Never Look Back Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Expect the unexpected in this gritty, tense mystery from New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.
After multiple women go missing, Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation makes the impulsive decision to go undercover as a prostitute. While working the street, she narrowly avoids becoming a serial killer’s latest victim; as much as it pains her to admit, she needs backup.
Enter lone wolf FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey. Stonewalled by a lack of leads, he and Melina investigate a scene where a little girl has been found abandoned in a crashed vehicle. They open the trunk to reveal a horror show and quickly realize they’re dealing with two serial killers with very different MOs. The whole situation brings back memories for Melina - why does this particular case feel so connected to her painful past?
Before time runs out, Melina must catch not one but two serial killers, both ready to claim another victim - and both with their sights set on her.
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|Listening Length||10 hours|
|Narrator||Mary Robinette Kowal|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 01, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,341 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#336 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#396 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#1,413 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2022
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By Airra on December 5, 2022
Next comes a new situation with a serial killer and our two main characters kind of get distracted working on that and trying to unravel the pieces of that puzzle, and it is during this time we get a lot more of the character development and we start to find out little pieces about the past lives of our two main characters, and the new slate of "bad guys" that related to the serial killings and some other crimes and revelations that happen along the way. I would say this encompasses about the middle "half" of the book, before the original case starts to bubble back to the surface. Our two characters seem to have "thoughts" about each other but more or less keep it professional, and any writing along those personal lines is not overly descriptive.
It does get more twisty toward the end, and there are a couple of surprises, although I have to admit that some of the things that happen in the story are fairly predictable, and one can pretty much say "Yeah - I saw that one coming", but overall it's a good read and I did receive enjoyment from reading it, and the ending pretty much wrapped up the unanswered questions. I would recommend this as a good read.
As always, entertaining and hard to put down
Agent Melina Shepard works with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She has just come off a rogue investigation of two missing Women of the Bottom. This is the sad part of Nashville,, where the poor and down trodden live. Melina was asked by a childhood friend, the Rev, to look for two women who worked as prostitutes. The Rev has a mission looking after addicts who had come clean. She looked after her own. Melina worked as a prostitute for a couple of nights hoping to find some info about the missing girls. What she did walk into was a near miss with the probable killer. Her boss was upset and put her on desk duty. What she did provide, however, was enough info and blood for DNA to attract the attention of an FBI agent searching for this Serial Killer.
Agent Ramsey and Agent Shepard start working together, combining clues to try and track this man down. Mecum is his name, and he carries a lot of baggage. Alternating between Shepard/Ramsey’s narration and Mecum’s voice, we follow them as the plan to continue killing, and the plan to catch the serial murderer moves on. This is a fascinating look at the mind of a serial killer, and at the same time trying to figure out his game. The two agents work well together, and their narration of putting their lives on line are compelling. The author,Mary Burton, has good insight into this type of killing, it is sadistic and creepy. Living with this kind of mind while writing the book must have been difficult. This is an example of one serial killer, but his history must resemble those of others. In this difficult time we are in, find something light after reading this book. It will keep you occupied and you may revel in the storyline. Well done.
Recommended. prisrob 06-01-2020
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Main criticism, for me, is the two serial killer idea. This doesn’t work. The plots become difficult to differentiate and muddled. In the end, I tried to work out who had actually done what to whoever. I’m still not sure.
The reasons behind the murders are not disclosed. The characters are stereotypes. The ending farcical- you know- the race against time to save someone and the ‘riding off into happiness sunset’.
I wouldn’t recommend this book. Nothing different. An old worn idea path.
After prostitutes go missing in the part of Country Music Capital Nashville Tennessee the tourists never see Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation goes undercover to bait the perpetrator. Immediately successful she has to fight off the predator who runs away with his tail between his legs determined to find her and complete what he sees as unfinished business.
FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey enters the scene as the disappearances are similar to those in other parts of the country. After a chance discovery in the aftermath of a car crash both Investigators find themselves chasing another serial killer, like buses it appears that you wait for one of those to come along in Nashville then 2 turn up at once. While the driver has left the scene a young girl is found abandoned ,echoing an incident in Melina's life.
As the story progresses it become obvious that Melina's past is intertwined with the hunt for one killer while another is hoping to influence her future.
Mary Burton is a well-established and very popular author ,she certainly knows her trade and the story moves quickly with twists and turns coming thick and fast. Melina and Jerrod are a great team and there's plenty of scope here for a series . The story does rely on coincidence but it's very entertaining and cleverly plotted. I read this over a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed it,if you're a fan of crime thrillers Never Look Back certainly hits the spot,highly recommended.
The stories of the two killers are well done and either could have easily been subject matter for a book in their own right. And it is no surprise at all when the stories intertwine to come to a satisfying end. Again it would have been surprising if they had not.
Mary Burton is undoubtedly a skilled writer and in this latest work we see her showboating her talents. However, as is often the case, sometimes a simpler plot line and more character development results in a better read than seeing all the tricks of the trade at once.
Working unauthorised undercover shifts as a prostitute, Shephard has no luck finding the two missing women but, after getting into a dangerous situation of her own, finds the disappearances catching the attention of the FBI. Special Agent Jerrod Ramsey is a team leader at Quantico but misses active investigations; so when he sees what Melina has discovered he heads for Tennessee himself rather than send someone else.
With very little to act on Melina and Jerrod are diverted to help a little girl who has been abandoned after a car accident. Feeling a connection with the child and memories from her own past threatening to surface Melina is determined nothing will hinder her ability to remain focused. When the vehicle is searched by the forensic team it reveals untold horrors and the agents realise they may now be hunting two serial killers. With only limited time to work through everything will Shephard and Ramsey find themselves stretched so thinly they are unable to solve either case?
Never Look Back was my first book by this author but I have a feeling it won't be my last. I enjoyed the two cases being investigated concurrently and with Melina and Jerrod having to switch from one to the other numerous times during the storyline it was good they were different enough to prevent any confusion for the reader, at least!
Melina was instantly likeable while Jerrod was sympathetically written and fitted in perfectly. Although formulaic in set up I was surprised more than once as the book progressed and there was a very satisfying denouement
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review but also purchased a copy. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this author's work or wants a detailed serial killer storyline to dive into.
I liked the way all the characters were portrayed , especially the female characters who were realistic , with no simpering and complete change of character whenever a male character is involved.
I also liked (?!) the way the darker characters were portrayed , chillingly "normal" in everyday situations but deadly in their crimes - as most serial killers turn out to be in real life.
It was also refreshing for the lead characters not to be a "Maverick" or have a long standing grudge against their colleagues or superior, which made for a good story with the different police departments working together to help solve crime.