Last Seen Alive

Vibrance. (Ellery Hathaway, Bk. 5). Jan. 2022. 10:19 hrs. ISBN 9781624618383. $19.95. M
Ellery Hathaway is a Boston police officer, who at age 14, was abducted by serial killer Francis Coben and was rescued by rookie FBI agent Reed Markham. Twenty years later a popular reporter wants to interview both Hathaway and Coben for a new TV program, which brings the FBI and agent Markham into the picture. Coben coerces Ellery to agree to participate, and later, with help from outside the prison, orchestrates his transfer from death row to a hospital. He escapes and resumes his killing spree. Without enlisting the aid of the FBI, Ellery lures Coben to her, only to be re-abducted. He is surprised to find that Hathaway is no longer a frightened teen, but rather a trained police officer. The story seems somewhat formulaic but gets the blood pumping and it is well read in alternating chapters by narrators Seth Podowitz and Danielle Gensler.
VERDICT This fifth “Ellery Hathaway” mystery continues the story of the complex main characters well known to series fans. Newcomers might feel the lack of background from previous series installments.
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