Review: Her Last Move by John Marrs

Her Last MoveShe’s chasing a killer. He’s watching her every move.

He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.

Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career—and she knows that it will make or break her. But she can’t catch the culprit alone. Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell, she strives to get a lead on the elusive murderer, who is always one step ahead of them.

Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list?


Her Last Move is the first book in this new police procedural series. It is also the first book that I have read by Marrs. This series is off to a great start so I can’t wait to see how it progresses.

In this story, there is a serial killer with a list of names. The killer is determined to eliminate everyone on the list. The murders are cold, calculated with different MOs. Throughout the case; it is evident that the killer is steps ahead of the investigators. DS Becca is desperate to stop this Unsub even as the body count escalates. At the same time, Becca has a daughter who desperately needs her at home. She strives to balance between her personal and professional life. Working with her is Joe, a man with an interesting skill. Joe is a super-recognizer which means that he never forgets faces. The two team up to catch London’s most terrifying serial killer.

Readers get to follow the story from Joe’s and Becca’s perspectives. Joe is a character that you can’t help but like. His personal story is moving and personality quite charming. On the other hand, I adored Becca and her family. There are chapters narrated by the villain. These narrations were intense, addictive and had my heart racing.

This case was entertaining, complex and undoubtedly, addictive. I didn’t expect it to also get emotional but with such well developed characters; it was hard not to get emotionally invested. As much as I enjoyed the twists, there is one in particular that had me frustrated. I love surprises in thrillers but that twist ended up being a total blindside. Honestly, it felt like stumbling into a ditch in the dark.

Marrs is a gifted writer. He created an exhilarating, pacy, immersive case and gave us characters to root for. Through this book, I also learned about super recognizers, a skill I wish I had. I forget faces ridiculously fast so I am always having random conversations with people who I don’t remember but I’m embarrassed to ask their names again.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read the second one in the series. I highly recommend Her Last Move by John Marrs to fans of this genre.

30 thoughts on “Review: Her Last Move by John Marrs

  1. Terrific review, Diana! This may be covered in the book, but I once learned that the memory for faces is in a very specific area of the brain, so you could have good memory otherwise, but have difficulty with that one aspect. This sounds like a wonderful read and now I’m interested. I’ve always wanted to try this author!

    1. Thanks Jennifer. That totally makes sense! For some reason, I may not remember people’s faces but I will remember the colour of clothes that they were wearing, no matter how many years have passed. Most of my memories are tied to colors. Not a very useful skill so far though 😀 But it makes sense that our memories are connected to different parts of the brain.

  2. Super recognizers makes me want to learn more! I enjoyed The One and also have The Good Samaritan, but have yet to read it. Glad to hear this is a good one!

    1. I recently got The One. I hope you enjoyed it. The super recognizers added to the thrill of this one. I definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

      1. The One is unique and I really enjoyed it. I started listening to Good Samaritan on Audible, but I’ve paused it (it is really good, but has a darker than dark suicide theme)

  3. John Marrs is an author i have on my watch list, but haven’t read his books yet. This one again sounds really good, and i noticed you and i have quite similar tastes when it comes to crime/thriller, so i’m defo going to check this out next year.
    (Till then i’m planning to catch up on books i already own. Hehe) 😀

    1. haha, I hear you. I am trying to do the same and especially clear all my pending ARCs(now 5) before adding any new books. I hope that you will get the chance to read this one next year though. Thank you 🙂

    1. Thanks Mackenzie. I haven’t read anything else by Marrs but I have a copy of The One. I hope that you will enjoy this one if you get a chance to read it.

  4. His books are all very diverse and I read in his guestpost on Eva’s blog that he likes the diversity. I don’t think this will be a series ;-). I loved The One and The Good Samaritan most of all so you’ve still got some amazing reads to discover ;-). He is the man of the unexpected twists though and that’s why I love him so much, besides his excellent writing. Great review!

    1. Thanks you so much Inge. I am so glad to hear that you have enjoyed his previous titles. I just got a copy of The One and can’t wait to read it. Will definitely add The Good Samaritan too.

      I just assumed that its a series because I have never read a crime thriller that is a standalone. Would have liked to read more of Joe but its okay. I will now check out his other books.

  5. Wonderful review! I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything from him, I really need to!

    1. I know…. Can you imagine never forgetting a face and actually making a living based on that skill? I loved reading about the super recognizers. Thanks Nikola.

  6. Excellent review Diana. Super recognizers, emotional read, twists, wow! I just requested this one. It sounds like a good one. I am not familiar with this author, but it sounds like he is one to check out. I am not big on serial killer stories, but as long as he gets caught, I am good.

    1. Thanks Carla. Fingers crossed that you will get this one.The super recognizers angle was unique. I did some research after reading the book and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is a real crime unit that done an amazing job of catching repeat offenders especially. Marrs is really good so I hope that you will enjoy reading this title.

    1. It does. Its crazy how the detectives were able to solve cold cases just using facial recognition. They would catch suspects on the streets, while on vacation… I wish I had the ability to remember faces like that 🙂

    1. And here I thought this was his latest one 😀 What’s the title of the one that you are reading. I wouldn’t mind reading something else by Marrs.

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