By Louise Phillips
A suspenseful crime thriller from the award-winning author of Red Ribbons and The Doll's House
He thought he was in control. But he was wrong. And after the final blows of the knife, she stole his last breath with a kiss...
Will criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson uncover the identity of this vicious killer before it is too late?
At a hotel room in Dublin, the butchered body of art dealer Rick Shevlin, arranged with artistic precision like the Hanged Man from a Tarot card, is found.
Meanwhile, in a quiet suburb, Sandra Regan clings to her sanity as a shadowy presence moves through her home.
What connects them?
Criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is sure that the killer has struck before and will again - soon. As Kate and DI O'Connor are plunged into an investigation which spreads to Rome and Paris, they uncover a vicious trail of sexual power and evil. But will they uncover the killer's identity before she claims another victim?
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.
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07 Aug 2014
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Hachette Books Ireland
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