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Summary

The law is the law until someone comes after your family.

From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lorhainne Eckhart comes a new Billy Jo McCabe mystery set on a small island town in the Pacific Northwest. 

On the eve of Police Chief Mark Friessen’s wedding, a fierce snowstorm blankets the island, knocking out power, and the body of a woman is discovered in the church. The only clue is the note in her hand, a list of names - all members of Mark’s family.

Mark Friessen has been counting down the days to his wedding to Billy Jo McCabe. Yet only days from Christmas, after their families arrive, a freak blizzard comes out of nowhere and knocks out power on the entire island.

With the island in an emergency and the ferry shut down, no help is arriving anytime soon from the mainland. Mark receives a call to stop into the church where he and Billy Jo are planning on being married the next day, but there he stumbles upon the body of a woman. The only evidence is a note she’s clutching. At the top, in all bold, is the word KILL, and listed below are the names of everyone he loves, including Billy Jo, his parents, his brothers, their wives, and his two nieces.

With access to the outside world cut off, Mark finds himself up against an invisible enemy who he believes is coming after his unsuspecting family. But Mark has no idea who it is. Where is the killer hiding on the island, why isn’t Mark’s name on the list, and who is the dead woman? Mark is determined to find the killer and protect his family, whatever it takes...even if it’s his last stand.

©2021 Lorhainne Ekelund (P)2022 Lorhainne Ekelund

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A new beginning?

I certainly did not see where this was going to go when I started reading this next episode in Billy Jo and Mark’s story. When Mark is confronted by a murder the day before his wedding, you might expect this to be centered on a murder mystery. But when he uncovers more than he ever wanted or expected, it becomes a story that is hard to believe and difficult to read (from an emotional standpoint) but needs to be told. I won’t go into more detail because I don’t want to give anything away. You need to read this one and pay attention because it is happening.

THE LAST STAND is an impactful read that is sure to often surprise you, sometimes horrify you, and keep you turning each page until the end. It’s an emotional tale that no one wants to believe but, unfortunately, is too believable. The twists in this story will keep you glued to your seat while you absorb the enormity of not only their situation but the entire problem being exposed. Even though it’s a heartbreaking one for Mark and Billy Jo to deal with, we get to see the depth of their love for each other and the strength they give to one another. This helps to soften the harsh elements of this story and makes for the ending (or is it a new beginning) we’ve been hoping for.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 23-05-22

Great Read

The Last Stand (Billy Jo McCabe Mystery Book 8) was a great read by Lorhainne Eckhart. Mark and Billy Jo are founding down the days until their wedding. When their families arrive, a freak blizzard comes out of no where and knocks out the power on the entire island. Mark received a call to stop into the church and he stumbles upon the body of a woman. She is holding a note with the words kill and the names of everyone he loves. Mark is up against an invisible enemy that is coming after his family. But Mark doesn’t know who it is. I enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read more by the author.

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  • 16-05-22

HIS LAST STAND

A WONDEFUL STORY THOUGH A BIT DARKER. THE NARRATION FOR THE STORY WAS GREAT! I CANNOT WAIT TO LISTEN TO MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR.

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  • AmberK5
  • 16-05-22

Fast paced and great story!!

The Last Stand is well written and fast paced. A bit darker, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. There were a few twists that kept me on my toes as well. Great audio narration. Looking forward to more!!

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  • Hanny
  • 04-05-22

good read

I liked the story, the mystery and the chemistry between the family members was sweet and interesting.
This is not the first book in the series, and I didn't have a chance to read the previous ones (would love to). This fact did not take anything from my enjoyment of the book.
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I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • tburbr
  • 03-05-22

Another Great Addition to the Series

This eighth installment of the Billy Jo McCabe Mystery series kept my attention with the well written and entertaining story line and character work. Leo Jones did a fantastic job of breathing life into this story and making this as enjoyable to listen to as it was to read.

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