In this Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller, fearless attorney Morgan Dane and her partner take on a disturbing disappearance…
Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.
As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.
Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.
About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A lifelong lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity when her youngest child entered first grade. During the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a novel, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s also garnered Golden Leaf and Silver Falchion Awards, along with nominations for a RITA and three Daphne du Maurier Awards. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, She Can Kill, Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, Midnight Obsession, Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, Seconds to Live, and Say You’re Sorry. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate; teaches women’s self-defense; and lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.
Top customer reviews
Certainly not a classic but a good read.
Melinda Leigh’s new release HER LAST GOODBYE, continues the development of her protagonist Morgan Dane. Morgan continues to rebuild her life after the loss of her husband two years earlier. Leigh provides her readers with Morgan’s backstory including details of her grandfather’s heart attack and the challenges of raising three young children and dealing with the developing relationship with Lance Kruger. The author shares details of Morgan’s career decision to join forces with Sharp Investigation and go into private practice. Leigh creates suspense and intrigue in her second Morgan Dane book as she gives details of the disappearance of Chelsea Clark.
Readers meet several support characters both good and bad as Leigh adds momentum to the storyline. The author provides a background of each character. She skillfully places her readers inside Morgan’s head so they can embrace what she is feeling and experiencing as events unfold. Leigh adds several subplots changing the direction of Lance and Morgan’s investigation. She takes readers behind the scenes of the investigation giving them insight to suspects that surface. The plot has many twists and turns as events unfold keeping her readers in the dark as to what will happen next.
In the middle of the investigation, Leigh shares the human side of each of the main characters and the relationships with their families. She shows the Morgan’s family stepping up to support her as she deals with her grandfather’s health and the safety of her children. Morgan finds she is not alone. Even as the intensity of the investigation increases, Leigh keeps readers aware that the romantic relationship between Lance and Morgan is blossoming.
Lance and Morgan’s investigation continues searching for the elusive answers to discover, the who and why, of the kidnappings and murders. The intrigue builds towards a solution that will give readers a shock. HER LAST GOODBYE, build the thrills and suspense on every page leading to an unforeseeable ending. Leigh’s new Morgan Dane book is a must read and earns a ranking of five-stars.
Melinda Leigh has done it again. I love Morgan Dane, a loving mother and a competent attorney with an excellent work ethic . Qualities it is difficult to find these days – at least all of them in one individual.
This book teaches a very important point: we never know what the next hour, day, or week will hold so we need to make sure we are careful what we say. Our next goodbye could be our last goodbye – leaving us to wish we had said and done things differently.
Tim and Chelsea Clark have two children, a three-year-old daughter, Bella, and a 4-month-old son, William. Tim Clark is a wireless telecommunication engineer for Speed Net, a company working with a university to develop the next generation of Wi-Fi. Chelsea works from home for an accounting firm.
William has colic, a sleep robber for mom, and for the first time since his birth Chelsea is going out for a drink – one glass of wine – with her best friend. Unfortunately, she never makes it to the location where they are to meet and when she does not arrive home by the time the baby needs to eat, Tim starts trying to locate her – without success.
Since Tim has never had total responsibility for the family and its needs, i.e., cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. he is overwhelmed. He is now aware just how much his family needs Chelsea and he is beginning to realize that he never really fully appreciated her.
Tim reports Chelsea missing but, of course, as her spouse, he is the Sheriff’s main person of interest. According to Tim, the Sheriff’s Office appears to be spending more time investigating him than they are looking for Chelsea. Since he has lost confidence in the Sheriff’s ability to locate his wife, Tim, with cooperation from Chelsea’s parents, hires Sharp Investigations to locate Chelsea.
Morgan Dane is a former Assistant District Attorney, who now represents criminal defendants. She has office space in the Sharp Investigations location, Morgan is brought into the investigation to represent Tim’s interests. Sharp Investigations, consisting of Lincoln Sharp, a retired police detective, and Lance Kruger, a policeman who was shot in the line of duty and had to leave the force because he was no longer able to function at the level required if pursuing a suspect, is hired to see if Chelsea can be located.
As is customary for Melinda Leigh, this is not simply a story of a kidnapped woman whose family is searching for her. There are two separate kidnappers in the same general vicinity kidnapping similar women. One of the kidnappers is looking for a mate, even to the extent of “branding” his victim to prove she is his. He believes he can “train” her to love him and want to be his. The other kidnappers are looking for a woman to abuse, rape, and beat to death.
If you read the first Morgan Dane book, Say You’re Sorry, then you know that Morgan Dane is the widow of a military man who was killed in the Middle East. She has not even begun to think of sharing her life with another man when Lance Kruger is thrust into her path. It was obvious in Say You’re Sorry that Lance and Morgan were attracted to each other.
In Her Last Goodbye that attraction burns hotter and brighter. However, before she acts on the attraction, Morgan needs to make sure her girls can adjust to her having a man in her life. Lance, who has never had a family, has to consider how to respond to these three little people with whom he will have to interact, one of whom appears to dislike him, not to mention the fact that he has to take care of his mother who is not well mentally due to the fact that her husband and Lance’s dad has been missing for several years.
Can Sharp Investigations locate Chelsea while Morgan makes sure Tim gets fair treatment from the law? Can Lance and Morgan get around all of their personal issues to find a way to be more than co-workers? Only Melinda Leigh can tell it this good.