I was in the library the other day (as I am, normally) and saw this book jumped at me from the shelf. No not literally, although that would be awesome. I had already chosen about 4 or 5 books to take out but I absolutely had to take this one as well. Everything about it was so enticing, from it's cover to the title - I was also pretty eager to read a story by Heather Graham. Unfortunately, I wasn't as pleased with the book as I had hoped I'd be.
Don't get me wrong, the book was fine! But I didn't want it to be fine...I was hoping it would blow me away! Shiver me timbers! Batten down the hatches! None of that makes sense but you know what I'm saying!! Okay here's the thing - the opening was solid, the premise, solid...but then things went downhill. The characters were hard to relate to, they seemed to be only half fleshed out. The "ruthless killer" had hokey, cheesy lines. Generally, all the I wasn't at all frightened by him although I think I was supposed to be.
Finally, the romance/suspense thing didn't work for me so much. I have to be in the mood for that sort of thing and wasn't really expecting it twist the story in an unbelieveably boring directon. When I saw the words "Daring Psychological game", I was hoping it would be something like the movie "The Ref" but even darker.
All in all, I give The Last Noel 2.5 out of 4 stars. M'eh.