Review: The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton

"Ms. Burton offers the reader an edge-of-your-seat ride that does not end until the Ranger captures the killer. Just when the reader thinks he/she knows who the killer is, the story takes a surprising twist that will leave you breathless."

Texas Ranger James Beck returns to work after forced administrative leave and he cannot wait to do his job.  A murder sends Beck to a crime scene that appears to mirror an unsolved series of deaths in Seattle seven years before.  All of the clues are identical except for the body location: Texas.  Beck and his team research the crime scenes to confirm his suspicions.  It looks like the Seattle Strangler is alive and moved his killing field to Texas.  Beck locates one survivor, Lara Church, who might be able to give him some information on the killer.  Beck also wants to warn the woman that her attacker is active again.  Ms. Church is not what Beck expects when he meets her.  He thought he was going to meet a broken woman, not the tough, vibrant and beautiful woman who opens her door to him.  She stirs something deep inside Beck, but his murder investigation must come before personal gratification.  Could there be a future for Beck and Lara Church?

 

Lara Church does not remember the attack that happened seven years earlier.  The police wanted her to remember and tried lots of different doctors to force her to remember, but no one was successful.  When the handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep, the last thing Lara thinks he wants to talk about is the Seattle Strangler.  She still cannot remember what happened to her or who attacked her.  As much as she would like to help him, Lara refuses to talk to another shrink.  Lara finds the Ranger attractive, but she will not let him drag her into another investigation of the Seattle Strangler.  Unfortunately, her attacker wants to finish what he started seven years before.  Can James Beck keep her safe?

 

Mary Burton captures the reader’s interest from the first page of this book and does not release him/her until the last page.  Seven years before this story opens, a man brutally murders six women.  The seventh woman escapes him, but her life is never the same.  When he fails to kill Lara Church, the Seattle Strangler disappears off the face of the earth.  For seven years no more victims appear.  All that changes when the police discover a body by the side of the road in Texas.  Is this the same man or someone mimicking his actions?  James Beck needs to discover the answer to this question and still keep Lara Church alive.  Ms. Burton offers the reader an edge-of-your-seat ride that does not end until the Ranger captures the killer.  Just when the reader thinks he/she knows who the killer is, the story takes a surprising twist that will leave you breathless.

 

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About the Book:
Genre: suspense
ISBN: 978-1-4201-2505-4
Page Count: 416
Price: $ 7.99
Reviewer: Candy

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Sensuality Rating: Sultry
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Author's Website: www.maryburton.com

posted Monday, December 31st, 2012

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