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 characters involved with the victims and their own stories.
This page is ongoing and will be updated periodically as more characters are added. 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.
FIRST VICTIM -VALERIE HOLBROOK
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.
He’s always been a shy misfit, intent on achieving his dream of becoming an author of suspenseful thrillers, but he’s thwarted by writer’s block whenever he tries to write about the gruesome murder scenes necessary for his book.
The buzz he experiences in Valerie’s death enables him to overcome this impediment to his writing. This new-found ability didn’t last long, though, so he soon has to find another victim just to see if it was a fluke…
Read more about Valerie HERE in this book excerpt.
SECOND VICTIM – TAMMY LOGAN
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 solve his recurring writer’s block…?
Read more about Tammy HERE in this book excerpt.
THIRD VICTIM – LAURA ATKINSON
On the night Ray Lang was intent on killing Claudia Atkinson, her mother, Laura, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Laura 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.
She’d been teasing him for months until he could take no more. His frustration with her led to an even more horrific shower scene than the one made famous by Hitchcock in ‘Psycho’.
When Lang’s violent knife attack caused Laura to rip down the shower curtain in her fall, he realised then it wasn’t his intended victim, Claudia, but for the sake of his unfinished manuscript he had to finish it and take Laura’s final breath…
Read more about Laura HERE in this book excerpt.
INTENDED THIRD VICTIM – CLAUDIA ATKINSON
When he fled the states and relocated in London, Claudia Atkinson was the first English girl Raymond Lang met. She lived next door and was one of the most stunning women he’d ever seen. He adored her long, red hair which she normally kept back in a ponytail. When she let it down she took his breath away. She had beautiful, light-blue eyes, a narrow but perfect nose, also pink, utterly kissable lips, and a body every man wanted.
She loved to run; so she had long muscular legs, a tight ass, firm abs, and a large chest. When she wasn’t running the streets, she was running on her treadmill in her pink and white compression shorts and dark-pink sports bra. While she worked out in her front room, he would watch her from the street while ‘working’ on his car. He loved to watch her ponytail bobbing to the beat of her footsteps and her tight fitting top straining to hold her chest back, while her toned muscular body glistened with sweat.
Working on his car in the evenings became such a regular thing, his writing began to suffer. When they actually started talking and seemed to hit it off, writing took a back seat in his life. He found her as charming and friendly as she was beautiful. She found his American accent intriguing and was fascinated he was a writer.He shared some of his stuff with her and she said she loved it. She invited him over for tea and they talked for hours. On several occasions, he invited her over for his American cooking. Her favorite was his mom’s recipe for special cheeseburgers.
Before he could stop himself, he was in love with Claudia. He thought she felt the same about him, at least, until Geoffrey appeared on the scene. Claudia quit hanging out with Lang altogether and spent all her time with her new man. After only a few weeks he moved in. It was torture for Lang seeing those two so happy together, hugging, kissing, and then disappearing into her bedroom for the night.
He sat in his darkened car and watched them together night after night. Evil thoughts started creeping back into his head, quiet at first, then growing in volume. He tried to ignore them but they wouldn’t go away. His happy life in London had turned into a hellish nightmare, and he blamed Claudia for his unhappiness, and his dark thoughts.
He loved her yet he hated her. The conflicting emotions brought confusion to his mind again and that’s when his need for blood really took root and started growing…
Read more about Claudia HERE in this book excerpt
FOURTH VICTIM – AMY CHADWICK
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…
Amy’s dark-brown hair, cut just above her shoulders, swayed softly with the movement of her head. Her cheeks were covered in way too much makeup for his taste, but the excessive eye shadow and liner really did make her beautiful, deep-blue eyes stand out as they sought the attention of every man in the room. Her bright-red lipstick assured her soft, kissable lips were not outdone by her eyes.
Lang couldn’t help but stare at her lips and bright-white teeth as she flirted her way from table to table smiling seductively. He knew he’d found another tramp…
Read more about Amy HERE in this book excerpt.
ALMOST FIFTH VICTIM – CINDY
Lang met Cindy in an internet cafe. Born in Tennessee, she was working in London for a short time. Cindy had a pleasant and innocent smile which seemed to constantly light up her face. So much so, Lang had trouble looking at her gorgeous blue eyes as they talked because he was constantly drawn to her gorgeous smile. He was attracted to her, thought he could finally get serious and be part of a couple.
When she impulsively wrote her phone number on a paper napkin and gave it to him, he had second thoughts about her. That was a bit forward, he thought. Could anyone truly be as sweet as she first seemed? He made up his mind to test her. If she didn’t measure up to his ideal, he’d have no qualms about making her his fifth victim.
Lang didn’t get the chance to check her out, though, nor to learn her full name as the police were onto him and he had to flee again. heading north, to Liverpool.
Read more about Cindy HERE in this book excerpt.
FIFTH VICTIM – ANNABELLE THOMPSON
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.
A few of the other characters you’ll discover:
RAYMOND THOMAS LANG JUNIOR – the reluctant serial killer who accidentally discovers his writer’s block disappears after he’s inhaled his victim’s final breath.
ALEX RENSHAW – Private detective, a lonely, widower who has a young daughter to care for.
ROBBIE OWUSU – An illegal immigrant and Boyfriend of Amy Chadwick, the fourth victim.
CECIL ABERNATHY – The corrupt home secretary. Amy and Robbie planned to blackmail the minister by sexually entrapping him and demanding Robbie’s legal residence status.
MARCUS THOMS – The thug Abernathy uses when he needs to silence someone.
JAYNE COOPER – Annabelle’s best friend who provides the love interest.