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12 out of 15 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 16 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Excellent writer

    Too many twists near the end of book left this reader not pleased and a little confused about the characters portrayed in this novel. Why was Danny not strangled?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    The seventh victom

    Serial killing....suspense ...romance. 301 pages. I liked the story and was surprised at the end. A good read if this is your type of book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    A good read!

    I enjoyed reading this book. Ignore the one and two star reviews which are way off base. I would recommend this book and author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    great read

    Had me on edge and couldn't stop reading.

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

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    Reviewed by: April Book provided by: Negalley Review originally

    Reviewed by: April
    Book provided by: Negalley
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Pulse-pounding and intense, The Seventh Victim is an amazing ride from beginning to end!

    With an excellent blend of romantic suspense and a dash of psychological twists, Mary Burton does a wonderful job of bringing an intensity and depth to this amazing story. Imagine being the only victim targeted by a serial killer who survives. Imagine the terror of living with this knowledge day after day after day. Imagine having your memories of the attack so deeply hidden that you have no idea if the next person you meet on the street was your attacker and is coming back to finish what he started. This is what Lara Church has lived with for the past seven years. She has been constantly on the run, settling nowhere and committing her life to her art: taking photographs of murder scenes. All of that changes, however, with the death of her Grandmother and she finds herself in Austin, Texas living in her Grandmother’s house and working a job as a photography teacher. When young women begin turning up murdered Lara knows that her time is ticking away and she must unearth her memories before more innocent women are killed – and before the killer comes to complete what he started seven years ago.

    I really enjoyed Mary Burton’s writing style in The Seventh Victim. She does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, allowing readers to connect to them and actually feel for and with them. Lara is a very stubborn and strong-minded person who insists that she can take care of herself. Texas Ranger, James Beck has other ideas, however, that do not fall into line with Lara’s ideas. When bodies begin turning up, Beck knows that Lara can help solve the case if she could only remember what happened that night long ago, and he will stop at nothing to get her to try everything possible to remember.

    With constant action and twists and turns, The Seventh Victim was a very quick read for me that kept my attention from beginning to end. The slight romance between Lara and James was a nice added shadow to the story, while the intensity of finding the killer before it was too late was enough to keep me glued to the pages. I also loved the secondary characters that really lent an extra dimension to the story.

    While I did have the killer figured out pretty early on in the story, there was an incredible twist that I completely did not see coming. I loved how the author did this, creating shock value as well as intrigue. I have read other books by Ms. Burton and truly enjoy her writing style, characterization and her ability to draw me into the story and the setting. She truly has a talent for romantic suspense and I highly recommend The Seventh Victim to anyone looking for a great read in that genre!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    7th Victim

    Keeps you guessing and and on your toes great book if you like thrillers

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Another great writer for me to read!!!!

    This was a very on going read for me because it had just enough twists to keep me interested, but not so many that it was ludicrous. Looking forward to her next book which I anticipate will be just as captivating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

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    Great story! Hard to put down. Not sure why this is tagged a romance. It is not a romance. You are 200 pages in before the two characters even have a meaningful conversation. Still, great book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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