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In a scorching novel of obsession and revenge, New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton ignites fear in the heart of a woman targeted by a killer who knows her secrets.
Forensic psychologist and single mother Ann Bailey has joined forces with Montana Highway Patrol officer Bryce McCabe. An expert in untangling the motives of depraved minds, Ann is tasked to help solve the mystery of two murdered women doused with gasoline and set aflame.
It’s not hard for Ann to be reminded of the charismatic Elijah Weston, who served a decade in prison for arson―a crime that nearly cost Ann her life. Elijah may have been exonerated, but the connection to these rage killings is impossible for Ann to ignore. One of the victims has been identified as an obsessed Elijah groupie. Elijah has obsessions, too. Ever since Ann returned to town, he can’t take his eyes off her. And as a mother with a secret, she’s the perfect victim for an infatuated psychopath.
The deeper Ann and Bryce’s investigation goes, the nearer they get to each other and to danger. After another murder hits close to home, Ann fears a clue is hidden in her own past. Only one thing terrifies her more than the reveal of her long-held secret. It’s that the secret itself has put Ann into a killer’s line of fire.
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About the Author
Mary Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty-five romance and suspense novels, including Never Look Back, I See You, Hide and Seek, and Cut and Run, as well as five novellas. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. Visit her at www.maryburton.com.
- Publisher : Montlake (April 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 347 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542021375
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542021371
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #118,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As for NEAR YOU, I absolutely loved it and literally read it in every spare second I could find. Not only did I adore both Ann and Bryce, but I found I liked the unpredictable and brilliant Elijah as well and so did not want him to be behind these grisly murders. The story itself was fast paced, unpredictable, and downright chilling at times too. As someone who is always searching for clues as to the killer's identity, I'm happy to say I missed several and didn't truly figure out who it was until about 3/4 of the way through.
And although this is first and foremost a tale of mystery and suspense, there is a slight if not understated romance between our two protagonists. Overall the story just really intrigued me and held my attention from the first page all the way to the last. It was an equally thrilling and engaging read that was so good I was honestly sorry to see it end 😊
Although this book can be read as a standalone book, I strongly recommend reading "Burn You Twice" first for background story elements and character continuity. Both books are hard to put down once started.
This story begins with a horrific murder committed by an unidentified killer, requiring Dr. Ann Bailey to be consulted for clues to who the killer might be. Bryce McCabe of Montana Highway Patrol leads the investigation that quickly become more complex as new evidence and similar parallels to other murders come to light.
This engrossing crime procedural get complicated as facts begin implicating Elijah Weston, who had a brief fling with Ann Bailey in their college years. Suspenseful plot and storyline combine to create a tense read with several surprises and unexpected twists that enliven the reading drama.
Strong characters and lively dialogues bring this murder investigation to life with memorable narration and vivid descriptions in this highly focused story that will have you guessing right up to the final chapters.
Characters are likeable even though personality quirks create conflicts and uncertainty. Mary Burton's signature and obligatory love scenes again punctuate the novel, something likely to polarize readers pro or con.
Audible's narration supplement added drama and pacing to my reading experience, raising story tensions and emotions effectively.
The longer backstories to both books suggests addition installments, which if available, I plan to read.
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and very very much not politically correct, disappointing can’t believe I paid for this.