At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.
Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement—and she is his next prey.
As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him—or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?
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I think that I might have found my new favorite author for romantic suspense! Mary Burton has written several book in this genre though I just found her through NetGalley. To discover any of her other books, just click here.
I think what really impressed me about THE SHARK was the characters. Almost immediately, I became invested in what happens with Riley and Clay. They are both such great characters that have gone through hell to get to where they are today. Riley is drawn to helping the street kids as she herself came from there with the help of Duke and his wife Maria who run a homeless shelter.
And when Riley's past comes back to haunt her so does Clay. They had a brief fling in the past but he was still recovering from his wife's death and wasn't ready to take it any further. Now Riley isn't too sure if she can trust him again.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that just as soon as I start to think that I have it all figured out and relax, Ms Burton throws in another twist that I didn't see coming. One of the best romantic suspenses that I have read this year.
As you can tell, I do highly recommend THE SHARK to any of my readers who enjoy the romantic suspense genre. I think that you will also really enjoy it.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.