Posted on December 5, 2016 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 4 stars, Beck Valley Books, FBI, John W. Mefford, mystery, Review / 0 Comments

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Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #6

AT Last

Thirty years after losing a parent to a hit-and-run drunk driver, FBI agent Alex Troutt finally confronts the killer–the same man who just murdered the Boston police chief.

And what Alex pulls from him shatters her core.

Armed with little more than hope and a shred of decades-old evidence, Alex chases a memory from her past, hoping that she’ll find the mother she never really had. With her old buddy Archie on board –as much as ever can be — the hunt takes her deep into the foothills of West Virginia. A fanatical religious cult has created its own society. Desperate to right a thirty-year wrong, Alex must out-think and out-duel everyone in her path to right a thirty-year wrong.

Will Alex’s quest to find the truth destroy her life all over again?

“Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she’s constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over.” – Sonya N

 “I simply love every single one of John Mefford’s novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night.” – Michele B

“Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping.” – Tracy C

“I would love to see this series turned into a movie or TV series – I’d be obsessed!” – Shelly M

  above reviews from the Alex Trout Series

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When I was first introduced to John W. Mefford’s work I did not have high expectations. However, after reading his Booker series he has joined my list of must read authors for mysteries/thrillers.  Now that I am at the end of the Alex Troutt series my expectations have increased exponentially. 

For me of all the books in the series, this one had the capacity to rip my heart out. It was an emotional journey for me. I can’t begin to imagine how Alex must have felt to discover that her mother who she believed had died 32 years ago was alive and living in a cultish community. To discover that she had been lied to all these years by the one person she thought she could trust.

The atrocities depicted in this story could literally bring a grown man to his knees. It was a stark reminder of the evils lurking in this world. As usual, the story was fast-paced and suspenseful. From the moment Alex discovered that there was a possibility that her mom is alive I was kept on the edge of my seat to the very end.  In this installment, I got an in-depth view of Alex’s relationship with Brad. I liked that she finally came to terms with the age differences.

What I enjoyed about this series is that the focus is not solely on solving crimes and capturing the perpetrators. It also explores the emotional aspects. In doing this the author made it easy for me to connect with Alex on all levels throughout the duration of the series.  Alex did not have things easy, but in the end, she triumphed.

I enjoyed this story, however, there was an aspect of it that I was not thrilled with. I can’t say much for fear of giving the plot away. However, what I can say is that I was disappointed with how Alex’s reunion with her mom went. For me that moment was heartbreaking.  I was hoping that in the end, it would bring joy for both parties, but this was not the case. I guess we can’t always get what we wish for. Even as I sit here thinking about that scene I can’t stop the tears from flowing. I can’t imagine how they both must have felt at that precise moment.

Verdict:  A Great story.  A fitting end to what I consider to be a great series. I am going to miss Alex and her friends, especially Archie. Can’t wait to see what next Mr. Mefford has in store for his fans.

I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours. This has no bearing on my review, which is a honest reflection of my opinions of this book.
About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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