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When he sleeps, the hunt begins When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle—the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating When he sleeps, the hunt begins When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle—the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend and his specialized team investigate the gruesome crime scene. They find no reason for Nate to have mysteriously vanished from his isolated home in Alaska before he ended up in the hands of a sadist, who has been taunting Ryker and his team in a sinister game of ‘catch me if you can.’ But Townsend has a secret he won’t share with anyone—not even his own team—that sets him on the trail of a ruthless psychopath, alone. The intuitive FBI profiler is plagued by recurring nightmares—seen through Nate’s dead eyes—that slowly chips away at his mental stability. Is he burning out and losing his mind—becoming unfit for duty—or is the last victim reaching out to him from the grave? Townsend sees horrific flashes of memory, imprinted on the retinas of a dead man, the last image Applewhite saw when he died. Ryker must piece together the fragments. Each nightmarish clue brings him closer to a killer who knows how to hide in plain sight and will see him coming, but when the dead man has the skills of a hunting guide, he has the perfect ally to track down a killer—the last victim.


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When he sleeps, the hunt begins When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle—the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating When he sleeps, the hunt begins When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle—the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend and his specialized team investigate the gruesome crime scene. They find no reason for Nate to have mysteriously vanished from his isolated home in Alaska before he ended up in the hands of a sadist, who has been taunting Ryker and his team in a sinister game of ‘catch me if you can.’ But Townsend has a secret he won’t share with anyone—not even his own team—that sets him on the trail of a ruthless psychopath, alone. The intuitive FBI profiler is plagued by recurring nightmares—seen through Nate’s dead eyes—that slowly chips away at his mental stability. Is he burning out and losing his mind—becoming unfit for duty—or is the last victim reaching out to him from the grave? Townsend sees horrific flashes of memory, imprinted on the retinas of a dead man, the last image Applewhite saw when he died. Ryker must piece together the fragments. Each nightmarish clue brings him closer to a killer who knows how to hide in plain sight and will see him coming, but when the dead man has the skills of a hunting guide, he has the perfect ally to track down a killer—the last victim.

30 review for The Last Victim

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    The Totem Killer abducts young men, dismembers them, arranges them artistically and leaves them where they will be found. Arms, legs, faces are tied to a tree to make a macabre totem. All except the final victim ... this man was left whole as a gift to the investigators. Supervisory Special Agent Ryker Townsend has a unique gift ..or curse... he instinctively gets inside the killer's head. At least that is what his team thinks. In reality the dead victims appear and speak to Ryker in nightmares. The Totem Killer abducts young men, dismembers them, arranges them artistically and leaves them where they will be found. Arms, legs, faces are tied to a tree to make a macabre totem. All except the final victim ... this man was left whole as a gift to the investigators. Supervisory Special Agent Ryker Townsend has a unique gift ..or curse... he instinctively gets inside the killer's head. At least that is what his team thinks. In reality the dead victims appear and speak to Ryker in nightmares. He shares this information with no one. Ryker finds a link to a small village in Alaska. Ryker needs to know what the last victim was so important to the killer, hoping that will lead him to the killer. But the killer is watching Ryker .. and targets him. When Ryker suffers a horrific accident, he starts seeing the dead man while awake... is he truly having visions... or is he slowly losing his mind? The author truly has a way with words .... A crescendo that led to the grinding of bone, the creak of a joint, and the meaty resistance of flesh against the saw. He was like lake water.. still on the surface, but teeming with life and hope and possibility beneath. Ryker Townsend has complex layers and secrets. He is as creepy good as the killer is creepy bad. What a terrific character! The last half of this suspenseful book is tightly woven, the anxiety and apprehension increases with each page read. A solid 5 stars from me. My thanks go to the author / NetGalley / Cosas Finas Publications who furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim Crocker

    THE LAST VICTIM—JORDAN DANE **FEBRUARY 2016 BOOK of the MONTH** THIS JUST IN: WE ARE DISCUSSING THE LAST VICTIM over on Goodreads, where it is the February 2016 Book of the Month for the Psychological Thrillers reading group. Come join us: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Couldn’t put this one down. I’m telling ya! It’s a real burner with a bunch of new twists: Story. Characters. Mystery. Thrills. Creeped me out. BIGTIME! Yikes. This one you’ll want to reread the second you finish. I’m sitt THE LAST VICTIM—JORDAN DANE **FEBRUARY 2016 BOOK of the MONTH** THIS JUST IN: WE ARE DISCUSSING THE LAST VICTIM over on Goodreads, where it is the February 2016 Book of the Month for the Psychological Thrillers reading group. Come join us: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Couldn’t put this one down. I’m telling ya! It’s a real burner with a bunch of new twists: Story. Characters. Mystery. Thrills. Creeped me out. BIGTIME! Yikes. This one you’ll want to reread the second you finish. I’m sitting there shaking my head and wondering, “How’d she do that?” Thanks for a great read, J.D.

  3. 5 out of 5

    R-Cee*Jay

    Bloody hell! This is everything and more that you would want and expect to find in a damn good thriller. Edgy, Harrowing, Nail-biting, Gory, Horrific, Twists and Turns - a good story paired with good writing and good dialogue. Thank you, Jordan Dane, that was fucking amazing, I enjoyed the ride!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    Ryker Townsend is a FBI profiler is a lead investigator who is now looking for serial killer who they call "The Totem Killer" Someone is killing men and using their body parts to create totems. The latest totem is topped not by a body part, but the whole body of the last victim. Ryker Townsend also has a 'gift' - Ryker's gift is also a curse in that he has nightmares about the dead. The nightmares tell him something and he has to figure out how his latest nightmares relate to this last victim bec Ryker Townsend is a FBI profiler is a lead investigator who is now looking for serial killer who they call "The Totem Killer" Someone is killing men and using their body parts to create totems. The latest totem is topped not by a body part, but the whole body of the last victim. Ryker Townsend also has a 'gift' - Ryker's gift is also a curse in that he has nightmares about the dead. The nightmares tell him something and he has to figure out how his latest nightmares relate to this last victim because he KNOWS what the last victim felt as he was being tortured and dying. I almost gave this book a 5 star - but towards the end- I felt it 'lost' a bit of something- I don't read many books where there is a some sort of paranormal genre going on, so for me I knocked this down to a very , very good 4 star read. I did love Ryker's character- even with his 'visions' and his FBI profiler team- they all worked very well together in this book- I would love to see more of this series with all these characters again !

  5. 4 out of 5

    CL

    Spc Agt Ryker Townsend is able to get inside a killers mind and that is what he wants his team to believe. He actually sees the dead victims in his dreams but he does not want his team to know that. As he is trying to catch the Totem Killer who abducts young men and leaves them as a rearranged totem after he has dismembered them his last victim he leaves as a gift for the team. When Spc Agt Townsend starts seeing the latest victim when he is awake he begins to fear for his sanity. This was a pag Spc Agt Ryker Townsend is able to get inside a killers mind and that is what he wants his team to believe. He actually sees the dead victims in his dreams but he does not want his team to know that. As he is trying to catch the Totem Killer who abducts young men and leaves them as a rearranged totem after he has dismembered them his last victim he leaves as a gift for the team. When Spc Agt Townsend starts seeing the latest victim when he is awake he begins to fear for his sanity. This was a page turner and I look forward to reading more stories about Spc Agt Townsend. Great read. I would like to thank the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Cosas Finas Publications! FBI profiler Ryker Townsend is hunting for a serial killer who makes gruesome totems out of human remains. He also has vivid dreams, which may be visions. The latest victim of the totem killer seems to be sending him dreams. Ryker can't just tell his FBI buddies how he knows the things he knows ("I dreamed it" seems to be frowned upon by the Feds) so he goes on his own to track the killer I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Cosas Finas Publications! FBI profiler Ryker Townsend is hunting for a serial killer who makes gruesome totems out of human remains. He also has vivid dreams, which may be visions. The latest victim of the totem killer seems to be sending him dreams. Ryker can't just tell his FBI buddies how he knows the things he knows ("I dreamed it" seems to be frowned upon by the Feds) so he goes on his own to track the killer to Alaska. I live in the Pacific Northwest and I could picture the crime scene in Snoqualmie so vividly, it was creepy. I've never been to Alaska but Jordan Dane has lived there, and the descriptions of the forests and secluded mountain trails are so well done that I could picture it just as clearly as my own surroundings. I also loved the team members that help Ryker - a mix of familiar archetypes from famous TV shows but with their own unique traits. What I didn't like as much is the changes in perspective according to the characters. Ryker's parts are in 1st person and the rest in 3rd person. It was easy to figure out who was the focus of a specific part but, to me, it was distracting. The Last Victim is a fast, easy read that will make you feel like you've been ton Alaska for the weekend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    An excellent serial killer mystery with a paranormal touch. Special agent and profiler Ryker Townsend is hunting the Totem Killer who arranges the dismembered bodies of his young male victims in an artistic, gruesome fashion. Scared to share his special abilities with his FBI colleagues, Ryker independently follows a lead to an isolated place in Alaska where he is confronted with surviving the wilderness, evil maniacs and his own demons. Told from Ryker's first person perspective as well as the t An excellent serial killer mystery with a paranormal touch. Special agent and profiler Ryker Townsend is hunting the Totem Killer who arranges the dismembered bodies of his young male victims in an artistic, gruesome fashion. Scared to share his special abilities with his FBI colleagues, Ryker independently follows a lead to an isolated place in Alaska where he is confronted with surviving the wilderness, evil maniacs and his own demons. Told from Ryker's first person perspective as well as the third person account of other characters, this was a gripping read with the tension steadily building up and the second half of the book so suspenseful, I had to finish it in one go. Ryker was a wonderful character, but I also enjoyed the well developed personalities of his FBI colleagues. There is definitely potential for more stories surrounding this group of people. Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Curtis

    OMG OMG OMG what a bloody awesome book I come across this and read what it was about and was debating whether to read it, I am so glad i requested and was accepted on netgalley for this. Even tho i sort of got bored for a few chapters the remaining still out ways it and defo a 5* for me I had a feel who it was but when you would think would it was this author would throw a spanner and make you rethink. It had me wanting to keep read and i read the second half of the book pretty quick. I highly reco OMG OMG OMG what a bloody awesome book I come across this and read what it was about and was debating whether to read it, I am so glad i requested and was accepted on netgalley for this. Even tho i sort of got bored for a few chapters the remaining still out ways it and defo a 5* for me I had a feel who it was but when you would think would it was this author would throw a spanner and make you rethink. It had me wanting to keep read and i read the second half of the book pretty quick. I highly recommended this book and thank you again to the author and publisher for a free copy for a review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    It has been a long while since I have read anything by this author. I was drawn to this book by the summary. It sounded right up my alley. Which it is but I felt that the characters were just alright. In fact, for the first third to half of the story I found myself more drawn to the Totem Killer than I was to Ryker. I could not get back to the killer's part of the story fast enough. Yes, I liked that Ryker was not perfect as shown by the family relationship and the suffering but after a while I It has been a long while since I have read anything by this author. I was drawn to this book by the summary. It sounded right up my alley. Which it is but I felt that the characters were just alright. In fact, for the first third to half of the story I found myself more drawn to the Totem Killer than I was to Ryker. I could not get back to the killer's part of the story fast enough. Yes, I liked that Ryker was not perfect as shown by the family relationship and the suffering but after a while I found it more talking than really helping add anything to the story as a whole. Also, Ryker's skills did not see to be up to par as I would expect them to be. Yet, the second half of the story is a different story. It was stronger and had action which helped moved it along and keep the momentum going.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steven Ramirez

    So, I’m swearing off Alaskan king crab and Baked Alaska now. In fact, I will most likely never take that Alaskan summer cruise I was planning. Why? Because I read The Last Victim. More specifically, I allowed Jordan Dane’s mad tale to get under my skin and into my nightmares. Yeah, really. This is some seriously good writing. The author has presented a well-researched, imaginative story about an FBI profiler with a big problem—he can connect with the dead. Oh, great. I’ll bet he’s fun at parties. So, I’m swearing off Alaskan king crab and Baked Alaska now. In fact, I will most likely never take that Alaskan summer cruise I was planning. Why? Because I read The Last Victim. More specifically, I allowed Jordan Dane’s mad tale to get under my skin and into my nightmares. Yeah, really. This is some seriously good writing. The author has presented a well-researched, imaginative story about an FBI profiler with a big problem—he can connect with the dead. Oh, great. I’ll bet he’s fun at parties. I mean, this guy’s got more baggage than a luggage cart at the Ritz Carlton. The book is well crafted and haunting in its ability to pull you into the mind of a serial killer and the hunter who is in pursuit. And, believe it or not, there’s still room for a little humor—gallows humor, maybe. But hey. If you’re drawn to the gruesome while still demanding good plotting, believable characters, and plot twists coming at you at a breathtaking pace, then I suggest you pick up this novel. You won’t be sorry. But, like me, you might be hesitant to visit our forty-ninth state anytime soon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elite Group

    THE LAST VICTIM by JORDAN DANE 5 STARS Beware the Totem Killer Ryker Townsend is an FBI Profiler with an advantage. He doesn’t count it as an advantage and to him, it is more of a curse than a blessing. While most profilers rely on what they can determine from clues left at the scene, Ryker begins having nightmares giving him images into what the victim experienced. The dreams become particularly gruesome as they deal with a serial killer known as the Totem Killer (TK) who dismembers his victims. THE LAST VICTIM by JORDAN DANE 5 STARS Beware the Totem Killer Ryker Townsend is an FBI Profiler with an advantage. He doesn’t count it as an advantage and to him, it is more of a curse than a blessing. While most profilers rely on what they can determine from clues left at the scene, Ryker begins having nightmares giving him images into what the victim experienced. The dreams become particularly gruesome as they deal with a serial killer known as the Totem Killer (TK) who dismembers his victims. But, he left one victim whole placing him at the top of a totem pole. That victim is Nathan Applegate. Ryker travels to Applegate’s home in Alaska and begins to work with Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Justine Peterson. She is more engaged in this case than he first realizes as she’d had a close and intimate relationship with Nathan. Time is not on their side now that TK seems to have taken another victim. This story moves along at a very quick pace. At times, the reader needs to process Ryker’s thoughts to determine if they are real or a dream. Then, once he becomes injured and begins to hallucinate, the reader’s job becomes even more difficult. And, though it sounds confusing, it’s not. I considered it a great challenge and I loved the additional mystification. The story is undoubtedly gritty and not for the faint of heart. The story teases of a love triangle, but it never fully develops. SA Lucinda Crowley feels great affection for Ryker, but he seems not to be aware. When he meets the beautiful Justine Peterson, the scenes make the reader wonder what may develop. This is one of the best FBI profiler stories I’ve read with flawed, relatable characters who remain strong in the face of danger. The Last Victim is the first in the Ryker Townsend series. fictionzeal Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen B.

    Finished re-reading on February 6, 2015 - I've never read a book twice back to back before. That's how good this was. Ryker Townsend is an FBI Profiler. Ryker is on the trail of the Totem Killer. Ryker has a gift. The gift and the hunt are about to meet. Someone is killing men and using their body parts to create totems. The latest totem is topped not by a body part, but the whole body of the last victim. Why? Ryker's gift is also a curse in that he has nightmares about the dead. The nightmares t Finished re-reading on February 6, 2015 - I've never read a book twice back to back before. That's how good this was. Ryker Townsend is an FBI Profiler. Ryker is on the trail of the Totem Killer. Ryker has a gift. The gift and the hunt are about to meet. Someone is killing men and using their body parts to create totems. The latest totem is topped not by a body part, but the whole body of the last victim. Why? Ryker's gift is also a curse in that he has nightmares about the dead. The nightmares tell him something and he has to figure out how his latest nightmares relate to this last victim because he KNOWS what the last victim felt as he was being tortured and dying. This book was so good that I had to reread it within the same week I read it the first time. And the suspense was just as great. The author's use of similes and metaphors paint pictures for the reader that help to enhance the reading of this book. I have become a Jordan Dane fan and am looking forward to reading more of her works.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Yikes this book had its moments. The Totem Killer kills young men and leaves their dismembered bodies displayed like a totem pole. Special Agent Ryker Townsend is called out to the latest killing which is bit different. Bits of four bodies are arranged as usual but the totem is also graced with an intact fifth body. Ryder thinks this victim is important to the killer so starts his investigation by looking into this guy (Nathan). Ryker has a gift (or a curse) which enables him to see things from t Yikes this book had its moments. The Totem Killer kills young men and leaves their dismembered bodies displayed like a totem pole. Special Agent Ryker Townsend is called out to the latest killing which is bit different. Bits of four bodies are arranged as usual but the totem is also graced with an intact fifth body. Ryder thinks this victim is important to the killer so starts his investigation by looking into this guy (Nathan). Ryker has a gift (or a curse) which enables him to see things from the killer's point of view. But with this case the visions start to overwhelm him. He goes to Nathan's home on a remote Alaskan island. Its a pretty bleak place but he gets help from the local State Trooper, Justine. Together they hike to Nathan's remote cabin to look for clues. That's when things get really hairy! Cut off by bad weather and injury being hunted by a gunman, Ryker and Justine are in big trouble. I won't say any more but it had a killer twist and a pretty gripping ending. Quit the page turner. My only gripe was that Ryker's mental state got on my nerves at times.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim Kaso

    Thought about giving it 2.5 stars. Nothing terribly wrong with it, but nothing memorable or notably right about it either. Meh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    The last victim by Jordan Dane is a mystery and thriller read. When he sleeps, the hunt begins. When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle--the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend and his specialized team inv The last victim by Jordan Dane is a mystery and thriller read. When he sleeps, the hunt begins. When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle--the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend and his specialized team investigate the gruesome crime scene. They find no reason for Nate to have mysteriously vanished from his isolated home in Alaska before he ended up in the hands of a sadist, who has been taunting Ryker and his team in a sinister game of 'catch me if you can.' But Townsend has a secret he won't share with anyone--not even his own team--that sets him on the trail of a ruthless psychopath, alone. The intuitive FBI profiler is plagued by recurring nightmares--seen through Nate's dead eyes--that slowly chips away at his mental stability. Is he burning out and losing his mind--becoming unfit for duty--or is the last victim reaching out to him from the grave? Townsend sees horrific flashes of memory, imprinted on the retinas of a dead man, the last image Applewhite saw when he died. Ryker must piece together the fragments. Each nightmarish clue brings him closer to a killer who knows how to hide in plain sight and will see him coming, but when the dead man has the skills of a hunting guide, he has the perfect ally to track down a killer--the last victim. This was a really enjoyable read. Full of twists and plots and what a twist. Really didn’t see that coming. I do hope there is more. Highly recommended. 5* . I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Loraine Oliver

    The Last Victim is a new category of books for me to read, and I really liked it. This book from the beginning had me totally engrossed, and I did not want to stop reading at night, it was too good to stop reading it! It kept me glued to the pages, while I was gripping my pillow, or cat, or whatever was available. FBI Profiler Ryker Townsend is the lead person on this case. Up to this point 14 bodies have been found, and the latest victim has been found atop a pole of body parts, whole, unlike a The Last Victim is a new category of books for me to read, and I really liked it. This book from the beginning had me totally engrossed, and I did not want to stop reading at night, it was too good to stop reading it! It kept me glued to the pages, while I was gripping my pillow, or cat, or whatever was available. FBI Profiler Ryker Townsend is the lead person on this case. Up to this point 14 bodies have been found, and the latest victim has been found atop a pole of body parts, whole, unlike any of the other victims. The puzzling part is the pole of victims has been found in the Mountains, near Seattle, Washington, yet the latest victim is from Alaska. He was a hunting guide and lived on a remote island in Alaska and to have been victimized and brutally murdered and then placed upon the top of the pole, is very disturbing. All of the victims being young men, in their mid twenties, Nathan Applewhite (victim) is the latest. Ryker and his team have been trying to find the person responsible, so they take a trip to Alaska to see what they can find out after viewing the pole and Ryker stays and sends his team home, as he has something he needs to do while there. What his team or anybody for that matter does not know is that Ryker dreams of these victims and it is like the dead speak to him in nightmares and Nathan the latest victim is the worst of all. Ryker, when he sees the pole and Nathan at the top, gets a gut feeling. He needs to know more about this victim and how he lived to try to find anything to help the case. Being psychic puts Ryker in a vulnerable position as he knows that if the FBI finds out they may not want him working anymore or try to help him and all Ryker has is this job-it is his life, and he sees what happens through the victims talking to him in his dream while he relives their horror and death at the hands of this psychopath. It has gotten so bad with this last victim, Ryker starts questioning his own sanity. While in Seattle with the team, and when he is looking at the pole of death, he feels the killer watching him! What will happen and how will he be able to bring this crazy sadistic killer down, or will he be the one to become this killer's last victim? It is now very personal as the killer has attached a note to the tree pole addressed to Ryker! This book is filled with surprise after surprise, and there is no way to predict the end. This book had me guessing and I thought I had it all figured out until the last part when a big twist in the plot changed everything I thought I knew! This book is filled with a lot of emotional angst, and there even is a touch of romance. it is filled with gut wrenching sadness as Ryker knows the killer still has his latest victim holed up somewhere and it is a rush to find him before he is a statistic along with Ryker! Do yourself a favor and read this book! But be prepared to want to read it all in one sitting, and make sure you have tissues close at hand. The thing that had me dwelling on this book the most though, is that sometimes fiction can actually be closer to the truth than we may know! I gave this book 5***** stars and plan to see what else I can get to read now that I have discovered a new genre of books to me! ,

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Ryker Townsend is an FBI agent working in the Behavioral Analysis Unit as a profiler. He is currently on the hunt for a serial killer in the northern Pacific coast. Ryker knows this killer is different and it's not just because of the grotesque mutilations of the victim. This killer uses bits and pieces of each victim to make a totem and his latest kill comes with a message specifically for Ryker in Jordan Dane's The Last Victim. Ryker Townsend knows that he is different from his coworkers. Other Ryker Townsend is an FBI agent working in the Behavioral Analysis Unit as a profiler. He is currently on the hunt for a serial killer in the northern Pacific coast. Ryker knows this killer is different and it's not just because of the grotesque mutilations of the victim. This killer uses bits and pieces of each victim to make a totem and his latest kill comes with a message specifically for Ryker in Jordan Dane's The Last Victim. Ryker Townsend knows that he is different from his coworkers. Others think of him as intuitive, but Ryker is hiding the fact that he has "visions" or dreams about the victims being tortured. When Ryker arrives at the latest totem site in Washington state, he realizes his most recent dream was of the last tortured victim. He also realizes that there has to be something special about this victim because his entire body has been left with a note addressed to Ryker. The complete body being left at the site along with the note push Ryker to find out as much as possible about the last victim, Nate Applewhite. The only thing left for Ryker to do is travel to Nate's home in rural Alaska and see if he can find anything that may lead him to the killer. Can he track down the Totem Killer before he kills another person? Is he playing straight into the killer's hands by visiting Alaska? I found The Last Victim to be a somewhat slow read initially (this may have been related to a bad series of migraine headaches at the time), but by the time I got through the first half the story picked up its pace and pulled me in. I rather enjoyed reading about Ryker and his BAU team, although I felt like parts of the team were previously seen on the television show Criminal Minds, especially the somewhat strange but lovable and highly efficient computer technician. I wasn't quite sure where the story was going at first because of the "psychic" dreams that weren't initially defined as such, leading me to believe that Ryker was more than a little strange and might be having a breakdown. The Last Victim is filled with mutilations (not too graphic or gory), murder, mystery, mayhem and thrills. This isn't a typical mystery-thriller read, as it adds a slight paranormal twist to the story. The ending was a complete shock (no, I won't tell you how it ends...read it for yourself), but it worked with all of the other elements. There are plenty of twists in the storyline that kept me guessing until the end, but I'm glad I persevered in reading this story. If you've read any of the suspense-thrillers by Ms. Dane in the past or simply enjoy quirky mystery reads, then you'll definitely want to grab a copy of The Last Victim to read. It is my hope that this is the beginning of a new series by Ms. Dane.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ishita

    Review: This was definitely an interesting read. There is nothing wrong with the book. But usually I prefer a psychological thriller where I do not have to delve in the minds of both the killer and the investigation; the whole first person narrative kind of turned me off from my interest. However, saying that I will definitely commend the author for weaving a plot with an admirable mix of killer instinct, grotesque, and thrill that will capture the reader from the start of the very first page. I Review: This was definitely an interesting read. There is nothing wrong with the book. But usually I prefer a psychological thriller where I do not have to delve in the minds of both the killer and the investigation; the whole first person narrative kind of turned me off from my interest. However, saying that I will definitely commend the author for weaving a plot with an admirable mix of killer instinct, grotesque, and thrill that will capture the reader from the start of the very first page. It is very hard to put down a book which has been written with such skill. Each character had a role to play. And each moment served it purpose of building up the climax. A book of this genre can be deemed excellent when the ending surpasses your expectation. The language is quite simple to understand and follow which enabled easy tracking of the plot. Use of dark elements and imageries helped in creating the the dark scenes which the plot demanded. In short, no words were wasted. The cover image, the title and the plot complemented each other, which made the experience of reading quite enthralling. My opinion: A definite read for those who love reading the twisted My rating: 3 out of 5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Edwin Howard

    "The Last Victim" is the story of a serial murderer called the Totem Killer, and an agent, Ryker Townsend, who is trying find the Totem Killer. The setting is mostly in the expanse of the Alaskan wilderness, which the desolation of the area only adds to the suspense. Some good twists along the way; maybe just a tiny bit predictable, but still enthralling. I like the way that the writer, Dane, really delved into how we make critical choices, how hard that can be, and how we deal with the immediat "The Last Victim" is the story of a serial murderer called the Totem Killer, and an agent, Ryker Townsend, who is trying find the Totem Killer. The setting is mostly in the expanse of the Alaskan wilderness, which the desolation of the area only adds to the suspense. Some good twists along the way; maybe just a tiny bit predictable, but still enthralling. I like the way that the writer, Dane, really delved into how we make critical choices, how hard that can be, and how we deal with the immediate responses. I also enjoyed the supporting cast. I thought they were introduced nicely and not wooden or one-dimensional at all, which can often happen in suspense novels.. Don't worry, though, there is plenty of suspense and gore. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy good mystery/suspense that is heavy on character and keeps the excitement growing to a thrilling climax.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am grateful to netgalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. The Totem Killer is killing and dismembering young men before impaling them on a totem pole. Ryker and his team have to find the killer and why the latest victim was treated differently. Ryker follows a lead on his own taking him to Alaska. This was an excellent story. It was fast moving with so much atmosphere that you feel like you were experiencing Alaska along with the characters. The I am grateful to netgalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. The Totem Killer is killing and dismembering young men before impaling them on a totem pole. Ryker and his team have to find the killer and why the latest victim was treated differently. Ryker follows a lead on his own taking him to Alaska. This was an excellent story. It was fast moving with so much atmosphere that you feel like you were experiencing Alaska along with the characters. The story is told in the first person of Ryker as well as the third person describing what else is happening. The whole team has such depth of characters and it was a brilliant read. I hope it is the first of a series as I really want to know what Ryker's future brings.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sue Coletta

    The Last Victim takes the reader on a suspenseful ride from beginning to end. Someone is slaughtering innocent men and arranging their body parts like a totem pole, with one full body at the top to adorn the killer's masterpiece. The grisly killing spree rocks Alaska, and FBI Agent Ryker Townsend is called in to investigate. But Ryker has demons of his own. He delves into the minds of killers, and is haunted by what he sees. Sometimes when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back. Told fr The Last Victim takes the reader on a suspenseful ride from beginning to end. Someone is slaughtering innocent men and arranging their body parts like a totem pole, with one full body at the top to adorn the killer's masterpiece. The grisly killing spree rocks Alaska, and FBI Agent Ryker Townsend is called in to investigate. But Ryker has demons of his own. He delves into the minds of killers, and is haunted by what he sees. Sometimes when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back. Told from alternating point of views, Ryker in 1st, other characters in 3rd, I really enjoyed The Last Victim and will seek out this author in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jimmie

    I read this book as part of a Goodreads book of the month club read. I found the imagery in this book one of the best I have ever read. The reader is taken on a journey looking for a sadistic serial killer. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way to the end of the book. I found a close bond to the characters of The Last Victim. This book read like a script to a Criminal Minds episode or a season of The Following. The author did a great job of adding humor to this book. That helped to I read this book as part of a Goodreads book of the month club read. I found the imagery in this book one of the best I have ever read. The reader is taken on a journey looking for a sadistic serial killer. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way to the end of the book. I found a close bond to the characters of The Last Victim. This book read like a script to a Criminal Minds episode or a season of The Following. The author did a great job of adding humor to this book. That helped to cleanse the palate during the gruesome scenes. My main take away from this book is the respect for anyone that has to process serial murder cases. This book will stick with me for a while.

  23. 5 out of 5

    LaShana

    What a great start to a new series!! I liked all of the main characters and at times it felt like I was in an episode of Criminal Minds. There was a lot of detail about the special abilities of SSA Ryker, so much so that I hope that much detail is not is subsequent books. I also like the interaction between all the members of the team. I look forward to reading more about SSA Ryker and the rest of his BAU team.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    I purchased the Kindle edition for my iPad. I picked this book because it is the BOTM for February in my reading group. From the beginning I was into the story. It started off really good and as the story picked up I found myself speed reading to find out how the story would end! I did have an idea who the serial killer was but it didn't stop me from being interesting in the story line. Great writing and great book. I will read more from Jordan Dane.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I received this book for free through the goodreads giveaways. This was a good, gritty suspense/thriller and I really enjoyed it. It was easy to read although it took a a little while to get into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down. The author has an easy style of writing that is pleasant to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Great thriller! Captivated me from the first page! Loved the mystery of who is the TK serial killer,loved Ryker and loved the paranormal aspect to this book. Very different storyline! Recommend reading!!!! If you like a good thiller this book is for you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gibbs

    Ryker Townsend is and FBI profiler with a special gift that helps him solve cases. He has visions that come to him mostly when he sleeps. He hasn't shared this with anyone, not even his 2nd in command, Lucinda Crowley. His visions come to him as the someone spends his last seconds on Earth. This time his vision leads him to Washington state to a crime scene that is heinous. The serial killer uses body parts to create a totem pole leaving the last body intact. A note addressed to Townsend is at t Ryker Townsend is and FBI profiler with a special gift that helps him solve cases. He has visions that come to him mostly when he sleeps. He hasn't shared this with anyone, not even his 2nd in command, Lucinda Crowley. His visions come to him as the someone spends his last seconds on Earth. This time his vision leads him to Washington state to a crime scene that is heinous. The serial killer uses body parts to create a totem pole leaving the last body intact. A note addressed to Townsend is at the scene as well. The note scares him on the inside but he shakes it off when Lucinda asks him about it. Ryker stays in Seattle for personal reasons but a vision leads him to Alaska and the last victims cabin. He comes face to face with a serial killer who is pure evil and has the uncanny ability to hide in plain sight. This case will rock Ryker to his core because it's more than just his life at stake. Ms. Dane write a thriller that will give you nightmares due to the evilness in the killer. She puts a twist on it that I won't spoil here. Her characters are well developed and how she is able to write the way she does intrigues me. She pulled me in from the beginning and she uses quotes from real serial killers that only enhance the story. They are not just dropped in there for shock value. I was glued to the story and found myself fascinated with Ryker's gift or some would call it a curse. The story was well crafted and very realistic. I could almost smell death when reading this book. I loved this story and while I read them out of order as I had read her crossovers in Susan Stroker's kindle world I needed to read the first story. I know there are a two more to read and I am really hoping that there will be more stories.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    I actually read Jordan Dane's crossover stories in the Susan Stoker world and got hooked on Ryker's character. He fascinated me in those two books so much that I had to find out how it all began. I was not disappointed in reading this book. Jordan let's us see Ryker as this brilliant profiler but a man who is scared of what people will think of his "gift" and what happens if his "gift" drives him insane. His fears don't own him he works past them and uses them to push him forward. In this book w I actually read Jordan Dane's crossover stories in the Susan Stoker world and got hooked on Ryker's character. He fascinated me in those two books so much that I had to find out how it all began. I was not disappointed in reading this book. Jordan let's us see Ryker as this brilliant profiler but a man who is scared of what people will think of his "gift" and what happens if his "gift" drives him insane. His fears don't own him he works past them and uses them to push him forward. In this book we saw the brilliant profiler and the man. His team has so much respect for him but he doesn't see how much they care because he is afraid to let them in. This book kept you from beginning to end. The suspense kept you on your toes and you wanted to see Ryker and his team preserver. Now I am hooked on this character...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Staci Troilo

    I found and fell for this author and her writing when I read a Susan Stoker Kindle World novella she wrote. Now I'm working my way through this series. The dark overtones don't bother me at all; in fact, I found the mood-setting to be wonderfully executed. I felt the isolation of the Alaska wilderness, the emotional torment of an agent with secrets to hide and powers to fear. The mind of the killer was deliciously twisted and portrayed brilliantly. If you're looking for a twisted horror/thriller I found and fell for this author and her writing when I read a Susan Stoker Kindle World novella she wrote. Now I'm working my way through this series. The dark overtones don't bother me at all; in fact, I found the mood-setting to be wonderfully executed. I felt the isolation of the Alaska wilderness, the emotional torment of an agent with secrets to hide and powers to fear. The mind of the killer was deliciously twisted and portrayed brilliantly. If you're looking for a twisted horror/thriller, this is one you won't want to miss.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erunyauve

    The characters are interesting, and the author nicely throws us a few red herrings - I had my suspicions, but just as I'd decided on the identity of the killer, something would change my mind. I would almost give the book three stars, as it's quite decent for what it is, but I couldn't say I really liked it. The dreaming aspect was just a bit too off-key for me, and in some ways, Ryker never really meshes into the person he's meant to be. He just seems a bit off. There was also a little too much The characters are interesting, and the author nicely throws us a few red herrings - I had my suspicions, but just as I'd decided on the identity of the killer, something would change my mind. I would almost give the book three stars, as it's quite decent for what it is, but I couldn't say I really liked it. The dreaming aspect was just a bit too off-key for me, and in some ways, Ryker never really meshes into the person he's meant to be. He just seems a bit off. There was also a little too much romance for my tastes.

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