The page-turning sequel to the best-selling psychological thriller Wrong Number. With her husband gone, and his legacy in her hands, Amanda Thorne is hell-bent on revenge.
Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge her husband. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved-ones have been dealt with.
Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McAllister. So, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started.
McAllister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness to the truth?
A compelling, heart-stopping thriller which you won’t be able to put down…(Goodreads)
When I was asked to read and review this book, I was completely unaware that this was the sequel to another book. This could have been an issue, but Jones gave enough backstory to the previous books events, that I never felt lost about what had happened.
Last Witness is a great example of a thriller centered around a woman’s quest for revenge over the death of her husband and the threat to his child. Reading this book, I couldn’t help get a “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” vibe as it makes reference to the darknet and Amanda herself is a hacker by trade. At times I could imagine both Lisbeth and Amanda trading or communicating with each other over this other part of the web. Though both are completely different, it was something that struck me and that I couldn’t shake.
Though Last Witness is not as brutal or as graphic in its violence, it still held me in its grip. As Amanda and her friend and former flame Shane embark on their mission to take down McAllister down, my expectations on how their plan for vengeance would play out. I was barely halfway through the book and it seemed that the noose was about to tighten around McAllisters neck. So, when it took a sharp left, I didn’t know where Amanda could go.
With Amanda’s new found purpose and objective, you were able to witness a woman who had been broken in body and spirit rebuild herself to a point where she could seek her revenge. Though now it was not only for her husband and his son, but also for herself.
What I really liked about this book was the fact that Amanda was never made out to be a victim, but instead she was a survivor. Even when she was at her lowest point in this book, Amanda worked through it. This wasn’t without some hurdles that she had to overcome in order to get to the right place to see through her plans.
The dynamic between Shane and Amanda is an interesting one, as it became clear that there was a lot of history between them and that there was a few things that had yet to be resolved.
With Shane, I felt that he had a white knight complex and that he wanted to save Amanda. This is despite the fact he is in the police and that the things that Amanda was involved in some really illegal activities. He fights against doing the legal thing and gets dragged deeper and deeper into her plans. I could see the conflict in him, but his dedication or affection to Amanda drives him to stay by her side.
What really struck me was that in the final act, both Amanda and Shane are trying to protect the other person from stepping over a line that would change everything.
Though I do think reading the first book would have been some benefit, it never hindered my enjoyment of the book. It really did keep me on my toes and as I said above, the half way point really took a left turn. Though this is a revenge thriller, in my opinion it shows the perfect example of a book that shows a female character taking charge of her own choices.
It will be interesting to see what Jones writes next as there firm closure to this book. For fans of good, character driving thrillers, this will be right up your alley, though I think I would recommend reading the first book first and not dive into the second book like I did.
WRONG NUMBER SERIES IN ORDER
1 Wrong Number
2 Last Witness