While dealing with the investigation, she is also trying to keep the ghost of convicted killer Michael Garland from being pulled permanently into the after world. Michael is worried for Charlotte's safety and watches her back as best as he can, while trying to help her determine the killer's identity.

The storyline of this book was interesting, and I am growing attached to the characters of the series. I thought the book had a nice balance of romance and suspense, although I still find it odd to have Charlotte involved in a romance with a ghost. I was glad to see that she became more convinced of Michael's innocence in this one. I felt that the 1st book had a huge ick factor with Charlotte being so attracted to Michael while strongly believing that he was a serial killer who had done atrocious things to numerous women. I'm very interested in finding out what happens in the next book. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Yarastar ,

The last kiss goodbye

It's wndrf book,emazying cractar,s Ilike evry thing abut it --:(

Krupkake ,


As a longtime Robards fan I must say this was a disappointment. The premise was ridiculous, the graphic sex unnecessary, and a waste of time to read. I fervently hope Ms Robards returns to writing classy, entertaining thrillers once again...preferably books that don't include dead people.

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