The Seventh Victim

The Seventh Victim

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The Seventh Victim 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Book_Monster_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love her books. So when I got thiss boook i had high expectations.....i didnt it was legnthy didnt get to the point, i honestly was very dissapointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I think the plot lacks originality, that's not the mjor problem with this novel. The writing isn't good. Sentences are redundant, diction desperately needs editing and the author doesn't seem to know how to use contractions. I've read a number of Kensington books, and they are usually higher quality than this.
steffiebaby140 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
Mary Burton knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. A great thriller with great characters in James Beck and Lara. The twist she puts in her story will keep you on the edge of your seat and I found it very hard to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was well written but very predictable. It matched almost every serial killer book out there. The ending was a forced attempt at being unique. I had allot of issues with how the head ranger approached Laura. He was frankly calloused and in a real world more likely to send her running and hiding than willing to help. His blame towards a victim made me cringe, making me want to shout at her stay away fromhim. There was no redeeming qualities on how he treated her for the first 2/3 of the book. If your sensitive to people with PTSD,avoid this book please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Had me on edge and couldn't stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
OldHorn58 More than 1 year ago
A tad predictable, but still well written and, for me, was an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
The author catches your interest from the very beginning. The characters are believable and the plot is brutal. Lara is a survivor of an attempted murder, her dog Lincoln is a treasure, Gage, the Texas Ranger, is a dream. Every time I think I know who the serial killer is, something different happens to make me not sure. This is a very good book and well worth the read.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing and and on your toes great book if you like thrillers
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This is the first book I've read by this author. It was an easy read and I like that. Although I figured out early on who tried to strangle Lara, it had a surprise ending. One I sure didn't expect. Will read more by this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kept me wondering until the end
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt give this book 5 stars because I thought the ending was unrealistic. The story leading up to it was a very good read.