Her Final Hour Book Review

Her Final Hour Book Review

Title: Her Final Hour
Author: Carla Kovach
Published: August 20, 2018, Bookouture
No. of Pages: 300
Cover Price: $10.99 Paperback, $3.99 Kindle

Her Final Hour, by Carla Kovach, is the second installment in the Detective Gina Hart series. Gina, who has gone through her own issues of violence in her recent past, can relate to the victims. Melissa Sanderson is found brutally murdered, and while the police generally look at the husband, he has an airtight alibi. The husband is very cold and controlling, making readers want him to be the murderer. As Gina investigates, she can relate to the victim, who it is decided, is a victim of domestic abuse. As the story evolves, readers learn who the real murderer is, but Gina and her team aren’t privy to some of the information. During the investigation, Gina puts herself, as well as others in danger, and since she has been put in charge of the case, is under intense pressure to solve the murder quickly.

Carla Kovach is a good storyteller, and the novel is well-organized and flows easily. The characters are well-developed and definitely believable. The book is set in Cleevesford, a small English town, which adds to the charm of the novel. The English environment with English idioms and culture makes for a different take on the suspense novel. There is building suspense throughout, and twists and turns that steer readers away from solving the murder before the actual dénouement. The plot is interesting, and the book, written simply, is easy-to-follow and is a fairly fast read.

While this novel is excellent as a stand-alone and is understandable without reading the previous novel, readers will want to read the first in the series for background on the protagonist and the characters. The series is good – Gina Hart grows on you – and the subsequent novels promise to be just as fascinating as the previous ones.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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