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11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton is Lara Church who is the o




The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton is Lara Church who is the only victim of the Seattle Strangler to survive and now, seven years later, he is back to try again.  Lara runs for many years trying to escape the pain and the fear of what happened to her and to escape the...



The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton is Lara Church who is the only victim of the Seattle Strangler to survive and now, seven years later, he is back to try again.  Lara runs for many years trying to escape the pain and the fear of what happened to her and to escape the police who constantly hound her because she can’t remember anything of the attack.  But when her grandmother dies and leaves Lara her home in Austin, Texas, she decides to hide there and try to have a life.  Until the day that Texas Ranger, James Beck, tracks her down to tell her the Strangler is still claiming victims and he wants her to keep trying to remember what happened.  Little by little, the clues keep pointing in Lara’s direction and Beck believes he is back to settle the score.  Can Lara remember anything to help find this serial killer?
 Mary Burton writes a very compelling and poignant story of how the mind can block out everything it wants to when we really don’t want to remember.  The story moves quickly and we feel Lara’s pain and her desire to try and put her life back together.  The suspense of trying to figure out who is after Lara keeps pulling us further and further into the story and just when we think we have it all figured out, a twist ends the story with a big, “Huh, what just happened  here?” The story is engrossing and terrifying.   Yet through it all, a love story starts to develop and the reader is happy to find that Lara can finally, hopefully, find happiness.
 Loved it and definitely a five star read.
Reviewed by Joanne

posted by Book_Monster_Reviews on January 29, 2013

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9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Let me tell you a little story about this book. I thought that

Let me tell you a little story about this book. I thought that the author was a different author whom I have read and enjoyed before. After I realized that I was mistaken about who the author was, I ended up not caring too much because the story still sounded really f...
Let me tell you a little story about this book. I thought that the author was a different author whom I have read and enjoyed before. After I realized that I was mistaken about who the author was, I ended up not caring too much because the story still sounded really fantastic. Oh, how I was wrong!

~ Predictable plot is predictable. By the second or third time we have the killer introduced into a scene, I knew who it was. It was so painfully obvious that it was…well painful.
~Stubborn heroine who insists on protecting herself but seems to be incapable of doing so. Every time we talked to Lara she was insisting that she could take care of herself, but them proceeds to do completely idiotic things that seem to suggest otherwise. For example, going to a recent crime scene when it is nearly dark outside…by yourself…with just a camera…and a shotgun (that she left in a locked car). I mean, what good is a shotgun going to do you if it’s locked in your car 20 yards away? And don’t get your hopes up that the other female characters are any smarter, they aren’t.
~Cops who are either oblivious or inept. Anyone who has watched Law & Order knows that when a person is attacked, most of the time the attacker is someone they know. Yet, these cops mostly seem to sit around wondering which unknown stranger it could be without even bothering to look at people close to Lara. Their justification is, well it’s a serial killer so he probably doesn’t know the victims. That doesn’t hold water either. Criminal Minds has taught me that serial killers have their distinct signatures because the actions satisfy some need or fantasy they have. If a serial killer does not rape his victims and then suddenly a similar crime appears with a rape, it’s not the same guy. If a serial killer is going after prostitutes and homeless woman, and suddenly it’s a young blonde college student who was a big risk then it’s not the same guy! But all of this is overlooked too, despite the claim that a FBI profiler was advising them. Really?
~Lame romance. It was very cliche for the head cop to fall for Lara. And I just didn’t feel it. I knew that they had feelings for each other because the author told me they did, but that’s the only reason. Their actual actions and words didn’t lead me to that conclusion at all. Then they decide to have sex after the most traumatic and violent scene in the whole book? What? Nearly getting killed is an aphrodisiac for Lara? Yeah that was weird and made me feel like I needed a shower with bleach.
~Name a cliche, any cliche! Any cliche you can think of for a murder mystery/suspense/thriller and this book probably had it. .
~Suspense? Where? This was supposedly a suspense novel, but I never once felt that rush in my veins that suspense novels usually give me. Mostly I just got bored.

So, there we have it. If you want to read a serial killer novel that is exactly like thousands of other serial killer novels then this is a book for you. If you’ve never read a serial killer novel then this is perfect since you won’t have a clue about how cliche it is! But otherwise, give this one a pass unless you’re suffering from insomnia…because then it might help.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kensington books! This review is based on an uncorrected ARC of this book, certain things may differ from the final copy.

posted by steffiebaby140 on February 3, 2013

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Let me tell you a little story about this book. I thought that

    Let me tell you a little story about this book. I thought that the author was a different author whom I have read and enjoyed before. After I realized that I was mistaken about who the author was, I ended up not caring too much because the story still sounded really fantastic. Oh, how I was wrong!

    ~ Predictable plot is predictable. By the second or third time we have the killer introduced into a scene, I knew who it was. It was so painfully obvious that it was…well painful.
    ~Stubborn heroine who insists on protecting herself but seems to be incapable of doing so. Every time we talked to Lara she was insisting that she could take care of herself, but them proceeds to do completely idiotic things that seem to suggest otherwise. For example, going to a recent crime scene when it is nearly dark outside…by yourself…with just a camera…and a shotgun (that she left in a locked car). I mean, what good is a shotgun going to do you if it’s locked in your car 20 yards away? And don’t get your hopes up that the other female characters are any smarter, they aren’t.
    ~Cops who are either oblivious or inept. Anyone who has watched Law & Order knows that when a person is attacked, most of the time the attacker is someone they know. Yet, these cops mostly seem to sit around wondering which unknown stranger it could be without even bothering to look at people close to Lara. Their justification is, well it’s a serial killer so he probably doesn’t know the victims. That doesn’t hold water either. Criminal Minds has taught me that serial killers have their distinct signatures because the actions satisfy some need or fantasy they have. If a serial killer does not rape his victims and then suddenly a similar crime appears with a rape, it’s not the same guy. If a serial killer is going after prostitutes and homeless woman, and suddenly it’s a young blonde college student who was a big risk then it’s not the same guy! But all of this is overlooked too, despite the claim that a FBI profiler was advising them. Really?
    ~Lame romance. It was very cliche for the head cop to fall for Lara. And I just didn’t feel it. I knew that they had feelings for each other because the author told me they did, but that’s the only reason. Their actual actions and words didn’t lead me to that conclusion at all. Then they decide to have sex after the most traumatic and violent scene in the whole book? What? Nearly getting killed is an aphrodisiac for Lara? Yeah that was weird and made me feel like I needed a shower with bleach.
    ~Name a cliche, any cliche! Any cliche you can think of for a murder mystery/suspense/thriller and this book probably had it. .
    ~Suspense? Where? This was supposedly a suspense novel, but I never once felt that rush in my veins that suspense novels usually give me. Mostly I just got bored.

    So, there we have it. If you want to read a serial killer novel that is exactly like thousands of other serial killer novels then this is a book for you. If you’ve never read a serial killer novel then this is perfect since you won’t have a clue about how cliche it is! But otherwise, give this one a pass unless you’re suffering from insomnia…because then it might help.

    I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kensington books! This review is based on an uncorrected ARC of this book, certain things may differ from the final copy.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    I agree that the plot was unpredictable. As soon as the killer w

    I agree that the plot was unpredictable. As soon as the killer was introduced (sort of randomly), it was plain to see that he was indeed the killer. And the fact that the killer was revealed with still 30 pages to go told me that there was going to be yet another twist that I was confused about. By the time I got to the twist at the end, I was confused and just felt like the ending was forced. 

    And yes, why was Danni not strangled? It seemed like her role sort of useless towards the end, as I anticipated that she would eventually be in the thick of things and part of the killer's plan. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    um.

    Just turned on my nook to see this chillin' in my library. Anyone else, or did I pay for this? Thanks, EA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Awful

    Why did I waste my time? Book was so predictable.

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