The Last First Time – Andrea Bramhall

The Last First Time – Andrea BramhallBook three in the Norfolk Coast series and this is a cracker, if you haven’t read the first two, this will stand alone but is much better with the back story.

Gina goes Christmas shopping for Kate, in Ann Summers of all places, hoping to move their slow burn romance to a new level with some sexy underwear. But everything changes in an instant with an act of senseless violence, and so begins a series of events that will shatter the peaceful world of King’s Lynn and the normal routine for Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and her colleagues.

This is an excellent crime-thriller-romance.. and Bramhall balances all three really cleverly. The characters are already well developed but continue to deepen and we meet new ones in each book as well as watching the existing relationships grow and change. This time Kate’s partner Stella takes a strong role, and Gina’s mother returns to stir the pot.

The crime/thriller is slightly different form the norm, very much in the present, and feeds on that tickle in all our minds about our safety in the current climate. At the same time the author doesn’t ignore the previous situations our heroines have survived and the ripples continue to expand throughout. Carefully handled and, in my judgement, well researched and thought through, this author never shys away from difficult or sensitive issues.

I am loving the series, can’t wait for the next.. this ends with a cliff hanger and several threads hanging loose so there must be at least one more. Excellent reading in front of the fire on a cold winters night.

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(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Ylva (December 20, 2017)
  • ASIN: B077Y43GP3
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