Title: Her Last Goodbye
Author: Melinda Leigh
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: 4 stars
In Her Last Goodbye, Morgan and Lance are tasked with trying to find a missing woman. The story is told from multiple POVs, including the woman who was kidnapped and the abductor. Having insight into all sides of the story as it unfolded added a great dynamic to the narrative.
“Most people would have underestimated the length of time it took to dig a hole big enough for a body. But then, most people hadn’t done it before.”
The relationship between Lance and Morgan doesn’t overshadow the story; it actually ended up adding a heartwarming element that helped to balance out the gruesome kidnapping narrative. There were a couple of sex scenes, which some people don’t like to have mixed in with their mystery novels, but they were short and could easily be skipped over/skimmed through if you wanted to. The way the author writes about Morgan’s children, especially their interactions with Lance, makes them sound super adorable. Showing the day to day of having three children also helps frame how real and dangerous the world can be, and the daily struggles Morgan faces as a single mother. We all have trouble balancing everything in our lives sometimes, and seeing Morgan dealing with these things made her that much more relatable. Sometimes you just have to break down in the shower and cry, but other times you have to be strong for those around you and put on your game face.
“Morgan had spent her whole life defending the law, but at this point, she’d been pushed over the line. No. That wasn’t true. She was running over it. Her children had been threatened. That superseded all legal requirements. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do to protect them.”
I don’t want to spoil the book and give anything away about who ended up being the bad guy, but I will say that I didn’t love how it all turned out. So far it seems like these books always have a couple main suspects, and all of the suspects end up being bad and breaking the law in one way or another. In the previous book Morgan solved two mysteries in one, and the same thing happened here. How many bad people can be in this town, and how does Morgan always end up stumbling upon them simultaneously? Maybe I’m looking further into it than I should, but each book so far as been a two for one when it came to bad guys, and if this trend continues it will start to seem less and less realistic.
These books have turned into a comfort read for me- I don’t really have to give them much thought and have grown to enjoy the characters. The dialog and story can be basic and predictable at times, but they’re consistent in writing and plot. I’ll probably continue the series and pepper some other books in between installments so I don’t end up burnt out. I am hoping that the narrative is changed up a bit in the next book because the first two were quite similar. It does look like the next book focuses on Lance’s missing father, so that should add something different to the mix!