Dying Scream [NOOK Book]

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The killing just won't stop as a ruthless psychopath revisits his greatest obsession--but this time, a Richmond, Virginia homicide detective is determined to stop him in his bloody tracks. . .

An aspiring artist. A high-school senior. A stripper. Three missing women with only one thing in common--wealthy Craig Thornton knew them all. For that, they paid the ultimate price. ...
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Dying Scream

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Overview

The killing just won't stop as a ruthless psychopath revisits his greatest obsession--but this time, a Richmond, Virginia homicide detective is determined to stop him in his bloody tracks. . .

An aspiring artist. A high-school senior. A stripper. Three missing women with only one thing in common--wealthy Craig Thornton knew them all. For that, they paid the ultimate price.

When Craig's widow, Adrianna, begins to receive cards and flowers from her late husband, she assumes it's someone's cruel joke. Then grisly remains are found on the Thornton estate. Detective Gage Hudson believes the bodies are linked to Craig. But the biggest shocks are yet to come. A psychopath has resumed his work, each death a prelude to his most cherished target. The only way to stop him is to uncover a family's dark past--and a twisted love someone will kill for, again and again. . .

"A twisted tale. . .I couldn't put it down!" --Lisa Jackson

Praise for the novels of Mary Burton

"Will have readers sleeping with the lights on." --Publishers Weekly on Before She Dies (starred review)

"Terrifying. . .this chilling thriller is an engrossing story." --Library Journal on Merciless

"Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton's taut, well-paced novel." --Publishers Weekly on Senseless
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420129915
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 19,895
  • File size: 655 KB

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Dying Scream is a taut serial killer investigative thriller.

    The DUI shattered Adrianna Barrington's life as she lost the baby she was carrying and her husband Craig Thornton never came out of the coma. Although the other driver drunkenly caused the accident, Adrianna went bankrupt to pay the medical bills; finally leading to her selling her family estate.

    However, the buyer demands the family graveyard be relocated, but when the extraction begins, more bodies are found than should be there. Detective Gage Hudson investigates. Soon afterward three females who knew Craig vanish while Adrianna receives calls and cards from allegedly her dead husband claiming he misses his wife and will soon come for her.

    This is a tense romantic suspense that grips the audience from the moment Adrianna receives an anniversary card from the grave. The story line is fast paced throughout with the "required" romantic subplot taking a needed back seat to the thriller elements especially that of a serial killer who either is her husband whom the beleaguered heroine interred though he is not in his coffin or something or someone else playing Craig's life, but motive remains elusive. Dying Scream is a taut serial killer investigative thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Boo

    What a surprise that good old harriet kkausner once again ruins anither book with her excessive plot reveals. Come on bn, ban this pister already.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Mary Burton Does it Again

    Mary Burton is showing true style and panache for the mystery/suspense/romance genre... Keep it up and Mary Higgins Clark will need to take a lesson or two....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Like any other book that Mary Burton writes, this is a thriller that keeps you reading. Even though the plot that has a framework equal to her other thrillers, there is enough variation and diversity to read each book again as if totally new.
    This book is for people who are avid readers of detective novels.
    Yes I would recommend this book for club discussions.

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    Posted July 8, 2013

    Roxanne

    I love rob zombie. :)

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    Posted July 5, 2013

    Chord to Rayne

    Thanks. I &hearts Muse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great Series!

    Great Series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Die screaming

    Very good reading

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    what a terrific author

    I read the first book and liked it so much that I want back and have been buying all of this books. Really well written with twisted endings.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    It is quite a thrill ride, but the ending bothers me

    Adrianna Barrington is a hard-working woman who owns an interior design business on the verge of selling her home to a doctor for more revenue, and to find another place. The home she is willing to sell is the old Thornton home, a home with much legacy to its name, and in order to sell, she must have graves removed from the private cemetery on the lot of the home. In this transition in her life, she receives menacing messages from her deceased husband, Craig Thornton, and she enlists the help of Gage Hudson, the hard-nosed detective of the story, to bring to light a couple unknown bodies in the cemetery and find out who is behind the eerie reminders of her husband. Meanwhile, a madman is going around kidnapping women of the past who had hurt both Craig Thornton and Adrianna Barrington, and making snuff videos with them.

    From the beginning of the book, it is a total thrill ride. Throughout the book, there's a mystery that lingers in the pages that makes the reader wonder how Craig, Adrianna's deceased husband, could be sending her threatening messages. The relationship between Gage and Adrianna is an intriguing touch to the story, Gage and Adrianna once dated while she and Craig had split up and she dumped the detective to go back to Craig. Now they are crossed once again on the case of the missing women found in the Thornton cemetery and their chemistry is always fascinating to observe, as is the chemistry between hard-as-nails forensics expert Tess Kier and Dr. Alex Butler. There are many twists and turns throughout the story, which keeps up the excitement for the duration of the novel, and the excitement never slows, making it an enjoyable read for thrills. One thing that bothered me about the novel was how the story tried so hard to make the reader believe that Craig Thornton had possibly faked his death somehow, fooling everyone he knew, when that wasn't the case at all. I understand that a good twist can be nice to catch a reader off guard and ignite a sense of amazement in the story, but the way Burton sets it up makes the reader believe that Thornton's death was faked the whole story only to have the end result be something not even remotely imaginable from any viewpoint. Twists are most effective when one can think of a time back in the story provides some kind of subtle, subliminal clue as to future events, such as The Usual Suspects when Verbal Kint is in the detective's office staring at the billboard on his wall. I won't divulge more of that for the sake of those who haven't seen the movie. But in this book, there is absolutely no clue, subtle or otherwise, that could make one even remotely think about the twist ahead. It just hits like an unexpected brick and that is bothersome. Aside from the bad, Shyamalan-esque twist, the novel is pretty enjoyable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Wonderful Read

    This book was great. It reminded me of all the reasons I love Mary Burton. I started reading and was immediately drawn into the story of Adrianna Barrington and couldn't wait to see how Ms. Burton was going to resolve the story. She is an incredible talent and I love to read her novels. I love her characters and who storytelling ability.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2010

    First Mary Burton book I've read

    This book made me want to read more of her novels. I loved the thrill and suspense. The characters were entertaining and interesting. However, I was sad that Alex and Tess (secondary characters) did not get their own story or at least more of their story told in this novel.

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