Mary Burton s latest work The 7th Victim will keep fans of dark psychological suspense up all night The one who got away is the only one he wants.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 white dress But there was one who miraculously escaped death 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.The New York Times bestselling author of Dead Ringer and I m Watching You Mary Burton returns with The Seventh Victim For everyone who loves the works of Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs and Karen Rose, The 7th Victim by Mary Burton will fulfil all your darkest thriller dreams Prais for The Seventh Victim A twisted tale I couldn t put it down Lisa Jackson Will have readers sleeping with the lights on Publishers Weekly starred review Mary Burton is the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of I m Watching You, Dead Ringer, Dying Scream, Senseless, Merciless and Before She Dies all set in Virginia, USA, where Mary lives with her family....
|Title||:||The 7th Victim (Texas Rangers)|
|Publisher||:||Penguin 14 M rz 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||560 Pages|
|File Size||:||673 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The 7th Victim (Texas Rangers) Reviews
...aber leider auch eine sehr voraussehbare Handlung. Als Urlaubslektüre nebenher gut zu lesen wenn man nicht zu hohe Ansprüche stellt.
Wer Nora Roberts, Karen Rose oder Sandra Brown mag, wird dieses Buch auch unterhaltsam finden. Spannender Fall und nette Charaktere. Light Reading.
This book was long, boring, and had a TSTL heroine. While both main characters were unlikeable, the heroine, Lara, was worse. She was defensive and unwilling to help catch a killer. I “get” that she’d had prior issues with cops and shrinks, but to blithely go on about her business and not even attempt to assist in the investigation when women were being killed was selfish. I totally understand why the hero, Beck, was trying to push her. She had a connection to the killer and he wanted the killer caught before anyone else died. While some readers saw that as bullying, I saw that as trying to prevent more murders and she was a roadblock in that effort. That it took one of the victim’s family members to talk her into cooperating was sad. She may have been able to prevent the murder altogether by helping the police when they first asked.As if being uncooperative and belligerent wasn’t bad enough, every time Beck warned her to be careful, she’d get defensive and say she could take care of herself and do the opposite of what was wise. If she wanted to be stupid, whatever, but she had her dog, Lincoln, to think about. On several occasions someone threatened to shoot the dog if he attacked. At the very least, she should have thought about him and how easily he could be “taken out” if she met up with the killer. She didn’t even consider his safety after he was drugged. I hate people who put their pets (and children) in harm’s way because of their own arrogance and stupidity.As far as romance, there was none. Yes, they got together at the end, but it wasn’t believable at all. There was no gradual warming up to each other and beginning to trust each other. And she was so unlikeable I don’t know why he even wanted her. I understand she had gone through a horrible trauma. For the romance to be believable, I’d have liked to see her gradually start to trust him and warm up to him and for him to have more than a fleeting thought about developing feelings for her. I didn’t see that. I’ve always hated books where the main characters don’t get along and pretty much dislike each other throughout the book and then the last few pages all of a sudden they’re in love. Not. Believable.
The story was good, if a little predictable. But what really caused me to give it only 2 stars were the two main characters. I found it difficult to like either one of them, especially the heroine with her "I can take care of myself" attitude. This, despite the fact that she is attacked, her dog is attacked and there is a murderer in the area. The hero was just as annoying and, frankly, a bit of a jerk toward her for most of the book. The sudden connection between them was completely unbelievable.
I had a hard time getting through this book. After 36 years in law enforcement and being a native Texan I feel I have a good grasp of police policies and behaviors. I have never come across any officers as vulgar, tactless or as ignorant as those displayed in this book. Only an officer intent on losing a case would pursue a victim with such hostility and aggression. The serial killer angle was good, even if the reader figures it out right away and the photography portions were interesting. The dog was a more believable character than any of the humans. Too bad the author's research and portrayal of Texas Rangers was so poor.
I have read several of Mary Burtons' books and really liked them, until this one. The lead female character is great. The lead male character, though he may be a Texas Ranger, is a bully. There is no excuse for the way he treats Lara. He is a public servant, so his actions are unacceptable. If I were Lara, I would have reported him the very first time he treated her like a dog.
Seven years ago the Seattle Strangler had killed 6 women. By a miracle the 7th, Lara Church was found alive but had no memory of what happened. She went on to change her hair color and move around a lot finally settling in Texas when her grandmother left her house to her when she died. Then the killing start again a little to close to home.James Beck is a Texas Ranger who is just coming off of paid administration leave. Beck is a man that when he gets a feeling or idea he cant let it go and even though that solved a missing 10 year old girls case the higher ups didnt like his hot-dogging ways. His first case back from leave is a dead woman who's death is reminding the Ranger of the Strangler victims.Once the book takes off there are many twist and turns to find out who the killer is but these books are so much better when no spoilers are given. The shock and surprises are the best part.