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Her Final Words de Brianna Labuskes
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Her Final Words (edició 2020)

de Brianna Labuskes

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Títol:Her Final Words
Autors:Brianna Labuskes
Informació:Thomas & Mercer, Kindle Edition, 343 pages
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An excellent choice for crime fiction enthusiasts. This one kept up my steady attention, but as the tale approached the climax of the book, I was hooked. I literally raced through the last 30 pages and had one of those moments that are just great in books like this – you know the ones where you find yourself saying to yourself, “Nuh uh! That didn’t just happen.” For me, a great ending just “makes” a book.

While I did have a couple of moments of feeling like the author didn’t trust me to understand the story line, or remember past plot points, overall, I do recommend Her Final Words – as long as you enjoy crime fiction, that is, and aren’t uncomfortable with the requisite crime descriptions that take place in this genre.

Balanced viewpoints were presented, the “puzzle” of the story was intriguing; recommended as a 4-star read.

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  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
A seventeen years old girl has confessed to killing a twelve-year-old boy. Even though both the confession and the evidence point to the murder...’ FBI Agent Lucy Thorne decides she needs to dig deeper into the case. This takes her into small town in Idaho with close-knit community with a congregation that exerts a great deal of influence on the community as a whole. The tenets of their belief is that no modern medicine or medical care is allowed for the parishioners...including the children. Idaho’s” shield laws” allow this as it is their legal First Amendment rights...but the question is are the church members involved somehow in a boy murder... and what else are they possibly hiding? I had to check out the law and found that it is indeed a law that is held in more states than just Idaho. That in itself is scarier than the fictional story. Overall, it was a really enjoyable story. It felt believable and contained enough twists to make me want to try another book by this author. ( )
  Carol420 | Aug 4, 2021 |
This book was touted as a psychological thriller--it was not. It began when an FBI agent arrived in a small town in Idaho investigating a church "cult" and a recent murder. While there a young lady admits to the murder, and then never speaks again. A good premise--but the execution was very poor. There were too many characters to keep track of which did not advance what little plot there was. Also, each chapter was labeled with a person's name and the date, such as: Lucy, 3 weeks ago, Liza, yesterday. It was very difficult to follow the story--by about 2/3 of the way in, I could have cared less. Not recommended. 347 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jun 22, 2021 |
It seems like an open-and-shut case for FBI special agent Lucy Thorne when Eliza Cook walks into the field office. The teenage girl confesses to murdering a young boy. Disturbingly composed, she reveals chilling details only the killer could know. Beyond that Eliza doesn’t say another word, leaving a vital question met with dead silence: ( )
  cjordan916 | Jul 21, 2020 |
Tightly plotted and tensely told mystery that kept me guessing and gave me a strong sense of a place and its people.

The only thing I didn't like about 'Her Final Words' was the opening. It's the hook the rest of the book wriggles on: a teenage girl from rural Idaho drives for five hours, crossing a State line, to the FBI field office in Seattle, asks for agent Lucy Thorne by name, confesses to having murdered a twelve-year-old boy, explains that the boy's body has a bible verse carved into it and then refuses to say more. It's a great hook that was never going to need much to sell it, yet I felt like everything in the opening was too bright and too loud and trying too hard to tell 'look how dramatic this is!'

I almost stopped there. Except it really was a great hook and I wanted to wriggle on it a little so I persisted. I'm very glad I did. The tone changed as soon as Lucy Thorne arrives in Idaho, with a long weekend to check out the details of an apparently open and shut case that feels off because there is no motive. The image of the Sheriff standing in the rain waiting to meet Thorne and take her to where the body was found was dramatic without being pushed hard.

It quickly becomes clear that the teenager who confessed to the killing and the boy who was killed were both members of a local Church/Cult and I wondered for a while if we were up for Federal Government rescuing the poor country folk from an abusive cult sort of story, because that never ends well but, thankfully, Brianna Labuskes was more ambitious and more original than that.

This is a story where good guys and bad guys are hard to tell apart. Where everyone is connected to everyone else but how and what it means are not clear and where the only thing the FBI agent is certain about is that she doesn't understand what's really going on.

The false simplicity of 'the bad cult must be to blame' is quickly replaced with something denser and more textured. I liked the way Brianna Labuskes brought out the geographical isolation of this rural community while showing how aware everyone is of what everyone else is doing and who they're doing it with.

Telling the story through multiple points of view and cross-cutting timelines that flip from 'Now' to 'Three Days Earlier' really tightened the tension and kept the surprises coming. The more Agent Thorne learns about the people and their history with one another, the more complicated the puzzle becomes and the fewer people she can trust. Discovering the story from the point of view of the teenagers involved and the Sheriff as well as Agent Thorne made everything more personal and more human as well as deepening the mystery.

The plot, the characters and the tightly controlled pace kept me engaged all the way through. The denouement was unexpected, memorable, believable and deeply sad.

I'll be back for more of Brianna Labuskes' stories. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | Jul 12, 2020 |
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