A unique opportunity to meet the characters from the shocking, gripping, and suspenseful thriller

‘Your Last Breath’

Your Last Breath’ is far more than just another who-done-it murder story. From the start you know who is committing the murders. What adds to the intense suspense, are all the other characters involved with each murder victim, and some of their own stories.

To begin with, let’s start with the serial killer’s victims. There are five in total, but two other females also came close to becoming his prey.


In truth, Valerie wasn’t really a victim. Her beloved husband, Justin, had died and she was finding life a struggle without him.  She wanted to commit suicide but was afraid if she did it herself, she wouldn’t get to heaven where she was sure she’d find Justin. With this in mind, Valerie asked Raymond Lang, voted in high school ‘the most likely to be a serial killer’, to assist her.

Shy, unassuming misfit, Raymond Lang, craved becoming a famous author of murder thrillers, but suffered from writing block. To his amazement, the euphoria he felt after killing Valerie gave him the impetus to write several book chapters.

Read more about Valerie HERE in this book excerpt.



Tammy was a tall, fifty-something, blond haired, blue eyed woman with a stocky build. Despite being married, she was always on the hunt for men, especially younger ones like Lang. Her husband, Eddie, was one of Lang’s friends, and certainly didn’t deserve to be cheated on.

After his experience with Valerie, Lang was looking for someone to kill, someone who wouldn’t be missed too much in this world, and Tammy fitted the bill. When she tried bullying him into having sex with her, it gave him the perfect opportunity to see if his euphoric writing spree was just a one-off, or something that could be repeated until he reaches his goal of writing the perfect crime thriller. Would killing her help cure his recurring writer’s block…?



Knowing Lang was keen on her, Claudia Atkinson had been teasing him yet rebuffing him for months. The time came when he couldn’t take any more.

On the night Ray Lang was intent on killing her, Laura, her mother, unexpectedly arrived at her daughter’s house while she was out. Lang didn’t know about her impromptu visit and when he saw the lights on, he assumed Claudia had come home early and it was her taking the shower. How will he  react when he finds he’s killed the wrong woman.

Read more about Laura HERE in this book excerpt.



Lang first spotted Amy in an up-market coffee shop in Westminster. It was her low buttoned, white blouse and high-cut, black skirt that initially caught his eye. He could tell by her appearance and the way she moved she was nothing more than trash with aspirations for being more. Watching her move around the room cleaning tables and flirting with the single men cemented the notion. She was perfect for what he had planned…

Read more about Amy HERE in this book excerpt.



Lang found Annabelle on Facebook. She was a writer, a blogger, and a dance-costume designer. He couldn’t believe she was so gullible as to leave her computer settings easily accessible to outsiders. Finding everything about her he needed to know, even her home address, he sets about stalking her, even playing a tense game of cat and mouse as he spies on her from outside her home. Will she she him…?

Read more about Annabelle HERE in this book excerpt.



See how she teased Lang, making her the obvious choice for his third victim. For a moment he regrets mistaking Claudia’s mother for her, but it was only for a brief moment…

Read more about Claudia HERE in this book excerpt



See how close she came to being Lang’s fifth victim, and also what saved her…

Read more about Cindy HERE in this book excerpt.


About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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  1. Pingback: Meet the Characters | Karen's Book Buzz Blog

  2. He may be a serial killer, but he appears to have exquisite taste in his victims


  3. Kazzmoss says:

    Reblogged this on Karen's Book Buzz Blog and commented:
    This is a different way to view a book, as you don’t get to meet the victims of a serial killer before you read the the books, do you!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kazzmoss says:

    Love this, meeting the victims makes it more real, shudder!


    • caroleparkes says:

      Thank you, Karen. It took a while to do but gives prospective readers a deeper look into what the book is about. It’s not all senseless murder. There are quite a few backstories that make the book an engrossing read.

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      • Kazzmoss says:

        I can imagine it did, and quite a worthwhile exercise.
        Backstories are good and can be just as engrossing.
        Its one of the things Electric Eclectic are doing. If you can gets a back story to 6k words, it will make a book encouraging readers to want to read the full story.
        Its certainly something I’m going to do for next year – erm, this year now, lol


        • caroleparkes says:

          That sounds interesting. Do you mean you’re developing a sort of history for your book characters? My co-author has developed a fictional diary for our serial killer written long before he turns to murder. It goes into his earlier life and why he turned into a killer. Is that what you mean?

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          • Kazzmoss says:

            Yes, sort of. You turn them into standalone stories, meaning complete ones that pique the interest of the reader to want to find out more, this buying the full book.


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