Vulnerable by Mary Burton

Vulnerable by Mary Burton
Publisher: Pinnacle
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 5 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

The Smallest Mistake

Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma–and zero memory of the horror that put her there.

Will Put You

What started as a cold case has become a fresh hell for forensic technician Georgia Morgan. Another woman’s body is found in the woods, and it leads to the missing teens’ remains. But while Georgia works with Amber to try and reawaken her memories, her gut tells her the worst is yet to come.

At A Killer’s Mercy

Homicide Detective Jake Bishop can’t be sure whether Amber is an expert manipulator or the killer’s next target. Either way, he’s determined to protect Georgia. Because the deeper she digs into the past, the deadlier the secrets that emerge, and a nightmare years in the making is about to come to a bloody, terrifying end…

An intriguing chiller, Mary Burton’s Vulnerable is a must read for suspense book enthusiasts. The opening offers a sense of one of victim…but more will come to light.

Investigator Georgia Morgan has personal links to horrific tragedy, giving her an exceptional motivation to pursue this nasty case outside Nashville. Or, more correctly cases, because things develop rather quickly. This thriller has it all: there are elements of the police procedural, with the logical approach, consideration of evidence…and the cute, protective colleague. No spoilers here! Is that detective a pest or a love interest? We don’t know, for a while; although I can guess what most readers will be hoping for!  It also offers a true thriller sense of being stalked, of secrets and ‘closet skeletons’ creating unlooked-for links, and the odd surprise. And although the crimes are horrible, this is truly not a ‘horror.’

Vulnerable is vastly more intriguing than scary. The investigation and plot make sense. Characters are well-developed, as is the setting; a national forest set in Tennessee. Ms. Burton creates an incredibly realistic set of events, in an well visualized location, adding to a reader’s interest and belief. If you read with the analytical approach of a mystery fan or if you want that hint of romance, you will like Vulnerable. Recommended.


  1. Thank you, Long and Short Reviews for sharing news of and your thoughts on VULNERABLE. Best, Joan

  2. Long and Short Reviews, Thank you!!


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