Featuring criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson and Detective Inspector O'Connor, Last Kiss is the chilling new psychological thriller from award-winning crime writer Louise Phillips. Saundra Neville's husband is having an affair. His mistress follows her like a shadow, moving objects around her home, playing mind games to push her over the edge. But who does the killer really have in her sights? Meanwhile, criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson and Detective Inspector O'Connor are brought in to investigate the vicious murder of businessman Rick Shevlin, who was tied up and butchered in a Dublin hotel room.
They soon find themselves plunged into an investigation which spreads across Europe. Will they find the killer before Saundra discovers a truth far deadlier than anyone can imagine? Last Kiss is a dark tale of deception and desire from the author of Red Ribbons and The Doll's House
About the Author
Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips returned to writing in 2006, after raising her family. That year, she was selected by Dermot Bolger as an emerging talent in the county. Louise's work has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals.
In 2009, she won the Jonathan Swift Award for her short story Last Kiss, and in 2011 she was a winner in the Irish Writers' Centre Lonely Voice platform. She has also been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition.
In 2012, she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council. Her debut novel, Red Ribbons, was shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year (2012) in the Irish Book Awards. The Doll's House, her second novel, won the Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award at the BGE Irish Book Awards 2013.
Louise Phillips goes from strength to strength...Last Kiss takes her writing to another, more intense level. The pace is excellent, the characters, familiar and new, well drawn and believable. Highly recommended Irish Independent on LAST KISS A deliciously dark thriller that leaves a bitter aftertaste, like a great dark chocolate or superior claret. The writing is truly spectacular...I didn't think the author could get much better...she is set for great, great things. Top-notch crime thriller which deserves its place at the top of bestseller lists, not just in Ireland, but worldwide Writing.ie on LAST KISS There are very few books that I couldn't put down upon commencing, but Last Kiss was different...Sex, power, greed and evil combine to a satisfyingly chilling yet enthralling read that had me turning around checking I was home alone Woman's Way on LAST KISS Phillips is superb at suspense, at conjuring up a dark menacing atmosphere, but her underlying humanity stops it from becoming too bleak Sunday Independent on LAST KISS I couldn't put Last Kiss down...It was dark, it was deep, it was scary, it chilled me to the bone. It was brilliant! Kim the Bookworm on LAST KISS I loved both the previous books in this series...and this book easily matches...and maybe even surpasses them in terms of the depth and complexity of the plot. This is a dark book...When the killer and their motives are unmasked, it left me with a feeling...as if this were all somehow more than a fiction Cleopatra Loves Books on LAST KISS My God, what a book. I just couldn't put it down. This is a book YOU MUST READ. Fantastic Lynsey Dolan, Sunshine Radio on LAST KISS Last Kiss is the best one yet...This is not just an Irish crime thriller - it's among the best crime writing in the world. Top notch Mark Philpott, BBC Radio Ulster on LAST KISS I can certainly validate that Phillips is an equal to James Patterson, Sara Paretsky, Patricia Cornwell or any authors of cracking good police procedurals By the Book Reviews on LAST KISS Louise Phillips takes you on a journey to the dark side with a story that is as fast-paced and thrilling as a rollercoaster Jane Casey on LAST KISS A dark and terrifying psychological thriller that grips you from the start and doesn't let you go until the very last line Virginia Gilbert on LAST KISS The blend of first and third-person narratives gives the story great pace ... Phillips is exploring the dark matter of damaged sexual identity ... the abiding impression is of the empathy Phillips evokes on behalf of her lethal but fragile anti-heroine Irish Times on LAST KISS This book is superb! A chilling and original storyline about nature versus nurture, it has you hooked right from the very first page - it has an ending that you just can't see coming, even if you do manage to work out who the killer is. Highly recommended Eurocrime on LAST KISS A combination of love and hate, desire and disgust, murder and malice, the tension so well described that I felt myself wanting to shout "look behind you" ... cannot recommend [Last Kiss] enough Bleach House Library on LAST KISS A well-written, clever and dark novel - enjoy Irish Farmerette on LAST KISS The only problem we are left with is what to read next. Last Kiss is impossible to follow and is Phillips' best novel so far Carousel Creates on LAST KISS This is a page-turning, gut-wrenching thriller which will undoubtedly earn Phillips further accolades and hordes of new fans. Lisa Reads Books on LAST KISS I was holding my breath - Last Kiss is a brilliant, dark, deep, scary, chilled-to-the-bone novel. Superb! Siren FM on LAST KISS Thanks to Phillips for restoring my faith in the psychological thriller and in some style! Raven Crime Reads on LAST KISS I became totally caught up in it to the extent of a couple of late nights when I didn't want to stop reading, wanting to learn more about the killer and to understand the whys and wherefores of the elaborate crime, with twists and tensions building up the history Landing Tales on LAST KISS Amazing, definitely her best one yet ... I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers; a well-crafted book that takes you on a thrilling journey, full of twists and turns Celeste Loves Books on LAST KISS About three quarters through the book I thought I'd worked out the big twist , but I hadn't and the ending was gritty, shocking and satisfying. Fast-paced, dark and intriguing, and well worth reading Novelicious on LAST KISS
Series: Dr Kate Pearson
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 12th August 2014
Country of Publication: IE
Dimensions (cm): 27.5 x 15.8 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1