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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Many Thanks to Net Galley, Montlake Romance and the author for a chance to read and review this book.
Mary Burton surely knows to ramp the tension with her romantic suspense novels. Near You is book #2 in Montana series which I strongly advise to read in order. The 2nd book in the series carry over from book #1 with the past history of Ann Bailey. Of course, it is no hardship to deduce the facts from the story but I think it would have helped immensely to know her trauma if I had read book 1.
Bryce McCabe is working in his ranch when he’s called for a case of homicide that shows signs of immense brutality and violence. In fact, the gruesome act of deforming the victim was hard to read and process. Ann as a forensic psychologist is called in to profile the killer and becomes involved in the accelerating murders that had so far gone unnoticed. Meanwhile Elijah Weston, recently released from prison, possess a secret that can unravel her recovering life after the events of the past year.
The voice of the killer and the journalist’s case notes interwoven thru the narration of the story adds to nail-biting suspense as Ann fights for her son’s life in addition to keeping herself safe. The writing is smooth and fast-paced which makes it easy to read especially as I had figured out the killer halfway into the book. I wish it was not so, coz the adrenaline rush that should have been the final race to finish was lost and devoid of that spike of thrill, Near You felt flat in parts.
I loved the relationship between Ann and her son Nate. The romance between Bryce and Ann was sweet and a delight to read. Near You is a solid thriller in the romantic suspense genre that is sure to leave the reader thoroughly entertained.
In a scorching novel of obsession and revenge, New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton ignites fear in the heart of a woman targeted by a killer who knows her secrets.
Forensic psychologist and single mother Ann Bailey has joined forces with Montana Highway Patrol officer Bryce McCabe. An expert in untangling the motives of depraved minds, Ann is tasked to help solve the mystery of two murdered women doused with gasoline and set aflame.
It’s not hard for Ann to be reminded of the charismatic Elijah Weston, who served a decade in prison for arson—a crime that nearly cost Ann her life. Elijah may have been exonerated, but the connection to these rage killings is impossible for Ann to ignore. One of the victims has been identified as an obsessed Elijah groupie. Elijah has obsessions, too. Ever since Ann returned to town, he can’t take his eyes off her. And as a mother with a secret, she’s the perfect victim for an infatuated psychopath.
The deeper Ann and Bryce’s investigation goes, the nearer they get to each other and to danger. After another murder hits close to home, Ann fears a clue is hidden in her own past. Only one thing terrifies her more than the reveal of her long-held secret. It’s that the secret itself has put Ann into a killer’s line of fire.
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