Book Review: The Seventh Victim by: Mary Burton

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publish Date: January 29, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble


It’s been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared…


Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he’s in Austin…


He’s always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he’s been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he’ll prove he holds her life in his hands—right before he ends it forever…

Review: Lara Church has struggled over the last seven years to not only escape her legacy as the only living victim of the Seattle Strangler, but to try and recover the memories she lost during her attack. Now she’s finally settled down in Austin in the house her grandmother left to her and she’s getting ready for an art show featuring her photographs of crime scenes. Just when she’s feeling she’s getting her life back together, she gets a visit from a Texas Ranger who tells her the Strangler is back…and in Austin. The killer has always wanted to come back for the one who got away, but Lara’s not a victim anymore.

‘The Seventh Victim’ is a psychological thriller which brings into question the power of memory and the effects such a brutal crime has on the psyche. I liked the main characters, Lara and Texas Ranger Beck; they had good chemistry even when they were antagonistic toward each other. Ms. Burton kept you guessing about the identity of the killer, giving hints and clues which could point to multiple people. I enjoyed ‘The Seventh Victim’ very much and recommend it if you enjoy novels about fictional serial killers. 


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