Never Look Back Paperback – 1 August 2020
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- Publisher : Montlake (1 August 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 335 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542009847
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542009843
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 61,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the popular author of thirty-five romance and suspense novels as well as five novellas. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. Visit her at www.maryburton.com.
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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.