Expect The Unexpected In This Gritty, Tense, And Page Turning Mystery From New York Times Bestselling Author Mary BurtonAfter Multiple Women Go Missing, Agent Melina Shepard Of The Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation Makes The Impulsive Decision To Go Undercover As A Prostitute While Working The Street, She Narrowly Avoids Becoming A Serial Killer S Latest Victim As Much As It Pains Her To Admit, She Needs BackupEnter Lone Wolf FBI Agent Jerrod Ramsey Stonewalled By A Lack Of Leads, He And Melina Investigate A Scene Where A Little Girl Has Been Found Abandoned In A Crashed Vehicle They Open The Trunk To Reveal A Horror Show And Quickly Realize They Re Dealing With Two Serial Killers With Very Different MOs The Whole Situation Brings Back Memories For Melina Why Does This Particular Case Feel So Connected To Her Painful Past Before Time Runs Out, Melina Must Catch Not One But Two Serial Killers, Both Ready To Claim Another Victim And Both With Their Sights Set On Her 4.5 starsIt s hard to say if Agent Melina Shepard is lucky or unlucky in life.She s lucky she managed to escape a serial killer s attempt to capture her.She s unlucky that that serial killer is now obsessed with her.That turn of events is the focus for the first part of this book As she teams up with FBI Special Agent Jerrod Ramsey to find this serial killer who preys on prostitutes, torturing and eventually killing them With Melina s close call, the two get an added jump on the killer I love a good detective procedural story, learning the process these bright people go thru to hunt down a madman Melina and Ramsey work well together, feeding ideas and new intelligence to one another, and letting the facts guide them.But things get complicated when a new crime occurs that ties to Melina s past and her luck.Flashing back to your childhood, we learn that she was unlucky to be abandoned on the side of a road it was unknown then if this was a family member or someone else.She s lucky that the cop who finds her, takes her under his wing and later adopts her Why is this whole new story thrown in It took me a while to sort it out but let s just say that Melina past may tie to this serial killer The author did a good job playing with my head There are so many details and revelations that it took me some time to sort them out And while my mind is working overtime, she throws in a twist or two for good measure.In the end, is Melina lucky or unlucky Well, she lives So that s lucky, right LOL.But in all seriousness, I think her sharp wit, and maybe a little luck, win out, especially given what she was up against.I really enjoyed this story The pace was steady throughout and the direction of the plot was unexpected and unpredictable The perfect kind of detective story If you love this genre as much as me, this is one worth checking out Forreviews, visit An ARC was received for an honest review. This was my first time reading a Mary Burton novel although I have read one of the books she has written using the name, Mary Ellen Taylor Never Look Back was a solid thriller with an intriguing main character I didn t realize until after I had finished the book this is part of the Criminal Profiler series, however you can easily read this book as a standalone novel.Agent Melina Shepard works for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and she goes undercover as a prostitute with the hope she can find some answers about the disappearance of two women She barely escapes an attack by a john and soon it becomes clear that guy is a serial killer FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey is sent to Nashville to help track down the killer And that s all you really need to know other than Jerrod and Melina will be working together.Melina is the main character but the story occasionally bounces back and forth between other characters, including Jerrod and the serial killer Melina has an unusual but interesting backstory I preferred the parts of the book that focused on her or Jerrod rather than the other characters however each character had a role in advancing the plot so I would say it was necessary to feature so many people in order to get all the pieces of the puzzle I will give the author credit because there was a major plot twist that I didn t see coming at all Anytime a writer can catch me off guard that is a good thing But I would say the rest of the novel followsof a predicable path It s enough to keep you entertained but I wouldn t place it among the best thrillers mysteries I have ever read It does make for a good, mindless escape from real life for a couple of hours type read I would definitely read another book by this author as this book held my interest which isn t an easy task these days. Good mystery RTC close to or on release day. Never Look Back is packed full of action and is fast paced The characters are well developed and the story line is solid This fast paced book with lots of action kept me completely engaged Mary Burton is a solid writer The book had a good story line with great characters I liked the hero and heroine, Ramsey and Melina, the way they worked and interacted together was very compelling Having said that, I was a bit disappointed in the ending as it felt rushed and unfinished There are some slight spoilers for the ending in the fifth paragraph of this review, skip over that if you don t want to be spoiled.This book is a romantic suspense story and there was good balance between the two Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Melina Shepard and FBI Agent Jerrod Ramsey are brought together by one case and ended up investigating two cases simultaneously Melina is the luckiest unlucky person in the world Is abandoned as a child, gets adopted by a great family, and then bio family turns out to be psychotic Escapes a serial killer, serial killer becomes obsessed with her.I liked that the cases were so personal for Melina and that they intersected with her personal life because it allowed us to learnabout Melina, we meet her parents and friends, and get a glimpse of who Melina is away from work I loved her relationships with her parents, that they re supportive and loving and don t ever say, this job is too dangerous for you but instead respect her skills, competency, and dedication to the job.Ramsey comes to town for a case and gets teamed up with Melina They work well together, bouncing ideas off of each other, and actually sharing information while they piece together the evidence and clues to solve two crimes Both characters are smart, have good instincts, and are very good at their jobs We learn less about him due to the circumstances in which he arrives he s from out of town and to his general nature There s definitelylayers to Ramsey left to be revealed Throwing two cases into the mix was interesting It seemed random, at first, and was sometimes hard to follow but ultimately it worked Definitely a story that makes you pay attention and use your brain as there are a few twists along the way not a beachy, breezy summer read SPOILERS As for the ending I mentioned earlier, the last chapter ends with Melina saying, Are you going to make a fuss And Ramsey saying, Maybe Yeah, definitely But then in the epilogue its all, In the hospital, he had asked all the right questions, but he kept his emotions in check Then she gets discharged and they have no contact for nine days until he shows up at her parent s house, The nine days they had no seen each other had diluted the absolute connection they had shared when they had worked together The next thing you know he s told her he s quit the FBI and they kiss and then it ends and I was just like, that s it The whole book Burton had done such a brilliant job of building up their relationship, their connection, and then it all just sort of fizzles in the end and I wasn t sold on them I m hoping there will be another book because this one felt so unfinished at the end SPOILERS On the whole, I really enjoyed this story It was not a predictable story, I was thrown by a twist or two that I didn t see coming, and I never once yelled at the heroine for being dumb because she was actually smart and competent at her job I would like to thank Netgalley for an advance copy of Never Look Back by Mary Burton. This fast paced book with lots of action kept me completely engaged I thought it was a good storyline with great characters I liked the two main characters, Jerrod Ramsey and Melina Shepard, very much I enjoyed their interactions and the way they worked together.In this story, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Melina Shephard and FBI Agent Jerrod Ramsey are thrown together as they chase what ends up being two serial killers They have a dangerous venture ahead as they work to find these killers.This was a good romantic suspense, with a nice balance between the two. When several women go missing in Nashville, TBI Agent Melina Shepard heads undercover and almost becomes a victim of a sadistic killer.Career FBI Agent Jerrod Ramsey is on a fast track to DC and the latest serial killer case he s assigned could be his ticket, but too many things about the investigation don t add up and an attraction to his temporary partner, the beautiful Melina Shepard, doesn t help.Soon, the two find themselves up against not one, but two vicious predators What is the connection, and what does it have to do with Melina s past This story had so many converging plotlines, it was hard to keep track I d hate to be the investigator chasing after either one of these creeps While well written, I had a hard time connecting with Melina It starts out with her going undercover as a prostitute to gain the other girls trust and hopefully find out information on two missing women Within moments, a john appears in a white van and propositions our heroine, but she senses something and refuses good thing, too, as he tries to grab her and she gets an eyeful of an elaborate torture chamber in the back of the van.Furious, and injured, he drives away vowing revenge and you d think that would be the premise for the story, right Wrong From then on, van guy barely makes an appearance until the last few pages of the book.Instead, we focus on Melina s past and how it affects another killer on the loose in her fair city.I think the author would have done better to turn this into two novels in order to do justice to the individual storylines The way it is, details are left out and the ending is rushed and dissatisfying.On that note, I thought the plot was suspenseful and unique enough to keep my interest I would readfrom this author I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Having read several books by this author I was expecting another solid mystery I was not disappointed Some authors can find the perfect balance between interesting characters, exciting plot line with a little bit of romance Bravo for Ms Burton I heartily recommend this author I received an e book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review Thank you NetGalley Two serial killers Two totally opposite modus of operandi s Both with eyes for Melina Yikes On edge thriller here as you ll be taken back to a time when dates involved prostitutes and one thing was on the agenda for the evening.What s worse is Jerrod has been chasing all of this for years with gruesome results and each killing is getting darker anddisturbing.Sadly, if something isn t done soonwill die It s a quick paced read with twist and turns that are beyond imagination.Hang in and enjoy Thank you Mary, the pub, NetGalley, and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this review. 4.3 Stars A string of missing persons, and an agent on the hunt for answers Mary Burton s Never Look Back ignites with the brutal attack of Agent Melina Shepard, wherein, she is left covered in evidence and in search of a dangerous perpetrator with a fatal attraction For full review click www.marvelusreads.com Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mary Burton, whose latest novel is Hide and Seek, loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedure, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner
- Kindle Edition
- 332 pages
- Never Look Back (Criminal Profiler, #3)
- Mary Burton
- 16 February 2017 Mary Burton