Review – The Last Victim by Jordan Dane

Posted April 23, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – The Last Victim by Jordan DaneThe Last Victim by Jordan Dane
Series: Ryker Townsend FBI Profiler #1
Published by Cosas Finas on October 30, 2015
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Pages: 318
Format: ARC
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four-stars

When he sleeps, the hunt begins.

When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle--the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend and his specialized team investigate the gruesome crime scene. They find no reason for Nate to have mysteriously vanished from his isolated home in Alaska before he ended up in the hands of a sadist, who has been taunting Ryker and his team in a sinister game of 'catch me if you can.'

But Townsend has a secret he won't share with anyone--not even his own team--that sets him on the trail of a ruthless psychopath, alone. The intuitive FBI profiler is plagued by recurring nightmares--seen through Nate's dead eyes--that slowly chips away at his mental stability. Is he burning out and losing his mind--becoming unfit for duty--or is the last victim reaching out to him from the grave? Townsend sees horrific flashes of memory, imprinted on the retinas of a dead man, the last image Applewhite saw when he died.

Ryker must piece together the fragments. Each nightmarish clue brings him closer to a killer who knows how to hide in plain sight and will see him coming, but when the dead man has the skills of a hunting guide, he has the perfect ally to track down a killer--the last victim.

I thought that this was a very well-done book. I am a mystery thriller fan so this book appealed to me from the start but I somehow neglected reading it for years. I feel bad about that because this turned out to be a very enjoyable read. The story opened with a bang and I was hooked early on. I am so glad that I finally picked this book up.

Ryker and his team are trying to find a serial killer that has been dubbed the Totem Killer. This killer creates a totem out of the body parts of the victims. The newest creation displays a whole body at the top and Ryker and his team feels that this victim is the key to finding the killer. Ryker and his team split up with Ryker following the trail to Alaska where things become even more intense. The team knows they need to find this victim before more victims are displayed.

The book had some pretty big twists and turns and while I guessed a few that did not hinder my enjoyment of the story. I really liked that the story did keep me guessing and had plenty of action to keep the plot moving forward. I liked Ryker and thought that his extra abilities added a nice element to the overall story. I did like the characters quite a bit and enjoyed seeing their relationships develop over the course of the story.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a well-done mystery that kept me turning the pages as quickly as possible. I wouldn’t hesitate to read more of this author’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Cosas Finas Publications via NetGalley.

About Jordan Dane

Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. Dane is multi-published in crime fiction thrillers and young adult novels and has books in over seven countries. Jordan shares her Texas residence with three lucky rescue dogs.

12 responses to “Review – The Last Victim by Jordan Dane

  1. Great review! I’m sure I would enjoy this one and maybe even this series. Thanks for sharing. It reminds me of the skills of some of Kay Hopper’s heroines or Maggie Shayne’s, seeing through the dead person’s eyes.