Texas Ranger, Book 2
Synopsis: Romantic suspense star Burton infuses every sentence with suspense in “Before She Dies,” her chilling new thriller in which a serial killer obsessed with the occult plays judge, jury, and executioner. Original.
In death, they are purified. Holding his victims under water, he washes away their sins as they struggle for their last breath. Then he stakes their bodies to the ground, exposing them for what they really are. Witches, sent to tempt and to corrupt.
No one knows about defense attorney Charlotte Wellington’s murdered sister, or about her childhood spent with the carnival that’s just arrived in town. For Charlotte, what’s past is past.
But others don’t agree. And as a madman’s body count rises, she and Detective Daniel Rokov are drawn into a mission that’s become terrifyingly personal.
Review: This is the second novel I read by Mary Burton and I was curious to see how it would be. I admit that I had a little more trouble to get into the novel than the first one but after several chapters, my feeling was improved and I was able to be carried by the story and the characters.
Charlotte has always fled her past. Indeed, she changed her name, and made a remarkable career. Yet nothing can remain hidden long and when the carnival comes back, her world collapses. It brings with it an old killer, buried memories and a life she thought she had abandoned. Our heroine is now a lawyer, a very good in fact, but her childhood was not easy. Oh no, because at 14, she was already working for her stepfather, as well as her sister as a good fortune teller. But with the Mariah’s death, Charlotte only wanted to leave this place and finally become someone. Abandoning all her life and the people she knew, she withdrew into herself and evolved into society.
I was intrigued by the story and the murders. I never had the opportunity to attend a carnival in a novel and it’s true that even if we do not go into the details of how it was managed, it’s interesting to see how it all happened. But that’s not all because I was also curious about the identity of the murderer, a man who aims to kill the women he sees as witches. By cons I was quite surprised because we finally quickly understand who the culprit of the story is. Or at least, that was my case. Of course, I was not 100% sure about him but I had trouble seeing another character. But I must say that I got a big surprise throughout the history over the Charlotte’s life and I confess that I was completely in shock, I was not expecting it at all. And then there is also the romance between our heroine and the inspector who wants more between them. But our lawyer is determined to stay away, and he is determined to make her flinch. It was very cute to see them together and see the young woman resist in vain.
So it was a good book, maybe a little less than the previous one I’ve read, but it was very interesting to discover our heroine, her history, all with some small flashbacks inserted in the story.