Sunday, October 1, 2023

The Last Exchange by Charles Martin: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

“Here’s the catch—even if I make it out of here alive, I need a reason to breathe again.”

When MacThomas Pockets finished his last tour as part of the Scottish Special Forces, he was hired to consult for a film director to finesse some scenes that weren’t working. In a twist he never saw coming, he ended up moving to L.A. to work as the bodyguard for movie star Maybe Joe Sue.

It didn’t take long for Pockets to realize there were two Joe Sues: The Joe Sue the public saw with her perfect life and her Hollywood husband. And the private Joe Sue: the one with the traumatic youth that no amount of pills could cover up, who desperately wanted a child of her own.

Even after their paths diverged, he continued to track Joe Sue’s life. Only a few would notice when the bottom fell out. But he did. And that’s when he stepped in.

One man seeks to answer the question: How far would you go—really— to save someone you love? And in the masterful hands of New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin, finding the answer will take readers on an intense and heart-wrenching journey to the very end.

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more at; Instagram: @storiedcareer; Twitter: @storiedcareer; Facebook: @Author.Charles.Martin.

It is important to know that this book deals quite extensively with serious issues like substance abuse, infertility and recurrent miscarriages. As someone who has experienced recurrent miscarriages, I was not expecting this and found that it was for that reason a very difficult read for me. For others who are triggered by any of these topics, just be aware of this before deciding to read. 

This was an intriguing story and quite unlike anything I have read before... and as someone who has read a LOT of books, that certainly is saying something. It was very well written and had many twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. There's a bit of a love story there... but it's definitely not your typical love story. It's over the top and extreme... and honestly, not going to be for everyone. Though very well written, I can't say that I overly enjoyed story--- again just because of my own experiences and the subject matter... but it's certainly one that will absolutely stick with me long after the final pages. 

In addition to the potential triggers mentioned previously, this book does have some minor language and some other minor content that some readers may not expect in a book from a Christian publisher. 


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