Your Last Breath by Carole Parkes (Co-author Doug Lafuze)

Your Last Breath by Carole Parkes (Co-author Doug Lafuze)

Your Last Breath

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American misfit, Raymond Lang, fled to London when the police were on his tail. Despite other people’s perception of him, he never set out to be a serial killer. He dreams of being an author, of writing a thriller full of suspense. He’s tried many times to write about the gruesome murders he visualizes so clearly in his mind but, somehow, when it comes to writing it down, the sharp images fade and it’s as if he’s viewing the scenes through a mist.

All that changes when he realizes what motivates him. His writing inspiration only comes in the precise moment he breathes in his victim’s last exhaling breath. If he wants to continue writing, he must release his darker side and make it happen.
Now, he won’t stop this blood-lust until his novel is completed, but can he finish it before he’s caught?

He’s clever, continually outwitting those chasing him. Even so, he should have known he couldn’t get away with it forever, should have seen his retribution coming, but it still takes him by surprise. Thwarted in his dream, he’s beyond furious. Now, no-one is safe…

If you’d enjoy a fast paced, suspenseful plot involving gruesome murders, blackmail, a car chase, a kidnap, and the sleazy actions of a top politician, then this book is for you. (Adult 18+)

To write his thriller
This serial killer
Is a real blood spiller

About the Authors

Carole ParkesTwo authors, Doug Lafuze and Carole Parkes, collaborated to produce this thriller/suspense book. This was no mean feat when Doug lives in Nebraska, USA and Carole lives in Lancashire, England.

After reading one of Carole’s short stories, Doug was inspired to write the same story from another character’s point of view. Liking each others short stories and feeling they could work together, Carole and Doug wrote ‘Your Last Breath’. The authors feel it is a prime example of writing co-authorship.

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I was attracted to this book because the blurb said it’s about an author who takes extreme steps to write the perfect suspenseful thriller. Battling writer’s block he finds the only way he can overcome those blank moments in front of his computer is by actually committing murder. This fascinating premise is played out in England and the authors describe their settings well enough for any reader to relate.
Author Raymond Lang is a madman on the loose, from London to Liverpool. Each killing he performs seems even gorier than the one before, building in intensity as the story moves forward. The mind of the killer is revealed throughout, neatly interspersed with the ongoing investigations.
In addition to the depravity of the killer the authors explore the illegal activities of a corrupt government official who uses extremely questionable methods to cover up his own nasty activities.
Basically the story moves around at a good pace, although there were portions involving private detective Alex Renshaw, his former mother-in-law and her mother, family friend Jayne, and Renshaw’s daughter Amelia that carried a little too much description. It did slow down the reading but not enough to set the book aside. As that potion comes to an end there is more than enough excitement to make up for the lag.
My favorite part of the story is the delicious twist at the end. I certainly never saw anything that occurred in the final chapters coming.
There were a few repeated words and typos but they in no way affected my enjoyment of the book. For a reader of gripping serial killer murders and the crafty machinations of the criminal mind this book is a good read. I plan to read more books by these authors.

Format: Kindle Edition

The plot was most shocking and very gripping clear to the end. If you like suspense, blood, guts, and intense thrills, this book will keep you on your toes wondering what is going to happen next. I guarantee you wont put it down until you are finished reading it.

Cindy May Johnson
Williamsburg, IN

Format: Kindle Edition

Excellent read! I finished “Your Last Breath” and was so drawn to the book from Chapter One! It really kept you wondering what Raymond Lang would do next. My favorite character was Alex, I was terrified he would die. Can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens to Robert…or Ameila or Jayne! This type of book could make a real good series!


Tammy Spears
Thank you again for allowing me to read this book for free for my personal & honest review!

By Tara N on December 30, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

The storytelling with first person point of view from the killer sucked me right in!! It’s twisty and I loved the intertwined plot. The authors describe things with such detail. Now there just has to be a sequel because I need to know what happens next!!!

Format: Kindle Edition

I had the opportunity to receive a free copy of Your Last Breath. From chapter one to the last, this book was intense, unpredictable, and captivating. It was very entertaining making it very difficult to put down. I often found myself waking in the night only to pick it back up. I look forward to a sequel.



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