First Read of The Year! – Book Review: Her Last Wish by Blake Pierce

Welcome to 2023, friends! It’s time for writing, reading, and doing reviews, so here’s my first of the year.

We went traveling during the holidays and I knew I needed something on my phone to read on the flight. This practically jumped at me as soon as I logged on to browse for books and it sounded right up my alley. My first—but probably not last —Blake Pierce book!

Rachel Gift is a highly skilled FBI agent – who during an attempt to set a new personal (and all time) record on a Bureau training course, experiences pains and blurred vision that make her fall to the ground. Record attempt ruined.

She visits a doctor and received a terrible diagnosis, one so devastating she can’t really find a way to bring it up with her family. And before she even finds time to, her and her partner Ryan are thrown into a murder investigation.

Two women at opposite sides of town have been found stabbed to death – and it looks like the killer isn’t done with just the two of them.

Honestly, this the kind of crime thriller mystery that hooks me every time. It’s like watching a good episode of Law and Order or Criminal Minds. On the surface it’s so simple, there’s a crime happening and we have to find the one who’s responsible, but it just works, every, single, time!

Pierce writes with a pace and rhythm that won’t leave you hanging, yet he finds time to elaborate on the finer points and build enough of a backstory that you feel like you’ve lived this universe your whole life. I looked up Pierce after I finished this and he’s written an impressive amount of books and built up quite a few series. If you’re looking for mystery thrillers that will keep you entertained for months on end, Blake Pierce might be your guy!

I like books like these as a kind of palette cleanser between other reads. Sure, it is its own unique story, but it’s familiar and recognizable, and you know what you’re getting into. Right now I’m also reading Ken Follett’s Pillars Of The Earth, as well as Brandon Sanderson’s The Final Empire, and this is a nice little breather. There’s no massive character gallery or a convoluted conspiracy, it’s just a good ol’ crime mystery.

If you’re into this kind of thing, I suggest you give my own series crime thrillers a try, The Columbus Archives. Both A Consequence of Loyalty and A State of Despair are available as ebook and paperback, and they can be read in any order!

What are you reading at the start of the year? Something you’ve been planning to find time for for ages? Or something you picked up on a whim on your way through an airports? Let me know in the comments!

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