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Dying Scream by Mary Burton


Cover art: Dying Scream Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Dying Scream
Author: Mary Burton
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN-13: 978-1-4201-0028-0
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Current/North Carolina
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal (Brief Moderate)
Mary's Website/Blog: www.maryburton.com

Adrianna is trying to get her life back on track. She married a man she didn’t love because she was pregnant with his baby and their families wanted them together. Their mothers had been friends forever so joining the families would make life perfect wouldn’t it. Unfortunately, Craig hasn’t ever really grown up and before he can, a drunk driver hits them. Craig sustains a head injury which leaves him in a coma for two years. It also causes Adrianna to lose the child she did love.

After Craig passes away, Adrianna is left the estate that has been in his family for years. She makes the very difficult decision to sell the estate in order to pay off all of the medical bills but also to finally separate herself from the past. She finds a buyer but one of his conditions is that the family cemetery must be moved. In the process of moving the graves, some bodies that weren’t supposed to be there are discovered.

This brings the police to her doorstep and one of them just happens to be a man Adrianna did love—Gage Hudson. Gage remembers the past as well as Adrianna does but he has trouble believing that she had no idea what her husband had been into before his death. The closer he comes to solving and proving what Craig had done, the more crimes are uncovered. And to complicate things the crimes seem to still be happening—yet Craig is dead.

Mary Burton has created a sizzling, tense, action-packed romantic suspense. She delivered everything a reader could want—romance with a current flowing through the pages, suspense that is riveting, and mystery that makes your mind think. The electricity between Gage and Adrianna is very obvious from the beginning and yet Ms. Burton started slow and increased it as the story went on.

Several times throughout the story, I thought I had everything solved only to have her throw out a new clue so that I had to start over. I can honestly say that I had no idea who actually was committing the crimes at the end of the book. Very well done!


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