The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton

The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton
Publisher: Zebra Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (362 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

If At First You Don’t Succeed

It’s been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared. . .


Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he’s in Austin. . .

And Kill Again. . .

He’s always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he’s been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he’ll prove he holds her life in his hands—right before he ends it forever. . .

It’s no use. Running from him hasn’t helped; he always finds her. Here she’s home in familiar territory and she has friends. If she’s going to fight back, this is the best place. It’s not safe but it’s best.

Mary Burton is an established author. This is her thirteenth book. I’ve read her work before and was glad to get the opportunity to read this new book. Ms. Burton writes action packed stories with lots of tension and suspense. You don’t have time to be bored, she never gives away the bad guy early, and she generally packs a punch in her endings. This book lived up to all that hype.

Lara is survivor. She was attacked by the Seattle Strangler and survived. She can’t help with the case because she has amnesia about the attack. Years have passed, she’s been to doctor after doctor trying to unlock those memories, and she still cannot recall anything. When the killer appears to have resurfaced in Austin, TX, the cops really want her to try to remember again. She refuses until the mother of one of the victims makes her own appeal. Then she tries…

I had suspicions about who the killer was. I was half right. This author always manages to sucker punch me with her endings. I would never have guessed the Seattle Strangler’s identity. Neither did anyone in the story.

This story winds around the past and the present and ties it all together as you reach the conclusion of the story. It’s a good thing Lara has a Texas Ranger in love with her; she’ll need him for more than her bed before the end of the story.

When you sit down to read this, make sure you set some time aside to do it. You won’t want to put it down…

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