Her Final Prayer: A totally gripping and heart-stopping crime thriller

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33 reviews

About this ebook

Three empty chairs lazily rocked in the breeze, surrounded by scattered children’s toys. In the yard, there were mounds of earth. Graves. Only big enough for children…

When Detective Clara Jefferies is called to a ranch just outside of Alber, Utah, she’s sickened to find two innocent young children murdered alongside their mothers. Their father, Jacob Johansson, has been rushed to hospital where he fights for his life. Blissfully unaware, his two-month-old son Jeremy has been left untouched in his crib.

In the eyes of the community Jacob is the perfect, devout husband, seemingly living a peaceful, happy life. But Clara is certain that the crime is personal: one of Jacob’s wives was killed differently, her lips painted after she died. Soon, Clara discovers photos of her in Jacob’s best friend’s trailer, and her flower necklace underneath the bed.

When witnesses, including Clara’s own mother, refuse to speak about the case, it becomes clear that loyalty to the community is more important than finding a killer at large. The people of Alber will never trust Clara; she may have returned home but they will always see her as the girl who abandoned her family.

And yet Clara won’t give up. She is sure that Jacob and baby Jeremy are still at risk, and the longer the secretive town stands in the way of her solving this case, the more danger they’re in…

Impossible to put down, Her Final Prayer is perfect for readers of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. You’ll race through the pages until the final heart-pounding twist.

What readers are saying about Her Final Prayer:

“Amazing. Outstanding. WOWZA! None of these adjectives do Her Final Prayer by Kathryn Casey justice. You will not want to put this book down... heaven knows, I sure didn't… It's simply perfect.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

“This was the first book I have ever read by Kathryn Casey and I can't wait to read more. It’s absolutely brilliant. I was sucked in from page one and couldn’t put it down.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“So good! Absolutely love this series and so excited to read more. This is definitely on my list of favorite series to read and follow. Well-written. Love the characters. Love the story… Highly recommend!!!!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“The author has shown she knows how to keep her readers captivated before and guess what… She does it again!... Incredibly good book.B is for Book Review, 5 stars

“Absolutely brilliant. From start to finish I was hooked. I can't wait for the next one. I would highly recommend it is put on everyone's to-be-read list.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A fast-paced thrill ride… draws you in… I am fully invested in these characters now. I can't wait for the next book!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I love this series… The mystery is engrossing and took me by surprise at the reveal… Completely sucks you in. I had to read this in one sitting. I can't wait for more!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“Well I just loved this book it was everything I hoped it would be and a whole lot more… Really grabbed me… I just hope the next one in the series won’t be too long in coming!!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

33 reviews
DJ Sakata
October 7, 2020
The first book in the series, The Fallen Girls, left a mark on my memory and I have been curious ever since to know more of Clara’s history. The storylines were tense and prickly, much like the main protagonist, as well as a bit gruesome and cast with adult characters I wanted to take a sharp switch to while hissing like a serpent. I know there are weird secular cults in every culture and that they are basically everywhere, but these extreme religious sects that are basically abusing children and women with the women’s consent are just horrific and inexcusable. The mystery wasn’t as unpredictable as the first installment but it was still twisted and disconcerting and kept me on edge.
Cathy Geha
October 5, 2020
Her Final Prayer by Kathryn Casey Detective Clara Jeffries #2 Clara Jeffries went home a few months before this story begins to try and find her missing sister. As a homicide detective in Dallas she had the skills and tenacity to do the job but what she found was not pretty. At the end of the first book in the series some of Clara’s secrets had been revealed, we met a man from her past that meant a great deal to her, the polygamous religious sect she had once been a member of and the community they lived in was given a close look, and the foundation was put in place for the series that would follow. Whether or not she would stay in Alber, Utah was left up in the air. As book two begins we soon find out that Clara did stay, at least temporarily, as police chief for Alber. In book two of the series Clara and Max with the rest of the police and forensics team work to solve a heinous slaughter of innocents. What I liked: * Clara: strong, determined, intelligent, conflicted, dealing with her past, not sure how to move forward – I liked her. * Max: strong, determined, loving, good father, Chief Deputy of Sheriff’s Department, a man possibly ready to move on, interested (still) in Clara – I hope he will win Clara over * The police procedural aspects of the story * Learning more about the small town and community of Alber * Thinking about how community and religion form beliefs…and what it takes to move away from them * That the story was different * The writing, plot and story telling * Information about Max and Clara as well as the sect that continues to be shared * The police team * The title…perfect for this book * That it made me think…about the story, religion, my change in religious belief over time, etc * I cared and was invested in the story * That the killer was eventually caught What I did not like: * The loss of innocent life and the ripple effect it had on so many * The bigotry * Being reminded of the power religion/brain washing can have on people * Knowing that sects/cults like this still exist * Not having book three in my hand to read right now. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
2 people found this review helpful
Jo W
December 21, 2020
I thought I enjoyed the first book but this one had me just as hooked from the start to the finish. I'm already looking forward to the next in this series to follow the storyline with these characters.

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